Jump directly to the Content
Closet to pulpit

What (Not) to Wear: A Female Pastor Prepares to Preach (Part 2)

Our cultural expectations make my wardrobe choices difficult.
What (Not) to Wear: A Female Pastor Prepares to Preach (Part 2)

If you haven't read Part 1 of this piece yet, start there. Then enjoy this, the conclusion to a unnamed (by her preference) female pastor's sharp and insightful musing on ministry culture and gender. Female preachers, I sympathize… I had no idea. –Paul Pastor

We'll need to leave for church soon. It sounds like the kids downstairs finally found matching pairs of shoes. Back to my wardrobe.

Hmmm … Belts make me feel put together. Somehow I find strength in my shape as a woman and a belt shows that shape. A bust-line and a curved hipline are connected to my role as a mother. Now, is there a way to accent the waist between the two without it becoming sexual? I'm still not entirely sure I understand what "A woman shall be saved through child-bearing" means but I believe it has something to do with women finding peace in being women. For me that means looking like I could (and did) bear children.

I remember reading a blog post by Rachel Held ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

December
Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
Do Programs Help or Hinder?
Do Programs Help or Hinder?
How churches contribute to spiritual maturity without becoming just a calendar-cluttering distraction.
From the Magazine
If a Social Issue Matters to God, the Church Should Be Praying About It
If a Social Issue Matters to God, the Church Should Be Praying About It
Too often, our practices of intercession are thin to nonexistent. The Reformed tradition shows us how to revive them.
Editor's Pick
The Worst (and Best) Passage for Generosity Sermons
The Worst (and Best) Passage for Generosity Sermons
The widow’s mite story is about more than her sacrificial giving.
close