Definition of pastor in English:


Line breaks: pas¦tor
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːstə



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  • Be pastor of (a church or congregation): he pastored Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto [no object]: he continued to study law while pastoring in Chelsea
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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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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Two pastorates in New York State preceded the world-famous ministry he established in Neshaminy, Bucks County, north of Philadelphia.


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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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