con·​gre·​ga·​tion·​al | \ ˌkäŋ-gri-ˈgā-shnəl How to pronounce congregational (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of congregational

1 : of or relating to a congregation
2 capitalized : of or relating to a body of Protestant churches deriving from the English Independents of the 17th century and affirming the essential importance and the autonomy of the local congregation
3 : of or relating to church government placing final authority in the assembly of the local congregation

Other Words from congregational

congregationalism \ ˌkäŋ-​gri-​ˈgā-​shnə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce congregational (audio) , -​shə-​nə-​ˌli-​ \ noun, often capitalized
congregationalist \ ˌkäŋ-​gri-​ˈgā-​shnə-​list How to pronounce congregational (audio) , -​shə-​nə-​list \ noun or adjective, often capitalized

Examples of congregational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While utilizing a provision based on sexuality, congregational leaders said their concerns were broader. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 1 Aug. 2022 Following worship, church members filled in ballots at a congregational meeting., 19 Jan. 2022 The service will include bible readings, prayers and congregational hymns to recognize and give thanks for the Queen's reign, faith and lifetime of service, according to Buckingham Palace. Simon Perry,, 3 June 2022 The internal conflict between desiring to seek religious guidance and not feeling safe enough to return to in-person worship has further affected congregational membership. George Negron, Forbes, 3 June 2022 This prayer from the Reverend Sterling Morse, coordinator for African American intercultural congregational support for the Presbyterian Church, is particularly powerful. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 6 May 2022 At the time of the funeral last year, no congregational singing was allowed, and only 30 guests could be invited. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 The group is always looking for new congregational partners that can provide temporary shelter for clients. Roxanne De La Rosa, The Arizona Republic, 24 Jan. 2022 At the ward, or congregational, level, Nelson has promoted greater parity with more women serving on ward councils. The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of congregational

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Congregational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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