Pastorates do many things better than traditional congregations.
Not only are pastorates better at doing many things than traditional small groups, they are also better for many things than the traditional congregation. Much of what the church does happens best in pastorates rather than in the larger congregation.
One of the greatest things about pastorates is the level of care they can provide both for their participants and for others. Several of our pastorates have walked with a member of their group through significant illnesses, and some have experienced the death of one or more of their members.
In a congregation, a pastor often strives to provide significant spiritual care during this kind of crisis, but a single visit, or even two or three, is usually the best the pastor can provide.