1. Is it in the Bible?
2. What do we believe it means?
The pastorate is a term which refers to the right of the pastor to rule over the local church. God has divided Christian into geographical locations, and placed pastors in charge over these areas.
3. What does it really mean?
This concept is absolutely not in he Bible at all. it is however very large in the tradition of the church. Older churches operate in this principle, and new churches work hard to build this kind of government. It is a government which is presumed, even in "independent" churches!
when were refer to a "pastorate" we are exposing the fact that we are simply imitation the well-established governmental system of the catholic church. A "pastorate" is a word which is 100% human rulership and authority, based on incorrect tradition originated in the Dark ages, mostly by the Roman government.
((luke 22--Mar 10--Matt 20)))
25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise
lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them
are called benefactors.
26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. (Luke 22:25-26)
42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them,
Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles
exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority
43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: (Mark 10:42-43)
25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know
that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them,
and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; (Matthew 20:25-26)