Calvin's Company of Pastors: Pastoral Care and the Emerging by Scott M. Manetsch

By Scott M. Manetsch

In Calvin's corporation of Pastors, Scott Manetsch examines the pastoral theology and sensible ministry actions of Geneva's reformed ministers from the time of Calvin's arrival in Geneva till the start of the 17th century. in the course of those seven a long time, greater than a hundred thirty males have been enrolled in Geneva's Venerable corporation of Pastors (as it used to be called), together with striking reformed leaders akin to Pierre Viret, Theodore Beza, Simon Goulart, Lambert Daneau, and Jean Diodati. apart from those better-known epigones, Geneva's pastors from this era stay hidden from view, cloaked in Calvin's lengthy shadow, even supposing they performed a strategic position in keeping and reshaping Calvin's pastoral legacy.
Making wide use of archival fabrics, released sermons, catechisms, prayer books, own correspondence, and theological writings, Manetsch bargains an attractive and vibrant portrait of pastoral lifestyles in 16th- and early seventeenth-century Geneva, exploring the way within which Geneva's ministers conceived in their pastoral place of work and played their day-by-day duties of preaching, public worship, ethical self-discipline, catechesis, administering the sacraments, and pastoral care. Manetsch demonstrates that Calvin and his colleagues have been even more than ivory tower theologians or "quasi-agents of the state," involved essentially with dishing out theological details to their congregations or implementing magisterial authority. quite, they observed themselves as non secular shepherds of Christ's Church, and this self-understanding formed to an important measure their day-by-day paintings as pastors and preachers.

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48 One of the first steps in reforming the countryside was to consolidate the parishes and assign competent ministers to the village churches. 49 Because of financial constraints, Geneva’s magistrates and ministers grouped rural congregations together, assigning a single minister to two or three parish churches who was responsible to preach, catechize the young, and provide pastoral care 22 | Calvin’s Company of Pastors at the different village temples or chapels on a weekly basis or on alternate weeks.

During the winter of 1535–1536, the Duke of Savoy laid siege to Geneva in one final attempt to regain control of his prized city. Once again, geneva and her reformation | 17 a Bernese army marched to the rescue, liberating the city on February 2, 1536. Having conquered the Pays de Vaud on the north shore of the lake, the canton of Bern made overtures to assume political sovereignty over Geneva as well. This suggestion the magistrates bluntly declined: they had not overthrown one master to be ruled by another.

And two times a week, [they] sing a Psalm before the sermon (but only in the cities). Everyone sings together while seated, men, women, girls, and infants. 92 Cathelan clearly found the entire experience disorienting. The cluttered sanctuary that looked more like a school than a church; people sitting on benches without regard for social rank; the vernacular liturgy; extemporaneous prayers; congregational singing of the Psalms—all these features of worship in Geneva scandalized the religious sensibilities of this Franciscan monk.

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