What did it mean to be an apostle in New Testament times? What does it mean today? C. K. Barrett explores these questions in a lively and penetrating manner. First he surveys the New Testament to discover who the apostles were and what they did. The relation between the original twelve apostles and later Christian leaders, including Paul, is also examined. From the biblical background, the author moves to the church today--how does a church reflect its apostleship in its faith and preaching, life and order? The marks of an apostolic church are seen by Barrett within the context of radical theology and modern plans for church union. As Methodist clergy involved in ecumenical issues and a noted New Testament scholar, Barrett brings a refreshing perspective to his subject. Pastors and laity alike will enjoy the clarity of style and vital approach to the church, past and present.