A Christian church (or local church) is a group of people who share a faith or belief within a community. They usually meet in one particular location called a cathedral, temple, tabernacle, or simply a church building. A church group represents a certain doctrine and traditions. Many Christian churches that use the same name and share the same beliefs are a part of a denomination. A church that not part of a larger group is usually called nondenominational. There are estimated to be over 41,000 denominations worldwide. They may fall within three general groups: Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant Churches.
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- Spirit and Power: The Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism, eds. Donald E. Miller; Kimon H. Sargeant; Richard Flory (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), p. 319
- Lynne Gibson, Christianity (Oxford: Heinemann, 2002), p. 10