Rhythms of Ministry

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

Rhythms of Ministry

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Chapter 5 sheds light on the regular pastoral rhythms of Geneva’s ministers between 1536 and 1609, exploring the manner in which they structured liturgical time over the course of the year and performed their regular duties week to week. Pastoral ministry in sixteenth-century Geneva was inseparable from the rigorous study and regular proclamation of the Christian Scripture. At the same time, quarterly communion services and meetings of the Ordinary Censure, as well as weekly gatherings of the Company of Pastors, the Consistory, and the Congrégation provided structure to religious life in the city. The pastoral career of Jean Gervais illustrates that ministers in Geneva’s countryside parishes faced a unique set of challenges and difficulties.

Keywords: liturgy; scripture; Congrégation; Sabbath; Lord’s Day; Lord’s Supper; ordinary censure; Christmas; Jean Gervais; Savoy; François de Sales

Chapter.  10598 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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