I wish it were possible or preachers/priests everywhere to be candid about how they make their specific church work. They have to navigate between their local governing board, the denomination’s “laws” and the variety of people in their congregation.
I read an interview with a liberal rabbi who is doing just that. She explains that her slice of liberal religion has as much visibility as the home office. She says the problem is that few clergy are able to break away from conservative centers and go their own way. The result is that the denominations are losing ground they could hold on to.
Many religious denominations have hundreds of churches and many thousands of members. Probably those preaching out in the hustings get feedback that doesn’t make it to the home office or governing boards. Large denominations have churches in liberal university cities where relatively young people attend as well as in rural areas with elderly members. Pastors in each case navigate as necessary.
The link author is Jewish and, of course, deals only with the Old Testament. I don’t know theology well enough to understand how a large portion of Jews find liberal views and secularism so attractive when they were raise on Old Testament lessons. Perhaps it is easier to separate from literal OT reading than from the New Testament’s walking on water and rising from the dead.
The link author believes the Judaeo/Christian faiths should go for the long game. That means dumping the ancient myths and absurd rules in favor of contemporary values.