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Church Governance
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I. Law – II. Practical Theology

I. Law

Church governance, or leadership, in the broader sense is the collective term for all the organs of church governance in a Protestant regional church. In the more limited sense, the church leadership is the organ responsible for the continuous leadership of the church. The term used may be church leadership, but sometimes also church government, church senate, church council, moderamen, or synodal council. Its specific …

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Barth, Thomas and Knuth, Hans Christian, “Church Governance”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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