Frequently Asked Questions
Visiting a new church can be intimidating. Check out these answers to some frequently asked questions to learn more about us.
We believe the Bible is a collection of human experiences, recorded over the course of many centuries, of God’s revelation and acts in the course of history. The author of Scripture is God, while its writers were human beings who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Although the contents of the biblical books have their source in God, they bear the mark of their respective writers and their perceptions of the world in terms of style and form of expression. We believe each passage of the Bible should be read in view of its context, and attention given to the fact that any translation of the Bible results from an interpretation of the original text.
Jesus Christ is the head of the church (Colossians 1:17-18). Before His crucifixion, Jesus identifies Apostle Peter as the "rock" upon which He will build His church (Matthew 16:18-19). The leadership and tasks which Jesus gave to Apostle Peter are today discharged by the Chief Apostle. The Chief Apostle is supported by District Apostles, each responsible for a different region around the world. A team of apostles care for smaller regions, and local ministers, both ordained and non-ordained, help each congregation live according to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Everyone is welcome; wear what is most comfortable. While business casual is typical, some dress up a bit more.
The New Apostolic Church is financed by the anonymous, voluntary donations of its members. Our regular, freewill offerings, tithes, and our special Thanksgiving offering make up most of the Church’s revenue. These offerings fund congregational supplies and resources, church programs and events, benevolence, building operations, international mission activities, and administrative support.
No. While our members find themselves in various places on the political spectrum, the church as an organization is politically neutral. We focus on the gospel of Jesus and sharing His love with the world.
As with all of the gifts God has given us, we are to be stewards – properly caring for and protecting that which truly belongs to God. This includes caring for the planet and its resources, along with sharing these resources with the more vulnerable.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you (John 13:34). Our congregations are to be bridges for all people to move closer and closer to Christ, and that calls us to embrace all people, including LGBTQ+ people. We want our LGBTQ+ members, visitors, and their families to know that they are welcome and loved by God. As children of God, we know that it is certainly not appropriate for us to pass judgment on our siblings in Christ. Rather, we desire to worship and experience the fullness of God’s love together with all.
We’re glad that you’re interested in joining our church family! In our church, membership comes through the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Sealing. To learn more about what it means to be a member, click here.
Usually our services are about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes in length.
Man and woman are both equally created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Both are called to protect and shape the creation; God has not assigned them different areas of dominion or activity (Genesis 1:28-30). The responsibilities of men and women are understood differently owing to social and political developments within society, among other things.
As of 2023, women are able to be ordained as ministers in our church. For more information on the doctrine and context behind this, you can read the transcript of a video regarding this topic. Women are also able and encouraged to have leadership roles in other areas of the congregation, such as on a congregational Shared Leadership Team, in small groups, children's, youth, and music ministries, etc.