EFCA One – “The Reformation of the Pastoral Office”

Greg Strand – July 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Scott Manetsch serves Professor of Church History at TEDS. Manetsch recently published an excellent book that addresses much more thoroughly the topic of his lecture series: Calvin’s Company of Pastors: Pastoral Care and the Emerging Reformed Church, 1536-1609 (New York: Oxford, 2013).

We have the privilege of receiving the fruit of his extensive research and insightful reflections in this workshop, “The Reformation of the Pastoral Office.” In these three lectures given as part of our EFCA One Conference, Manetsch considers ways in which the Protestant Reformers departed from medieval Catholic understandings of priesthood, and fashioned a vision of ministry focused on preaching, pastoral care/discipline, and visitation/education. You will note that what happened here was foundational to how we understand and carry out pastoral ministry today.

We have included recordings and notes of the three sessions. Not only was the content excellent, but Manetsch also interacted extensively with participants, which added immensely to the sessions. You will be encouraged and challenged as you (re)consider pastoral ministry and the ministry of the Word as you serve God’s people in the context of the local church.

Lecture One: “Pastors and their Vocation

Lecture Two: “Pastors and the Ministry of the Word

Lecture Three: “Pastors and the Ministry of the Pastoral Care


The Reformation of the Pastoral Office – Scott Manetsch EFCA One 2013 handout

Greg Strand


Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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