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Norway

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Head Office

Metodistkirken i Norge
Address: St. Olavsgate 28, 0166 Oslo, Norway
Phone: +47 23 33 27 00
E-mail: hovedkontoret(at)metodistkirken.no
Web site: www.metodistkirken.no

District Superintendents:

Knut Refsdal, Dyrevegen 15, 1532 Moss
Phone: + 47 996 38 969
Email: knut.refsdal(at)metodistkirken.no

Ingull Grefslie, Fjellveien 16, NO-1850 Mysen
Phone: + 47 99 73 21 19
E-mail: ingull.grefslie(at)metodistkirken.no


Special Characteristics

  • A pluralistic church
  • A strong connectional identity 
  • Missional and diaconal in nature
  • Strong ecumenical relations 

 

Areas of Focus

  • Making new disciples in new places
  • Leading where God calls
  • Overcoming poverty together
  • Seeking health and wholeness for everybody

 

Latest development

  • Increased recruitment of young pastors and deacons
  • Many churches involved in church development 
  • Leadership development
  • New expressions of church occuring 

 

Statistics 2019

  • Baptized members: 7176
  • Confessing members: 4089
  • Pastors and deacons: 81
  • Tendency: steady number of members
     

In 1856, the Danish-American pastor Christian Willerup founded the first Methodist church in Fredrikstad. He was sent from America where the Norwegian sailor Ole Peter Petersen had established a Norwegian- Danish Methodist church a few years earlier, and now it was time for some of the immigrants to go back home and tell their fellow citizens about their new experience of faith. After only some twenty years, the movement had grown to an actual annual conference with almost 3000 members. Despite quite a few crisis, the church continued to grow steadily. 

 

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ABOUT US

mapThe Nordic and Baltic episcopal area covers 7 countries Denmark,Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. We speak 9 official languages and use English as a common language.

Bishop Christian Alsted gives oversight to pastors, deacons, local churches, schools, hospitals, seminaries and diaconal institutions in the area.

Bishop emblemUnited Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We value the intellect and modern science, at the same time we see the Bible as the authoritative guide for faith and practice. Methodists recognize that the world is not always black and white. We are willing to ask questions and to wrestle with difficult issues, and we do so with grace and compassion.

Methodists emphasize personal faith, lived out in concrete ways in the world. We value well-informed and passionate preaching, worship that is lively, and small groups where people can grow in faith.

World News

Young Methodists have taken it upon themselves to educate as many people as possible about the danger of climate change and ways to combat it. The effort is called Climate Justice for All, or CJ4A.
The United Methodist Southeastern Jurisdiction approved the union of two annual conferences, and the Western Jurisdiction looked at the role of bishops.
With unreliable transportation and fickle weather, a Zimbabwean pastor sometimes walks as many as 30 miles on Sundays to conduct worship and minister to members.
Partnership that began with Volunteers in Mission team from Pennsylvania enriches lives in northeastern Zimbabwe.
Aides to bishop report fellow United Methodists to police for allegedly disturbing the peace, with four of them ultimately landing in jail on spying charges. West Africa College of Bishops plans to send delegation to Nigeria to meet with opposing parties.

Rigensgade 21 A, DK - 1316
Copenhagen K - Denmark

E-mail: office(at)umc-ne.org

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