Official Announcements

Membership figures of the global Church as at the end of 2009

(03.05.2010) Zurich. Some 10.5 million people around the world profess the New Apostolic faith. This is approximately 400,000 members, or 3.7 percent, less than the previous year. The reason: in some countries (predominantly in Africa) too few deaths were accounted for over the years. This was determined by means of detailed analyses based on the official death rates in the affected countries. more ...

Church blessing on ruby wedding anniversaries

(20.04.2010) Zurich. Married couples who have been married for 40 years can now, at their express request, receive a Church blessing on their ruby wedding anniversary. This was resolved by the District Apostle Meeting during its spring session in Dortmund this March. The new resolution is valid around the world. more ...

No divine services on New Year’s Day

(20.04.2010) Zurich. Following some discussion in the most recent District Apostle Meeting in Dortmund, the international Church leadership has decided that there will be no divine services anywhere around the world on New Year’s Day 2011. Instead, the congregations will be invited for divine services on Sunday, 2 January 2011. more ...

Apostle Raúl Montes de Oca to succeed District Apostle Vilor

(29.03.2010) Zurich/Brasília. District Apostle Guillermo Vilor will be given a festive discharge into a well-deserved retirement in October of this year. He will be turning 66 in May of this year. In a letter to the congregations in his working area, District Apostle Vilor has informed members of who his successor will be: Apostle Raúl Montes de Oca. The 57-year-old lives in Colonia Suiza, Uruguay. more ...

Change in the leadership of the New Apostolic Church Netherlands starting in 2011

(28.03.2010) Zurich/Hilversum. As of next year, District Apostle Armin Brinkmann of North Rhine-Westphalia will take over the leadership of the New Apostolic Church Netherlands. This announcement was made by Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber in today’s festive divine service in Hilversum. The current District Apostle Theodoor de Bruijn (64) will be festively retired upon reaching the age limit in May of next year. more ...

Worldwide prayers for peace 2009

(01.09.2009) Zurich. It has now been several years that the New Apostolic Church has participated in the worldwide prayers for peace which traditionally take place each year during the month of September. The World Council of Churches (ÖRK/WCC/COE), with its seat in Geneva, is calling upon all churches to take part in this initiative of the United Nations. In UN-Resolution 55/282 from 2001, the 21st day of September was chosen to mark the International Day of Prayer for Peace. more ...

International Day of Prayer on 21 September

(12.09.2008) Zurich. Once again the New Apostolic Church will engage in worldwide prayers on the occasion of the International Day of Prayer on 21 September. This year, Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber has given the event a special accent: he is calling upon his brethren in faith to pray especially for all baptised Christians who are being persecuted or killed on account of their faith in the triune God and their profession of their Redeemer Jesus Christ. more ...

“I am serious about my desire for reconciliation”

(23.03.2008) Zurich. The information evening of 4 December 2007 has elicited some very different reactions, especially as concerns the historical portion. In a letter which Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber has published in the “Our Family” Church magazine (volume 6/2008), he apologised for any “injury” the evening may have caused. more ...

Notes on the self image of the New Apostolic Church

(14.12.2007) Zurich. The self image of the New Apostolic Church, which was introduced during the information evening of 4 December 2007, is to provide a basis for internationally uniform statements in public. With it the Church’s international leadership has equipped its members with concise, simple statements that describe the essential features of the New Apostolic faith and the Church. District Apostle Hagen Wend, chairman of the Church’s internal Project Group on Questions of Faith, presented introductory thoughts on this topic during the information evening. more ...

Information Evening on 4 December 2007: A Documentation

(04.12.2007) Zurich. On 4 December 2007 an information evening of the New Apostolic Church took place in Zurich. It dealt with Church-internal topics of both greater and lesser significance. The transmission was sent via satellite from the communications centre of the international head office of the New Apostolic Church in Zurich to around 1,400 congregations in 18 countries of Europe. more ...
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