For context, you may look at http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23906579-23109,00.html for the article on the meeting of Conservative Anglicans in Jerusalem as they consider breaking from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
People will always leave Lutheranism. It's a hard row to hoe. We focus on grace being free - and yet also have an incredibly harsh view of the commandments and teach a strong moralism. Our pastors are placed out on an island with Scripture and the Confessions - and the hope that there isn't anyone who wants to torpedo them. And it is tiring to be Lutheran - and some people will always become fed up - and some will always leave.
So here is the question I have. How come we don't hear about many folks becoming Anglican? I suppose there are some Lutherans who head that way - but most often it is a matter of swimming the Tiber to Rome or swimming the Bosphorous to the East. And yet, you might think that English speaking Lutherans might jump to Anglicanism.
Of course, in the US, the Episcopalians are rather liberal. . . but perhaps in the future will we see people swimming. . . well, not quite the Thames but maybe the Jordan - or maybe the Niger river. If there is a split in the Anglican communion and there is a conservative, scriptural focused Anglican communion - might that be a place where some disgruntled Lutherans go?
This is the thought I have been pondering (not because I am thinking about leaving - simply because I've been watching people who have). It would be an easy, friendly place to go. There is definitely a Lutheran connection there. Plus, you would have all the nice bishop based support that a lot of folks crave after some hard years in the parish. And if there is a split, the Conservative Anglican group would be seeking to grow in America - and if you use the common service, it wouldn't be a big jump over.
This all assumes one simple thing. It's better anywhere else. While you might have support, while you might have a fine structure - in the moment it is still you and the Word before the council. Don't worry about how you will handle - fear not those who can kill the body - and don't worry whom God will use to pick up the pieces.
Everywhere is messed up. Always has been. Old and New Testament. Jerusalem is the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her. The New Testament is full of Martyrs, and exile for the faithful, and banishment. Athanasius and Chysostom are both exiled, Augustine is in a backwater - Patrick and Columba, oigh. The Church on earth is always messed up - open up an Epistle and see if there is any golden age - and there isn't.
There is no river to swim to a perfect land - and there's no confession better than the Concordia. It's always nice to remember that.