take a gander yourself by clicking here.
FWIW I do know that Texas, like the Mid-South District of the LCMS, has leaned heavily upon the stealth mission plant. That is, they have planted missions which neither look nor act nor sound like anything Lutheran. They don't have the name Lutheran in their name and you have to be Sherlock Holmes to find the Lutheran association on their print and web materials. They have the big band/worship diva/ contemporary sound (at least for their non-immigrant missions). They eschew vestments and sacraments in favor of something that might be more akin to what another Texan, Joel Osteen, does on Sunday morning (though the sermon may be different.
That said, if this is the kind of growth we are going for, it will not be long before the official web site of the Synod will have to begin hiding their Lutheran identity as well. The more we move in this direction, the less Lutheran we will be (and not only because we have no "Lutheran" adjective in front of our names). I am not fond of such missions and fear that this growth may increase the numbers but decrease the Lutherans in our Synod. BTW, Texas and Mid-South are not the only ones who plant stealth missions.
In case you are interested, let me point you to another blog post about the missing Gospel in two very different congregations. It makes you glad for the liturgy and downright happy for good old traditional 3 part sermons on the text (usually the Gospel) of the day. Read it all here.
There is a snowball's chance in hell the LCMS might ever look like St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral but the odds are much better we might end up looking, acting, sounding, and believing like the McLean Bible Church.