Church governance
(3,267 words)

1. Definition

By church governance we mean the exercise of authority by a prince or the state over the Christian church(es) and their organizational and functional incorporation into the political order or the national constitution – a more or less extensive dependence of the church and its office holders on those holding political power – together with t…

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Schindling, Anton, “Church governance”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 17 February 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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