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’Don’t deal with symptoms, cure the disease’, the doctor said: How, during the 20th century, the Church of Sweden has worked with internal quality assurance instead of renewal of its membership.
Umeå universitet, Institutionen för idé- och samhällsstudier.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0848-5439
2012 (English)In: Church work and management in change / [ed] Kati Niemelä, Tampere, FI: Church Research Institute , 2012, 258-272 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

For half a century, the Church of Sweden has experienced decline of participation in church activities. The level of participation in church activities decreases. Church statistics show that.

At the same time, religious education has been dismantled in the public schools. The church’s education following infant baptism has disappeared, and the education offer before adolescent confirmation competes in a tough market with other teenager interests.

A recent survey carried out in local setting shows that the level of knowledge and interest in religious matters and life values is low. The parishioners lack a language for talking about religion, and their knowledge about basic religious concepts are next to nil.

These facts are related. Church management has led the church towards its grave. It has turned the blind eye to receding school responsibility for teaching the basics of Christianity. It has not established a faith school directed by the church itself and aimed at its young members. Instead church management has reformed its basic books and diversified its services, i. e. reforms which are meaningful only to a shrinking minority of the population, the faithful members.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Tampere, FI: Church Research Institute , 2012. 258-272 p.
Publication Church Research Institute, ISSN 0355-144X ; 61
Keyword [en]
church, management
National Category
Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25512ISBN: 978-951-693-315-6 (print)OAI: diva2:771802
Available from: 2012-06-16 Created: 2014-12-15 Last updated: 2015-07-17Bibliographically approved

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