I’ve been watching a lot of videos messages lately from large growing churches with younger pastors and thousands of members.
Look at the websites of these churches and every one has front and center GET INVOLVED and FIND A GROUP.
Watching their sermons online I’ve been impressed with how they use cultural references to grab attention, frame a message and then move to core teaching that is not bound by pop culture, but the depth of their teaching and ministry. They use the culture to communicate that they get what is happening in our world, that their in touch, relevant…
Very recently the Rev. Dan Harper, a UU minister, said he wished there was a blog like Beauty Tips for Ministers for male ministers. Since reading his post I’ve started noticing what that pastors are wearing in the videos I watch.
- Nice button down shirt
- Blue Jeans
My wife, the Rev. Amy Freedman, and I have discussed the appropriateness of wearing jeans to church at length. She’s from the school of thought that we should dress for church. Me? I appreciate dressing up, dress up regularly, including when I’m preaching, but do think it worth asking what our clergy wearing robes and helps or hurt us.
Hey Rev! Who are you dressing to minister to? Baby boomers?
One of the ministers I learn most from is Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point Community Church. He understands relevance, preaching and communication . In fact, I highly recommend his book Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication. I think North Point is worth studying. You can watch their video messages on their main site. Here’s one example…
Dress wise you’ll find a range but overall it is more casual than what our ministers wear. What do you think? How does their dress make you feel.
Me? I find it immediately disarming. I feel like I’m engaging with a human being. Though I will say that many of the messages I’ve watched, the ones I’ve watched all the way through, the speaker is communicating with us, not preaching at us.
What impact do you think clergy wardrobes — and plain ol’ robes — have on our ministry? Anyone know of UU ministers preaching in blue jeans?
UPDATE: Thanks to all of you who have commented. In response to a couple of emails I wanted to note that I am not advocating that you all toss your robes and bring out the Levi’s. Just worth thinking about how the physical appearance of our congregations, staff and volunteers influence perceptions of our ministry.