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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.
Over the forty-four years of their union, Bryant and Drake spent every night in the same bed, toiled side by side as skilled seamstresses, worshipped together in their Congregationalist church, cared for their nieces and nephews, and nursed one another through injury, illness, and loss.
As always, he found friends everywhere, and attended a Congregationalist chapel in Coulsdon when he could.
Although it retained a sizable majority, the Congregationalist establishment was increasingly threatened by an exodus of such dissenters, a situation only exacerbated when dozens of Separate congregations entirely jettisoned infant baptism, a sacrament that they deemed an unscriptural relic of the Church of Rome.
She also includes an escaped congregationalist, Lauren, who receives an honest appraisal and acts as a guide and contrast to Rachels path.
If, like me, you are Clements' contemporary, you will have heard of Alec Vidler, John Baillie and Daniel Jenkins (best known now as the father of The Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins), Kathleen Bliss (originally Congregationalist but here labelled as C of E), Eric Fenn and others.
Lawrence started as a Congregationalist, a faith which he largely abandoned in his twenties, but he remained a fervent Christian for the rest of his life.
She said: "They were named by Owen Jones, a Congregationalist from Bangor who settled in Sydney in about 1896.
She was also well known in Kenilworth where the family has lived for 35 years - not least at St Francis of Assisi RC church in Warwick Road, where she was an active congregationalist.
Peter Salovey's recent appointment to the presidency of Yale University, founded by Congregationalist ministers, was cause for celebration for those who admire the Soloveitchik dynasty, an illustrious family of rabbis from Lithuania that includes Rabbi Hayyim Soloveitchik of Brisk (1853-1918), one of the most creative and important Jewish sages of modern times, and Rabbi Joseph Dov Ber Soloveitchik (1903-1993), known simply as "the Rav," the leader of Modern Orthodoxy in America.
However, a search of the internet proved to be more fruitful and we found that the building was originally a Congregationalist church.
Henry Ward Beecher (1813 1887) was a prominent Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, and speaker in the mid to late 19th century.

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