I am not sure why, but a visiting preacher opened his sermon the other day by implying some may not be that happy that he was preaching. He may have been alluding to doctrinal differences but if that was the case he never made it clear.
In country towns & probably cities for that matter casual nuances rule except when they don’t. I wouldn’t call God layed back, except on the day he rested from all His labour (so to speak).Tit 2:7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness.
The pulpit (the minister) is meant to be an instrument of God. Played beautifully, skilfully & humbly it can be of great blessing & truly edifying where Christ takes centrality instead of cloudy sleepy stuff. Doctrine aside, sometimes I get the impression that casualness is being worshiped & our holy God is second or third down the list.
It is a dilemma for the church of God as it goes this way & that as formality meets with the informal and man centred worship & God centred worship can get a bit mixed up at times.