How important do you think it is for a pastor to make sure he is dressed the part in public when performing non-pastoral functions. For instance, I knew a now-deceased pastor who, while doing painting or plumbing at home, would remove his work clothes and dress up in a coat and tie to go to the hardware store to get needed extra material. He said he must always present himself properly when in public. Another amusing thing he would do is to dress up in a coat and tie when going to the doctor for a physical knowing he had to undress when he got there. What prompted this thread is the following. We have a minister neighbor who lives in the next apartment building who (on the hottest days), wears his coat to and from his car. He takes his coat off upon entering his car. The amusing part is that when he comes home in the hot evenings, he puts on his coat upon exiting the car and then struts into the building. Do ministers realize how amused people get when they perform like that?