The Apostolic Church, United Kingdom
First formed in 1916 as a result of the 1904 Welsh revival, the Apostolic Church is a Trinitarian, Pentecostal Movement with a strong commitment to mission. We have established Apostolic movements in over 90 countries, many of whom are self-governing.
Within the UK the Apostolic Church is represented by approximately 90 churches. Our national conference is held annually in Cheltenham, Gloucester and has visitors from several countries attending.
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During the Welsh Revival in 1904 – 1905, over one hundred thousand people were converted. Many of them called themselves the “Children of the Revival.” One such group held meetings in a house in Penygroes, Llanelli, U.K. In February 1910 they opened a building called ‘The Evangelical Church’, Penygroes. During the Revival some had experienced speaking in tongues and prophecy. In the new church these manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit began to be heard more frequently.
A miner Mr. D.P. Williams (1882-1947) began to attend some of the services. He had been converted in the Revival on 25 December 1904 when Mr. Evan Roberts, the Revivalist, laid his hands on him. He became a well known preacher in the Independent (Congregational) chapels in and around Penygroes and was baptised in the Holy Spirit in 1909.
This experience brought him to a time of decision. He decided to leave the Independents and joined the Evangelical Church in 1910. He was baptised in water and shortly after that visited Pastor W.O. Hutchinson’s Emmanuel Mission Hall in Bournemouth where he and a friend were greatly blessed.
The Apostolic Church is constituted as a charitable trust registered with the Charity Commission in May 1961 under charity number 284789. It is governed by a deed of trust last updated in May 2008.
The governance and management structure of the Church operates at three levels:
- Local Church
The Ascension Ministries Council (AMC); is the ultimate policy-making organ of the Church. This body, made up of ministerial staff from every region, meet in May each year to make decisions concerning the Movement. This includes a important decisions with regards to the call of God in the lives of men as pastors; as well as those who are appointed to serve on various committees, including the National Leadership Team (NLT). Finance Board, Overseas Board and Convention Committee. It handles matters of doctrine.
In between Council, NLT members who double up as trustees provide spiritual oversight and direction for the Movement. The trustees who are apostles within the church are elected by the other apostles to serve a six year term. Under the constitution, election to the NLT is open only to apostles.
Guidelines for belief
The following are some practical guidelines intended to assist believers live out what they believe in practical ways.
1. A personal Testimony of your Salvation in Christ. In other words: You need to be a born again Christian, and know Jesus as your Saviour and Lord
2. Your acknowledgement of and obedience to the Order and Officers of the Church; Apostles, Pastors, Elders and Deacons. In other words: Respect those in leadership. It should be easy to respect them. If not, tell them in the right attitude and in the right place.
3. Your presence in the Meetings of the Church and abidance in full Communion; that is, not to absent yourself more than three times from Communion without sufficient reason given for your absence. In other words: Be committed to the church; ‘luke warm’ commitment is no good to God or to the Church.
4. Your conformity with the fundamental Doctrines of the Church, as well as with the two Ordinances, namely Baptism by Immersion and the Lord’s Supper. In other words: Follow the teachings of the church.
5. That you contribute towards the support of the Cause, as taught unto us in the Word of God. In other words: Be willing to play your part, be a partaker and not a spectator.
6. That you keep the counsels of the Church within the Church. In other words: Don’t blabber church business wherever you go. Gossip never did any good.
7. That you pray for and help every member, remembering that we are joint members in the Body of Christ. In other words: Live out your Christianity, practice what we preach.
8. “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” In other words: We don’t need people who cause division, but work for unity. Dividers cause trouble; “uniters” bring peace.
The following eleven statements were developed by early Apostolic Church leaders and remain as key points of belief, expressing in simple and systematic terms, what the Apostolic Church holds to as sound Biblical truth.
1. The one true and living God who eternally exists in three persons in unity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
2. The inherent corruptness of man through the Fall; The necessity of repentance and regeneration by grace and through faith in Christ alone and the eternal separation from God of the finally unrepentant.
3. The Virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, triumphant resurrection, ascension and continuing intercession of our Lord Jesus Christ; His second coming and millennial reign upon earth.
4. The Justification and sanctification of believers through the finished work of Christ.
5. The baptism of the Holy spirit for believers with supernatural signs, empowering the church for its mission in the world.
6. The gifts of the Holy Spirit for the building up of the Church and ministry to the world.
7. The Sacraments of Baptism by immersion and of the Lord’s Supper
8. The divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures.
9. Christ’s leadership of the Church through apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, elders and deacons, for unity, maturity and growth of the church.
10. The security of the believer as he remains in Christ
11. The privilege and responsibility of bringing tithes and offerings to the Lord.