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   fredag 18. apr. 2014       

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  General presentation

A short presentation
European influences
Brief History
Architecture
Basics and Statistics
Religious Education
Mission in Norway and Abroad

  Ecumenism

Compatibility of Church Agreements
Charta Oecumenica
Leuenberg Agreement
One Lord - One Faith - One Church - A Longing for One Baptism
Fellowship of Grace
The Porvoo Declaration
Faith and Order statement on BEM

  Resources

Plan for Christian Education (2009)
Strategic Plan for Sami Church Life
When believers meet
Consumption, Justice, Environment
Church of Norway Partner Fund
Plan for Diakonia (2007)
Mistreatment of women and Procedures for dealing with sexual Mistreatment
Leadership Development Course for Women
Addresses
Vulnerability and Security

  Order of worship

Prayer after a civil Marriage
Infant Baptism
Wedding
The Order for Worship

 


Basics and Statistics

 

Most Norwegians (around 77 per cent) belong to the Church of Norway and many people's religious lives find expression in church rituals and holidays.

There are 1,600 Church of Norway churches and chapels. Parish work is led by a pastor and an elected parish council. The country is geographically divided into 1,260 parishes, 107 deaneries and rural deaneries and 11 dioceses. The members of elected parish councils total around 9,000.

The Church of Norway General Synod meets annually. 77 of the 115 delegates are lay people.

The Church of Norway National Council, led by a lay person, is the Synod's executive body. The Council on Ecumenical and International Relations is the executive in international and ecumenical matters. The Sami Church Council is responsible for the Church of Norway work among Norways indigenous sami people.

Central administrative functions are carried out by the Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs. Financial responsibility for salaries and the maintenance of buildings is shared by state and municipal authorities. Additional parish activity largely depends on offertory money and voluntary activities.

The King is the constitutional head of the Church of Norway. He exercises this authority through the Council of State. Legislation concerning the Church goes through the Storting, Norway's parliament.

There are more than 1,200 clergy, of whom around 25 per cent are women (ordained since 1961). Four of eleven bishops are women.

An average of 66 per cent of infants are baptised in the Church of Norway and a around 66 per cent of the young people are confirmed. The majority of weddings take place in church, and the great majority of funerals are church funerals.

 

Percentage of infants baptized in the Church of Norway 1950-2011

 

YEAR BORN

BAPTIZED
IN THE CHURCH OF NORWAY

%
1950 59 271 - -
1955 61 137 - -
1960 61 880 59 953 96,8
1965 66 277 63 823 96,3
1970 64 551 62 094 96,2
1975 56 345 51 936 92,2
1980 51 039 44 494 87,2
1981 50 708 43 960 86,7
1982 51 245 43 657 85,2
1983 49 937 42 063 84,2
1984 50 092 41 097 82,0
1985 51 134 41 692 81,5
1986 52 514 42 266 80,5
1987 54 027 42 897 79,4
1988 57 526 45 655 79,4
1989 59 303 47 149 79,5
1990 60 939 50 067 82,2
1991 60 808 50 007 82,2
1992 60 109 49 031 81,6
1993 59 678 49 463 82,9
1994 60 092 49 932 83,1
1995 60 292 49 982 82,9
1996 60 927 50 074 82,2
1997 59 801 50 294 84,1
1998 58 352 48 462 83,0
1999 59 298 48 049 81,0
2000 59 229 48 023 81,1
2001 56 707 46 135 81,4
2002 55 434 44 136 79,6
2003 56 496 43 901 77,7
2004 56 962 44 008 77,3

2005

56 756 43 016 75,9 
2006 58 545 43 255 73,9
2007 58 459 42 916 73,4
2008 60 497 42 599 70,4
2009 61 807 41 929 67,8
2010 61 442 41 100 66,9
2011 60 220  39 958 66,4


A religious service, normally including the Eucharist, is held each Sunday morning in churches in towns and densely populated areas. In rural districts services may be less frequent, as pastors in widespread parishes often have to serve several churches and chapels.

Church attendance figures declined markedly between 1850 and 1900, but now they vary a great deal. Average attendance is about 100 persons per service, corresponding to 3 per cent of the population.
One of the Church's main concerns is to encourage all believers to regard the weekly Sunday service as the centre of their devotional life. To this end the Church has initiated and supported innovations and changes such as revision and experimentation in the liturgy, the composition of new church music, new Bible translations and new hymnals.

The current liturgical form of the Church of Norway is less simplified than in some other Lutheran churches, although not as rich as in certain other Christian traditions. The recent revisions of the liturgy represent a move towards a richer liturgical expression.

Annual church offerings contribute around NOK 250 million (2007) to church activities in Norway and abroad.


Further reading "A Church of Norway, but not of Europe?" - an article by research scholar Revd. Olav Fykse Tveit








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