Roberts Liardon tells us that while Calvin was enjoying his office as a pastor, another segment of the ministry began to open. Bucer had recently installed a man by the name of John Sturm to be the rector of the old Strasbourg convent, with the mission of turning it into a Bible school. Sturm soon turned this school into one of the most renowned and successful schools of the Reformation.
Sturm also became a close friend of Calvin’s. God was placing the most matured Reformers of the period in Calvin’s path, and Calvin embraced their friendship. Soon, Sturm appointed Calvin as a chief instructor at the school. With Calvin’s involvement, the school expanded into an academy with a wide curriculum. Calvin and Bucer groomed and prepared students for the ministry. Calvin called the students the “new teachers.”
Roberts Liardon tells us that this church school was a prototype, the first of its kind. Its mission was to raise up a new breed of teachers who would go out and spiritually reproduce themselves in other cities and nations. The new school’s mandate and purpose made Calvin feel like he was in heaven. Everything flourished around him; he couldn’t even begin to satisfy the immense spiritual hunger of the group. His involvement in this school would serve as a pattern for something he would pioneer later—a school that sent its ministers to every corner of the known world.
During this time, Calvin’s influence began to spread. Strasbourg was his place of training and maturity, but he was constantly called out to lecture and speak at conferences in surrounding cities and nations. He was particularly popular with the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, who sponsored a series of conferences regarding religion.
Calvin was always an invited speaker. He also continued to use his writing skills. (I have listed the dates and titles of all his works at the close of the chapter.) During his three years at Strasbourg, Calvin authored four books and a very famous letter that rescued the destiny of Geneva.