History

Founders, fathers, pioneers

They established the Church, often under enormous difficulties. And we have not forgotten the founders, fathers, and pioneers of the New Apostolic congregations around the globe. A selection of news items that remind us of bygone times. More


One name, two denominations: New Apostolic in South Africa

For more than a decade, there were two denominations that carried the name “New Apostolic Church” in South Africa. Between 1913 and 1926 Apostle Carl Georg Klibbe, who was the more senior of the two, and Apostle Schlaphoff each led one of the New Apostolic Churches. The case was finally settled in court. More


Berlin celebrates its reunification

Historical storytelling. This is what the ceremony was all about that took place at the New Apostolic Church in Berlin (Germany). It was about separation, reunification, and growing together. Video clips were used to take the audience on a journey through time and through a city with a unique fate. More


His mission: to protect and keep

He led the New Apostolic Church out of a crisis and brought it forward. Chief Apostle Walter Schmidt would have celebrated his 125th birthday today. How did he cope with this crisis? An attempt at an explanation. More


Engaged in both home congregations

By the way, what has become of Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber? He is enjoying his retirement, but is still very active—especially in his congregation, but also as a travelling speaker, and finally as the one doing the background work in the matter of reconciliation. More


Batista – memories of a much admired man of God

Ten years ago today, Norberto Rubén Batista was ordained a District Apostle. Only two years later he passed away suddenly due to heart failure. He was liked and admired by many in the Church in South America. A retrospective. More


We come in the name of God

On 5 February 1855 two missionaries arrived in Papua, the western part of the island of New Guinea, to preach the gospel to the inhabitants. Even today missionaries are active on this second largest island in the world. More


Chief Apostle to visit Blantyre, Malawi’s oldest municipality

Malawi is the cradle of the New Apostolic Church in Central Africa. George Henwood, the later Apostle, was born here in 1901. He was one of the great pioneers of missionary work and instrumental in building up the church in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider will celebrate the upcoming service for the departed in Blantyre. More


Bridge-builder between churches, cultures, and generations

There has been a lot of talk about reconciliation over the past weeks. One man in particular was instrumental in quietly paving the way for this. Fifty years ago today, he was ordained into the ministry that preaches reconciliation: Hermann Engelauf. More


Third step to reconciliation: the date is set

The apostolic churches are continuing their policy of reconciliation: at the beginning of the coming year, they want to close another chapter in their shared history. A ceremony has been planned at which a third statement will be signed. More


Historical meeting in Hilversum

The rapprochement of apostolic denominations is continuing: after declarations of reconciliation in Germany and Switzerland, as well as an initial meeting in South Africa, there has now also been a meeting in the Netherlands—and this one was in a much larger context. More


The Church’s first church building

His name is not really all that well known, but he was one of the pioneers of what later came to be known as the New Apostolic Church. Apostle Friedrich Wachmann bought the first church building and published a devotional book. He was born 175 years ago to the day. More


The Chief Apostle set to visit Leipzig

Magazines, hymnals, teaching material: long before Frankfurt, Leipzig was the centre of the New Apostolic publishing world. But this is not the only way the congregation which the Chief Apostle will be visiting this coming Sunday has gone down in history. More


At home worldwide: children need space

Being able to go to kindergarten or pre-school is something that is important for a child’s development. In fact, it is of tremendous importance to consider the needs and desires of our children. They still have their whole life ahead of them; the future is theirs. More


An up and down: life in Albania

Hospitality and honour, poverty and migration—these concepts define the life of the people in Albania. Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider will be visiting this country in southern Europe this coming weekend, a country in which the New Apostolic runs nearly more nursery schools than it has congregations. More


Belated anniversary celebration

The New Apostolic Church in Nepal just celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary—although our faith has been known there longer. The official celebrations took place a year after the fact. There were good reasons for both of these exceptions. More


Frankfurt: a focal point in Church history

Official seat, media centre, and starting point: Frankfurt am Main plays an important role in the history of the New Apostolic Church in several respects. Following is a look at the city in which the Chief Apostle will celebrate Pentecost this coming Sunday. More


Central divine service: how New Year turned into Pentecost

Pentecost is a very special feast for the New Apostolic Church—a kind of birthday celebration of the worldwide Church. Following are some highlights from four decades. More


New premises inaugurated

The new offices are bright, modern, and friendly. Bischoff Publishers, the media company of the New Apostolic Church, has moved to new offices. But the premises are not the only thing that is new. More


Meeting with delegation from the United Apostolic Church

The first official meeting between the leaders of the New Apostolic Church Cape and the United Apostolic Church of South Africa took place in early February 2016. The discussions took place in a cordial and friendly atmosphere. More


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