About usIf 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.
The core aim of One Heart One Voice is to facilitate the unity of Christian Leadership in the Doncaster area and to genuinely celebrate the diversity of the Christian Church. Why not be part of that journey now ….
How did our story begin & how many churches did we start with?
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 became known as the Doncaster Ministers Prayer Fellowship, which continues to meet and pray together.
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 strategic network of Christian leaders, working throughout the Borough of Doncaster and South Yorkshire. 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. The Doncaster Ministers Prayer Fellowship still operates as the core group of One Heart One Voice.
NEWS: Following the 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?
The Doncaster Ministers Prayer Fellowship still operates as the core management group of One Heart One Voice, and includes other local influential relationships, that extend beyond the weekly gathering. This foundation of prayer and relationships has been the key to all that One Heart One Voice has achieved in Doncaster.
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.