So about a year ago I had all of 3 readers and wrote a series on how a Youth Pastor should dress. I am updating it because the times have changed and I’m feeling lazy.
There are a lot of different YPs out there with their own unique style. That is cool and all. This is for the guy or girl that isn’t sure how to dress as a YP. This is a very important choice and needs to be well thought out. There are some very treacherous pitfalls to avoid along the path. You want to look cool, but not like you are just adopting the same style your students wear. You don’t ever want to get confused for the metrosexual worship leader. I mean think about it you go up to give an announcement and the band start playing because they got confused by your Puma’s and paper denim … ouch how embarrassing. You also have to look mature enough that parents don’t freak when you drive off with their only child for the overnight convention trip. This is why I’ve come up with a few rules.
I know that last sentence just scared you. Sure your Bible College had tons of rules about what to wear but the good news is, if your Bible college was like mine then these rules will break almost every rule from your Alma Mater.
OK this is a great place to start. You need to have a few different shoes but they can be pretty pricey so don’t go too crazy here. Own at least one pair of flip flops. Not the $2 super el cheapo ones though. Spend at least $10. Still affordable and they will actually last the year.
Now you will want a pair of tennis shoes also. You can go with Puma if your style leans toward metro, but be careful about leaning to far this way, next thing you know your are going to be pawning your wife’s jewelry so you can buy a pair of Diesel’s and that ain’t cool. Personally I like to go with Nike. They are a solid name brand so you won’t embarrass yourself or your Youth. They can be affordable and will last you more than a year. Of course, at the end of the year it is time to retire your old work shoes and let this pair become work shoes. Frugality impresses parents by the way.
OK, now you are wondering about dressier shoes. Now this is your call. I own one pair of dress shoes. They are cheap and only make appearances for weddings and funerals. You have to be careful here because you can get caught up in a shoe craze buying various loafers and the like to match this that and the other only to realize your bank account cannot support buying the this that and the other.
Finally let’s consider some other shoes options and styles. I personally own some monster work boots for those hard core work days. These are left over from my days as a carpenter. I also own motorcycle boots for when I ride (cool factor plus 100 if your spouse will let you). I do have a couple of other sneaker style shoes so I am not wearing the exact same thing all the time as well. Specifically I am rocking Chucks more than my Nikes.
Cowboy boots are the hardest look to pull off unless you live in Texas. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but think it through. For the same price you can buy quite a few other shoes … or entire outfits including accessories when you count the counseling bills you will inure from the severe mocking if you don’t pull the look off.
Next week I’ll be writing about pants and just keep working my way up all week long.