The pastoral vocation is to help people grow spiritually, resist their lowest impulses and adopt higher, more compassionate ways. But churchgoers increasingly want pastors to soothe and entertain them. It’s apparent in the theater-style seating and giant projection screens in churches and in mission trips that involve more sightseeing than listening to the local people.
ANd of course it all gets down to asking what the church is there for, who God is calling us to be.
ADDENDUM (Aug 9)
Here is a well written response to that op-ed piece.
And here is another article on clergy burnout.