Seminar at march 10, 2023

Høyskolen for Ledelse og Teologi, i Filadelfiakirken,

St. Olavs gate 24, Oslo

Registration within March 1
Venue: Høyskolen for ledelse og teologi

We represent a great diversity of churches and peoples and come together to explore what the church can look like in a multi-ethnic society.

  • What biblical basis provides guidance for congregations in a multi-ethnic society?

  • How has the church in Norway met the multi-ethnic society until now?

  • What can a credible testimony of unity in Jesus look like in practice?

Hosts: Det Norske Baptistsamfunn, Ung Baptist og Høyskolen for Ledelse og Teologi

Co-hosts: Det Norsk Misjonsselskap, Frelsesarmeens Barn- og unge, Frikirken, IMF (Indremisjonsforbundet), Kirkerådet i Den norske kirke, KIA (Kristent Interkulturelt Arbeid), Misjonskirken Norge, Norges Kristne Råd, Norsk Luthersk Misjonssamband, NORME (Norsk Råd for Misjon og Evangelisering), Pinsebevegelsen, Pinse Ung, Ungdom i Oppdrag.


All day will be in both Norwegian and English

(Changes may occure)

Friday March 10

09.30                 |   Welcome

09.45-10:30   |   Church landscape in Norway – How have we coped with the multietnic reality? by Stian Sørlie Eriksen

09.45 |                  Teaching and Q&A

10.30-11:15   |   Church in a multietnic society – theological foundation, D. L. Gray

11.15-11:30      |      Break

11.30-12:15   |  Church in a multietnic society – teological foundation, D. L. Gray

                                    Response: Gabriel Stephens and Stian Sørlie Eriksen

12.15                |    Lunch

13.00-13:45   |    Experiences from Norway and challenges on the way ahead.

13.45-14:00   |    Break

14.00-14:45   |    How do we practically create a kingdom culture?

14.30 |                Leadership, power structures, cultural competence and more, D.L Gray

14.45-15:30   |    Round table with church leaders: Church in a multietnic society –

                                What are the challenges and how what do the way forward look like?

                                Participants: D.L. Gray, Dr. Palmer Appiah-Gyan, Shalome Croos Aasen,

                                Maicon Silva Steuernagel and Per Ivar Våje

15.30-15:45    |    Prayer


Standard with lunch included: 300 kr

Student with lunch included: 150 kr

Student without luch: 50 kr

Registration within March 1
Venue: Høyskolen for ledelse og teologi


Dr. Derwin L. Gray

Derwin Gray is the founder and lead pastor of Transformation Church (, a multi-ethnic and mission-focused community in South Carolina. Derwin is married to Vicky and they have two grown children. Gray has played professional American football in the National Football League. He has a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry in the New Testament from Northern Seminary. Gray has written several books, including “Building a multiethnic Church” and “How to heal the racial divide”.

Stian Sørli Eriksen

Professor at VID and the Høyskolen for Ledelse og Teologi.

Field of study: Missiology, Pentecostal theology and spirituality, migration and religion. Research area: Migrant congregations, missiology, Pentecostal theology and spirituality

Background: PhD in theology and religion from VID University of Science (VID), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts (M.A.) in Pentecostal studies, and Bachelor of Arts ( B.A.) from Oral Roberts University (ORU), Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. Teaching experience from college/university, vocational school, Bible school, upper secondary school, etc.

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