The Apostolic Church
Formed in 1916 as a result of the 1904 Welsh revival, the Apostolic Church is a trinitarian, Pentecostal movement with a strong commitment to church planting and mission. The church is established in around 100 nations, most of which are autonomous.
The church in the United Kingdom is a network of local churches in each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each church functions with local leadership and has the responsibility to develop maturity in the body of believers as well as to communicate Christ to the community it serves.
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It is estimated that more than one hundred thousand people were converted during the Welsh Revival (1904-5). Some of those held meetings in a house in rural south Wales and continued until February 1910 when they opened a building called ‘The Evangelical Church’. During the Revival some had experienced manifestations of the Holy Spirit and these continued to be part of their personal and church life.
D.P. Williams (1882-1947), a miner, began to attend some of the services. He had been converted in the revival in 1904 when Mr. Evan Roberts, the famed revivalist, laid his hands on him. Williams became a well-known preacher in 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 join the Evangelical Church in 1910 and was baptised in water and shortly after connected with like-minded leaders in England.
Purpose & Leadership
The Apostolic Church is network of churches which exist to communicate Christ to the nation and, to provide the legal framework to be able to do so, is constituted as a charitable trust.
The leadership of the church is at both national and local level. There is a national leadership body which exercises responsibility for appointments, policy, legal compliance, church planting and mission. Each local church has an appointed leader and local leadership team who, together, are responsible to develop an outreach strategy for their local community as well as to create a climate in which each believer will mature to the full expression of the potential that lies within.
Local leaders relate to the national leadership both directly and through a relational structure intended to provide care, inspiration and encouragement.
What We Believe
The following statements were developed by early Apostolic Church leaders and remain as brief statements of belief, expressing in simple and systematic terms, some of the basic tenets of the church.
The one true and living God who eternally exists in three persons in unity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
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.
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.
The Justification and sanctification of believers through the finished work of Christ.
The baptism of the Holy spirit for believers with supernatural signs, empowering the church for its mission in the world.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit for the building up of the Church and ministry to the world.
The Sacraments of Baptism by immersion and of the Lord’s Supper
The divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures.
Christ’s leadership of the Church through apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, elders and deacons, for unity, maturity and growth of the church.
The security of the believer as he remains in Christ
The privilege and responsibility of bringing tithes and offerings to the Lord.