Dress Code Guide for Leadership & Service Team Ministries (STM) Volunteers
So that you may surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value [recognizing the highest and the best, and distinguishing the moral differences],
and that you may be untainted and pure... unerring and blameless [so that with hearts sincere and certain... you may approach] the day of Christ [not stumbling nor causing others to stumble].
Philippians 1:10 (AMPC)
Quest Leadership & Service Team Ministries (STM) volunteers contribute to the culture and atmosphere of Quest Church in the way they present themselves. A standard of excellence is essential to a favorable impression with members and guests.
The Dress Code below is a general overview of appropriate attire for STM volunteers – it is not intended to be all-inclusive. Volunteers are asked to use good judgment in situations not addressed. If you are ever uncertain about what is acceptable attire, please speak with your Team Leader.
Additionally, if you are ever in need of clothing for service, please email us at for an appointment to select items from our Volunteer Clothes Closet. (STM stores a limited selection of gently-used items that have been donated by Team Members.)
Appropriate attire includes modest clothing that is neat, clean, pressed, and in good condition. Appropriate dress does not include form-fitting or revealing clothing, athletic wear, or any “extreme” style or fashion in dress, footwear, accessories, fragrances, or hair.
Volunteers should wear ministry ID badges while serving.
Offensive/inappropriate tattoos must be covered at all times while serving. If you question the appropriateness of a tattoo, please speak with your Team Leader.
Scrubs and Other Work Uniforms
Scrubs and other work uniforms are not appropriate. (SMART volunteers, please speak with your Ministry Leader regarding ministry specific exceptions to this guideline.)
If a STM Leader determines that a volunteer’s dress or appearance is not appropriate (as outlined in this policy), he or she will review the policy with the volunteer and may require the volunteer to refrain from serving until the necessary changes are made.
Attire for Men
1. Appropriate Shirts includes Shirts with collars, business casual crewnecks and V-neck shirts, golf and polo shirts are appropriate. Ties, coats, and jackets are not required. Examples of inappropriate shirts include T-shirts, shirts with inappropriate slogans, muscle shirts, camouflage, and crop tops.
2. Appropriate Pants includes Casual slacks, pants, and nice jeans (without holes, frays, etc.) are appropriate. Examples of inappropriate pants include any that are wrinkled, holey, frayed, stained, patched, sagging, and/or worn below the waist or hip line. (Skin or undergarments should not be visible above pants in front or back.) Camouflage, sweatpants, athletic gear, shorts, overalls, leggings and any spandex or other form-fitting pants are also inappropriate. (Form- fitting pants and skinny jeans may be worn with loose fitting tops or jackets that cover hips.)
3. Appropriate Footwear includes Dressy or casual shoes and boots are appropriate. Examples of inappropriate footwear include floppy sandals, flip-flops, slippers, athletic shoes, and construction or hunting boots.
Attire for Women
1. Appropriate Pants includes Slacks, pants, dressy mid-calf or longer Capri’s, and nice jeans are acceptable.
Inappropriate pants include any that are sagging (no skin showing above pants in front or back), wrinkled, holey, frayed, stained or patched. In addition, sweatpants, athletic wear, shorts, leggings and any spandex or other form-fitting pants are inappropriate. (Form-fitting pants and skinny jeans may be worn with loose fitting tops that cover hips.)
2. Appropriate Skirts includes Dresses and Skirted Suits: Casual dresses and skirts – no more than 3 inches above the knees – are appropriate. Inappropriate attire includes Short, tight fitting skirts, Mini-skirts, strapless, see-through, and spaghetti-strap dresses are inappropriate.
3. Appropriate Shirts includes Tops, Blouses and Jackets: Dress shirts/blouses, sweaters, casual shirts/blouses, turtlenecks and polo-shirts are appropriate. Inappropriate attire includes tank tops, spaghetti strap tops, midriff tops, T-shirts, halter tops, tops with bare shoulders, and undershirts. Exposure of cleavage is inappropriate.
4. Appropriate Footwear includes Dressy or casual shoes, sandals, and boots are appropriate. Back straps are encouraged for safety reasons. (Back straps are required for Ushers.) Additionally, for safety and comfort, we strongly recommend flats or low heel shoes. Examples of inappropriate footwear includes floppy sandals, flip-flops, slippers, and athletic shoes.