The Mission Province (Swedish: Missionsprovinsen [mɪˈɧûːnsprʊˌvɪnːsɛn]) is a Swedish independent ecclesiastical province founded by members of the Church of Sweden who are opposed to the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate. The province, which aligns with Confessional Lutheranism, considers itself as a free-standing diocese within the Church of Sweden, a position rejected by the church itself.[1] The Mission Province was founded on 6 September 2003 and shares altar and pulpit fellowship with those in the Communion of Nordic Lutheran Dioceses, in addition to being a member of the International Lutheran Conference.[2]

The Mission Province
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Seal of the Mission Province of Sweden
OrientationConfessional Lutheran
PrimateBishop Bengt Ådahl
AssociationsInternational Lutheran Council
HeadquartersGothenburg, Sweden
Separated fromChurch of Sweden
Official websitemissionsprovinsen.se
Clergy of the Mission Province


The Province was founded as an alternative ecclesiastical jurisdiction in order to support the establishment of new free Eucharistic communities (koinonias). It contains the Catholic, Schartauan Confessional and Evangelical expressions found in the Church of Sweden on the doctrinal basis of the Book of Concord.

On 5 February 2005, The Most Reverend Walter Obare Omwanza, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya, assisted by bishops Leonid Zviki from Belarus, David Tswaedi from South Africa, Børre Knudsen and Ulf Asp from Norway, consecrated Arne Olsson in apostolic succession as the Ordinary for the Mission Province.

In April 2006, Bishop Arne Olsson consecrated pastors Lars Artman and Göran Beijer as assistant bishops for the Mission Province. The alternative hierarchy of the Mission province ordains candidates for the priesthood who are not in favour of the ordination of women and who are therefore not accepted for ordination in the national Churches of Sweden or Finland. In Sweden there are 25-30 congregations led by Mission Province priests, in addition to 30-35 congregations in Finland.[1]

Though the Mission Province holds itself to be a non-territorial diocese within the Church of Sweden,[3] bishops of the Church of Sweden do not acknowledge the Mission Province as a part of the Church of Sweden and Bishop Arne Olsson was defrocked soon after his episcopal ordination as were Lars Artman and Göran Beijer.

Since 2015 the Mission Province has been in fellowship with the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland and the Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of Norway.[4] The Mission Province is also, as of 2018, a member of the International Lutheran Council. [5]

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  1. ^ a b "Missionsprovinsen tar steg mot eget samfund". Kyrkans Tidning. 2013-05-21.
  2. ^ Block, Mathew (13 June 2019). "Swedish Lutherans consecrate new bishop". International Lutheran Council. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  3. ^ Väisänen, Matti; Anttinen, Jyrki (15 August 2010). "Finnish Lutheran Bishop defrocked; defenses offered". LOGIA. Retrieved 7 May 2021. Missionsprovinsen defines itself as a non-geographical diocese in the tradition of the churches of Sweden and Finland.
  4. ^ Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland. Retrieved: 11 November 2015.
  5. ^ Missionsprovinsen i Sverige. Retrieved: 3 March 2019.

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