New Apostolic Church

The New Apostolic Church (NAC) is a Christian church that split from the Catholic Apostolic Church during an 1863 schism in Hamburg, Germany.[2]


New Apostolic Church
New Apostolic church hall with emblem
ClassificationChristian
OrientationIrvingian
Theologypartly Restorationist
PolityApostolic Hierarchical
LeaderChief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider
Distinct fellowshipsInternational Apostles' Meeting
District Apostles' Meeting
Project Groups:
-Faith Questions
-Ecumenism
-Music
-Communication
-Youth
Committee for special affairs
and others
AssociationsConsortium of Christian Churches, Germany and Switzerland
Region181 nations, divided into 18 District Apostle areas, Int. headquarters: Zürich
Origin1863
Hamburg, Germany
Branched fromCatholic Apostolic Church
SeparationsRestored Apostolic Mission Church, Old Apostolic Church,
United Apostolic Church,
Congregations59,816 (01/01/2016)[1]
Members8,923,420 (01/01/2016)[1]
Ministers256,812 (01/01/2016)[1]
Aid organizationNAK karitativ, Germany
Official websitewww.nak.org
Churches with emblem (Karlsruhe, Karlstraße)
New Apostolic Church in Dortmund-Lanstrop
New Apostolic Church in Otterndorf
New Apostolic Church in Wittmund

The church has existed since 1863 in Germany and since 1897 in the Netherlands. It came about from the schism in Hamburg in 1863, when it separated from the Catholic Apostolic Church, which itself started in the 1830s as a renewal movement in, among others, the Anglican Church and Church of Scotland.

The Second Coming of Christ is at the forefront of the New Apostolic doctrines. Most of its doctrines are akin to mainstream Christianity and, especially its liturgy, to Protestantism, whereas its hierarchy and organisation could be compared with the Roman Catholic Church. The New Apostolic Church is neither Protestant nor Catholic. It is a central church in the Irvingian orientation of Christianity.

The church considers itself to be the re-established continuation of the Early Church and that its leaders are the successors of the twelve apostles. This doctrine resembles Restorationism in some aspects.

The official abbreviation in English-speaking countries is NAC (for New Apostolic Church), whereas it is NAK in German (Neuapostolische Kirche), ENA in French (Église Néo Apostolique), and INA in Portuguese (Igreja Nova Apostólica) and Spanish (Iglesia Nueva Apostólica).