THE NEW ENGLAND WAY

being a page of Documents
Pertaining to the Formation and Sustainance

OF THE
CONGREGATIONAL ORDER OF CHURCHES

Published gratis by
Wm. Wells, A. B., M. Div.


MANY church bodies organize themselves under Congregational polity, a form of governance where the local congregation is the final decision-making body. Most come from, or were born in reaction to, the Reformed, or Calvinist, tradition. While Baptists and Disciples can be accounted this way, the "Congregational Order" in the United States was birthed in New England among the Puritans and Pilgrims. This page is dedicated to sharing vital documents related to the formation of this form of church government.
The Documents

The Heirs

The later impact of Enlightenment and Evangelicalism led to a split in the New England Order into two wings: the "liberals" (Unitarians) and the "evangelicals" or "orthodox" (Congregationalists). The following links will lead you to the successor associations to the New England Way.