A series of articles, which is published in the church magazine "Our Family", describes in detail the development of the New Apostolic Church. These articles will be uploaded one after the other.
The making of the New Apostolic Church (15): From apostolic congregations to the New Apostolic Church
(09.12.2013) After our church had begun in 1863, its leaders used a variety names for it which reflected designations that had also been in use among the German “apostolic congregations” before 1863. So outsiders found it hard to decide if a congregation belonged to the “old” or the “new order”. Clarity was achieved through the designation “New Apostolic” which was first used in the German kingdom of Saxony.
(02.12.2013) In Hamburg there existed an apostolic congregation without an Apostle between January and March 1863 because Apostle Rudolf Rosochacky refused to act as an Apostle. But the members clung to their great expectation: God would send out another group of twelve Apostles and through them reveal the full power of the Apostle ministry.
(18.11.2013) The British Apostles had come to believe that they would prepare a small number of “firstfruits” who would be taken away from this earth. After their rapture no more Apostles would be active, but archbishops bearing the title of Archangels would lead the Church. In 1860 they had once again vetoed the call of new Apostles by the Prophet Heinrich Geyer. Geyer nevertheless insisted that new Apostles should become active.
The making of the New Apostolic Church (12): An unceasing urge to complement the College of Apostles
(04.11.2013) The college of Apostles was getting smaller and smaller. In 1858 the eight remaining Apostles had agreed that God would once more take the Apostle ministry away. However, Taplin and Geyer, the two most remarkable Prophets of the apostolic church of their time, felt urged by the Spirit of God to call more Apostles to complement the college of Apostles.
(21.10.2013) On 20 May 1858, on the Thursday before Pentecost, some men gathered for a very special conference. After 22 years the Apostles had once again invited Prophets to Albury. Watched over by the Apostles the Prophets were to continue the prophetic interpretation of Scripture that had been abandoned in 1836.
(07.10.2013) Apostle Carlyle died an 28 January 1855. Heinrich Josias Thiersch of Marburg, a former professor of theology, had worked closely with Apostle Carlyle. Entries in Thiersch’s diary show that he still felt close to Apostle Carlyle even years after his death. But now Thiersch had to adjust and become used to working with his new Apostle Francis Valentine Woodhouse.
(05.09.2013) In the year 1846 the Apostles – ten in number – had found a compromise that enabled them to continue the work begun in 1835. However, it had become impossible to achieve the great goals they had at first hoped to reach. Apostle Carlyle felt sure that he knew the reason: The “sacred number twelve” was incomplete, so contrary to what had been expected the Apostles could not be sent out in the full power of their office. He hoped for a change at Pentecost 1851 – but did his fellow Apostles share this hope?
(05.08.2013) While the crisis of the church gathered under Apostles lasted, the number of active members on the British Isles declined sharply. An upward trend began in 1847. In that year work started in other countries – and the greatest successes were visible in the north of Germany.
(05.07.2013) The Apostles were waiting to be sent out. Eight of them wanted to explore the countries they would be working in and travelled there. At their return they had to face diverging views of the Church’s future course. Two Apostles went their separate ways. Did this mean that the work of Apostles had come to an end?
(04.06.2013) The Testimony of the British Apostles has often been mentioned. In 1871 the Catholic Apostolic theologian Ernst Adolf Rossteuscher called it “the most important piece of all the church documents that were produced after the last piece included in the New Testament.” However, in 1847 Apostle Woodhouse had written that he only considered it a document reflecting “the state of things” in 1836 “so far as God gave His servants discernment thereof”.
(18.04.2013) Twelve men have had faith to accept their mission to serve as Apostles of the Lord. For the time being they minister to a comparatively small number of believers. While waiting to be sent out, they seek further light on God’s will concerning the church’s future course.
(06.02.2013) It is Sunday morning on 14 July 1835. In the Central Church in London a large congregation has gathered, waiting for the Lord to give them the twelfth Apostle. They feel sure that this is the day when it must happen. However, they are kept on tenterhooks for hours.
(01.01.2013) He longed for the restoration of the Apostle ministry and finally became the first Apostle in modern times: John Bate Cardale. The course of events leading up to it was not always straightforward. In 1830 the solicitor Cardale had read the contradictory reports about miraculous healings, speaking in tongues and prophesying. Accompanied by two doctors and his sisters Mary Ann and Emily he had travelled to Scotland to find out for himself. As a result he felt convinced that the spiritual gifts were genuine and he said so in a report published with his name and address added.
(01.01.2013) The association of believers from different denominations dispersed just as they were starting to receive answers to their prayers for an increased activity of the Holy Spirit. However, the end of the Albury Circle was the beginning of a Catholic Apostolic movement.
(01.01.2013) In May 1830 the members of the various religious societies congregated in London as they had done in the years before. The annual conferences were attended by such large numbers of people that the hired hall with its 1,600 seats could often barely hold them. Those who attended were willing to donate considerable sums.