pastorate

noun

pas·​tor·​ate ˈpa-st(ə-)rət How to pronounce pastorate (audio)
1
: the office, state, jurisdiction, or tenure of office of a pastor
2
: a body of pastors

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The search for an assistant pastor will now be a search for someone to assume the senior pastorate. al, 13 Apr. 2022 Her second husband, the late Rev. Herbert Pair Jr., served as pastor of Sweet Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Coden, and in the early ’80s accepted a pastorate at Liberty Baptist in Crichton as the racial makeup of that district changed. al, 14 July 2021 That would change, most notably with the pastorate of Rev. Henry Pefferkorn. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 7 July 2021 Clergy also felt a sense of isolation, cut off from contact with their congregations and unable to do the kind of in-person ministry that drew them to the pastorate. Bob Smietana, Star Tribune, 7 May 2021 As a child, the future vice president moved with his family from one small pastorate to another, settling in Elmore, Minn., in 1937. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 King begins his pastorate at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala. June 5: King earns doctorate from Boston University. USA TODAY, 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, 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, 23 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pastorate was in 1728

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Cite this Entry

“Pastorate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pastorate. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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