About the MUV-project

MF’s work with church development is organized as a project, with its own steering committee and economy.

Organization

MF’s work with church development is organized as a project, with its own steering committee and economy.

The steering committee consists of Harald Hegstad, professor at MF (Leader), Paul Erik Wirgenes Department Director in the Church Council, Frank Grimstad Department Director in KA, and Sjur Isaksen, faculty lector at MF. Erling Birkeland is the Project Leader and Secretary for the steering committee.

The project has a diverse reference group, with members from universities/colleges, institutions/organizations, diocese council, the Church Council, and KA - Church employer and interest group.

Economy

The project has a mixed economy. The church council contributes the base funding. There are contributors from individual organizations, such as Areopagos and the Norwegian Mission Society, and support is sought from various funds. The congregations that participate contribute with a yearly fee. MF, and other institutions we work with, contribute with labour from some of our employees. This includes people that are mentors for congregations that take part in the project.

Contributing Congregations

Congregations that participate in the project with a “three-year journey” come from several dioceses:

  • Bjørgvin diocese: Five congregations in the Bergen region, from 2011.
  • Stavanger diocese: Four congregations in Karmøy deanery, from 2011.
  • Agder and Telemark diocese: Four congregations in Skien deanery, from 2011.
  • Oslo diocese: Nine congregations, from 2012.
  • Nidaros diocese: Four congregations, from 2012.

In addition there were ten congregations from Møre and Tunsberg diocese that participated in the pilot project from 2008-2011.

Responsible for the Project at MF​

Employees at MF that have special responsibility in the project, outside the steering committee: Project Leader/Researcher Erling Birkedal,​ erling.birkedal@mf.no 

Birkedal has the responsibility of establishing contact with the pilot congregations and various partners.
Telephone: 22590518 / 92832645​

Fellow Turid Skorpe Lannem, turid.s.lannem@mf.no
PhD Student and associated with the project until 2013.

Fellow​ Sunniva Gylver, 
PhD Student and associated with the project until 2013.