pastorate

noun
pas·tor·ate | \ ˈpa-st(ə-)rət \

Definition of pastorate 

1 : the office, state, jurisdiction, or tenure of office of a pastor

2 : a body of pastors

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King begins his pastorate at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala. June 5: King earns doctorate from Boston University. USA TODAY, "Timeline: The life of Martin Luther King Jr.," 2 Feb. 2018 The Archdiocese of Baltimore has launched a long-term plan to reallocate resources over several years, including folding parishes into a smaller number of worship centers called pastorates. Jonathan M. Pitts, Washington Post, "Churches merge and close in Maryland — 8 Episcopal churches shutter since 2007," 23 Oct. 2017 The Archdiocese of Baltimore has launched a long-term plan to reallocate resources over several years, including folding parishes into a smaller number of worship centers called pastorates. Jonathan M. Pitts, Washington Post, "Churches merge and close in Maryland — 8 Episcopal churches shutter since 2007," 23 Oct. 2017 The Archdiocese of Baltimore has launched a long-term plan to reallocate resources over several years, including folding parishes into a smaller number of worship centers called pastorates. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Churches merge, close: 'We no longer live in Christendom. We really have to accept that it's a thing of the past'," 10 Oct. 2017 The Archdiocese of Baltimore has launched a long-term plan to reallocate resources over several years, including folding parishes into a smaller number of worship centers called pastorates. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Churches merge, close: 'We no longer live in Christendom. We really have to accept that it's a thing of the past'," 10 Oct. 2017 The Archdiocese of Baltimore has launched a long-term plan to reallocate resources over several years, including folding parishes into a smaller number of worship centers called pastorates. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Churches merge, close: 'We no longer live in Christendom. We really have to accept that it's a thing of the past'," 10 Oct. 2017 The Archdiocese of Baltimore has launched a long-term plan to reallocate resources over several years, including folding parishes into a smaller number of worship centers called pastorates. Jonathan M. Pitts, Washington Post, "Churches merge and close in Maryland — 8 Episcopal churches shutter since 2007," 23 Oct. 2017 The Archdiocese of Baltimore has launched a long-term plan to reallocate resources over several years, including folding parishes into a smaller number of worship centers called pastorates. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Churches merge, close: 'We no longer live in Christendom. We really have to accept that it's a thing of the past'," 10 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pastorate

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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