- 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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Examples from the Web for congregationalist
The Rev. Mr. Porter, a Congregationalist missionary, also labored here.Old Mackinaw
W. P. Strickland.
Parson Dorrance had in his youth been settled as a Congregationalist minister.Mercy Philbrick's Choice
Helen Hunt Jackson
You're more conscientious than the worst kind of Congregationalist.A Pair of Patient Lovers
William Dean Howells
The Congregationalist, as far as I can learn, is very near to a Presbyterian.North America, Volume I (of 2)
I preached on the wharf to a large throng in the afternoon, and at night heard a celebrated Congregationalist.The Story of a Life
J. Breckenridge Ellis
- 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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