Here's what I learned. First, it really is true that it is hard to find young creatives in our church. Some are leaving for other denominations or non-denoms that fund and foster younger creativity more than we do. Others are simply quietly doing work in their congregations, and aren't necessarily putting out albums or publishing.
By and large, I think my initial thesis still stands. We aren't fostering creativity. Anyone reading this with the wherewithal and the resources, here's my best advice: we need to start spending money on creatives. We need to hire them, fund them, create places and spaces for them to flourish. Anyone game?
Finally, I did want to give a shout out to all the young creatives you all linked to in your responses. So below is a list of names readers offered up as examples of young Lutheran artists. Although here's the funny thing. Not all of them are young, and not all of them are Lutheran.
No matter. I feel good about giving them a shout out here. Most are links so you can go listen for yourself. One disclaimer: this is not intended to be exhaustive, it's just folks y'all told me about.
The Northern Skies
Gretchen Weller Mertes
Emily Bouvier (photography) http://stolaf.edu/depts/cis/wp/ebouvier/index.html
A few folks pointed out that my aim was too narrow in focusing exclusively on young Lutheran rockers. You're right, that's a narrow topic, but honestly, I needed some way to focus. However, if you know great Lutheran artists working in other media, list them here in the comments!