A Safe Place & Seven House Rules
one voice is a ministry seeking to build women up in their faith and encourage them in their love for both God and one another. We want to provide a matrix in which holy friendships can thrive, a Christo-centric atmosphere in which women can heal, grow, love and be loved. We realise that in order for this to happen, we need the one voice meeting to be a “safe place” for all women. Therefore, we have come up with seven “house rules” for our Saturday morning meetings. We thank you in advance for helping make the one voice meeting a safe place for all the women that attend.
- we do not want women to use our meeting time or space for gossip, slander, character assassination of any kind, complaining, or any other type of communication that would be considered inappropriate or not fitting for women who profess to have faith in Christ, love for God, and love for His people. This includes and is not limited to rehashing previous hurts, publicly sharing about the present or past faults or sin-issues of other people, whether they be your own husbands, children, church family members or church leaders (past or present). This includes not sharing “prayer requests” or “concerns” that would reflect negative criticisms or personal information about another person. Please do not even make ‘anonymous’ prayer requests in the small group sessions regarding sin-issues of others, relational conflicts between others, or personal disagreements that you may have or have had with another person (Ephesians 4:29-32).
- we also ask that no woman attending the one voice meeting will use the Saturday fellowship time as an opportunity to address issues of previous hurts, disappointments, or relational conflict with another woman attending the morning meeting (or anyone else). Please do not use the Saturday morning meeting as a time for confrontation, personal conflict resolution between you and another believer, or for advising another women to do so (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Romans 12:14-21; Colossians 12-15).
- we ask that you respect the confidentiality of the women that attend our meetings. If they share something in a small group discussion, we would ask that you do not repeat what they have said to others outside of your group (Proverbs 11:13).
- we would ask that women attending our meetings dress in a way that is appropriate for women who profess godliness (1 Timothy 2:9-10).
- we would ask that each woman respects the individual worship styles of others. This includes not judging other women for more demonstrative expressions of worship, such as lifting hands in worship or clapping. This also includes the request that women who want to physically demonstrate their love for God during worship in more obvious ways than the afore mentioned methods (e.g. dancing, jumping, walking around, lying down etc. etc.) would do so in the back of the worship area, so as not to distract the worship leaders or the other women (1 Corinthians 10:24).
- we ask that no woman argue with other women attending the one voice group about any doctrinal issue (e.g. ecclesiastical [church doctrine], soteriological [doctrine of salvation], eschatological [doctrine of last things, i.e., end times]). One voice is by intention a diverse group. In the leadership alone we have a wide diversity of belief on all of the secondary issues of our faith, there is no reason to argue about these things; it does not please God, and it will not edify our sisters (1 Timothy 1:7; 2 Timothy 2:16, 23-26).
- we would ask that women attending one voice meetings would do unto others as they would have other women do unto themselves (Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31; Romans 13:8, 10; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8).
we also ask that all women attending one voice will treat the campus of the Milford Bible Church facility with respect, honoring the gracious gesture that they have extended to the one voice ministry by opening their doors free of charge as a host location for the one voice Saturday morning meeting (1 Peter 2:17).