My hope is that people who read this will chew on the ideas, whether you have any firsthand experience with pastorates or not. If you have feedback, or if ideas are unclear, I would love to hear about your thoughts here via comments, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The manuscript I've written starts out with the "why" of pastorates, and appropriately enough we begin with the resurrection of Jesus. Have fun reading, and feel free to offer any feedback! I will post a new section of this manuscript every 2-3 days.
After Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, the Bible tells us that he talked with his disciples for about forty days before he ascended into the heavens and sent his Spirit to give his followers direction and power. During those forty days, Jesus gave clear directions to his followers. They were to take up the task Jesus had started. They were to be sent out to the world, even as he had been sent to Israel. They had received training from him over a three-year period, and now they were to go out and invite others into this Jesus-following movement. Nearly all of the New Testament writers include some version of Jesus commissioning his followers for this task.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).