- a form of Protestant church government in which each local religious society is independent and self-governing.
- (initial capital letter) the system of government and doctrine of Congregational churches.
Origin of congregationalism
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Socially, it was the first fruits of their conversion from Congregationalism.The Squirrel-Cage
(for their sakes we say it,) the Congregationalism of New-England governs it.
I must now pass from local and personal affairs to notice a movement in Congregationalism at large.Recollections of a Long Life
After the war of 1815, the division of Congregationalism into Orthodoxy and Unitarianism, commenced.History of American Socialisms
John Humphrey Noyes
In church polity he held that congregationalism constituted the most fitting environment in which religion could achieve her work.
- a system of Christian doctrines and ecclesiastical government in which each congregation is self-governing and maintains bonds of faith with other similar local congregations
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