The Church consists of all the New Apostolic congregations around the globe, united to form one body.
The New Apostolic Church is lead by Jesus Christ through living Apostles.
The highest spiritual authority of all New Apostolic Churches on earth, the Chief Apostle directs the Church as a whole in all spiritual matters. His official office is in Zurich, Switzerland. The New Apostolic congregations in a district or region constitute an Apostle district of which a District Apostle is in charge.
The District Apostle responsible for the Australasia region is the District Apostle Andrew Andersen, appointed since 1st January 2001.
The District Apostle in turn appoints Apostles, Bishops and district leaders to care for the congregations in their respective areas. The full list of supported countries are Australia, Christmas and Cocos Island, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Islands, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, South Pacific Islands incl. Cook Island, Tasmania, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanatua. The church's administrative functions are coordinated from its Administrative Office at 3-5 Deakin Street, Brendale, Old 4500, Australia
The first New Apostolic member arrived in New Zealand during 1947. Sister Cinlentano arrived on the 14th January 1947 to marry a New Zealand man, Lionel McNaughton, whom she had met previously in Cape Town. On the 27 June 1949 the family Paul Hofacher arrived in Auckland from Switzerland. It was from here on that the church grew with current membership in excess of 800 with 18 congregation spread across New Zealand. To read the documented history of the NAC in New Zealand from 1947 to 2001 please click below.
As a rule, divine services take place in the congregations on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday or Thursday evenings. In addition, divine services are held on all recognised Christian festive days. When the need arises, funeral and wedding services are also arranged. The sermon itself is based on a text word from the Bible. The word is, however, delivered without the aid of manuscripts. The plain yet solemn liturgy culminates in the congregants praying the Lord's Prayer together, where after Absolution and Holy Communion is celebrated. Apart from the dispensing of the sacraments, members may receive a special blessing in a service on the following occasions: Confirmation, engagement, marriage and wedding anniversaries. Choral singing and orchestral music enhance the divine services. Visitors are always welcome to attend our divine services as well as any other of the church activities mentioned hereafter. All members of the New Apostolic Church are entitled to individual pastoral care free of charge. Special attention is given to the ill and handicapped. Pastoral care embraces personal discussion about matters of faith, and about the problems of everyday life, as well as support in adverse circumstances.