What do pastors have to have?

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As a way of validating their profession:

  • Hair dressers have to have edgy hair
  • Mechanics have to have a project car
  • Farmers have to have Carhartts
  • Teachers have to have an ugly sweater
  • Used car salesmen have to have a mustache and too much cologne (just chuckle and move on…don’t be offended)
  • Coffee baristas have to have a conspicuous piercing, tattoo, or both
  • Hipsters have to have strange facial hair and an article of clothing that makes them look really old
  • Musicians have to have a black t-shirt and skinny jeans
  • Real musicians have to have a ‘favorite band’ that nobody has ever heard of

I’m a young pastor, and I’m trying to figure out what it is that we’re “supposed to have.”

What do you think?

Fill in the blank: If I see a guy with ___________, I know he’s a pastor.


Christ follower, husband, father, writer, small groups pastor at Saddleback Community Church. Communications director for the Small Group Network.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • http://jonathanpearson.net/ Jonathan Pearson

    Iphone was the first thing that popped into my mind. Although, plenty of other people have them too.

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Got that. Check.

  • http://twitter.com/jasmadki Jason Adkins

    Bibleworks on a Mac

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      I don’t have Bibleworks…but I do have Accordance…and a Mac. Is that good enough?

  • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

    A big belly! :) All pastors have to have that! haha…

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      In that case, I hope to never be a pastor!

  • Todd

    A blog

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed


  • http://www.abrahamchronicles.com Dustin

    A nice hair paste in their hair. :)

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed


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  • http://twitter.com/thoughts4the_rd Angie Smith

    Hi Ben. Wanted to stop by and let you know that I just awarded you the Versatile Blogger award. I love reading your posts!


    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Wow, Angie…I’m humbled. Thanks!!

  • Anonymous

    Highlighted, moussed hair and a button down shirt with some kind of grunge cross on it. Ugh. Love our pastors but c’mon, does everyone have to look like a rock star these days? :)

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Well, in that case, I’ve still got a ways to go…I don’t have any highlights or grunge shirts!

  • http://willfjohnston.com Will Johnston

    I’m sitting a few feet from a lot of theology books, some of which I’ve never read.

  • Lucy Duggar

    facial hair and a bald head => youth pastor
    regular pastor… not so sure

  • Religion as Theater

    If I see a young guy wearing an untucked, open-neck shirt with jeans and acting like a second rate motivational speaker or country rock musician, then I know that he’s a pastor.