The NAC of the 21st century is fundamentally different than the NAC of the 20th century, abandoning much dogma, watering down the doctrine, fragmenting into subtly different churches depending on the region/continent, and run like a business with congregational viability determined via ROI and bottom-line.
I’ll randomly post thoughts along those lines, and some of the good that is happening.
Vision and Mission
The NAC of the 21st Century has a Vision and a Mission (from NAKI.org, retrieved 3/1/2015), which is so business-like.
“Vision Statement of the New Apostolic Church
A church in which people feel at home and, inspired by the Holy Spirit and their love for God, align their lives to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and thus prepare themselves for His return and eternal life.
Mission Statement of the New Apostolic Church
Reaching out to all people in order to teach them the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to baptize them with water and the Holy Spirit.
Providing soul care and cultivating a warm fellowship in which everyone shall experience the love of God and the joy of serving Him and others. “
Now I don’t recall such things in the 20th century, so allow me to paraphrase what I was taught into Vision and Mission Statements
“20th Century Vision of the NAC
A church where living apostles lead those chosen to be firstlings to the Day of the First Resurrection
20th Century Mission of the NAC
Seeking out the last soul to form the bridal 144,000 congregation and through unconditional obedience of faith to the bearers of blessing (BOB) and the Apostles who preach of separation and exclusivity to appeal New Apostolics as not better, but better off [than non-NACs], achieving an insular group that struggles to adapt.Thats the first thought, more to follow.
And a bonus