I can't seem to quite get past that NY Times editorial--almost two months old now--that said congregations are more consumer-driven and pastors are pressured to forsake their calling. I was reminded of it again today when I saw an entry on a blog called United Methodeviations titled "Make-No-Wave United Methodist Church."
I do encourage you to read the whole disheartening thing. It is exactly the kind of pressure that MacDonald was talking about in his editorial. I gave MacDonald a lot of grief, but I do realize that congregations are not always blameless innocent bystanders suffering under the tyranny of egomaniacal clergy.