About us

If you have any questions at all, then you should find the answer here

As a growing network of leaders, it’s important that those who connect with us, understand why we do what we do, and also know something of our history. We have tried to answer most questions here, but it there is something you would like to know that isn’t mentioned, then please do contact us..

How did our story begin & how many churches did we start with?

Our unity journey formally began in 1987 when Mission Doncaster was registered as a charity. On Saturday 2nd May 1998 a small group of ministers in Doncaster met together and committed themselves to pray regularly for the town. Initially the group consisted of just 8 ministers from 8 churches, and 5 denominations. On Wednesday 13th May 1998 at 7.00am the group met for the first time to pray for Doncaster. That group grew, and, working alongside Mission Doncaster, became known as the Doncaster Ministers Prayer Fellowship, which continues to meet and pray together.

A brief history …

  • 1978 Doncaster United Christian Fellowship
  • 1980 Alive in Mission (Billy Graham Crusade)
  • 1987 Mission Doncaster formed
  • 1993 Easter Celebration in the Dome
  • 1998 Ministers Prayer Group formed
  • 2002 Joint Communion Service at Priory Methodist
  • 2003 Ministers Prayer Group Leadership changes
  • 2004 One Heart One Voice formed
  • 2005 City Celebrations formed
  • 2006 Mission Doncaster re-launched
  • 2007 City Prayer formed
  • 2008 City Hope formed

Between 2003 and 2005, Mission Doncaster began to struggle as an independent charity, so in 2006 it was rebranded and adopted as a project of Ian & Alyson‘s charity, Jubilee. On 5th March 2008, Mission Doncaster formally ceased to be registered as a charity, and was reregistered as a working name of Jubilee.

During late 2018, early 2019, the Doncaster Ministers Prayer Fellowship, formed a new management group which took over the governance and finance of Mission Doncaster. The name Mission Doncaster formerly ceased, and the network became known as One Heart One Voice.

Following Movement Day Doncaster in June 2018, and the subsequent launch of their book “Are We Brave Enough?” in January 2019, Ian & Alyson stepped aside from the leadership of One Heart One Voice to form Catalyst. The vision of Catalyst is to be a stimulus for unity across the entire spectrum of place leadership. Be it Church, Commercial, Civic or Community, Catalyst creates contexts for connections, growth and transformation. You can find out more about Catalyst at https://oneinleadership.mn.co

Why were we formed & how did we choose our name?

On 4th June 2003 Ian Mayer was invited to take over the leadership of Doncaster Ministers Prayer Fellowship. During 2004 Ian & Alyson formed the One Heart One Voice network, with a vision to specifically reach out beyond the core Doncaster Ministers Prayer Fellowship group, and engage with Church leaders across the denominational spectrum.

Based on Romans 15 v5-7, the name One Heart One Voice was inspired during a Leaders Day that took place on Thursday 23rd September 2004:

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Today One Heart One Voice exists as a network of Church leaders, working throughout the Borough of Doncaster. One Heart One Voice is about looking beyond the possibilities and boundaries of individual churches and ministries and understanding that the mission of the Church is a joint responsibility shared with others.

Following Movement Day Doncaster in June 2018, and the subsequent launch of their book “Are We Brave Enough?” in January 2019, Ian & Alyson stepped aside from the leadership of One Heart One Voice to form Catalyst. The vision of Catalyst is to be a stimulus for unity across the entire spectrum of place leadership. Be it Church, Commercial, Civic or Community, Catalyst creates contexts for connections, growth and transformation. You can find out more about Catalyst at https://oneinleadership.mn.co

 

How are we structured and governed?

During 2018/19 One Heart One Voice became a constituted group with an elected Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The Doncaster Ministers Prayer Fellowship still operates as the core advisory group of One Heart One Voice, and includes other local influential relationships, that extend beyond the weekly prayer gathering.

How have we grown & what types of churches and organisations are involved?

We have been meeting together since 1998. We involve all Christian denominations and traditions, and have over 80 churches in the network. The Nicene Creed is the profession of faith which forms the mainstream definition of Christianity, and is used by One Heart One Voice as our Statement of Faith. Over 20 church leaders meet weekly for early Morning Prayer, followed by breakfast.

How can I join the unity movement?

Although there are many Christian congregations, expressions and streams, there is only one church in our city. If you are in Christian leadership in Doncaster, then you are already part of the unity movement. Your choice is about how much you decide to connect with that unity, and how involved you decide to become in the unity journey.