Definition of Congregationalism

1. Noun. System of beliefs and church government of a Protestant denomination in which each member church is self-governing.

Generic synonyms: Protestantism
Derivative terms: Congregationalist

Definition of Congregationalism

1. n. That system of church organization which vests all ecclesiastical power in the assembled brotherhood of each local church.

Definition of Congregationalism

1. Noun. A system of self-governing Protestant churches ¹

2. Noun. Any of several forms of church organization in which each congregation is responsible for its own government ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Congregationalism

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Congolian red fever
Congregational Christian Church
Congregational Church
Congregational church
Congregational churches
Congregationalism (current term)
Congress of Industrial Organizations
Congress of Racial Equality
Congressional Medal of Honor
Congressional Record

Literary usage of Congregationalism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1888)
"(letter of Davenport to Winthrop) ; Dexter's Congregationalism, passim ; Appleton's Diet, of American Biog. ii.] AWK DAVENPORT, MARY ANN (1765 ? ..."

2. The Christian Examiner (1846)
"The second great principle of Congregationalism is involved in the first, ... Report on Congregationalism, including a, Manual of Church Disci- pline, ..."

3. New Englander and Yale Review by Edward Royall Tyler, William Lathrop Kingsley, George Park Fisher, Timothy Dwight (1892)
"There is no place however which Congregationalism calls her own, with such manifest propriety ... Not only is Congregationalism most at home in New England, ..."

4. A History of the Congregational Churches in the United States by Williston Walker (1894)
"CHAPTER I. THE BEGINNINGS OF Congregationalism. IT has been said that the Bible is the religion of Protestantism. With even more truth it might be affirmed ..."

5. Bibliotheca Sacra by Dallas Theological Seminary (1894)
"It is a straightforward and simple yet impressive narrative of the chief events and the principal actors in the history of Congregationalism,—a history ..."

6. The Monthly Review by Charles William Wason (1842)
"Congregationalism; or, the Polity of Independent Churches, viewed in relation to the ... We have said that the term Congregationalism appears to be ToL. i. ..."

7. The New Englander by William Lathrop Kingsley (1879)
"Congregationalism AND EDUCATION. THE fact has become well-nigh universally ... It is very obvious to those who understand Congregationalism and its history, ..."

8. Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts by Colonial Society of Massachusetts (1906)
"Dr. EDWARD H. HALL read the following paper on — THE ORIGIN OF Congregationalism. The natural result of the separation of the Puritan clergy from the ..."

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