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Geneva and Her Reformation

Scott M. Manetsch

in Calvin's Company of Pastors

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199938575
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980741 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938575.003.0002

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Geneva and Her Reformation

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Chapter 1 explores the key events leading up to Geneva’s Reformation in 1536 and the strategic role that Calvin played thereafter in constructing a city church that was reformed in doctrine and practice. Particular attention will be paid to the manner in which Calvin and his pastoral colleagues organized Geneva’s city and countryside parishes, and the ways that Geneva’s religious constitution, known as the Ecclesiastical Ordinances (1541), shaped a distinctive form of pastoral ministry and daily church life. The most important features of Geneva’s reformed church included the fourfold Christian ministry (the offices of pastor, elder, deacon, and professor), a cooperative relationship between civil and religious authorities, distinctive religious institutions such as the Company of Pastors, the Consistory, and the Congregation, and a vision of Christian worship that was faithful to the Scripture.

Keywords: Martin Bucer; Geneva’s Reformation; reformed worship; ecclesiastical ordinances; Geneva; pastor; elder; deacon; Erastianism; John Calvin

Chapter.  12939 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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