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Calvin's Company of Pastors: Pastoral Care and the Emerging Reformed Church, 1536-1609

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Author: 
Scott M. Manetsch
Pages
448 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
190 x 234 mm
Pub date
Feb 2015
Series
Oxford Studies in Historical Theology
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In Calvin's Company of Pastors, Scott Manetsch examines the pastoral theology and practical ministry activities of Geneva's reformed ministers from the time of Calvin's arrival in Geneva until the beginning of the seventeenth century. During these seven decades, more than 130 men were enrolled in Geneva's Venerable Company of Pastors (as it was called), including notable reformed leaders such as Pierre Viret, Theodore Beza, Simon Goulart, Lambert Daneau, and Jean Diodati. Aside from these better-known epigones, Geneva's pastors from this period remain hidden from view, cloaked in Calvin's long shadow, even though they played a strategic role in preserving and reshaping Calvin's pastoral legacy. Making extensive use of archival materials, published sermons, catechisms, prayer books, personal correspondence, and theological writings, Manetsch offers an engaging and vivid portrait of pastoral life in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Geneva, exploring the manner in which Geneva's ministers conceived of their pastoral office and performed their daily responsibilities of preaching, public worship, moral discipline, catechesis, administering the sacraments, and pastoral care. Manetsch demonstrates that Calvin and his colleagues were much more than ivory tower theologians or "quasi-agents of the state," concerned primarily with dispensing theological information to their congregations or enforcing magisterial authority. Rather, they saw themselves as spiritual shepherds of Christ's Church, and this self-understanding shaped to a significant degree their daily work as pastors and preachers.

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Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Chapter One: Geneva and Her Reformation
Chapter Two: The Company of Pastors
Chapter Three: Vocation and Ordination
Chapter Four: The Pastor's Household
Chapter Five: Pastoral Rhythms
Chapter Six: The Ministry of the Word
Chapter Seven: The Ministry of Moral Oversight
Chapter Eight: Pastors and their Books
Chapter Nine: The Ministry of Pastoral Care
Epilogue
Notes
Appendix
Bibliography
Index

About the author: 

Scott M. Manetsch is Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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