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The Deanery Synod is composed of members elected by each of our parishes. It acts as a forum for discussion of issues of local and national interest to church members, and helps the churches of the deanery respond together - and with ecumenical partner churches - to pastoral, social and spiritual needs.

The Diocesan Synod sometimes asks us to discuss and feed back on specific issues, and we can also raise issues that we would like to see discussed within the Diocese of Durham, or even nationally at General Synod.

In Durham Diocese, the Deanery Synods have particular responsibility for the deanery planning process. That includes thinking about the mission and ministry of our churches in the future, and how we organise, staff ourselves, and set our priorities to fulfill our call from God in the Stockton area.

The Area Dean - the Revd David Brooke - and Lay Chair - Dr John Taylor - jointly chair the Deanery Synod. Together with the Deanery Treasurer and Secretary and a number of elected members they also meet as a combined Standing Committee and Mission and Pastoral Committee. The committee is responsible for planning the business of the synod, but also for detailed work on the Deanery Plan.

Details of the deanery officers can be found on the contacts page.