The Diocese of Bristol is led by the Bishop of Bristol and governed by our Diocesan Synod. Synodical governance provides a system for partnership with the bishop, ensuring that the diocese can consider matters together and move forward in agreement.

The Bishop's Council is the senior committee of the diocese. It is responsible for considering matters of policy; advising the Diocesan Bishop, and determining how matters should be taken forward to the Diocesan Synod for further consideration.

A deanery is legally a collection of parishes put together for administrative convenience. In the Diocese of Bristol, there are seven deaneries and each of deanery is governed by a Deanery Synod. Deanery Synod members nominate and elect people standing for Diocesan Synod. 

The Diocesan Synod is an elected body which considers issues relating to the mission of the Church, advises the bishop, is consulted by her and agrees the diocese's financial plans.

The Church of England is governed by General Synod, of which the Queen is Supreme Governor. General Synod legislates for the whole of the Church of England and debates matters of national and international importance. The Diocese of Bristol elects three clergy and three lay representatives alongside the Bishop of Bristol to be members of the General Synod.