[M]inisters are a merchandize one cannot lay one’s hands on as easily as it were to be desired. John Calvin, Letters Volume 4, Page 320.
The grandeur of this achievement becomes all the more evident when we remember that these Commentaries were the work not of a detached scholar, but of a Reformer whose days were filled largely with pastoral work both in the church and in the state. His multiple activities and preoccupations in the latter capacity, especially in
In the Draft Order of Visitation of the Country Churches January 11, 1546 , there are some points made about what to watch for in assessing the ministries of pastors. 1. Doctrinal unity. The first order of business was to make sure that the pastor maintained, “proper uniformity of doctrine in the whole body of the