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Pastor vs. Apostle

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The main difference between Pastor and Apostle is that the Pastor is a ordained leader of a Christian congregation and Apostle is a term originating from Greek, meaning messenger and ambassador; used as a religious title or concept in many Abrahamic religions

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  • Pastor (noun)

    A shepherd; someone who tends to a flock of animals.

  • Pastor (noun)

    Someone with spiritual authority over a group of people

  • Pastor (noun)

    A minister or a priest in a Christian church.

  • Pastor (verb)

    To serve a pastor

  • Apostle (noun)

    A Church (but see Apostle).

  • Apostle (noun)

    A pioneer or early advocate of a particular cause, prophet of a belief.

  • Apostle (noun)

    A top-ranking ecclesiastical official in the twelve seat administrative council of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Apostle (noun)

    A person who is plucked, that is, refused an academic degree.

  • Apostle (noun)

    A letter dismissory.

  • Apostle (noun)

    A note sent to an appeal court presenting the appeal in summary.

  • Apostle (noun)

    The trial court record sent to an appeal court concerning an appeal.

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Pastor (noun)

    A shepherd; one who has the care of flocks and herds.

  • Pastor (noun)

    A guardian; a keeper; specifically (Eccl.), a minister having the charge of a church and parish.

  • Pastor (noun)

    A species of starling (Pastor roseus), native of the plains of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. Its head is crested and glossy greenish black, and its back is rosy. It feeds largely upon locusts.

  • Apostle (noun)

    Literally: One sent forth; a messenger. Specifically: One of the twelve disciples of Christ, specially chosen as his companions and witnesses, and sent forth to preach the gospel.

  • Apostle (noun)

    The missionary who first plants the Christian faith in any part of the world; also, one who initiates any great moral reform, or first advocates any important belief; one who has extraordinary success as a missionary or reformer; as, Dionysius of Corinth is called the apostle of France, John Eliot the apostle to the Indians, Theobald Mathew the apostle of temperance.

  • Apostle (noun)

    A brief letter dimissory sent by a court appealed from to the superior court, stating the case, etc.; a paper sent up on appeals in the admiralty courts.

Webster Dictionary
  • Pastor (noun)

    a person authorized to conduct religious worship

  • Pastor (noun)

    only the rose-colored starlings; in some classifications considered a separate genus

  • Apostle (noun)

    an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform;

    "an apostle of revolution"

  • Apostle (noun)

    any important early teacher of Christianity or a Christian missionary to a people

  • Apostle (noun)

    (New Testament) one of the original 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel

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