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1. A type of church government in which each local congregation is self-governing.
2. Congregationalism The system of government and religious beliefs of a Protestant denomination in which each member church is self-governing.

con′gre·ga′tion·al·ist n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Congregationalist - a member of the Congregational Church
Congregational Church - a Protestant denomination holding that each individual congregation should be self-governing
Protestant - an adherent of Protestantism
Adj.1.Congregationalist - of or pertaining to or characteristic of a Congregational church
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"


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Shortly after 1600, in particular, the Independents, or Congregationalists, founded in Holland the church which was soon to colonize New England.
Mr Jones, a former Welsh congregationalist minister and socialist, has had a profound influence on Ms Hutt and her policies, not least in her determination that the most disadvantaged in Wales do not remain the poorest in terms of health provision and outlook.
The chapel pre-dates Methodism and, like the Congregationalist chapels, has its roots in Puritanism.
He was proud to be a Welsh Congregationalist throughout his life.
Based on exhaustive archival research, the work explores, in separate chapters, schools from the Congregationalist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Catholic, and evangelical traditions.
Muslims at Leyton and Small Heath can also make use of specially constructed prayer rooms and the firm's Ashton store has a Buddhist nun, Congregationalist and a Methodist sharing the position.
Originally a type of mild Congregationalist theocracy, Connecticut had moved toward a different system of state-supported religion by the middle of the 18th century.
Like his father he was a keen congregationalist and was honorary secretary of the church committee when the new building was completed opposite the Town Hall.
This society had a strong Congregationalist interest, but it also supported missionaries from the Relief Church and the Antiburghers.
Congregational treasurers, or someone appointed to speak for them, will sound the alarm that binds most of us together--perhaps the last bit of glue adhering to a system that slides from Presbyterianism to congregationalist anarchy.
Eluned was brought up in a strict Welsh Congregationalist chapel family in Wrexham.

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