Frequently asked questions about being husfolk


What kind of people are we looking for?

You need to be fit and active, happy in a people environment, keen to serve God, keen to serve others and drawn to being part of a community. Our experience is that people who are suffering from psychological problems are not finding the life at Lia Gård helpful.

You need to be willing to live a life based on a christian faith. Being a part of the community, your life will influence the life together here at Lia Gård. Living as "husfolk“ does not mean to be perfect, on the contrary we learn to accept each other with our many faults. However if you live here you need to keep certain boundaries: Treating others badly, stealing, getting drunk, using drugs, sex outside marriage or sexual assault are not applicable to the life here at Lia Gård. To protect Lia Gård and the fellowship you could be asked to leave the community if you do suchs things.

HOW long could or should I stay as husfolk?

Usually we want people to come for a year or longer. We also take on some extra people to help out if there is much to do.

Accommodation & allowance

You may need to share a room or you are given your own room. Food and accommodation are provided and you are given an allowance on top of that.

Working hours

Community Membership at Lia Gård is essentially a way of life, and does not include work for which hourly rates of pay would be applicable. Your times of work may vary according to the particular task that you are assigned to at any given time. At the kitchen you normaly work a morningshift (07:00 - 15:00) or evening shift (14:00 - 22:00). If you are cleaning og work outside the working times as 09:00 - 17:00. The work with the guests means having different kinds of tasks throughout the day with breaks in between.

Days off and holidays

Each Community member has one weekly day off and one extra monthly day off. In addition, those who are here for 1 year or more have 5 weeks of holiday each year (pro rata if here for less than 1 year).


Each day at 08:30 and 12:45. Evening Prayer at 21:00. We attend these unless on day off or due to work commitments. The prayertimes could change due to the program of a retreat or a conference


The most important work of the house people is work for and with the guests. This includes many types of activities which are mostly practical: Preparing the meals, dishwashing and cleaning are the major tasks. Doing beds and shopping need to be done. There are also outside work such as snow cleaning, carrying wood, cutting grass, weeding. The work might also include office work, receiving guests, responsibilities concerning children and youth groups and leading prayers. With the possibilities we have, we try to match the interests and gifts of a person to the tasks they are to be doing.

What will you get?

  • Grow and learn many new things

  • Getting to know many different people

  • Getting to know yourself better

  • Getting to know God better

  • Help to learn Norwegian

  • Visit different places and cities in Norway

  • Regular, personal talks with one of the leaders

A typical week at Lia Gård


  • Normal working day


”Community day“ - work around community commitments

  • 09:00 Meeting: Information about what ́s coming up and other topics concerning the running of Lia Gård

  • 18:00 Holy communion

  • 20:00 Life Group: Community meets up to socialise, talk about a biblical topic and pray together


  • Normal working day


  • Normal working day


  • Normal working day


  • Normal working day


  • As far as possible community work half a day.

  • 20:00 - Open evening for community (optional).
    Evening meal together and then a social activity.