Back in 1992, there was a catch phrase that arose against President Bush, who went from a 90% approval rating a year before the election to being voted out of off. He had been befuddled about why things were turning against him, and the snarky answer was, "It's the Economy, Stupid".
So, now the LCMS has a new president, and for many of us, things look highly rosy. I myself love the new theme ( as explained by Rev. Esget) and think it is a wonderful focusing tool. But, to be honest (and cynical), what is most likely to be important? Not theology, not wonderfully deep and rich worship, not fantastic items coming out of CPH -- nope. The same thing that tends to drive parishes. Budgets.
How many difficulties, how much dissatisfaction come about simply because of budgets? Let's hope for some good fiscal sense these next three years.