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Parish work is led by a priest and an elected parish council.There are more than 1,200 clergy (in 2007 21% were women ministers) in the Church of Norway.The Bishops' Conference of the Church of Norway convenes three times a year, and consists of the twelve bishops in the church (the 11 diocesan bishops and the Preses).It issues opinions on various issues related to church life and theological matters.Until 2012 the constitutional head of the church was the King of Norway, who is obliged to profess himself a Lutheran.After the constitutional amendment of May 21, 2012, the church is self-governed with regard to doctrinal issues and appointment of clergy.The church also convenes committees and councils both at the national level (such as the Doctrinal Commission (Den norske kirkes lærenemnd), and at diocesan and local levels, addressing specific issues related to education, ecumenical matters, the Sami minority and youth.
This is a summary of the liturgy for High Mass: The Church of Norway traces its origins to the introduction of Christianity to Norway in the 9th century.
The Church of Norway (Den norske kirke in Bokmål and Den norske kyrkja in Nynorsk) is a Lutheran denomination of Protestant Christianity that serves as the people's church of Norway, as set forth in the Constitution of Norway.
Norway was gradually christianized from the Late Early Middle Ages and was a Catholic country until the 16th century.
A constitutional amendment of designates the church as "Norway's people's church" (Norges Folkekirke), with a new provision that is almost a verbatim copy of the provision for the Danish state church (folkekirken) in the Constitution of Denmark; the Minister of Church Affairs Trond Giske stressed that the reform meant that "the state church is retained." Until 1845 the Church of Norway was the only legal religious organization in Norway and it was not possible to end membership in the Church of Norway.
"Dissenterloven" (Lov angaaende dem, der bekjende sig til den christelige Religion, uden at være medlemmer af Statskirken) was an act approved by the Storting on 16 July 1845 that allowed the establishment of alternative religious bodies.
Until the modern era, the Church of Norway was not only a religious organisation but also one of the most important instruments of royal power and official authority, and an important part of the state administration, especially at the local and regional levels.