Definition of pastor in English:


Syllabification: pas·tor
Pronunciation: /ˈpastər



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  • Be pastor of (a church or a congregation): he pastored Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto [no object]: he continued to study law while pastoring in Chicago
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    • I have never pastored large congregations nor preached to great numbers of people.
    • Prior to this he had pastored churches in Gloucestershire and Bedfordshire.
    • In large part, to talk about clergy deployment in the Episcopal church is to talk about pastoring congregations.



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  • Trying to decide to whom we would offer the pastorship was as close as I ever came to being a cardinal.
  • He resigned his associate pastorship in 1989 and, with the help of an inheritance and some investments, earned an MBA in marketing at Portland State University.
  • 1848 The Free Church of Scotland settlement is established at New Edinburgh, later Dunedin, New Zealand, under the pastorship of the reverend.


late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French pastour, from Latin pastor 'shepherd', from past- 'fed, grazed', from the verb pascere.

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