In the early 1800s, individual theologians and believing Christians in England and Scotland began praying for a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit and for His activity to be as it was in the time of the early Church. In response to their fervent prayers, God, through prophesy, revealed the calling of the first apostles since the death of Apostle John. Continuing in the work of their predecessors, this new group of apostles began to teach and baptize (Matthew 28: 16-20), forgive sins in Christ's name (John 20:23), and dispense the Holy Spirit (Acts 8: 14-17). In 1863 some of the newly called apostles settled in Germany and began the church that would become known as the New Apostolic Church.
In the century and a half since its beginning, the New Apostolic Church has spread throughout Europe, North America (see "Our Story in the USA"), South America, Africa, Asia and Australia to reach a membership of nearly 11 million people. While each congregation worldwide expresses their love for God in their own cultural context, they remain united in doctrine and possess the same Mission and Vision. Please visit www.nak.org for more detailed information.