Conflict of Interest...
A pastor gets paid by the local congregation he serves.
The local congregation that supports the pastor differ on theological issues (women elders, abortion, open communion, etc.).
What does the pastor do?
If he confronts the local congregation and tells them to repent of their errors and they don't, could that affect his pay? As a young pastor this is critical (he may be supporting a family). As an old pastor he may be looking at a cut at his retirement.
If he allows the errors to continue, the pastor is being unfaithful to Scripture, the Lutheran confessions and his congregation.
I really don't know the answer: how does the church take care of it's pastors if the pastor and congregation don't agree?
How has the Lutheran church cared for it's pastors in the past? How has the Lutheran church removed the conflict of interest? Has it always been this way in the LCMS? American Lutheranism? Is German Lutheranism or Swedish Lutheranism different?
UPDATE: I forgot this possibility: An errant pastor and an errant congregation. This combo may be the deadliest because they are both comfortable in their sins - feeding each other incessantly - paying the pastor to tell them what they want to hear and the pastor not wanting to have his pay cut.
Again, I have no clue and seek answers.