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

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Each student belonged to a college--St Peter's College for the Anglicans, John Wesley College for the Methodists, and, following the merger of St Columba's College and Adams United College in 1977, Albert Luthuli College for the Presbyterians and Congregationalists.
Disputes between presbyterians and congregationalists spilled over into the Netherlands, where the expatriate presbyterian John Paget, long the pastor of the English Reformed Church in Amsterdam, carried on a sustained argument against those of a congregationalist persuasion.
They are followed by Methodists (51 members), Presbyterians (45 members), Episcopalians/Anglicans (41 members), Lutherans (26 members) and Congregationalists (4 members).
If the song suggests that there are only three steps to heaven, for the Bridgnorth Congregationalists there were considerably more.
He concentrates on the contributions of Puritans and Congregationalists, contending that the Reformed doctrine of the Covenant was a most significant factor in bringing about our current political and societal structures.
It became the United Reformed Church in 1980, when the Presbyterians joined with the Congregationalists.
More than 100 congregationalists at St Joseph The Worker Church also petitioned the council, saying a new Tesco petrol station very closeby would disturb their peace during worship.
Congregationalists managed the tension between these two principles by holding each other accountable to responsible interpretations reached after much dialogue rather than solitary investigation, and by developing a church polity based on democratic principles, such that the preacher remained a participatory member of the community that appointed him permanently as preacher only after extensive congregational input into his initial invitation and a probationary period of some weeks or months.
Anoncon formist literally means that adherents did not agree to the principles of the Church of England - examples include Quakers, Baptists, Methodists and Congregationalists.
Moreover, Goodwin embraced Congregationalism (or Independency) in the 1640s, at a time when most Puritans were committed to Presbyterianism; and he endorsed religious toleration and Arminian theology, two positions that remained controversial among Puritans, even among Congregationalists, throughout the revolutionary 1640s and 1650s.
Yup, members of the Church of Scotland, the Baptists, the Wee Frees, the Anglicans, the Methodists, Congregationalists, Lutherans, the Russian and Greek Orthodox Churches and all others who thought they were followers of Christ, are not true believers.
14 Since Congregationalists tended to be members of the well-educated middle classes, their principle of independent religious inquiry materialized into a real knowledge of the Scriptures and an expectation that their preachers display the same.
As a result the book is of value in understanding the issues confronting the Presbyterian Church in New South Wales in the early 1960s, when the question of union with Methodists and Congregationalists was in an important planning stage (although the Uniting Church, incorporating a considerable sector of the Presbyterian Church, was not finally created until 1977).
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