Modality in Protestant and Catholic Christian theology, is the structure and organization of the local or universal church. In Catholic theology, the modality is the universal Catholic church. In Protestant theology, the modality is variously described as either the universal church (that is, all believers) or the local church.
By contrast, parachurch organizations are sodalities. These include missionary organizations and Christian charities not linked to specific churches. Some theologians consider denominations, schools of theology, and other multi-congregational sodalities. Catholic sodalities include orders, monasteries and convents.
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... A minority of pastors and theologians assert that only the modalityis a valid model for ministry, and they typically equate modalitywith the local church structure ... Paul the Apostle should be categorized as an expression of modalityor sodality ... A practical consideration in the modalitysodality dispute is that certain Christian efforts, like translating the Bible into different languages, are difficult to organize and fund ...