The Norwegian State governs much of Christendom, here. Coming from a country that has a separation of church and state, the concept of a state-run church intrigues me. Who sets the standards? What denomination does the state-run church most closely resemble? Is it corrupt, or Spirit-filled, or somewhere in between?

As I’m joining a family that has some serious generational blessings going on, it has been quite impressive to me to learn about their history and ancestry when it comes to the Norwegian church.

One of my fiance’s direct forebears, Hans Nielsen Hauge, received a vision from the Lord on April 5, 1796. After that, he left his farm and committed his life to reviving Christendom and commerce in Norway. You can read more about him at the Hans Nielsen Hauge Wikipedia page.

So, six or so generations ago, this family that I’m marrying into played a huge role in making Norway what it is today. Streets, bridges, museums, and even a musical are dedicated to this ancestor Hans Nielsen Hauge. So, what does that mean to me, to the modern church, and to Norway?

We visited a church last week, the Norkirken in Kongsberg (go look at it…so stinkin’ cute). I started feeling sick towards the end of the service, so we didn’t get to stay for the social meet-and-greet afterward, but I hope this week we can! People were so friendly and humored my attempts to speak Norwegian. The sermon was, I felt, Spirit-filled, and while it wasn’t like Gateway Church in South Lake that I’m used to, it was still a really good experience in what I had (in my head) predicted would be a spiritually dead state-run church.

All that being said, this was my first experience with the Norwegian state-run church. We are going back again and will see how it goes. I am feeling really positive, though!

A church we really like is outside of the state-run churches and is called Tønsberg Frikirken. It has more of an open worship, Gateway Church-feel, but it is too far for us to invite people we meet in Kongsberg.

So, we are praying for God to lead us where He wants us to be. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about church in Norway once I’ve had some broader experience!