We would like to be a part of
the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark.
sees itself as having a geographic mandate
rather that an ethnic or cultural one.
We therefore need
which is a Danish organisation that acts as liaison between
and the Danish churches abroad,
Our affiliation with
has several practical and technical implications:
we are under a bishop in
As Lutherans we value our connection with a structure that keeps our church on
the straight and narrow rather than letting it float with the times as an
As Danes we value the connection to the Mother Church in Denmark.
Our pastor is hired by
This arrangement ensures that our pastor
is qualified as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark
and strengthens our relationship with Denmark.
That a Danish pastor is hired by a Danish organisation and stationed
abroad also works better with the pastor’s union,
unemployment insurance, pension, and immigration status.
pays our pastor’s salary, and we pay
This ensures that the pastor's salary is paid on time even if a church should be in financial trouble.
Moreover, we do not have to negotiate remuneration directly with our pastor
but leave that potentially stressful task to
can appoint our pastor.
For several decades we have been heavily involved in the call of
each new pastor.
We cannot buy, sell, pledge, or mortgage real estate, or change our bylaws
without consent from
One can imagine several situations in which it isn’t at all clear who has authority to decide:
This forces us to live in happy cooperation,
and ensures the presence of a third-party mediator in the rare cases of conflict.
As Danes, we feel closer to God in a building that looks like
singing hymns that sound like
and following an order of service like
In addition, our church provides a framework for
engaging in a host of
Danish cultural activities.
We realise that these things may not mean much to you,
but you are very welcome to join us anyway.