congregationalism definition

  • noun:
    • a form of church-government in which each local congregation is self-governing.
    • the device of government and spiritual beliefs of a Protestant denomination which each member church is self-governing.
    • Any of a few kinds of church business where each congregation is in charge of its very own federal government
    • That system of chapel organization which vests all ecclesiastical energy in the assembled brotherhood of every regional church.
    • The faith and polity of this Congregational churches, taken collectively.
    • A system of church-government based on the autonomy of the specific congregation.
    • [capitalized] the device of ecclesiastical polity and spiritual doctrine maintained because of the Congregational Church. See congregationalist, 2.
    • system of thinking and church-government of a Protestant denomination which each user chapel is self-governing

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