(19.11.2013) Zurich. In principle, a minister of the New Apostolic Church is ordained by an Apostle and also retired by an Apostle. The retirement takes place within the framework of a divine service. As a rule, this moment arrives when a minister turns 65, but in individual cases the responsible District Apostle can, in consultation with the minister in question, decide to extend his ministerial activity. In any event, however, the retirement has to take place before the minister turns 68.
(02.07.2013) Zurich. It is with great sadness that New Apostolic Christians around the world have learned of the passing of Chief Apostle Richard Fehr, who had served in ministry for many years. Expressions of sympathy have begun to arrive from all parts of the globe. Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider describes his predecessor in ministry as a man of great wisdom and vision. “He always had a feel for the global Church and promoted its internationality. His time in office always stood—and still stands—for openness and tolerance.”
(30.06.2013) Zurich. In the early evening hours of this Sunday, 30 June 2013, retired Chief Apostle Richard Fehr passed into the beyond. He is survived by his wife Sonja and his family. In his official notice to the District Apostles, Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider informed them that his predecessor in the Chief Apostle ministry closed his eyes peacefully at around 5:00 PM. In mid-July he would have been 74 years of age.
(19.05.2013) Hamburg/Zurich. As of this Pentecost Sunday 2013, the New Apostolic Church has a new spiritual leader: Jean-Luc Schneider is the new Chief Apostle and successor in ministry to Wilhelm Leber, who retired from ministry on this occasion. It was a special highlight when the new Chief Apostle discharged the previous Chief Apostle from his ministry with the words: “In our hearts you will remain our Chief Apostle!”
(14.05.2013) Hamburg/Zurich. When Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber rings in the divine service on Pentecost morning in the New Apostolic congregation of Hamburg-Borgfelde, several thousand other congregations in over 100 countries will also be connected, either by satellite or internet. In this way, several million people around the world will witness this central Pentecost celebration of the New Apostolic Church on 19 May 2013—a fitting event to mark this year’s celebration of the 150-year anniversary of the New Apostolic Church.
(13.05.2013) Zurich. “For quite some time now I have been considering the idea of making a statement concerning the ‘message’ of Chief Apostle Bischoff.” It is with these words that Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber begins his statement, which can be accessed as of today on the home page of the New Apostolic Church International. On various previous occasions he had publicly announced that he would once again address this subject matter during his time in active ministry as Chief Apostle. A new publication known as “Our Family-Special Edition”, which is published by the Bischoff publishers, will explore this topic in detail at the beginning of June.
(18.04.2013) Zurich. There are only about four more weeks to go before Pentecost, when a new Chief Apostle will be ordained for the New Apostolic Church. The current international Church leader, Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber, will retire at the age of 65 and will be succeeded in ministry by a French national, namely Jean-Luc Schneider (53). The preparations for this change have already been made, and all Church members around the world are aware that it is coming.
(14.03.2013) Zurich. Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber has congratulated the new Pope Francis I on behalf of the New Apostolic Church. Yesterday Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected to the highest ministry of the Catholic Church. The 76-year-old Argentinean thus succeeds Pope Benedict XVI, who recently stepped down from office.
(25.01.2013) Zurich/Lubumbashi. Chief Apostle Helper Jean-Luc Schneider seemed grateful and relieved after his return from the Congo: the festive divine service in Lubumbashi had been a great highlight at the start of the year. As previously announced, he had just bestowed the District Apostle ministry upon his Congolese successor Tshitshi Tshisekedi (we reported).
(15.01.2013) Zurich. On Pentecost Sunday, 19 May 2013, Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber will entrust the Chief Apostle ministry to his successor Jean-Luc Schneider, after which he himself will retire. All New Apostolic congregations around the world will be able to join in and celebrate this divine service together as a satellite transmission. Well ahead of this date, the Church leader will personally inform all New Apostolic Church members around the world of this change by way of a circular letter. It is to be read out after the divine service this Sunday.