1847 French Multi-Congregational Ministry?

I was just reading “Living in the Hope of Glory” by Adolphe Monod.  Monod was an evangelical French pastor who has had much influence in the French speaking church through his book Les Adieux (Farwells) which has recently been translated into English and retitled.

I was struck by this comment in the brief biography in the front:
[1847]  “In Paris, the majority of his time was taken up in preparing and delivering sermons.  The entire city was organized as one large parish, with tens of thousands of members spread across three houses of worship and served by a team of pastors who shared many of the duties on a rotating basis.”

It makes me wonder how many other places have had a multi-congregational approach to ministry over the years..

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