The Danish Lutheran Church of Vancouver, B.C.

Pastor’s Report

First, I would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year. May 2024 bring joy to all of us and to the church.

As you may have noticed, a lot of new activities were launched during the fall of 2023. I am happy to say that these activities have been launched with great success, and that the activities will continue to take place in the spring of 2024.

Most of the activities aim to attract a younger generation to our church. A generation (born 1980-1994) known as ‘the Millennials’. As a new aspect of ‘Kirkebladet’ each issue will try to have a theme. And as the theme of this issue of ‘Kirkebladet’ it seemed obvious to talk a little about this generation – a generation I am a part of.

Many organizations – both in Denmark and in Canada – struggle to find volunteers to continue the activities that previous generations have established. To many, it seems that the young people of today – the Millennials – are not as willing to volunteer as previous generations. This is not true. They simply volunteer in a different way.

In my previous job in Denmark, I tried to investigate how the Millennials volunteered. Something I did for a year by asking all parents of children I baptized if they wanted to volunteer in the church. 80% said yes. A number that astonished me. By talking further with them, I discovered that what probably was the most important for them was that they could see the effect of their effort right away. Because of this, donating did not make sense to them. Nor did they want to volunteer simply because of good morals. What urged them to volunteer was if they cared for the matter and if they were able to trace a result.

The lack of donations and morals have made people say about the Millennials that they are cheap and selfish. Truly they are not. They are just devoted in a way that differs from previous generations. And in our efforts to include this generation into our congregation, I believe it is important for us try to think as a Millennial. Not for us to become alike, but because we eventually will need each other.

Regards,

Pastor Carsten Mølgaard Hansen

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