I was noticing in some of the responses in the other thread that pastors tended to mention dressing differently for services than the rest of the congregation. When someone mentioned a clerical collar and someone else mentioned a robe, that got me to thinking...
My philosophy is that no Christian is more important than another. We have, however, all been called to different lives and different ministries within those lives. I have often said that being called to be a pastor/preacher/ordained elder doesn't make a person a better Christian, it just means that God has called that person to a different assignment in ministry than He has called the lay person.
That being said, there's a balance that needs to be drawn between the pastor being the "friend" of everyone in the congregation, and the pastor holding the office that is Biblically, under Christ, the pastor is the head of the local church. I have seen and/or heard of cases when this headship has been abused by a domineering and/or controlling pastor), and I have also seen and/or heard of cases when the pastoral headship has often been ignored by the church board and/or the congregation.
So, bringing this back into the area of how people dress for church, could the way a pastor dresses have the tendency to convey the proper balance? For instance, if a pastor appears to be aloof, stuffy, and even domineering, might it not perhaps be better for a pastor to "dress more along the lines as the people of the congregation? On the other hand, if the pastor is seen too much as a "buddy" and not a spiritual leader (especially by strong willed and/or controlling and/or domineering church board members), might it not be perhaps better for a pastor to wear something that symbolizes the pastoral calling and office--such as a clerical collar and/or a robe?
Just wondering what other people may think about this.