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EtymologyEdit

pastor +‎ -ate

NounEdit

pastorate (plural pastorates)

  1. The role or responsibilities of a pastor.
    The old pastor found his pastorate wearying, and longed to retire.
  2. The period of service of a particular pastor to their congregation; their term of office.
    His pastorate had been marked by several changes in church policy with regards to community outreach.
  3. An organization or body consisting of multiple pastors.
    At the denomination's annual conference, the pastorate had passed a bylaw prohibiting members from performing online marriage ceremonies.

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