As we wait for author consent on the various Oktoberfest papers, I would like to ask the readers about what you feel are the most pressing issues facing the WELS today. I would hope that this could open up a synod-wide discussion. I also would hope that more of the laity would feel free to discuss these theological issues with WELS pastors.
Here is my short list:
1) Losing our Lutheran identity
a) Contemporary worship - worship gatherings
b) the belief that liturgy usage is behavior modification
c) the use of evangelical methods
2) The public ministry and its forms...?
3) Sacrament of Holy Communion
a) close(d) / open
c) confirmation age requirement
4) Seminary training
5) Promotion of Church and Change leaders throughout the synod