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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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.

  • The city of Trent is the capital of Trentino, famous in history, and the seat of the long church council in 1545-46.

  • 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