from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The office, rank, or jurisdiction of a pastor.
- n. A pastor's term of office with one congregation.
- n. A body of pastors.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The role or responsibilities of a pastor.
- n. The period of service of a particular pastor to their congregation; their term of office.
- n. An organization or body consisting of multiple pastors.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The office, state, or jurisdiction of a pastor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The status or office of a pastor, or the people under his spiritual care. Hence The time during which a pastor remains in charge of a parish: as, a pastorate of twenty years.
- n. The body of pastors in a given community.
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- n. pastors collectively
- n. the position of pastor
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Anyway, as I continue to think about what goes into a long-term pastorate, last night was a revelation.
The two churches will also become part of the same 'pastorate'.
In the discourse delivered to my flock on the twenty-fifth anniversary of my pastorate was the following passage, to whose truth the added years have only added confirmation, “There is still another sweet mercy which has been vouchsafed to me in the true heart that has never faltered and the gentle footstep that has never wearied in the pathway of life for two and thirty years.
I left the pastorate nearly two decades ago, broken and disillusioned.
And, quite honestly, I like the thought of it, perhaps because, although I left the pastorate many years ago, I never left my desire to help others in their spiritual walk.
He gave up a local pastorate in Enid in 1947 to come in an evangelistic method in Tulsa to urge for a recovering of a total person a body, thoughts as well as spirit.
By that time, Mr. Shuttlesworth had split with his Birmingham congregation and moved on to a new pastorate in Cincinnati.
He seemed to chafe wherever he went, and didn't get along with the deacons at his first pastorate, in Selma.
The first of these, John (later known as a portrait painter) was born in 1767 at Marshfield in Gloucestershire, where the Reverend William Hazlitt had accepted a new pastorate after his marriage.
I wondered if his preparation for the pastorate included what my denomination and many others require: a required course on clergy sexual misconduct prevention and how to create a congregation free from sexual abuse, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.