Chapter

The Pastoral Vocation

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/9780199938575.003.0004

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

The Pastoral Vocation

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Chapter 3 explores the view of vocation and ordination held by Calvin and his colleagues. The ministers’ responsibility to proclaim the Christian gospel was of primary importance to their sense of vocation. The chapter summarizes this public theology, and then explores the process by which ministerial candidates in Geneva were recruited, elected, and ordained to pastoral posts between 1536 and 1609. The final section of this chapter recounts the protracted struggle between the magistrates and city ministers over the prerogative of pastoral election (as seen in the affair of Michel Le Faucheur), and considers it in light of the contemporary model of confessionalization.

Keywords: pastoral vocation; pastoral ordination; gospel; reformed theology; confessionalization; Michel le Faucheur; pastoral recruitment; pastoral education; Calvinism

Chapter.  14967 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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