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Church Membership
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I. Forms – II. Law – III. Practical Theology

I. Forms

1. Europe

The multiplicity of churches in Europe, especially in the realm of the Reformation churches, has also brought about various forms of church membership, although the now common tendency to link church membership with baptism has had a unifying effect.

Divided church membership may occur when a distinction is made between the church as a spiritual body based on its confession and its ecclesiastical principles an…

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Kraus, Dieter, Lippy, Charles H., Huber, Friedrich and Hermelink, Jan, “Church Membership”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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