Definition of pastorate in US English:



  • 1The office or period of office of a pastor.

    ‘I left the pastorate in 1974’
    • ‘The superficial similarities are obvious: both have Welsh connections, but write in English; both are priests in the Anglican tradition; both served their pastorates in rural settings.’
    • ‘Two pastorates in New York State preceded the world-famous ministry he established in Neshaminy, Bucks County, north of Philadelphia.’
    • ‘Then came the great change and, after training for the ministry, he was called to the pastorate of Alexandra Road Congregational Church, Hemel Hempstead, in 1958.’
    • ‘A time away from the pastorate can provide a renewal of one's call to ministry.’
    • ‘For nearly forty years his name has been linked with that pastorate, where he has maintained an undeviating witness to ‘the old paths’.’
    • ‘The formal step of calling him to the pastorate was, therefore, ‘well tried’, and the members were unanimous in their decision.’
    • ‘The pastorate has been marked by evangelistic work in local schools, homes for the elderly, the local day hospice, and outreach through literature distribution and home visiting around the town.’
    • ‘He persuaded the Catholic bishops to begin by publicly declaring that if the Donatists would take communion with them and unite, they would then invite their Donatist opposite numbers to share in the pastorate of each diocese.’
    • ‘Since taking up my present pastorate in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, I have tried all sorts of ways to get people under the sound of the gospel of grace, with a measure of success.’
    • ‘His six years' pastorate at my home church during his late thirties was his first experience of settled ministry, although he spent time each year in evangelistic crusade ministry.’
    • ‘He was educated at the University of Utrecht, served pastorates in Xanten and Gluckstadt, and became Professor of Hebrew and Practical Theology at Frankfurat.’
    • ‘When Ivan agreed in April 2002 to accept the pastorate, the church was filled with a real sense of peace and thankfulness to God.’
    • ‘To my knowledge, I was the youngest woman in Southern Baptist life to be ordained into a church pastorate and one of only two female Baptist pastors in the state of Georgia.’
    • ‘He sought out a church that taught the Scriptures that had become his new life. Eight years later he gave up a secure government position to accept the pastorate of a small church.’
    • ‘His pastorate was the most important of the nineteenth century, but at his death, in 1847, the church had a membership of only 20.’
    • ‘Still, I respond happily when people call me pastor, and I am convinced that the pastorate would have been a fulfilling lifelong career.’
    • ‘The whole matter of how men are called to pastorates and why they leave them needs fresh consideration.’
    • ‘Like many other pastors, he began his pastorate trying to wear the ill-fitting theological armor of his theological professors.’
    • ‘Feeling called to the ministry, he spent a year in private study before beginning his pastorate at Spring Road Evangelical Church in 1955.’
    • ‘In 1950, newly married and fresh out of graduate school, we accepted the pastorate of a struggling Baptist church that had turned for help to the Conservative Baptist movement.’
    1. 1.1 Pastors collectively.
      • ‘Both delineated the intolerability of a pastorate that reified historical constructions of the self and its inner life and that then exploited this reification to its own advantage.’
      • ‘The conference keynote speaker and host was a pastor who prior to taking the pastorate at Glad Tidings, spent 10 years as an evangelist to the native nations in the United States and Canada.’
      • ‘While I have some wonderful professors, some openly admitted that they are teaching because they did not like or care about the pastorate.’