They called him “Papa Ghana”

He came to West Africa without a clue, but his heart filled with love left traces that are still evident to this day: Apostle Rudolf Schilling would have celebrated his one hundredth birthday on 14 September.

There he stood, the District Elder, after arriving at the airport in Accra, the capital of Ghana, on 3 May 1969. He was wearing a trench coat and hat, and holding an umbrella. Naturally, he wa…

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Team player rather than lone wolf

Shared leadership and collective decision-making: that is the programme in the New Apostolic Church. And this is not only the way things work in the International District Apostle Meeting, but rather also in the various governing bodies of the District Churches.

The first ever general assembly of the “Igreja Nova Apostólica Angola” took place in August 2019. In the process, District Apostle Rainer…

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Journeying through time in the South Pacific

Two divine services—on the same day and at the same time, but in two different places: and the Chief Apostle does not need to tear himself in two in order to make this happen. All he has to do is travel backwards in time. Totally normal—for ministers in the South Pacific, that is.

Samoa, American Samoa, Fiji, and New Zealand: these are the stops along the upcoming trip of Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Sch…

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The right choice: God has priority!

“God help me!”—a call that is often expressed aloud in times of decision. It was concerning times such as these—and what they are good for—that Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider preached in a divine service he conducted in Lusaka, Zambia.

The focus of the sermon on 21 July 2019 was a familiar plea from the Lord’s Prayer: “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew…

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Insubordinate teenager explains the future

Unruly and unwilling to integrate—that is how the young man presents himself—and almost ruins his chances with all the important people. And then he even misses out on an opportunity to show himself in a good light. A story with quite a few surprises.

The year was 605 BC, and King Nebuchadnezzar II was the ruler in the city of Babylon. Only a few weeks before, he was still waging battles as a succe…

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Baking wafers outside Bielefeld

Something has to happen when the machines run twice as quickly as originally planned. But even elsewhere, baking wafers is anything but child’s play – how production started in Africa, America, and Asia.

The Church-owned factory in Germany produced nearly 240 million wafers in the year 2001—more than ever before since its establishment 70 years prior. But this brought the production facility in Bie…

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Sending a clear message—together

Prevention, education, and intervention—these are the three pillars of the “Awareness” concept in the battle against sexual abuse. In a video interview, District Apostle Michael Ehrich (Southern Germany) explains exactly what is being … torage/master/file/22471963/11436647.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/759294.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />…

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A lot of work—a lot of time—a lot of joy

Many things in life take time. For example, plans for new ideas do not simply develop overnight. Even new church building projects take time. Following is a small sampling of activities in progress around the world.

A work week in the Philippines

District Apostle Edy Isnugroho took an entire week to visit the Philippines, but it was anything but a week of vacation—more like a work week. It began wit…

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Ministry (7): the gift as a duty?

Change has its tradition—even in the ministerial order of the New Apostolic Church. But how far is this allowed to go? For example, aren’t pastors and Evangelists a biblical must? Following are some answers to some frequently asked questions.

It all revolves around Ephesians 4: 11: “And He himself gave some to be Apostles, some prophets, some Evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.”

It was on th…

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Doing good: from sowing to harvesting

Deep down everybody wants to do good. Unfortunately, we fail more often than not. Let’s not give up though! In the end, our efforts will have been worthwhile. Here is a how-to guide from a recent service.

The motto was set by the Bible text: “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6: 9). This is the Bible text Chief Apostle Je…

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Teachers: connected to God and the server

The digital age does not stop at the church door. It is quite apparent when ministers and teachers have modern technology and technical support at their fingertips. Current examples from Canada and Europe.

Just a few days ago, District Apostle Mark Woll informed the Apostles and teachers in Canada about an innovation in the Church’s teaching: the Project Group Children’s Teaching Material recently…

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Spotlight 15/2019: Through mountains of dirt to a big treasure

Faith in everyday life can be compared to a gold deposit in rock. Before you can mine the gold, you have to clear away a lot of rock. District Apostle Peter Schulte of Australia explains why it is still worthwhile to mine it.

In the mining industry, the term strip ratio refers to the ratio of the volume of overburden—dirt or waste material—that has to be moved in order to extract the valuable ore…

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In the service of Jesus

A familiar hymn urges: “Of service be to Jesus” and goes on to admonish listeners to be “a fit tool in His hand”. This is a question of what individual Christians can do—both for themselves and for others—even without an official ministerial mandate.

There are duties performed on a long-term basis that have a special place within the congregation owing to their high pastoral significance. In the fu…

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In the heart of Africa

The topics presented by cover a wide range of technical, administrative, and even personal topics. This week we take you to Africa to bring you up to speed on the developments there.

The NAC in Guinea has launched its own website

The New Apostolic Church Guinea has just launched its own website. The French-speaking site can be found at It features general information ab…

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Is being holy even possible?

People are people—and all of them have their faults and weaknesses. Period. This is true for everyone. And yet faithful, believing Christians are also described as the “communion of saints”, or “the community of the saints”. How do these disparate concepts fit together?

The Apostles’ Creed (also known as the Apostolicum) is an early church creed. It speaks of the Trinity of God, the Father, the Son…

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God knows you personally

God knows every human being in and out. He knows our strengths, our weaknesses, our nature, and conduct. And that’s good, because He doesn’t just know us: He has plans with us.

“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” It was this verse from Revelation 3: 8 that Chief Apostle…

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A maximum of project, a minimum of costs

Even after the name change from Missionswerk to human aktiv and new statutes donors remained loyal. This is reflected in the first financial report of the young aid organisation with its long tradition.

From 7.4 to 1.1 million Euros? Such a drop in earnings would normally be cause for great alarm. But at human aktiv, the charity of the New Apostolic Church Southern Germany, this is part of the agen…

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Getting the picture (9): United in joy and suffering

Whether joyful, sad, or solemn, some services come with special occasions—and thus have a unique set of requirements all to themselves. Here are some things the photographer can do to ensure that the event is a memorable one.

When two believing individuals come together and decide to stay together, they often find their way to the altar together as well. And as their family grows, they are quite li…

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Generosity in the face of poverty

“I was hungry and you gave me food,” Jesus said. The congregation in Denver Metro (Colorado, USA) took these words to heart and set up their own food bank. Two of the volunteers tell us the story from the beginning.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up? What do you do professionally? Do you have family?

Gertrude Dathe: I grew up in a New Apostolic family in Canada, namely in t…

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When many pitch in, dreams come true

As an individual one may often not be able to do a whole lot, but as part of a larger group or community, there is a great deal that can be done. If many pitch in and provide concrete help, dreams can sometimes be made to come true.

Help in Zambia: Education is a human right. Anyone who understands this will pitch in. In a well-planned community project three additional classrooms were added to a c…

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