He went out of his way to love people

Chief Apostle Richard Fehr, his successors say, was an innovative thinker—someone who was very forward-looking. Under his direction many regional churches came into being across the world. Today he would have been 80 years old. More

Drops, applicators, technology: how the wine got on the wafer

Once things were official, the problems started in earnest: how will the wine get on the wafers? It was a long road from handmade applicators and waffle irons to today's fully automated production facilities. More

The history of bread and wine in all its diversity

Bread and wine in one? Drops of wine instead of a sip of wine from a cup? Is that the proper way to celebrate the Lord’s Supper? The form of Holy Communion in the New Apostolic Church raises questions. The answers are given by looking at two thousand years of development. More

The combo-wafer and what necessity has to do with it

Bread and wine in one. This has been the standard Holy Communion practice in the New Apostolic Church for one hundred years. There is a story to this: two problems, three solutions, and an emergency measure. More

Baptised with wine: how the Church came up with the combo-wafer

Holy Communion with both elements combined? One hundred years ago, the Church made this New Apostolic specialty mandatory for all districts. This new edition of our series on the communion wafer tells the story behind it all. More

Silvertown celebrates – Memories between joy and sadness

A divine service for the departed on the congregation’s anniversary? Sure! It is not out place, at least not in Silvertown (South Africa). Joy and grief go hand in hand there. More

They called him Papito

When congregations in Argentina today celebrate anniversaries, you often hear the names Gantner and Toplisek mentioned. As pioneers, these two friends and Apostles laid historic foundations. In all of this, a special kind of processed cheese and a widow played a decisive role. More

A soul whose legacy shines far into posterity

Philanthropist, publicist, and founding Apostle: Heinrich Bornemann was born 160 years ago. The anecdotes surrounding him are beyond number. Some history—and stories—from the life of “Gentle Heinrich”. More

A vibrant congregation: Bielefeld turns 150!

It is one of the oldest congregations within the New Apostolic Church. Barely five years after the international Church celebrated its 150th anniversary, this honour now also goes to two congregations in Bielefeld (Germany): Bielefeld and Quelle. More

“Faithful to God and Jesus Christ, our Sender, alone”

“Carl Wilhelm Louis Preuss is an outstanding personage in our Church,” emphasised District Apostle Rüdiger Krause in response to a question about him. In his time, Preuss was the Apostle from Hamburg—a courageous anchor in a stormy sea. Today is the 140th anniversary of his death. More

The congregation as a living epistle of Christ

The Apostle ministry holds special status In New Apostolic doctrine. Apostolic thinking really only began to take hold on 14 July 1835, when the number of twelve Apostles was complete in the ranks of the Catholic Apostolic Church. And it has endured to this day. This must be evident in congregational life. More

When Michael Kraus prayed …

“Switch the machines off, we are going to pray!” the loudspeakers crackled across the company premises. The boss was in and that meant everyone would come together to pray. More

Keeping the ship on course

“The programme is called: Maranatha – O Lord, come!” With these words, Chief Apostle Richard Fehr officially assumed office thirty years ago. A look at some of the highlights in the seventeen years he led the New Apostolic Church. More

Where divine services became a motion picture

This year’s Pentecost festivities will take place in the United States. Historically, the New Apostolic Church in the US goes back almost as far as its European roots. Technically, the District Church was instrumental in making video transmissions a firm establishment around the world. More

Soft words, great impact: the dawn of a new era

Banished from the table of the Lord, excluded from the meal of fellowship: there was still such a thing up until the mid-1980s. But then along came Chief Apostle Hans Urwyler. He retired 30 years ago, and today we take a look back at his activity. More

Reinvented over time: our conception of ministry

Nothing is as constant as change: this is the insight gained from records which the District Apostle Meeting will soon be deliberating over. They will be discussing our conception of ministry of the future. Here is a look at the developments to date. More

Ninetieth anniversary celebrations in Zambia

The name of the city the Chief Apostle will visit this coming Sunday is Livingstone: the cradle of the New Apostolic Church in Zambia. It was here, ninety years ago, that the Church was established. Following is the story of a District Church with a fascinating history. More

An architect of historic foundations

Karl the Great is what many called him affectionately: today, 25 years to the day, one of the most influential District Apostles passed away. He did not only leave the New Apostolic Church with a historic self-image, but also with a few cultural peculiarities. More

An ambassador of kindness

It is not necessarily the big doers who leave their mark in peoples’ hearts. District Apostle Gotthilf Volz was born 125 years ago. People remember him as being warm and kind, generous, and truthful. More

His era: one of development and stability

For nearly thirty years, he steered the affairs of the New Apostolic Church in Australia: District Apostle Otto Gerke, who was born 110 years ago. Follow us as we take you back to an eventful period in church history. More