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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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Nevertheless, important systems of rank do obtain within the church body, of pastorship and (generally male) leadership, understood as ordained by God.
Churches that go along to get along, and ministers who see their pastorship as a job instead of a spiritual calling.
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.
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.
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.
The day my mother delivered her first sermon after securing the pastorship of Ambler Mennonite, the day my father marshaled the armies of reason against the proponents of irreducible complexity, I sat in my DC apartment revising a short story inspired by that Christmas Eve service the three of us had attended together.
Immigration authorities--mainly the staff of Finnish Immigration Service and its reception centres--get their pastorship through applicable education, work experience, and their work assignment.
The best known case of this in Cape Breton occurred during the pastorship of Father Kenneth MacDonald who was parish priest of the Mabou-West Lake Ainslie parish from 1865 to 1894.