New Apostolic Church from A to Z

Apostle ministry | Ministerial levels

In the New Apostolic Church there are three ministerial levels with differing spiritual powers: the Apostle ministry, priestly ministers, and Deacons.

The authority of the Apostle ministry derives from the calling of the Apostles by Jesus Christ and from the powers which the Lord laid into this ministry. The significance of the ministry can be seen in Jesus’ high-priestly prayer: “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth” (John 17: 18–19). The activity of the Apostles is aimed at building up the Lord’s work of redemption and leading it to its completion. This includes dispensing the sacraments in the manner desired by Jesus Christ. The Apostles see to it that the gospel is preached in unadulterated fashion and that the congregations have a divinely pleasing order. Beyond that the Apostles are to prepare the bridal congregation for the return of the Lord by preaching the gospel, proclaiming the forgiveness of sins, baptising with water and the Holy Spirit, and celebrating Holy Communion.

 

Abortion | Termination of pregnancy

The New Apostolic Church understands itself as an advocate for life. The fertilised egg cell (ovum) is already an individual life which enjoys the right to protection. The New Apostolic Church rejects the termination of pregnancies because they constitute a transgression of the Fifth Commandment. The guilt before God associated with it can vary greatly depending on individual circumstances. Even if there are humanly understandable reasons in favour of a termination of pregnancy the viewpoint of the Church should carry particular weight considering the significance of the decision.

Mothers or couples who have given serious thought to the medical, personal, and theological perspectives can rely on the respect of the Church for their self-responsible decision for or against a termination of pregnancy and on unbiased pastoral care.

 

Acts of blessing

The following acts of blessing take place within the divine service: confirmation, adoption into the New Apostolic Church, dispensation of engagement blessings, wedding blessings, and blessings on wedding anniversaries. Ordinations and other acts concerning the spiritual ministry are also performed during the divine service.