Even though much have changed in the church throughout the ages, the Church of Sweden has been very determined to remain an episcopal church (a diocesan church) and to maintain the bishop´s special function as supervisor of priests and parishes and, no less important, the one responsible for the unity of the Church of Sweden.
The supervising function is not the only duty of the diocese, but also the offering of support and encouragement, described by the words ”to further the development of parochial life”.
The Diocese of Västerås wants to be an important building block in a church that is able to communicate the certainty of God’s errand to everyman
Our duty and vision
The Christian faith is shared and lived in the local parish. That is where the people are. And only there is it possible for a life of faith to develop. The diocesan duty is to be the resource seeking to release the force in the parishes in the form of will, knowledge, experience and ideas to further that developmental work. Encouragement and support are the keywords for the diocese in that work. And carrying on a unifying pastoral-theological vision for the diocese in dialogue with the parishes.
An important task for the diocese is to challenge various phenomena of the times that form people´s conceptions
in both church and society. Catching and analyzing trends and currents affecting the values and views of life. As a result, the diocese may sometimes, through development projects of its own, take the lead and make way for strategies serving as a base for developmental work in the parishes.
The future belongs to the present. It is now that we affect the future. That is why it is important for the diocese to gaze fearlessly into the future with eyes open, without however losing the ability to critically scrutinize whatever that future may bring.
The Diocese of Västerås wants to be an important building block in a church that is able to communicate the certainty of God´s errand to every man, not only at divine service, but in all everyday situations. That the gospel is the centre which may set a man free and give life meaning and fulfillment in the service of others. To be a part of a church which gives people hope that is not applied from the outside, but grows from within in the form of knowledge about and experience of faith within man himself.