Throughout the years, the Jesus Fellowship have had a mixed reaction from other churches, religious leaders and affiliated church groups. Ranging from an Archdeacon of Northampton actively denouncing the group as a cult, to their ever changing membership of the Evangelical Alliance. Having been known as the 'Jesus Fellowship Church (Baptist)' for many years, their links with the Baptist Church were formally severed when the Baptist Union expelled the group during the eighties, although the fellowship are still keen to advertise their Baptist roots.
The Jesus Fellowship Church were expelled from the 'Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland' during 1986, the Union cited the fellowships lack of involvement with other Baptist churches and the groups expansion/recruitment in areas near other Baptist churches without consultation as the main reasons for their expulsion.
Bugbrooke's Baptist Chapel is still owned by the Jesus Fellowship. In recent years use of the Chapel had been scaled down, although recently Sunday services have restarted within the building.
20/03/1982 : 'SIGN UP' THE KIDS SHOCKER
24/09/1982 : SPECIAL ENQUIRY : BAPTISTS HAVE NO SAY
12/07/1985 : GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE JESUS PEOPLE
11/06/1986 : ADDICT CARING UNIT BID DENIED BY SECT
02/10/1986 : NEW SETBACK FOR JESUS PEOPLE
13/11/1986 : BAPTISTS EXPEL JESUS PEOPLE
13/11/1986 : JESUS SECT IN BAPTIST EXPULSION
14/11/1986 : WHY WE EXPELLED SECT, BY BAPTISTS
20/11/1986 : FELLOWSHIP EXPELLED
22/11/1986 : WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED
13/07/2000 : LETTERS PAGE - CAN VILLAGE'S OLD CHAPEL BE RESTORED TO US NOW?
21/02/2001 : CHAPEL IS BACK IN SERVICE
After five years of membership, the Evangelical Alliance asked the Jesus Fellowship for their resignation from their group in 1986. Following investigations into the fellowship the Alliance cited the lack of good relationships with other evangelical churches, and the dangers of 'a single-mindedness of approach that inferred directive leadership to a strong degree' within their reasons behind the request for resignation.
The Multiply Christian Network, a church network run by the Jesus Fellowship recently joined the Evangelical Alliance, effectively meaning the Jesus Fellowship has rejoined.
07/07/1986 : LETTERS PAGE - JESUS PEOPLE - NO CHANGE
10/07/1986 : JESUS PEOPLE FACE TRIPLE BLOW
24/07/1986 : CHURCHES SHUN THE JESUS PEOPLE
27/10/1988 : ALL OUT FOR JESUS AND FIGHTING FOR YOU! : IN THE PUBLIC EYE!
10/11/1988 : THEY TWISTED MY WORDS!
17/11/1988 : LETTERS PAGE - ALLIANCE DOES ACKNOWLEDGE US AS A GENUINE CHURCH
Multiply Christian Network www.multiply.org.uk
In the early eighties, following a newspaper appeal for an investigation, the Northampton Free Church Federal Council planned to investigate the Jesus Fellowship - until they realised they had no authority to do so.
17/12/1982 : CHURCHES SHOULD STEP IN
20/12/1982 : FELLOWSHIP PROBE CALL TAKEN UP
09/02/1983 : GROUP HAS NO POWER TO PROBE JESUS SECT
In the mid eighties, The Archdeacon of Northampton, The Venerable Bazil Marsh, was not a fan of the Jesus Army. Often publicly voicing his opinion of his view of the group as being a cult.
10/10/1986 : INVITE FROM JESUS PEOPLE
12/06/1987 : JESUS ARMY UNDER FIRE
23/09/1987 : JESUS UNIFORM UNDER ATTACK
22/09/1987 : MEET US - SECT'S OFFER TO CRITICS
15/06/1989 : JESUS ARMY ROW TO RECEIVE TV AIRING
15/06/1989 : GODS ARMY ON THE MARCH
In June 2000, the Jesus Fellowships' 10ft tall 'Millennium Man' sculpture was refused entry to Northampton's Pentecost 2000 event.
12/06/2000 : KEEP OUT!
15/06/2000 : JESUS ARMY BARRED FROM CHRISTIANS UNITY FESTIVAL
15/06/2000 : LETTERS PAGE - PENTECOST 2000 WAS A GREAT EVENT
19/06/2000 : LETTERS PAGE - INAPPROPRIATE
19/06/2000 : LETTERS PAGE - NO QUESTION OF ARMY BEING EXCLUDED
22/09/1973 : IN THE VILLAGE WHERE RELIGION IS A SINGING, SWINGING AFFAIR
13/03/1982 : LETTERS PAGE - WHICH CHURCH CHIEFS GIVE THEIR BACKING?
24/09/1982 : SPECIAL ENQUIRY - THE FIGUREHEAD
15/04/1985 : LETTERS PAGE - GIVE JESUS PEOPLE A BREAK - VICAR
25/09/1986 : LETTERS PAGE - A CASE OF RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION?
22/10/1986 : LETTERS PAGE - SUBTLE DANGER OF JESUS PEOPLE
04/09/1987 : WARNING OVER RELIGIOUS SECT
07/02/1989 : SECT LAUNCHES GRAVEYARD PLAN
20/04/1990 : LETTERS PAGE - NOT SO MEEK