Calvin's Company of Pastors: Pastoral Care and the Emerging Reformed Church, 1536-1609 by Scott M. ManetschCalvin's Company of Pastors: Pastoral Care and the Emerging Reformed Church, 1536-1609 by Scott M. Manetsch

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

byScott M. Manetsch

Paperback | February 15, 2015

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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 enrolledin 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'slong 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'sministers 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 aspastors and preachers.
Scott M. Manetsch is Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Title:Calvin's Company of Pastors: Pastoral Care and the Emerging Reformed Church, 1536-1609Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.1 inPublished:February 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsIntroduction1. Geneva and Her Reformation2. The Company of Pastors3. Vocation and Ordination4. The Pastor's Household5. Pastoral Rhythms6. The Ministry of the Word7. The Ministry of Moral Oversight8. Pastors and their Books9. The Ministry of Pastoral CareEpilogueNotesAppendixBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Scott Manetsch joins an innovative group in broadening our perspective on the Swiss Reformation, looking beyond Calvin to see how the Reformer's spiritual heirs and followers sustained and modified his legacy in Geneva and surrounding villages. All who are interested in Calvin and Reformedstudies will want to absorb the riveting information gathered here concerning the Genevan ministers' class background, education, economic status, marital choices, weekly work assignments, living conditions, hardships, disciplinary fervor, and vulnerability." --Susan Karant-Nunn, Regents' Professor of History and Director of the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies, University of Arizona