The Ministry of Pastoral Care

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

The Ministry of Pastoral Care

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Chapter 9 explores the manner in which Geneva’s reformed ministers provided intensive, personal, pastoral care for their parishioners between 1536 and 1609. Calvin and his pastoral colleagues believed that the ministry of the Word required not only the public exposition of Scripture, but also the declaration and application of God’s Word to individual men and women, boys and girls, through the sacraments, corrective discipline, catechetical instruction, household visitations, and spiritual counsel and consolation. This chapter examines some of the most important elements of pastoral care in reformed Geneva, noting the ways in which the ministers maintained, developed, and sometimes deviated from Calvin’s pastoral vision.

Keywords: pastoral care; godparents; baptism; anabaptism; catechism; education; Lord’s Supper; confession of faith; visitation; consolation; plague

Chapter.  22355 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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