31 Days of Feasting on Theology: Synod

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Gentle Reader,

Synod: Sometimes used interchangeably with council, but usually meaning a gathering of clergy (and often congregational members) in a particular area. Smaller than a council. Deals with local business. Not seen as authoritative for the entire church.

Related Concepts and/or Examples

Northwest District, Church of the Nazarene – a modern-day example

Synodal Letter – from Tertullian, an early Christian teacher

Church Polity – the structure and organization of a denomination

Synod of Dort – centuries later, still a point of contention


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2 thoughts on “31 Days of Feasting on Theology: Synod

    1. So I’m guessing your synods function much like our denomination’s districts do: Clusters of churches in the same region getting together from time to time. Is that right?



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