Congregationalist

congregationalism

[kong-gri-gey-shuh-nl-iz-uhm]
noun
1.
a form of Protestant church government in which each local religious society is independent and self-governing.
2.
(initial capital letter) the system of government and doctrine of Congregational churches.

Origin:
1640–50; congregational + -ism

congregationalist, noun, adjective
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Congregationalism (ˌkɒŋɡrɪˈɡeɪʃənəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
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
 
Congre'gationalist
 
adj, —n

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