Is not the Church the mother of all believers, because she brings them to new birth by the Word of God, educates and nourishes them all their life, strengthens them and finally leads them to complete perfection?

– John Calvin (Commentary on 1 Timothy 3:15 from Calvin’s Commentaries, vol . 10 [trans., T. A. Smail; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1964], 231.)