Ecclesiastical polity
Ecclesiastical polity is the operational and governance structure of a church or of a Christian denomination. It also denotes the ministerial structure of a church and the authority relationships betw...
Episcopal polity
An episcopal polity is a hierarchical form of church governance ("ecclesiastical polity") in which the chief local authorities are called bishops. (The word "bishop" derives, via the Vulgar Latin ebis...
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Presbyterian polity
Presbyterian (or presbyteral) polity is a method of church governance typified by the rule of assemblies of presbyters, or elders. Each local church is governed by a body of elected elders usually cal...
Congregational polity
Congregationalist polity, often known as congregationalism, is a system of church governance in which every local church congregation is independent, ecclesiastically sovereign, or "autonomous". Among...
Congregational church
Congregational churches are Protestant Christian churches practising Congregationalist church governance, in which each congregation independently and autonomously runs its own affairs.Many Congregati...
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Connexionalism
Connexionalism (or rarely connectionalism) is the theological understanding and foundation of Methodist polity, as practised in the British Methodist Church, the American United Methodist Church, Afri...
Session (Presbyterian)
A session (sometimes called consistory or church board) is a body of elected elders governing each local church within presbyterian polity.
These groups of elders make decisions for the local pari...
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Bishop (Catholic Church)
In the Catholic Church, a bishop is an ordained minister who holds the fullness of the sacrament of holy orders and is responsible for teaching doctrine, governing Catholics in his jurisdiction, and s...
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