The Pastor

It’s common for people to look to a pastor when they need guidance, comfort, healing, or a deeper sense of purpose. The Christian Science Pastor is available to offer this kind of nurturing and mentoring around the clock. That’s because the worldwide Church of Christ, Scientist has just one universal, permanent Pastor.     

Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded Christian Science, wanted her Church’s Pastor to be as pure, constant, and powerful as God’s Word itself. To this end, in 1895 she ordained as Pastor both the Bible and her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which opens up the Bible in its application to all human needs. Together, these two books are a mentor, spiritual resource, and timeless guide open to all—a Pastor for the world. As the universal Pastor for the Church of Christ, Scientist, the Bible and Science and Health embrace church congregations with a message of Christian love, preach the Word with clarity, minister to those needing care in every place and circumstance, and prove their worth through healing transformation. Because of its timeless spiritual message, the Pastor is a powerful preacher at all Christian Science worship services. On Sundays, a Bible Lesson-Sermon of passages from these books is presented by Readers. Wednesday services include topical readings from the Pastor and time for congregants to share how it has illumined their inseparable relationship with God and brought about healing through prayer.  

Christian Scientists “take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life” (Science and Health, p. 497). Together with Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, it serves as the pastor of The First Church of Christ, Scientist.
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Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is Mary Baker Eddy’s primary work and the definitive textbook on the system of healing that she discovered in 1866 and named Christian Science.
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Weekly Bible Lesson

Discover a fresh perspective on the Bible These weekly Bible Lessons address deep questions about life as well as the everyday problems we face.

Dive into relatable themes each week that
offer inspiring new perspectives.

See how to apply the lessons of the Bible to the needs of our own lives and our communities.

Gain insights on prayer and healing.


The Weekly Bible Lessons are a fundamental part of Christian Scientists’ study to gain a deeper, clearer understanding of God’s love and care for us. Each lesson consists of Bible verses and passages from the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and contain inspiration and insight on topics pertinent to daily living.

At the end of the week in which a Lesson is studied, it’s read as a part of the Sunday sermon in Christian Science churches worldwide. Listening to the Lesson with the understanding and inspiration gained from the week’s study is the “icing on the cake” that can bless and benefit everyone. The Lesson is also an important part of the Sunday School class discussions, as young people learn how to apply these ideas in their own lives.

These Bible Lessons are available in a variety of formats — print, audio, and eReader versions — so you can take inspiration from these Lessons at home or on the go.

You may access the Bible Lesson at your local Christian Science Reading Room, or click here to access it online.