Over the years I've become alarmed at the lack of professionalism that exists among our ministers. This doesn't just apply to the new young guys. There seems to be slippage at all levels. Let me explain.
Our culture has made it acceptable for pastors to dress more casually. This is great! We no longer have to wear suits and ties every day. I enjoy the more casual style. When I pastored in southern California, my Sunday morning "work" clothes were business suits (we were in a very professional area) but otherwise I had a lot of flexibility. In my current ministry setting, I might wear a suit, a sweater, or when the weather is nice, polo shirts and even my fun Hawaiian shirts (much to my wife's and daughter's dismay!).
But I'm seeing a disturbing trend. Some pastors no longer consider the setting they are walking in to. What I mean is this. If you are going to meet with a city or town mayor or a group of community leaders, I don't think you should be wearing camo pants, hiking boots, and your favorite Duck Dynasty t-shirt! Trust me, this happens! Guys, go business casual at the very least! Look like a professional! I've walked into meetings to see a pastor who looked like he crawled out of bed, found the most wrinkled and ripped thing he could find, unshaven and looking like death warmed over.
I know. I'm old school in some ways. But I will go to my grave believing that I am a professional and I need to dress appropriately for the situation I'm in. I am glad I don't have to wear a tie all the time! But at the same time, I think I've learned that dressing right keeps you in the game rather than turning off the very people you are trying to influence.