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Drawing from many years of experience being involved with fresh expressions and new ways of being church, here members of the team explore areas of insight which have emerged from their experience. We welcome your comments and thoughts. Please feel free to e-mail us at admin@acpi.org.uk .

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Matthew 18 and Reconciling Relationships

 Moving from conflict magnification to conflict resolution and reconciliation

One of the most difficult areas when working as part of a team is that of conflict resolution. What do you do when two people within a team or church come into conflict, misunderstanding, frustration, disappointment, hurt or disagreement?

Historically the church has turned to Matthew 18, where Jesus instructs his disciples on this issue saying:

“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.” – Matt 18: 15-17

Three Streams of Missional/Ecclesial Multiplication

It is becoming widely accepted that the church has to go on a journey of change to respond to our changed context.  Most agree that the change must involve discipleship and becoming missional.

But there are all sorts of models and principles being strongly promoted. Our experience of involvement with many of these is that we need discretion and clear understanding of what is involved in each if they are to be implemented healthily.

Among many important insights, we recognise one particular understanding of the varied field that we don’t pick up elsewhere. Namely, that among the wide array of models for discipleship, mission and ecclesial multiplication… there seem to be 3 overall “streams”. We describe them as “streams” since they are broader than any one model and leaders are tending to favour and identify themselves with one rather than the others. And the leaders identification with one stream seems more about the network they are linked to than the appropriateness of the particular journey and challenge for them and their context. We briefly describe these here and go on to highlight key issues for their healthy development.


Cook @ Church

Interested in setting up a Fresh Expression of church? 

Wanting to reach out missionally to young people?

Looking for a Fresh Expression that could link to your Messy Church? 

Cook@Church is a Fresh Expression of Church where by sharing food, hospitality and worshipping together, young people can develop and deepen their faith, and build a small missional community.

Over the past 5 years Cook@Church has grown and evolved into what it is now. A group of young people meeting once a week to cook together, pray together and share a meal.

Recently the national Fresh Expressions team made a film about Cook@Church: www.freshexpressions.org.uk/stories/cookatchapel/feb14

This innovative and exciting fresh expression of church could be easily replicated in your community. It is surprisingly cheap and easy to do, provided you have access to a kitchen and a willing team of volunteers. You do not need to be an expert cook. Training and consultancy in setting up Cook@Church is available from Katharine Crowsley (the Cook@Church pioneer). 

To find out more contact Katharine via: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or follow us on facebook www.facebook.com/cookatchapel

ACPI Office Move

As of the end of August 2014, the ACPI office will be moving from its current location on Philadelphia campus to a new office in Bob & Mary's residence. Please be aware of the new telephone number and address through which to contact the ACPI office:

Telephone: 0114 2678447

Address: 70 St Thomas Road, Crookes, Sheffield S10 1UX 

Foodbank App



This is an app to help support the network of hundreds of food banks across the UK.

Choose your local Foodbank from the list and the app will automatically update itself with the information from your selected Foodbank.

The shopping list is updated regularly by your local Foodbank team and highlights those items most needed.

Updates and stories from your local Foodbank are also downloaded direct to the app to keep supporters informed of news.

Notifications are also used to notify supporters of new updates from the Foodbank team and also if the Foodbank is low on stock of certain food items.

Global Volunteer Services

Global Volunteer Services LLC (non-profit)

If you are interested to give committed young volunteers from Germany an opportunity to become part of your work, country and culture, then let's work together.

GVS has a lot of experience in sending out volunteers. Since 2002 some 2000 volunteers had the chance to do one year short term mission with about 300 organizations in more than 50 countries.

We are happy to support you! 

For more information, and to download a flyer, click here -  http://www.acpi.org.uk/Joomla/images//%2B%20gvs%20flyer.pdf

Being Church, Doing Life

Michael Moynagh's new book, 'Being Church, Doing Life; Creating gospel communities where life happens' is available now. It is currently available for a discounted price of £7.50 for a limited time only from the fresh expressions site. To order your copy now, visit freshexpressions.org.uk/resources/beingchurch


Church Army Fresh Expressions Report Summary



A 26 page summary of the Church Army Research Unit's research into Fresh Expressions of Church is now available, and can be downloaded here .

For futher details and to download the full report, click here

Some frameworks to explore Messy Church and discipleship

 Some frameworks to explore Messy Church and discipleship

We often hear Mike Breen saying that “if you focus on making church you won’t necessarily end up with disciples, whereas if you focus on making disciples of Jesus you are bound to end up with church.” The observation has also been made that Jesus said, “I will build my church” but commissioned us to “go and make disciples”. So my focus in this chapter will be exploring ‘messy’ as church through seeking to better understand discipleship.

To download Bob Hopkins' chapter entitled "Some frameworks to explore Messy Church and discipleship" form the recently published Messy Church Theology book, follow the link below. 


To speak or not to speak of Attractional Church

To speak or not to speak of Attractional Church, that is the question

Contexts are different around the world and even within one country ... and furthermore they are changing rapidly. Not only that but how we understand language is different from place to place, even within a single language group like English ... and now even in one place the meaning that we put on particular words is changing.

Faced with this problem, Mike Breen blogs about why he will no longer use the term Attractional Church... and Bob Hopkins, a close colleague but working on the other side of the "Pond", responds with an explanation of why and how it will continue in his vocabulary!

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