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"For The Pulpit And Congregation" – The Work Of Nineteenth-Century Ministers

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This chapter sketches what it was that early nineteenth-century Reformed ministers in the Netherlands were expected to do, and how their range of activities changed over time. It presents an initial survey of the social world in which ministers shaped and developed their profession. The chapter explores what the nineteenth-century ministers did. It reveals that they spent much more time on religious education (especially for children and adolescents), rituals (in church services and elsewhere), pastoral conversation with congregants, and all sorts of social activities. Only their work from the pulpit (including public Catechism instruction) became less important. Nineteenth-century preachers gave fewer sermons, their sermons were shorter, anddespite a short-lived initial trend toward memorizationthey were less likely to learn the words by heart. Ministers growing diversity may have undermined their solidarity, but thanks to the growing variety of services they offered, they appear to have won the allegiance of their flocks.

Keywords: Catechism instruction; nineteenth-century ministers; religious education



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