Lack of pastors alarms state church

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Norwegian churches all over the country are struggling to fill vacant positions for pastors. Several are currently empty, leaving local communities with a shortage of pastors available to conduct church services, weddings, funerals or other church-related events.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that many pastors are now reaching retirement age and there’s no one to replace them. Too few young Norwegians opt to study theology and prepare for a career as pastor.

“We’ve had to advertise vacant positions several times, and we’re struggling to find applicants for positions in outlying areas,” Trond Glimsdal of the Hamar diocese told NRK. He believes the situation makes the church vulnerable, and that several of the church’s functions will lose priority.

The situation around Hamar is not unique, with similar challenges facing dioceses all over the country. Personnel chiefs from Norway’s 11 dioceses met last week, NRK reported, to discuss the pastor shortage.

newsinenglish.no staff

  • frenk

    Why don’t they advertise these positions abroad….in Africa for instance?

    • inquisitor

      Surely it is a challenge to convince a few truly devout Christians to participate in a state church that is an apostasy to the actual religion that church is supposed to represent.

      Syrian refugees perhaps to fill the positions?
      Sure they are Muslim, but for a good paycheck I am sure a few could convincingly play the part and fill in the positions.
      Or the state could get off cheap and make it praktisplass.

      Shall we not embrace the diversity?

    • richard albert

      Surely, you must have seen the motion picture “Local Hero”. Set in Scotland, there is just such a (Africa) situation.

  • richard albert

    There is a very curious document which is available at:

    https://archive.org/details/historyofchurchs00will

    “The History of the Church and State in Norway, from the Tenth to the Sixteenth Century”.

    Authored by one Thos. Willson, it dates from the late Victorian era, and the central thesis is that Church and State are/were historically inseparable. Although occasionally tedious, it is a viable primer upon the subject. It also underlines the pervasive friction between the bønder and those that they chose as monarchs, as well as Norway’s strained relationship with Rome.

    Point: the charge of apostasy is nothing new.