Congregationalists

Congregationalists believe that every local congregation of Christians is a church in itself, goverened by the members of that congregation in obedience to Jesus Christ. Each Church member has as much right to express his or her understanding of the divine will as does another. There is no select priesthood. The minister and deacons are just the leaders in a community of equals. In many respects they are similar to the Baptists, the main difference being that Congregationalists permit baptism of infants.

The congregations join together in associations and unions rather than a hierarchical structure. Most of the churches in Wales belong to Undeb yr Annibynwyr, the Welsh Congregational Union. (“Annibynwyr” means “Independents”, reflecting the fact that early Congregationalist churches were often called “Independent”.)

Many of the English-speaking congregations in Wales joined the United Reformed Church. Others are part of The Congregational Federation in Wales: a Federation of independent Churches which cooperate and help each other but are not ruled from the centre.

For Congregationalist congregations in the Glam Faith Wales area, click here.

Picture credit: Congregationalist Church, Redland Park © Phil Draper


Information

The Chaplaincy to the University of Glamorgan provides the following information from its own researchers. Each page has been checked by the chaplaincy advisor from the relevant faith group. Within every major religion, there are differences of opinion between leaders, and between leaders and followers. We only aim to provide an overview.