Why Should Ministers Wear
By Bishop Steven Lyn Evans (ANCCI)
Used by Permission
The clerical collar is a sign of priestly consecration to the Lord. Just
like a wedding ring distinguishes husband and wife and symbolises the
union they enjoy, so the clerical collar identifies bishops and priests
(pastors) and often deacons.
2. The clerical collar prevents
other people will recognise the minister's intentions if he found
himself in what might appear to be compromising circumstances. For
example, if a priest is required to make pastoral visits to different
apartment houses in an area where drug dealing or prostitution is
prevalent. In such circumstances the collar sends a clear message to
everyone that the priest has come to minister to the sick and needy in
Christs name. This
prevents the possibility of idle speculation that might have been
triggered by a minister known to neighbourhood residents visiting
dressed as a layman.
3. The clerical collar serves as a necessary challenge
to an age drowning in impurity, exhibited by suggestive dress,
blasphemous speech and scandalous actions.
4. The clerical collar offers a kind of
oneself, it provides a reminder to the priest himself of his mission and
identity: to witness to Jesus Christ, the Great High Priest, as one of
5. A minister dressed as the Church has historically
desired is a reminder of God and of the sacred. The prevailing secular
morass is not kind to images which connote the Almighty, the Church,
etc. When one wears a clerical collar, the hearts and minds of others
are refreshingly raised to the
who is usually relegated to a tiny footnote in the agenda of
6. A priest in a clerical collar is a walking
testimony. The sight of a cheerful, happy priest confidently walking
down the street can even be a magnet drawing people towards God. God
does the calling; the priest is simply a visible sign God will use to
draw people unto himself.
7. The clerical collar makes the minister available at
all times for the work of the Gospel to the society at large. Because
the clerical collar gives instant recognition, ministers who wear it
make themselves more apt to be approached, particularly when seriously
needed. Many ministers testify to being summoned for assistance in
airports, crowded cities and isolated villages because they were
immediately recognised as priests.
8. The clerical collar serves as a
contradiction to a
world lost in sin and rebellion against the Creator. The collar makes a
powerful statement: the priest as a living sacrifice has accepted the
Redeemers mandate to
take the Gospel into the public square, regardless of personal cost.
9. The officers
in Christs army
should be identifiable as such. Traditionally, we have remarked that
believers are soldiers
of Christ. Those who are ordained as deacons, priests and bishops must
also be prepared
whatever the stakes
to shepherd the flock of the Lord. Those priests who wear the clerical
collar show their role unmistakably, as leaders in the Church.
10. Your life is not your own; you belong to God in a
special way, you are sent out to serve him with your life. When we wake
each morning, we should turn our thoughts to our loving God, and ask for
the grace to serve him well that day. We remind ourselves of our status
as His chosen servants by putting on the attire that proclaims for all
to see that God is still working in this world through the ministers of
11. All Nations Christian Church International
encourages ordained ministers to wear clerical clothing. If ministers
attempt to be just like everyone else in their
style of life
and manner of dress,
then their mission as priests of Jesus Christ will be hindered.
"I can attest to the benefits of wearing clerical
garments. It was not my church tradition to wear them, but after being
ordained as a bishop under apostolic succession and within the Anglican,
Orthodox and Catholic traditions I have been wearing clerical garments.
The respect and opportunities to minister to people are made wide open
by the ministerial uniform."
Steven Lyn Evans is a bishop with All
Nations Christian Church International and was ordained as a bishop in
the same consecration service with Bishop Tom Brown.
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