Pastors and Their Households

Scott M. Manetsch

in Calvin's Company of Pastors

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199938575
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980741 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Pastors and Their Households

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Chapter 4 focuses on the households of Geneva’s pastors, looking for clues as to the nature of the ministers’ marriages and family relationships, and describing the material and financial compensation the pastors received to enable them to carry out their daily work. It will be shown that the pastoral vocation did not allow for a contemplative or isolated existence, but required intensive engagement with the concerns of household and society. The demands of family life; sick children; deceased spouses; parsonages in disrepair; critical neighbours; parsimonious wages—these were some of the real emotional and physical challenges that Geneva’s ministers faced as they performed their duties day to day.

Keywords: Antoine de Chandieu; Theodore Beza; John Calvin; clerical marriage; children; family; women; pastoral remuneration; parsonage; inflation; domestic life

Chapter.  11798 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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