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 useful ministry actions of Geneva's reformed ministers from the time of Calvin's arrival in Geneva until eventually the start of the 17th century. in the course of those seven many years, greater than one hundred thirty males have been enrolled in Geneva's Venerable corporation of Pastors (as it was once called), together with remarkable reformed leaders equivalent to Pierre Viret, Theodore Beza, Simon Goulart, Lambert Daneau, and Jean Diodati. other than those better-known epigones, Geneva's pastors from this era stay hidden from view, cloaked in Calvin's lengthy shadow, even if they performed a strategic function in maintaining and reshaping Calvin's pastoral legacy.
Making huge use of archival fabrics, released sermons, catechisms, prayer books, own correspondence, and theological writings, Manetsch bargains an enticing and shiny portrait of pastoral existence 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 obligations 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 basically with meting out theological details to their congregations or imposing magisterial authority. fairly, they observed themselves as religious 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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21 The next year, Thomas Vandel, priest of the parish church of St. Germain, also converted. Throughout these turbulent months, the bells of St. Pierre rang time and time again, raising the alarm and, invariably, intensifying religious passions. 22 Geneva’s magistrates were caught on the horns of a dilemma. Political independence from Savoy was their primary objective. But such independence required close ties with powerful Bern, a Protestant territory that was not without its own expansionist designs.

Having defied the civil authorities, Calvin and Farel faced the magistrates’ wrath. In short order the Small Council and the Council of 200 condemned the ministers’ actions and ordered them expelled within three days. Calvin did not wait that long; on April 23, he slipped out of reformed Geneva with no intention of returning. 3. Building a New Church Order Calvin’s “exile” in Strasbourg over the next three years proved to be the happiest period of his life. During these years, he served as the pastor of 24 | Calvin’s Company of Pastors a congregation of French refugees in the city numbering five hundred people, taught biblical exegesis at the collège where he lectured on the Gospel of John and Paul’s Epistles, and completed a number of writing projects, including the second Latin edition of the Institutes (1539) and a biblical commentary on Romans (1540).

53 In the months that followed, various efforts to pressure Geneva’s population to subscribe to the Confession failed. First, a house-to-house canvass came up short. Next, the city’s inhabitants were ordered to appear at St. Pierre by neighborhood in hopes of pressuring compliance—a large number of people simply chose to be absent. Finally, in November 1537, the Small Council ordered all recalcitrants to leave the city, yet the senators lacked the political clout (and will) to enforce this unpopular measure.

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