- 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
Examples from the Web for congregationalists
The main body of the Congregationalists, however, adhere to the old Boards.The Slavery Question
The earliest of these buildings were those of the Methodists and Congregationalists.
The Congregationalists, on the other hand, inflamed with jealousy, were ripe for rebellion.The Emancipation of Massachusetts
In this country the Independents took the name of Congregationalists.Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast
Samuel Adams Drake
There is only one church building, however, the Congregationalists'.
- 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
A Protestant denomination that has roots in the Nonconformists of England. The Congregationalists are much like the Methodists in their teachings. They consider the individual congregation the basic unit of their church, and they practice baptism of infants. Most Congregationalists in the United States belong to the United Church of Christ.