congregational

adjective
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

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Other Words from congregational

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

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This seminar was established 21 years ago when the Scheidt family partnered with the Union for Reform Judaism after recognizing the need for leadership training for congregational presidents. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, "Temple Shaarei Shalom president participates in seminar," 20 June 2019 The mosque-goers were gathered for the Friday congregational prayer. Asma Uddin, Teen Vogue, "On Muslim Women's Day, Women-Only Mosques Are About Much More Than Prayer," 27 Mar. 2019 Acclaimed artists from Cincinnati Opera, along with congregational choirs and young artists, perform variety of genres including gospel, jazz and classical. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: June 4-10," 4 June 2018 Acclaimed artists from Cincinnati Opera, along with congregational choirs and young artists, perform variety of genres including gospel, jazz and classical. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: June 4-10," 4 June 2018 Acclaimed artists from Cincinnati Opera, along with congregational choirs and young artists, perform variety of genres including gospel, jazz and classical. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: June 4-10," 4 June 2018 Acclaimed artists from Cincinnati Opera, along with congregational choirs and young artists, perform variety of genres including gospel, jazz and classical. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: June 4-10," 4 June 2018 Started in 1991 as an emergency shelter with eight congregations participating, the center now has over 100 congregational partners of all faiths and wraparound support which extends beyond emergency shelter. Laura A. Hobson, Cincinnati.com, "Interfaith Hospitality Network: A circle of community concern," 17 June 2018 The Refugee Immigration Ministry was founded in 1986, said Isaac Seelam, a Baptist minister and the congregational coordinator, at the organization’s central office in Malden. Julia Preszler, BostonGlobe.com, "Refugee Immigration Ministry concert Thursday in Malden," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of congregational

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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congregational

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of congregational

: involving or done by the people who attend religious services : relating to a congregation
: relating to a group of Christian churches that believe that the people who attend each church should make their own decisions, rules, etc.

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