his own words here. It seems that as a church body we tend to target those new to the Pastoral Office in order to influence them away from things Lutheran and toward things that "work" -- as if our work brings people to Christ instead of the Lord and His Spirit working through the means of grace.
I quote the author:
One of the main thrusts of the conference seemed to be to drill in the
idea that we have different forms of worship to draw in different kinds
of people. There are those that like soft rock, and those that don't.
There is the understanding that if we all do our own thing, everything
we do is equally beneficial. And we have to offer as many
products as possible, so that we reach as many people as possible. I
heard it over and over again, some are able to do contemporary worship
and some are not able to do it, thus they don't.
Sadly, the purveyors of such stuff do not seem to realize that the different forms of worship that draw different kinds of people also represent different confessions of faith -- in opposition to and in conflict with our own confession of faith and its practice (something that our own worship books and forms promote)....