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Tillför jag, tillhör jag: En kvalitativ intervjustudie om hur Svenska kyrkan och Evangeliska Fosterlandsstiftelsenattraherar och upptar ungdomar i den kristna gemenskapen
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
I belong where I can participate : A qualitative interview study of how The Churchof Sweden and EvangeliskaFosterlandsstiftelsen attracts the youth nto theChristian fellowship (English)
Abstract [en]

This study intends to examine, discuss and compare how The Church of Sweden: Svenskakyrkan, and the co-church Evangeliska Fosterlandsstiftelsen (EFS) in north Sweden attractsmembers, especially the youth. The study rests on a hypothesis based on sociological theoriesthat EFS attracts more members due to its understanding of community, fellowship, belongingand identity.Scholars like Fredrik Modéus and Martin Modéus debates that the major transformations andchanges in The Church of Sweden in the twentieth century have affected the congregations’role and participation in the church. The view of the congregation as the centre of the churchhas shifted and the congregation have been given a more secondary role in the church. TheChurch of Sweden has developed a professionalism witch gives the congregation less space toparticipate and work voluntarily.To examine the hypothesis 10 qualitative interviews have been conducted with preachers andeducators from the two churches. The interviews were then analysed with hermeneutic andphenomenology as methods. The results show that the churches have different views on itscongregations and the participations of members; which affects the sense of fellowship andbelonging to the church. EFS view on voluntary work and fellowship can be two of thereasons EFS attracts new members.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 62 p.
Keyword [en]
Church of Sweden, EFS, Evangeliska Fosterlandsstiftelsen, Participation, Fellowship, Activity
Keyword [sv]
Svenska kyrkan, EFS, Delaktighet, Gemenskap, Verksamheter
National Category
Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-120689OAI: diva2:929254
Subject / course
Science of religion
Educational program
Teacher Education Programme
Available from: 2016-05-18 Created: 2016-05-18 Last updated: 2016-05-18Bibliographically approved

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