Emerging Patterns of Church Participation. The Community Movement in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland: The Community Movement in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

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This article examines an emerging "community movement" in the national Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Finland. Emerging from the local level, with links to wider renewal networks across Protestant Churches, the movement consists of a variation of 30-40 worship communities that are based on strong roles for laymen, challenging the traditional models of church life. Many communities are expanding and drawing young adults, in contrast to general developments in the Church. This article asks: What kinds of patterns of participation exist among the members and how are they related to experiences of membership? The results of a quantitative survey (N=529), conducted 2017, revealed three types of participation: "traditional," "community-oriented" and "experiential." The main finding is the distinct community process typical to these communities, which is connected to a strong sense of membership, commitment, and contentment, and which is actualized through lay participation. The article sheds light on the developments in a specific Nordic majority church in response to a changing cultural environment.

TidskriftNordic Journal of Religion and Society
Sidor (från-till)42-61
Antal sidor20
StatusPublicerad - 26 maj 2020
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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