A style of church
governance where the congregation
makes all the decisions about its affairs and policies. The individual church is completely autonomous
- it may be affiliated with other congregations or associations, but it takes no direction from them. Decisions, whether regarding doctrine or day-to-day business, are made locally within the congregation. Quaker
s (kind of), and various others use this style of polity
s (one of the few non-christian churches to use the term polity to describe themselves) in particular embrace the democratic nature of this style of polity.
Contrast with episcopal polity
and presbyterian polity