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ˌkɒŋ grɪˈgeɪ ʃə nlˌɪz əmcon·gre·ga·tion·al·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Congregationalismnoun

    system of beliefs and church government of a Protestant denomination in which each member church is self-governing


  1. congregationalismnoun

    Any of several forms of church organization in which each congregation is responsible for its own government

  2. Congregationalismnoun

    A system of self-governing Protestant churches


  1. congregationalism

    Congregationalist polity, or congregational polity, often known as congregationalism, is a system of ecclesiastical polity in which every local church (congregation) is independent, ecclesiastically sovereign, or "autonomous". Its first articulation in writing is the Cambridge Platform of 1648 in New England. Major Protestant Christian traditions that employ congregationalism include Quakerism, the Baptist churches, the Congregational Methodist Church, and Congregational churches known by the Congregationalist name and having descended from the Independent Reformed wing of the Anglo-American Puritan movement of the 17th century. More recent generations have witnessed a growing number of nondenominational churches, which are often congregationalist in their governance.Congregationalism is distinguished from episcopal polity which is governance by a hierarchy of bishops, and is distinct from presbyterian polity in which higher assemblies of congregational representatives can exercise considerable authority over individual congregations. Congregationalism is not limited only to organization of Christian church congregations. The principles of congregationalism have been inherited by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Canadian Unitarian Council. Most Jewish synagogues, many Sikh Gurdwaras, and most Islamic mosques in the US operate under congregational government, with no hierarchies.


  1. congregationalism

    Congregationalism is a system of Christian church organization where each local congregation is independent, self-governing, and autonomous, rather than being governed by a higher central authority such as a diocese or bishop. Congregational churches typically emphasize the individual congregation's freedom and the direct relationship between the congregation and God. It developed as part of the Protestant Reformation, largely in the Puritan movement of the 17th century, and is most common today in Protestant churches such as the Baptist and United Church of Christ denominations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Congregationalismnoun

    that system of church organization which vests all ecclesiastical power in the assembled brotherhood of each local church

  2. Congregationalismnoun

    the faith and polity of the Congregational churches, taken collectively

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Congregationalism

    the ecclesiastical system which regards each congregation of believers in Christ a church complete in itself, and free from the control of the other Christian communities, and which extends to each member equal privileges as a member of Christ's body. It took its rise in England about 1571, and the most prominent name connected with its establishment is that of Robert Brown (q. v.), who seceded from the Church of England and formed a church in Norwich in 1580. The body was called Brownists after him, and Separatists, as well as "Independents." The several congregations are now united in what is called "The Congregational Union of England and Wales."

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of congregationalism in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of congregationalism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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