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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.


(Protestantism) a system of Christian doctrines and ecclesiastical government in which each congregation is self-governing and maintains bonds of faith with other similar local congregations
ˌCongreˈgationalist adj, n


(ˌkɒŋ grɪˈgeɪ ʃə nlˌɪz əm)

1. a form of church government in which each local religious society is self-governing.
2. (cap.) the system of government and doctrine of Congregational churches.
con`gre•ga′tion•al•ist, n., adj.


1. the doctrine and governmental practices of Congregational churches.
2. a form of church government in which each congregation is autonomous. — Congregationalist, n., adj.
See also: Protestantism
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Noun1.Congregationalism - system of beliefs and church government of a Protestant denomination in which each member church is self-governing
Protestantism - the theological system of any of the churches of western Christendom that separated from the Roman Catholic Church during the Reformation


nKongregationalismus m


[ˌkɒŋgrɪˈgeɪʃənəˌlɪzəm] ncongregazionalismo
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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.
In 1868, far from being hell, it was actually viewed as an inspirational pathway to heaven by a group of passionate Liverpool Welsh Congregationalists whose powerful choral voices would have once raised its roof.
Kittelstrom has a special fondness for the staid and sober New England Christians, the Unitarians, and liberal Congregationalists like John Adams and Mary Moody Emerson (Ralph Waldo's aunt).
Both parents were Congregationalists and he married the daughter of a Congregational minister.
Although Congregationalists traditionally defended the prerogative of local assemblies, the legislature regulated the existence of churches and maintained them by levying ministerial taxes on the bulk of the population, regardless of church affiliation or lack thereof.
That would include primarily Baptists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, etc.
About two-thirds of the old Presbyterian Church decided they were called to merge with Methodists and Congregationalists to form the United Church of Canada.
Mining "town histories, parish and church records, town records, diaries, [and] newspaper articles," as well as secondary sources, Benes traced 2,189 meetinghouses and churches, built in New England by Congregationalists (Puritans), Presbyterians, Baptists, and Anglicans (281).
Rents were high in Sydney so the Congregationalists were given land near the Georges River to settle outside the city.
4) Between 1957 and 1962 Anglicans and Congregationalists jointly ran a theological school in a building belonging to the Society of the Sacred Heart in Modderpoort in the Orange Free State.
Between its formation by Congregationalists in 1810 and its integration into the missionary arm of the United Church of Christ in 1961, the ABCFM sent to the field nearly 5,000 missionaries (p.
For congregationalists, unlike presbyterians and episcopalians, there was no visible church beyond independent congregations; for presbyterians the liberty of the congregation was compatible with synodal supervision.

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