(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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How to use church council in a sentence
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
The church council at Bziers was the first to pay special attention to the question of Jews' practising the medicinal art.History of the Jews, Vol. III (of 6) | Heinrich Graetz
The city of Trent is the capital of Trentino, famous in history, and the seat of the long church council in 1545-46.Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights | Kelly Miller
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
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