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Anabaptist Church Organization

The Anabaptist church emphasizes the community level; on a higher level from time to time synods were held. At the community level, laymen dominate community life; the community administration lies in the hands of the CHURCH ELDERS, which among the Amish also are referred to as bishops. These elders took on the function of the presbyters in Calvinist communities, calling upon community members who violate rules to return to proper conduct. They also appointed preachers; these have undergone the simple Anabaptist education, but no secondary education at all. Anabaptist communities also took care of those persons amongst themselves which were in need.


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