Free Church

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Free Church

n
(Protestantism) chiefly
a. any Protestant Church, esp the Presbyterian, other than the Established Church
b. (as modifier): Free-Church attitudes.
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Strubind, Eifriger, 287-291, critiques the use of the terms Freikirche and Volkskirche in the historical literature.
He also discusses some current crucial problems: priest shortage and celibacy, and the resultant possible Protestantizing (442) of the Church into a Freikirche (191); ordination of women (he is in favor, but not optimistic); appointment of bishops, inner-churchly procedures such as doctrinal orthodoxy trials.
Strubind uses the term Freikirche (free church) rather than "believers' church.