Barna has done a study of the millennial generation’s attitude towards work. Most do not see their careers as central to their identities (unlike Baby Boomers). Rather, their jobs are there to fund their personal interests. And yet, Millennial Christians are more likely than Baby Boomers to see their work in terms of “calling” (a.k.a. “vocation”).
The study discloses many fascinating paradoxes. The purpose of vocation–namely, loving and serving one’s neighbor (not oneself)–seems to be somewhat missing. As is the sense that vocation exists in the here and now, that whoever your neighbors are now defines your vocation. “Calling” is something they hope for in the future. Millennials do have a strong emphasis on wanting marriage and family, which is also a vocation, in addition to just work. But still, I give them credit. [Read more…]