This article reflects on the Church Order of Dort. It considers what a church order is, how it functions, what are its aims, and other, non-Reformed systems of church ruling, particularly the hierarchical and independentistic (congregationalistic) systems. It goes on to discuss the content of the Church Order. It ends with some discussion questions on the material.
This article concerns itself with the French Reformed church polity and church government. Important decisions concerning church government were taken at the First National Synod of the Reformed Churches of France, which was held in Paris from May 25 to 28, 1559. A Presbyterian form of church government was chosen instead of an Episcopalian.