A pastorate is a mid-sized group (25-30 people) that meets fortnightly for food, fellowship, teaching and prayer. We currently have pastorates on Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Although some of the intimacy of a traditional ‘small group’ (up to a dozen people) is lost , there are three big advantages:
1. It is easier to join a larger group than it is to break into an established small group of people who know each other well
2. It is more stable. If six people are away in a normal small group, the group stops functioning. If six are away in a group of 25, you hardly notice.
3. It is easier to plant new groups. You can send a core of 8 people to plant a new Pastorate, without threatening the sending group.
Why is a Pastorate Effective for Growth?
Purposes of a Pastorate