Richard Baxter on Visiting Parishioners

Richard Baxter wrote a book that ought to be read by every minister in our own day. It was called The Reformed Pastor. Baxter’s own ministry involved teaching families in their homes for his entire life. He taught them the basics of the faith and questioned where they were at with God at the time. I think this ministry must be recovered, despite our geographical separation. Baxter, in recommending the method of in-home catechizing, says:

We spend Monday and Tuesday, from morning almost to night, in the work, taking about fifteen or sixteen families in a week, that we go through the parish, in which there are upwards of eight hundred families, in a year;