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church council

noun
1.
(in certain Lutheran churches) a body of lay delegates chosen from the congregation and charged with supporting the pastor in religious instruction, contributions to the church, etc.
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  • In this and other matters there was talk of an appeal from the pope to a church council.

    A History of Spain Charles E. Chapman
  • On the baptized Jews, too, the Basle church council bestowed special attention.

  • These two brethren were the joint authors of the history, and in their capacity as church council gave it ecumenical authority.

    The Gentle Reader Samuel McChord Crothers
  • The church council at Bziers was the first to pay special attention to the question of Jews' practising the medicinal art.

  • If the Bible were the word of God it would not have required the deliberations of a church council to determine the fact.

    The Bible John E. Remsburg

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