Apostolic Church (Czech Republic)

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The Apostolic Church (in Czech: Apoštolská církev) is a Pentecostal denomination in Czech Republic.

Pentecostalism came in 1910 to the present Czech and Slovak lands, and spread to Brno, Prague and other places and was registered as The Union of Resolved Pentecostal Christians. The church pass through many difficulties under the Nazi occupation and during the Communist regime, when 1948 it was abolished. Only in 1977 the Pentecostals could set up an organisation and the Apostolic Church was founded on Czechoslovakia. After the separation of Slovakia the church was officially legalised in 1989 by the Czech Republic government. Today, the Apostolic Church keeps close fellowship with the Apostolic Church (Slovakia) and both maintains a Bible school in Kolín, close to Prague.

In 2008 there was nearly 3400 members in 110 communities, and the church polity is episcopal.

References[edit]

  • Website from the Ecumenical Council of Czech Republic
  • Hall, I.R. "Europe, Eastern". in Burgess, Stanley M.; van der Maar, Eduard. The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002 .pp. 94–96.
  • Nichol, J. T. Pentecostalism. New York: Harper & Row. Roberts, 1966.