Definitions

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  • adj. Without a pastor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no pastor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without a pastor.

Etymologies

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pastor +‎ -less

Examples

  • Suppose you saw in one view all the blood of the witnesses of Christ, which had been let out of their veins by vain pretences, -- that you heard in one noise the doleful cry of all pastorless churches, dying martyrs, harbourless children of parents inheriting the promise, wilderness-wandering saints, dungeoned believers, wrested out by pretended zeal to peace and truth; -- and perhaps it may make your spirits tender as to this point.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • But the number trained has not been sufficient to supply our pastorless churches.

    The American Missionary — Volume 43, No. 11, November, 1889

  • The Associations were to look after pastorless churches and to recommend candidates for the ministry.

    The Development of Religious Liberty in Connecticut

  • Proposals provided that all ministers should be joined in Associations for mutual help and advice; for licensing candidates for the ministry; for providing for pastorless churches; for a general oversight of religion, and for the examination of charges brought against their own members.

    The Development of Religious Liberty in Connecticut

  • And the pastorless people spake often one to another, saying,

    Sketches of the Covenanters

  • Sir Robert Hamilton was the peerless champion of the pastorless people.

    Sketches of the Covenanters

  • His one cautious reference to their pastorless state, for he did not know that Green

    Green Valley

  • Elder Hatchett resigned as pastor in 1847 and the congregation was pastorless until 1850 when Elder J.W. Atkinson was engaged to serve in this capacity.

    A History of Caroline County, Virginia

  • But to his surprise on reaching the church of his membership he found it pastorless, and the church, therefore, felt that it could not arrange and grant his request, although they desired to do so.

    History of Louisiana Negro Baptists From 1804 to 1914

  • Five years after he joined the church, it became pastorless, and being led by the Spirit to believe that Bishop Welch was the man, called him to their pastorate in 1885.

    History of Louisiana Negro Baptists From 1804 to 1914

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