A Diocesan Synod is an important event in the life of a Diocese in which Bishop, priests and lay-people come together in a spirit of prayer to discern together what God is asking of His Church in our Diocese and will help us to live out our calling to be Missionary Disciples.

The Vision of our Diocesan Synod is:

To enable true collaboration
between the clergy and laity at
diocesan and parish level by
truly listening to each other.

To discern what the Holy Spirit is
saying to the Church in Salford
at this next stage of our journey.

Reflecting on the Big Listen

On Saturday 18th May, hundreds of Synod members from across the diocese gathered to hear the feedback from our recent Big Listen, which drew to a close in January.

During the day, we explored four principal themes that had emerged from around 30,000 responses submitted during the Big Listen. The themes are:

  • Nurturing Faith for Tomorrow’s World
  • Building Connections
  • Enabling Access
  • Fostering Christ-Like Care

These themes were further explored through four presentations delivered by Rev Prof Peter McGrail and Dr Emma Swai of Liverpool Hope University, who have also shared the following resources:

Big Listen Feedback Handout

Big Listen Feedback

Next Steps – The Exploration Stage

Between now and the beginning of July, we are asked to take some time to become more familiar with all we have learned from The Big Listen.

The next stage will then be a time of exploration, inviting parishes and participants to dig deeper into how the four Main Themes can give rise to proposals for action.

Between July and November, Synod members will be asked to organise and facilitate Theme Gatherings in their parishes and communities to explore these themes in more detail with as many people as possible.

The aim of the Theme Gathering is to:

  • Provide parishioners with the opportunity to explore the four separate themes that have emerged from the Big Listen;
  • To further embed the practice of synodal listening in parishes, schools, and groups;
  • To progress and move our synodal journey forwards towards the Proposal Stage, by identifying a maximum of two key proposals for each of our themes.

It it important to remember that we can only take forward what is within the remit of a ‘Diocesan’ Synod.

How to Get Involved

We are eager to encourage as many people as possible to participate in our diocesan synod and there are a number of ways you can get involved over the coming months:

Join one of the upcoming “Discerning Proposals” sessions in your parish

Encourage your friends and family to get involved. We really do want to hear from as many people as we can.

Keep following and praying for our synod journey.

Take a look at our Resources section below to find out more.

✓ An opportunity for the entire People of God in our part of Greater Manchester & Lancashire to
share what they feel God is asking of His Church in our Diocese, which will help us to live out our
calling to be Missionary Disciples and Ambassadors for Christ, accompanying each other on the
journey of life.
✓ A journey by which we, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, can together set the future
direction and priorities of the life and mission of our Diocese.
✓ An opportunity to grow in the skills of listening to the Holy Spirit and to each
✓ An opportunity to foster true collaboration between the clergy and laity at diocesan
and parish level.
✓ An opportunity for the entire People of God to have active involvement and responsibly for the
development of the Church in our locality.

× An opportunity to change Church Teachings – this falls outside the remit of a Diocesan Synod
(although everything which is said will be passed onto Rome by Bishop John).

× A democracy where the majority vote ‘wins’.

× A parliament.

Synod members will include the bishop, priests and deacons, members of religious orders and lay members from each parish and deanery.

Diocese of Salford Synod 2023-2025 Roadmap

Click the Link to see the Roadmap which will guide us on our Journey

Bishop John’s Pastoral Letters 

Bishop John has written two Pastoral Letters where he sets out his vision for the Synod and encourages all across the Diocese to get involved.

Pastoral Letter Advent 2022

Pastoral Letter October 2023

Synod Prayer Card

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Synod, Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford Street, Salford, M3 6DP
Tel: 0161 817 2214
Email: synod@dioceseofsalford.org.uk