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1. A Christian minister or priest having spiritual charge over a congregation or other group.
2. A layperson having spiritual charge over a person or group.
3. Archaic A shepherd.
tr.v. pas·tored, pas·tor·ing, pas·tors
To serve or act as pastor of.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pāstor, shepherd; see pā- in Indo-European roots.]

pas′tor·ship′ n.
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Noun1.pastorship - 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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2008) 'The craft of pastorship in Ghana and beyond'.
In the second lecture of "Omnes et singulatim": Towards a Criticism of Political Reason, Foucault (7) showed how this pastorship happened to combine with its opposite: the state.
Nevertheless, important systems of rank do obtain within the church body, of pastorship and (generally male) leadership, understood as ordained by God.
Following his ordination into the Church of England he took up a challenging curacy in rural Shropshire, a missionary post in Zimbabwe and then a pastorship in Chile.
TFPs who suffer similarly in their marriages have more difficulty leaving because of their pastorship.
John Davidson was born on April 11th 1857 in Barrhead, six miles away from Glasgow, the place where his father, an Evangelical Union minister, had been given a pastorship.
Save the Children's head of child protection Bill Bell said: "This case must serve as a wake-up call to governments and local authorities" Congolese Pastorship UK said: "We denounce any child abuse related to belief which includes physical and emotional violence.
this reference to pastorship allows a type of relationship between God and the sovereign to be designed, in that if God is the shepherd of men, and if the king is also the shepherd of men, then the king is, as it were, the subaltern shepherd to whom God has entrusted the flock of men and who, at the end of the day and the end of his reign, must restore the flock he has been entrusted with to God.
Petersburg, 1881-1917 (Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 2007); Jennifer Hedda, His Kingdom Come: Orthodox Pastorship and Social Activism in Revolutionary Russia (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2008); Jefferson J.
Among the points, signers of the declaration pledged to stop having multiple Masses on Sundays, allowing instead a Communion service and service of the word; to resist taking the pastorship of multiple parishes, installing instead lay parishioners in leadership roles; and to publicly promote the ordination of women and married men and women to the priesthood.
That Jackson served as an editor on the King Papers Project at Stanford University and is a pastor of a congregation in Cincinnati enhanced his analysis of King's first pastorship at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and his early public career.