This research project examines how migrant churches in Norway understand and relate in practice to mission in context of being situated in Norway. The study is an empirical project, seeking to study the phenomenon of migrant churches from the grounds up with a special focus on ‘mission’ as a main analytical lens in the project.
The key unit of analysis for the project is the meaning-making and practices of these churches. The project is placed within the discipline of mission studies, while working interdisciplinary in terms of methodology. The empirical material for the project is based on interviews with pastors and leaders in a cross-section of 18 Asian- and African-led Pentecostal type churches in several cities in Norway. This includes two more in-depth contextual and ethnographically inspired case studies of two of these churches and their networks – one African and one Asian.
In light of these churches’ broader global and local contexts, various facets of spirituality and practices are analyzed in light of relevant theories and perspectives, especially discourse and narrative analyses in dialogue with Pentecostal theology. The PhD project is an article-based thesis where the findings are presented and discussed in three interconnected, but separate articles. These articles also discuss findings in relation to current scholarly discussions in the field, especially relating to transformation, spirituality and practice in relationship to migration, globalization and mission.
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Pentecostal/Charismatic Studies), Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)