The General Synod brings representatives of Anglican Christians, to share concerns that we share about our Christian faith, practice and to discern God's will for us as a Christian community. Consequently, we come together for worship, fellowship and to discern how we may be faithful together.
Representatives come together on the basis of the Constitution of our Church with our shared commitments, beliefs and priorities. We also come together as Australians with the opportunity to consider how we relate to each other as a fellow Christians in one national community. We have the chance to chart how we might be faithful in this society, in terms of its spiritual, moral and social welfare, for the time ahead. The purpose of the meeting is therefore to achieve three ends:
- being Christian with each other in an appropriate fashion;
- being faithful and active in this society; and
- relating positively to other Christian bodies.
Rules govern how the General Synod conducts its business (otherwise known as Standing Orders), the powers and duties of Standing Committee, General Synod elections, and procedures concerning the Constitution.