Chapter

 The Pastor as Teacher

Amy Nelson Burnett

in Teaching the Reformation

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780195305760
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784912 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195305760.003.0010

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

  The Pastor as Teacher

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Preaching and catechization were the primary responsibilities of Basel’s Reformed pastors. Rural pastors preached twice weekly; by the end of the 16th century, church attendance on Sundays was satisfactory although the clergy still complained about weekday attendance. Catechism instruction was also held more frequently than before. Although pastors in rural parishes complained that teenagers did not attend catechism instruction, many were satisfied with their parishioners’ knowledge of the catechism. The general level of religious knowledge at the end of the century was much higher than it had been in the decades immediately following the Reformation. Enforcement of edicts requiring attendance at worship and catechism instruction played a key role.

Keywords: preaching; catechization; pastors; church attendance; catechism; rural parishes

Chapter.  8118 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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