History

  • June 08, 2014: Munich (Germany)
    Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider did not give a new greeting word for Pentecost, but he repeated his New Years Eve motto which he announced to all New Aposotlic congregations world-wide: "Labour in love - with love at wirk". His appeal: “This is not merely a motto for a single year. To labour in love must be a firm component of our life of faith! Love is indispensable for our preparation to reach the goal of our faith as New Apostolic Christians, namely the return of Jesus. The Church leader chose a Bible passage from Romans 5: 5 as the basis for the divine service and his sermon: “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

  • May 19, 2013: Hamburg (Germany)
    Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber addressed a special Pentecost greeting to all New Apostolic Christians around the world at the beginning of the divine service: “Surely your salvation is coming!” (excerpt from Isaiah 62: 11). The Chief Apostle emphasised that he understood this Bible text as a “divine promise”. “The Lord will intervene—not always in the manner we expect and hope, but such that we will know in the end that everything had to be as it was. God has always helped again and again and has intervened in the history of mankind, for example when He sent His Son. And so it will go on,” he added. On this occasion of the 150-year anniversary of the New Apostolic Church he expressed gratitude for all that which had been built up over the past, but immediately went on to add: “Let us also utilise this anniversary of our Church to draw new strength for the future!”

  • May 27, 2012: Cologne (Germany)
    The spiritual leader of all New Apostolic Christians called out to the believers with a special Pentecost message: “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” The sermon revolved around the question as to how children of God are to lead their lives in our time. What is important is to keep faith, always be willing to make peace, subordinate our will to God’s will, and draw strength for daily life from the resurrection of Christ.

  • June 12, 2011: Dresden (Germany)
    “Let us walk in the light of the Holy Spirit” – it was with this message that the international leader of the New Apostolic Church, Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber, addressed the congregations around the world in the Pentecost service 2011. Traditionally, the feast of Pentecost is celebrated in a big way in the New Apostolic Church, and on this occasion all 53 European Apostles gathered in Dresden. Many thousands of congregations on all continents were connected by satellite transmission.

  • May 23, 2010: Cape Town (South Africa)
    With a seating capacity of 4,000, the New Apostolic congregation in Tafelsig (Cape Town) has the largest church building of the New Apostolic Church anywhere in the world. It was there that Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber conducted the divine service on Pentecost 2010, which was transmitted by satellite to approximately 5,000 other New Apostolic congregations around the globe. Some 1.2 million members and guests were thus able to participate live in the divine service. Some 340 Apostles were also present in the festive service, and had gathered the day before for an International Apostle Meeting.

  • May 31, 2009: Chicago, Illinois (USA)
    The Rosemount Theatre near Chicago’s metropolis of millions was fully occupied for this special event, the Pentecost service 2009. This year, Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber was accompanied to Chicago by District Apostles Michael Ehrich (Southern Germany), Leslie Latorcai (Canada), Shadreck Lubasi (East Africa), and Guillermo Vilor (Bolivia, Brazil). The host for the weekend was District Apostle Leonard Kolb (USA). The Pentecost service was scheduled at 11:00 AM. From here it was transmitted to North and South America via satellite. For the first time, the divine service was also available through live audio-video streaming over the internet.

  • May 5, 2008: Berlin (Germany)
    With the exeption of two apostles, all European apostles gathered together in Berlin, the German capital. On Saturday before Pentecost a European Apostles Meeting took place, which concentrated on spiritual contents. The divine service on Pentecost Sunday was placed in the congretation of Berlin-Lichtenberg. Some 1.5 million brothers and sisters world-wide were able to witness the festive congregation via satellite. Before Holy Communion the large congregation prayed the Lord’s Prayer according to the wording of the 1984 Luther translation - or in the English-speaking world, according to the New King James Version - for the very first time.

  • May 27, 2007: Hamburg (Germany)
    A European Apostles’ Meeting on the Friday and Saturday before Pentecost had brought all the Apostles of Europe to Hamburg. For the first time in the history of the New Apostolic Church, the wives of the Apostles were also admitted to the conference. In several workshops they discussed issues of current relevance for the Church. Approximately 8,000 congregations around the world took part in the Pentecost service via satellite transmission. For the first time ever, some congregations were also connected to the service via the internet.

  • June 4, 2006: Cape Town (South Africa)
    The largest New Apostolic Church building, located in Tafelsig near Cape Town, seats around 4,000 people. It was there that the first Pentecost service conducted by Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber took place. Approximately 1.7 million souls in some 8,000 churches were able to hear the Chief Apostle’s call: “Never draw back!” These words have already become something of a catchphrase in the New Apostolic world. Parallel to these Pentecost festivities, the New Apostolic Church in this part of the continent also celebrated its 100-year anniversary.

  • May 15, 2005: Fellbach (Germany)
    The feast of Pentecost 2005 will go down as an outstanding event in the history of the New Apostolic Church. It was on this Sunday that Chief Apostle Richard Fehr conducted his last divine service. Since 1988 he had led the international New Apostolic Church. His successor in ministry, Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber from Hamburg, discharged him into a well-deserved retirement at the end of the divine service. Some two million souls in more than 70 countries were able to take part in this event by satellite transmission.

  • May 30, 2004: Wiesbaden (Germany)
    More than 1,000 people listened attentively to the divine service in the New Apostolic Church of Wiesbaden while another 430,000 from around the world participated in the service via satellite transmission. Unfortunately the transmission to Zambia had to be cancelled at the last minute, even though the test transmission had functioned well. On the Saturday prior to the service, all 60 Apostles from around Europe had assembled for an Apostle Meeting.

  • June 8, 2003: Dortmund (Germany)
    Not only the bride, but also the martyrs will take part in the first resurrection. The resurrection of the two groups will not take place at the same time. In very brief summary, such was the revised teaching of the New Apostolic Church regarding its understanding of the first resurrection. At the end of this divine service Chief Apostle Richard Fehr read out a theological paper in order to impart the same content to all parts of the world at the same time. From Dortmund, the service was transmitted to more than 1,500 congregations in Africa, Europe, and South America. For the New Apostolic Church in the United Kingdom, the Chief Apostle ordained David Middleton a Bishop.

  • May 19, 2002: Johannesburg (South Africa)
    A total of 318 Apostles from all continents gathered in South Africa to celebrate Pentecost. Again the agenda included an international Apostle Meeting - in which all but three Apostles were able to take part. The Sunday divine service took place in the Sandton Convention Centre. A total of 1.6 million participants were able to enjoy the service via satellite transmission. At the end of the divine service Chief Apostle Richard Fehr ordained ten Apostles and seven Bishops for various African countries.

  • June 3, 2001: Leipzig (Germany)
    This divine service was translated into 18 languages and transmitted to 41 countries by satellite. Around 220,000 souls were thus able to enjoy the divine service experience. A total of 59 District Apostles and Apostles from Europe had assembled. On the Saturday before, they took part in the European Apostle Meeting.

  • June 4, 2000: Hamburg (Germany)
    Ten District Apostles and 49 Apostles had come to the Congress Centre of Hamburg (CCH). The service was transmitted to 39 countries, making it possible for a total of around 220,000 participants to enjoy the service.

  • May 23, 1999: Toronto (Canada)
    Although 17 Apostles did not succeed in obtaining travel visas from their countries, a total of 268 Apostles gathered in Toronto. Approximately 830,000 participants in roughly 2,000 congregations were able to participate live in the divine service, which was transmitted by satellite from the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, located on the shores of Lake Ontario. At the conclusion of the divine service the Chief Apostle ordained ten Apostles for India and Africa, as well as one Bishop. Parallel to the Pentecost festivities, the New Apostolic Church in North America celebrated its 100-year anniversary.

  • May 31, 1998: Metz (France)
    The first satellite transmission to Zambia reached a total of over half a million people in that country alone. A total of around one million participants were able to witness the divine service live. All District Apostles (except Alfons Tansahtikno and Andrew Andersen, who could not attend on account of illness) and all Apostles from Europe were present. On the previous Saturday, 30 May, there was a little ceremony to celebrate Chief Apostle Richard Fehr’s 10th year in ministry. Over this time the membership of the New Apostolic Church had nearly doubled.

  • May 18, 1997: Nuremberg (Germany)
    A total of 85 active and retired Apostles from Europe had assembled in the Meistersingerhalle in Nürnberg. The service was transmitted by satellite to 240,000 participants in 1,440 congregations around Europe, as well as to Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, where it reached a total of 500,000 participants in 86 congregations. This was the first ever transmission of a digital satellite signal.

  • May 26, 1996: Nairobi (Kenia)
    A total of 260 Apostles assembled in Nairobi - never before had there been so many. Four Apostles had been prevented from coming on account of illness. The Chief Apostle spoke of a demonstration of unity and harmony. The service was transmitted by satellite to Europe, North, South, and Central America, as well as to South and Central Africa. The service was broadcast on television throughout Eastern Africa. Well over a million participants were able to join in this divine service, at the end of which Bishop Karamat Khusal (Pakistan) and District Elder Gorre Sunder (India) were ordained Apostles. Apostle Prasad Bhasker (India) was discharged into a well-deserved retirement by the Chief Apostle.

  • June 4, 1995: Zurich (Switzerland)
    All District Apostles and Apostles from Europe had come to the Swiss capital. The reason for this was the 100-year anniversary celebration of the New Apostolic Church in Switzerland. Already on Thursday, 1 June 1995, there had been a festive ceremony at which other churches and even politicians had been present. The Sunday’s Pentecost service was recorded by the Swiss television company SF. Excerpts from it were broadcast on the Sunday evening news, along with an interview with Chief Apostle Richard Fehr. The service was transmitted to all European District Churches, reaching a total of 250,000 participants in 36 countries and 1,300 churches.

  • May 22, 1994: Dortmund (Germany)
    All Apostles from Europe had gathered in Dortmund’s Westfalenhalle, along with approximately 11,000 souls who had likewise assembled in the hall for the divine service. Another 270,000 participants throughout Europe and South Africa were connected by satellite transmission. At the end of the service, District Elders Viktor Bezgans from Russia and Dewan Chowdhury from India were ordained Apostles.

  • May 30, 1993: Frankfurt/Main (Germany)
    The Jahrhunderthalle [“Century Hall”] in Frankfurt-Höchst was the scene of the Pentecost service. District Evangelists Hans-Jürgen Berndt and Wolfgang Nadolny, both from Berlin, were ordained into the Apostle ministry at the end of the divine service. Over 1,200 congregations in 33 countries were connected via satellite, making it possible for the service to reach a total of 280,000 participants. An international Apostle Meeting on the Saturday before the service looked back to the 100th anniversary of the New Apostolic Church, which had emerged from the Catholic Apostolic Church in 1863.

  • June 7, 1992: New York (USA)
    The festive divine service took place in the famous Carnegie Hall. All 19 District Apostles, seven District Apostle Helpers, and 22 Apostles had come. The service was transmitted by satellite throughout North America, Great Britain, and Puerto Rico.

  • May 19, 1991: Karlsruhe (Germany)
    The divine service was transmitted to Western Europe as well as a few countries in Eastern Europe and - for the first time - to South Africa via satellite. A total of 260,000 souls in approximately 1,000 churches took part in the divine service.

  • June 4, 1990: Vienna (Austria)
    For five days the Austrian capital was the hub of the New Apostolic world. With the exception of three Apostles who were ill, all Apostles from around the world had come. Some 2,500 people gathered in Vienna’s Austria Centre for the divine service, while over 250,000 more souls from 830 congregations gathered in 110 receiving stations throughout Western and Eastern Europe to experience the service in both sound and picture live via satellite transmission. On the Saturday prior to this there had been an international Apostle Meeting.

  • May 14,1989: Kitchener (Canada)
    All District Apostle and District Apostle Helpers, as well as all Apostles from the working area of District Apostle Michael Kraus had assembled. A total of 136 receiving stations throughout North and South America and in Great Britain were connected by postal cable.

  • May 22, 1988: Fellbach (Germany)
    It was the first divine service conducted by Chief Apostle Richard Fehr. A few days prior to the service, Chief Apostle Hans Urwyler had ordained his successor as Chief Apostle. All District Apostles, several District Apostle Helpers and Apostles from overseas, as well as all Apostles from Europe - a total of 58 Apostles - were present for the occasion. The divine service was transmitted into 921 congregations by postal cable. At the end of the divine service District Elder Burdu Komba Gborie from Sierra Leone was ordained an Apostle. Apostle Peter Dessimoz from Switzerland was ordained a District Apostle.