Proper Ministerial Attire

July 31, 2015
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Podcast Episode #146


We discuss a recent blogpost on ministerial attire, and how that definition changes from church to church and region to region. Also in this episode, Jonathan managed to work in a Downton Abbey reference, and we completely sidestepped the women’s attire discussion.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Demographic context matters a great deal in what a pastor wears in the pulpit.
  • The general trend, both culturally and in the church, is toward more casual attire.
  • Don’t put your personal clothing preferences above your love for others.
  • Church attire is about more than just clothing. It’s also about putting others above yourself.

The six points on ministerial attire we cover are:

  1. Understand the demographic context
  2. Understand the church’s expectations
  3. Understand changes in fashion styles
  4. Lead change gradually
  5. Don’t put your preferences ahead of your love for others
  6. Understand the emotional attachment

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