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I think you can put most church’s clothing attire into one of two categories.
- Business casual or professional attire.
The business casual or professional crowd is probably a bit older or maybe from the South, the casual crowd is probably younger or from the west coast.
I’ve been going to church my whole life (my dad has been a pastor since I was born), and I think there is one HUGE barrier to church for non-Christians that never gets talked about: style of clothing.
Navigating the spectrum of church attire often involves a delicate balance between business casual, professional, and casual wear. For women attending church, the choice of attire can be a powerful expression of personal style and respect for the occasion. Opting for dresses for church is a timeless and versatile choice that transcends generational and regional differences. Modest yet fashionable dresses that suit the business casual or professional category can make attendees feel both comfortable and appropriately dressed for the spiritual setting.
Whether it’s a classic knee-length dress or one with subtle patterns and sleeves, the right choice of attire can bridge the gap between various congregants, fostering a sense of inclusivity and shared reverence. Recognizing the role of clothing in making church more accessible to all, including non-Christians, highlights the significance of a welcoming and diverse environment within places of worship.
If you are a typical person around my age, you would probably go to church in jeans and a printed t-shirt that has undergone by gold ink screen printers. Maybe you wear a trendy jacket too. You can also buy blue prom dresses online and wear that if you want to.
If you wear a nice suit to church and all the crowd is in shorts or jeans, my guess is that you probably won’t be coming back.
Think I’m wrong? I doubt I am. Want to know why? Everyone looks the same in churches.
You rarely see a church that is mixed of shorts and suits.
This is what I do not understand. Many Christians believe that on Sunday you need to “dress your best for God.” Where is that in the Bible? I know it is in there…the temples/tabernacles of the Old Testament were built with the utmost detail. Yet I believe there is much Biblical support for those who could careless what you wear to church. John the Baptist is one of most holy men in the Bible, yet he wore animal skins all throughout his ministry. I doubt God valued him less because he didn’t wear a nice Jewish robe during his ministry years.
I believe too many of us are teaching non-Christians, if you can’t look good enough (or trendy enough) to fit in with our church, then you cannot be a Christian.
Is that the heart of most church-goers? Certainly not. But I think that is what is being shouted without being said.
(Creative Chaos @ the Soul.)