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The sources and purposes of ecclesiastical regulation -- The faithful : the laity and lay ministry -- The ordained ministers of the church -- The institutions of ecclesiastical governance -- Ecclesiastical discipline and conflict resolution -- Doctrine and worship -- The rites of passage -- Ecumenical relations -- Church property and finance -- Church, state and society -- General conclusion -- Appendix: the principles of law common to Christian churches.
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Comparing church laws within ten Christian traditions worldwide, Christianity emerges as a religion of law as well as of faith.
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