Company of Pastors
The Company of Pastors or Venerable Company[page needed] (French: Compagnie des pasteurs) is an organization, comparable to a classis, of ministers and deacons of the Protestant Church of Geneva. It was established as part of the implementation of John Calvin's Ecclesiastical Ordinances in 1541 and originally consisted of the ministers of Geneva's three city churches and a dozen countryside parishes. It met every Friday morning to examine candidates for ministry and discuss the theological and practical business of the church.[page needed] In 1559 professors of the Genevan Academy were made members of the Company. The company's powers were drastically reduced in the nineteenth century.
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- Campagnolo, Matteo (21 January 2004). "Compagnie des pasteurs". Dictionnaire historique de la Suisse (in French). Bern. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- L’Eglise protestante de Genève. "Unie, diverse, libre" (PDF) (in French). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-08.
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