Decision boards

The District Apostles’ Meeting

The District Apostles’ Meeting includes the incumbent chief apostle as well as all active district apostles and district apostle helpers as members. At the chief apostle’s invitation, and under his chairmanship, ordinary sessions are held at least twice a year or, upon motion by at least two-thirds of the members, there are also special sessions. Electoral sessions are held if a new chief apostle has to be elected.

The District Apostles’ Meeting advises and assists the chief apostle in all matters concerning the Church and, together with him, bears responsibility for the unity of all New Apostolic District Churches. Its responsibilities include advising and deciding on matters introduced by the chief apostle, the district apostles, the district apostle helpers, or Project Groups, and determining regulations and ordinances in matters concerning the Church as a whole.

When the District Apostles’ Meeting convenes, a quorum is achieved when at least three quarters of its members are present or have legally valid representation. The district apostles and district apostle helpers may authorise another NACI member to represent them, provided this is set out in writing. Resolutions are passed by a three-quarter majority of those members present and those who have legally valid representation. Provided no member requests that a session be convened for discussion purposes, resolutions can also be passed by circular letter. All resolutions passed, unless they infringe applicable legal provisions, are binding on all District Churches and their governing bodies.

Should it be necessary to convene a session to decide on the chief apostle’s fitness for discharging his duties, such a session is chaired by the longest-serving district apostle. In this event, decision-making powers are acquired when all the members are present or have legally valid representation. The resolution must be passed unanimously.

An electoral session is required if the chief apostle has not designated a successor or if the designated successor is not available. The electoral session is convened within seven days by the longest-serving district apostle, and is chaired by him. Decision-making powers are acquired when at least nine-tenths of the members are present or have legally valid representation. The chief apostle is elected by secret ballot by a two-thirds majority. If no successor has been elected after seven ballots, the election is delegated to the Apostles’ Meeting.

The Apostles’ Meeting

The Apostles’ Meeting comprises the chief apostle, the district apostles, the district apostle helpers, and all apostles. It convenes at the invitation of the chief apostle for ordinary sessions and, upon motion by at least two-thirds of all NACI members, also for special sessions. Decision-making powers are acquired when at least three quarters of its members are present or have legally valid representation. Each member can represent no more than five other members subject to their written authorisation. The chief apostle, however, may represent more than this number of members, also subject to their written authorisation. Resolutions are passed by a three-quarter majority. Electoral sessions which are convened and chaired by the longest-serving district apostle require at least two thirds of the members to be present or have legally valid representation in order to acquire decision-making powers. The secret election of the chief apostle is deemed to have been passed when a three-quarter majority is able to agree on a successor.

To comply with legal provisions, the Statutes of NACI also provide for a procedure to vote the chief apostle out of office.