On a quiet residential street in South Austin a crisply maintained property stands out among the modest homes. The New Apostolic Church has a small building, not much larger than the neighboring homes. But this not a typical neighborhood church. The county tax records indicate the building was constructed in 1970. Then, in 1988, the National Organization of the New Apostolic Church purchased the property.
I wasn’t familiar with this denomination, but there’s a lot of information on their USA and international websites. This Bible-based theology believes in three sacraments, Holy Baptism, Holy Sealing, and Holy Communion. Additional information indicates the importance of the group’s buildings and properties throughout the world.
The simple gable form with classical columns is a classic. Except for the sign and logo on the front gable and a plaque on the wall, there are no other symbols indicating the church community. The site certainly displays signs of care and good maintenance. It may also be that the building has recently been renovated. In some ways, the property condition may be one of the most important congregation symbols.
New Apostolic Church, 1906 Miles Ave, Austin, TX 78745