The Diocesan Conference comprises lay members elected by Deanery Conferences, together with serving clergy, ex-officio, co-opted and nominated members. The President of the Conference is the Bishop.
It is held on the first Saturday of October at the University of Wales Trinity St Davids, Lampeter.
The Conference has many duties and responsibilities under the Constitution of the Church in Wales, including the election of members to the Representative Body, The Governing Body, and the Diocesan Board of Nomination.
The Conference is involved in pastoral reorganisation within the diocese, and a substantial amount of its duties in this, and other respects, are delegated to the Standing Committee.
The Conference receives reports from all the diocesan directorates, boards and committees, and also receives the audited accounts and budget. Additionally, through discussion groups, it considers – and advises upon – various aspects of the mission and ministry of the Church in the diocese.
2017 Conference Report: LMAs are here to stay
Bishop Joanna has fired the starting gun on a major acceleration of the transition from the old parish boundaries to new Local Ministry Areas.
In her first presidential address to conference, she left no doubt that the process would be complete by the start of 2020 and that opting out would not be possible.
At present about half of the diocese has made the switch and those that had done so would remain. But the boundaries could be amended to accommodate parishes who had indicated that they would like to join an existing LMA.
She made it clear that change was urgent because
- the diocese cannot afford financially to do otherwise
- existing arrangements were adversely affecting the health of the clergy