The word Synod is from the Greek "journey together" with the connotation of a convocation. A coming together for a common purpose. In the Lutheran Church it is commonly used to denote a particular denomination within the churches that adhere to the Christian doctrine developed during the Reformation springing from the reforms that Martin Luther attempted, unsuccessfully to have implemented in the Roman Catholic Church. The Lutheran Church is, generally speaking a congregational church, that is to say that the fundamental authority lies with the individual congregation and not with the synodical hierarchy. Disputes over the role of the hierarchy and doctrinal issues have lead to the development of numerous bodies taking upon themselves the mantle of Luther.
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