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1. The office, rank, or jurisdiction of a pastor.
2. A pastor's term of office with one congregation.
3. A body of pastors.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the office or term of office of a pastor
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a body of pastors; pastors collectively


(ˈpæs tər ɪt, ˈpɑ stər-)

1. the office or term of office of a pastor.
2. a body of pastors.
[1785–95; < Medieval Latin pāstōrātus= Latin pāstōr-, s. of pāstor (see pastor) + -ātus -ate3]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pastorate - pastors collectively
clergy - in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)
2.pastorate - the position of pastor
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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Reverend Carwyn Siddall said: "Since there isn't another large chapel in the pastorate and due to the historical importance of the chapel - Michael D Jones, founder of the Welsh colony in Patagonia, was born in the chapel house while father was minister of the chapel at the time - it was decided to renovate Hen Gapel.
Under his pastorate, church growth made it necessary for two major expansions, including adding 15,000 sq ft of classrooms, a new information center and additional offices.
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His first homily at the Vesper Service was laced with theology, humor and grace, which were welcome signs of his pastorate of the diocese.
service Sunday in honor of pastors who have supported the congregation while waiting for a full-time pastorate, with a reception following.
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We are blessed with a handful of lovely, humble pastors who share the shepherding duties, and although the pastorate of Little Church is still a boy's club, (my) hope springs eternal that that might someday change, perhaps even sooner than later.
In 1944, after a two-year pastorate in Croghan, New York, he volunteered for relief work in China.
He graduated from the Northern College, Manchester in 1987 and went to his first pastorate in Guisborough and Lingdale where he served as minister from 1987 until 1991.
She was inducted into the pastorate at a service led by Yorkshire Synod Moderator, the Rev Kevin Watson.