Support PK Projects in 2022

November 24, 2021By Nicole StarkUncategorized

We Inspire Men to Reach HIGHER!

What an amazing event the Promise Keepers 2021 Men’s Conference was — all to GLORIFY
our Lord and commit to a life of integrity along with thousands of other men.
The events of the past several years have highlighted our world’s brokenness and desperate
need for truth, hope, and redemption. We at Promise Keepers recognize that we as a nation
are indeed at a crossroad.

Senator James Lankford summed up the crisis men are facing—and why Promise Keepers
can be part of God’s solution.

Never in world history have men had so many distractions. Our nation, our
families and our communities desperately need men to engage in what
matters. I am committed to Promise Keepers because it puts a God-sized
challenge in front of this generation of men and boys and it calls them to love,
lead and listen in Christ’s name. It is time for men to seek forgiveness, take
responsibility and set the example for others to follow. If we want our families
and our world to be different, we must show men a better way.

As we come out of the pandemic, men have been left distracted, confused and looking
for hope. Something certain and a clear role to play in their families, communities and
workplaces. This is the heart of Promise Keepers; to equip men to stand during difficult times,
to lead with integrity, with honor, with grace and with a humble heart. Now, maybe more
than ever, we need the heart of our Father to be seen, to be heard, to be experienced so that
all people will know He is The Great Promise Keeper. When we as humans fail, He does not.
We saw four generations of men come together and experience a great move of God in
Arlington, Texas this July. We witnessed hearts renewed, relationships restored.
It was NOT ONLY those in attendance who experienced this renewal. But generations of
men around the world who joined the event in churches and homes virtually across the
U.S. and from 22 countries.

Tens of thousands of men will continue to be activated to lead and serve through the
Promise Keepers event of today that goes beyond the impact in a single location. Moving
forward we will continue to multiply the impact of our events through technology that
allows us to both reach bigger audiences while connecting them in smaller local groups
like never before.

The real hearts of men were changed, and the stories continue to pour in from grandfathers,
fathers, and women who have seen the men in their lives living for God like never before.
You may have missed the event live. But it’s not too late to join the movement.
With your gift of any amount, you’ll receive digital access to videos of all of the messages from
the Dallas weekend. You can engage in the sessions as much as you desire. Even share them
with your family, friends or small group. We want you with us as we move forward.

We’re trusting God to move in your heart and the hearts of thousands of other men to answer
the call and provide the financial support we need to expand and ignite the movement of men.
A much needed movement today to impact our neighborhoods, churches and our nation.
In addition to the Dallas messages, with your gift you’ll receive access to our top 4 Promise
Keepers legacy messages.

The need is great. In fact, your support is more important today than at any time since our
founding. Every day the next generation of men is bombarded with messages contrary to our
beliefs and our God. Will you help us strengthen men across this nation and raise up the next
generation of Promise Keepers in His image?

All I ask is that you prayerfully ask God what He would have you do to support this movement.
Then, in that and all things, do as He leads.

Make your gift online today and we will send you a link for immediate access to both the Dallas event messages and our Top 4 Promise Keepers legacy messages.

PK2021: Leaders for Their Church and Community

July 8, 2021By Nicole StarkUncategorized

‘Leaders for Their Church and Community’: Promise Keepers’ 2021 Men’s Conference Coming to Texas’ AT&T Stadium

Promise Keepers, a Christ-centered organization dedicated to helping men grow in their Christian faith, is gearing up for its 2021 men’s conference at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas from July 16 – 17.

Founded in 1990 by former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney, Promise Keepers (PK) is a movement that encourages men to be Christ-like leaders for their church and community.

The two-day event held at the home field of the Dallas Cowboys will feature a special panel of prominent speakers including Pastor AR Bernard; Jonathan Evans, chaplain for Dallas Cowboys; and Nick Vujicic, founder of Life Without Limbs; plus, many more.

Christian music artists Tauren Wells and Cody Carnes are also scheduled to perform at the July event.

“Promise Keepers is more than an organization; it is a movement in the hearts of men, turning them back to God in humility and repentance and toward each other in authentic relationships across generational, denominational, and racial divides,” said PK Chairman Ken Harrison. “Likewise, the stadium event is not just a program, but rather a platform for equipping men to function as ambassadors of reconciliation and service as a result of an authentic encounter with Jesus.”

For those who are unable to attend in person, the event will be simulcast around the globe.  It will be available via real-time audio translation with closed captions in multiple languages. The conference’s simulcast will be available to homes, small groups, churches, military bases, and colleges.

The event aims to bring a positive message that will inspire transformation and empower men so they can return home equipped to lead their families, communities, and country.

On another positive note for conference attendees, AT&T Stadium officials have lifted all COVID-19 seating restrictions for the event.

PK’s 2021 Men’s Conference is scheduled for Friday, July 16, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and Saturday, July 17, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Click here to buy tickets: https://promisekeepers.brushfire.com/2021/454122

Click here to find a church simulcasting near you: www.promisekeepersevent.com/join

Men’s Marriage Virtual Summit

January 23, 2021By Nicole StarkPromise Keepers Event, Uncategorized

The Virtual Men’s Marriage Summit kicks off a 3-week challenge that will place you side by side virtually with other men as you build up your marriages in a concrete way. Any man, anywhere, at any time, can join the challenge through the Promise Keepers app.

Watch on Facebook

Watch on YouTube

After the virtual event, the challenge will be led on the Promise Keepers’ app and will include:

  • Daily scripture, activities and weekly challenges including leaderboards and gamification
  •  Additional resources from marriage experts – articles, videos, bonus materials and footage from the Marriage event
  • Community Group and Small groups discussion
  • 21 Day Prayer Guide (we will post one prayer each day, but you can also download the full 21-Day Prayer Guide as a PDF).

Step 1: Watch the event on Promise Keepers Facebook or YouTube

Step 2: Download the all-new Promise Keepers App

Step 3: Engage in the App Community and 3-week Challenge

Step 4: Invite friends to join!

7 Day Prayer Guide for UNITY

October 23, 2020By Nicole StarkUncategorized

One of the things we can do to build unity in the body of Christ is to pray together. Will you join me in praying these prayers for unity, knowing that kingdom disciples around our country are praying them as well? Words matter. Prayers have power. Let’s all stand together, speak up through collective prayer, and seek God’s hand of healing in our land.

MONDAY

Lord, help me to model unity just like Jesus did. Help me look beyond my own comfort zone and experience the strength of diversity. Make my voice one that encourages living in the power of unity. In Christ’s name I pray this.

TUESDAY

Lord, make my heart righteous through an intentional pursuit of unity. Use my life as a testimony of unity to others and give me wisdom on how I can contribute to strengthening the community around me, including this nation. In Christ’s name I pray this.

WEDNESDAY

Lord, my purpose is to glorify You and to make Your name known through the love I share with others in your name. Joy and peace come as we seek unity and live in a spirit of oneness. Let me walk in that oneness and experience its fruit. In Christ’s name I pray this.

THURSDAY

Lord, I ask that You help all who are called by Your name to live without divisions among us. Help us to be rooted in Your Word and Your truth. Let falsehood and lies be obvious to all. Give us discernment to know Your truth. In Christ’s name I pray this.

FRIDAY

Lord, I come to you in repentance for the disunity we have allowed among ourselves. I repent of our silence—the times we have not spoken up for unity when we were given the opportunity to do so. Forgive us for walking in division, hatred, spite, arrogance and animosity. In Christ’s name I pray this.

SATURDAY

Lord, You have told us in Scripture that our unity lets others know we are Your followers. May this become manifest in my life and in the lives of my family members, fellow church members and believers all across our nation and around the world. In Christ’s name I pray.

SUNDAY

Lord, may we in the body of Christ be more unified than ever before and lift up the shield of faith to defeat the destructive forces that seek to divide us. Christ’s name I pray.

 

This 7-Day Prayer Guide is provided by our partner ministry Dr. Tony Evans Urban Alternative

Message from Promise Keepers’ Chairman

March 17, 2020By Nicole StarkNews

We’re getting a lot of questions lately from people who bought tickets to the event on July 31 and August 1. We have people coming from 47 different states and several countries as far away as Zimbabwe and Norway. And I want to reassure you right now that we’re planning on being at AT&T July 31 and August 1.

We don’t know what’s going to come from all of this – the virus. We do know, though, that we don’t let our lives be ruled by fear. We know that all things work together for the good of those who love Jesus as we are called to His purpose in Romans 8:28. So I just want to encourage everyone – let’s stay in prayer, support each other and lift each other up, let’s wash our hands and listen to what people are telling us to do. And we will be praying for all of you guys.

Ken Harrison, Promise Keepers’ CEO and Chairman

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What Exactly is Humility?

January 9, 2020By Nicole StarkCulture, News, Rise of the Servant Kings, Values
This article appeared in the Christian Post.

Humility is clear eyesight. It is the ability to see things as they really are. A successful follower of Christ is humble. He places the needs of those in his care above his own. He doesn’t get his identity from what he has accomplished. He gets it from God.

Our flesh and our old nature see through a lens of self. We perceive things based on how they affect us. Pride distorts how we see the world. It causes our identity to be based on our accomplishments or lack thereof.

The thicker our lens of self — our pride — the less we see things as God sees them, which is how they really are. This is evident in the musings of a crazy person. As G. K. Chesterton described in Orthodoxy, a madman looks at himself as the center of all things. If he were to recognize that no one actually is focused on him, he would be infinitely happier because his world would suddenly become infinitely bigger. 

Pride shrinks the universe to a tiny world in which we are the god. As we die to self, we are able to see the world more clearly, as larger and more wonderful than we can comprehend. Pride is a miserable state because we don’t really inflate ourselves or our value. Instead, we shrink the universe to meet our limited imaginations.

Because we are fallen and therefore see things through our pride, we have difficulty judging ourselves properly. The more wicked people are, the higher their opinion of themselves tends to be. In order to properly judge ourselves, we must look at things from outside our own perspective. The way we react to things tells us where we are in our walk with Christ.

The insignificant things of daily life are the things that show us who we are. They show what spirit possesses us. It is our most unguarded moments that show us whether we walk in the Spirit or in the flesh. How do you react when you’re tired, hungry, cold, irritated, or stressed? Here we see what Jesus meant when He said, “Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much” (Luke 16:10).

People often mistake confidence for pride. Actually, the most confident people are usually the humblest, such as the great saints Abraham, David, Joseph, Paul, and Apollos. The Bible calls Moses, who led an entire nation out of slavery, the humblest man on earth (Numbers 12:3).

Let’s look at some aspects of a humble person. Search your heart. Do these characteristics look like you?

■ No longer compares himself with others.

■ Seeks no recognition for self.

■ Sees every person equally as a child of God and honors him or her as such.

■ Enjoys hearing others praised, even if he is forgotten.

■ Forgives.

■ Lives a life marked by patience.

■ Relationships are known for peace and unity.

■ Constantly encourages others.

We see humility as a virtue, but it is really the symptom of something else — the Holy Spirit reigning in a person as self has become less. The holiest is always the humblest.

Pride doesn’t always show up as arrogance. It can appear as self-loathing, shyness, obsession with guilt, or anger. This is because pride always comes from a focus on self.

I once confronted a Christian who was living in sin, and he yelled at me, “Don’t you think I feel bad about it?” I asked him what his feelings had to do with anything. Pride thinks that feeling guilty is some sort of penance. Guilt without repentance disregards those whom your sin has hurt. It is just a continued focus on self, simply flipping from arrogance to self-loathing. It’s all self.

Humility grows as our Lord is revealed to us. As we come to know the Savior and look up into His face, we become more aware of our own depravity. Not in a self-deprecating way, but with the gratitude of a child who realizes that he is completely dependent on God and that God loves him and has promised to never leave or forsake him (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5).

Ken Harrison is CEO and chairman of Promise Keepers. Today, Promise Keepers is calling men back to bold servant leadership as change makers for their families, churches and communities. Harrison is also CEO of WaterStone, a Christian Community Foundation that oversees donations of millions of dollars a month to build God’s kingdom. After starting his career as an LAPD street cop in South Central, he spent nearly two decades in commercial real estate. Married and the father of three, Harrison has a new book, “The Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man.”

Generosity: The Tell-Tale Sign of Godly Masculinity

December 20, 2019By Nicole StarkDevotional

Many of the rivers in Oregon are cold and treacherous. When we were kids, our favorite river wound its way north along the eastern fringes of the Portland suburbs, through a thick forest of Douglas fir, spruce, and cedar. The river is deep and rocky, filled with crushing rapids and dangerous undertows.

There are several bridges that cross the river, where a kid can illegally jump into the icy waters fifty feet below. But danger lurks. Where the river was ten feet deep the summer before, it may be only two feet deep the next spring due to winter’s torrential rainfall washing a massive boulder downstream.

On a hot day in early spring, a boy from our high school named Mark was the first to throw himself from a bridge. He hit a rock that hadn’t been there before and was killed instantly. His parents prepared for the funeral and sent notice that everyone was welcome.

His Diary Revealed One Young Man’s Impact

My brother Frank wasn’t going to go to the funeral because he didn’t know Mark. My brother was a two-time all-state running back, was ruggedly handsome, and is one of the most loving people I’ve known.

Frank didn’t just have friends; he had hordes of kids following him through the halls, hoping for his attention. Yet Frank often searched the cafeteria for any student, boy or girl, who was sitting alone and sat down across from him or her, bringing his fan club with him. He’d grill the person he’d just met with questions and spend time talking. When you became Frank Harrison’s friend, you became everyone’s friend.

Mark had been one of those kids. Frank didn’t remember him but recognized his picture as someone he had spoken to once. Frank decided to go to the funeral because he wasn’t sure how many kids would attend, and he wanted to honor Mark.

During the service, Mark’s father read some excerpts from his son’s diary, including a pointed section about Mark’s rejection at high school and how a star football player had taken the time to talk to him and make him feel important.

That moment had changed his life and made Mark a popular kid at school and the leader in the church youth group. Mark’s father pointed at the square-jawed boy with the thick neck and bulging arms: “Frank Harrison was my son’s best friend,” he said.

Generosity Is Giving to God What Is Rightfully His

What my brother Frank did is generosity. Generosity is giving every aspect of yourself back to God, to whom it belongs. It’s giving Him your money, your prayers, your time, your effort, your reputation . . . your rights. Most often, we do this by giving to His children here on earth.

Generosity is actually the ultimate act of worship. Worship is not just singing and praising. Worship is generously and adoringly giving back to God what He has given us. A key part of doing that is seeking out ways to sacrificially meet the needs of others.

Generosity is the ultimate in trust because it says to God, “I can share my time, talents, and treasure with others because I know You will take care of me.” When you teach a child how to swim, you’ll ask him or her to jump from the side of the pool into your arms in the water. You have great joy when, in complete trust, your child leaps into your arms. Generosity is the same. When you practice generosity, you’re jumping into God’s arms, knowing He will care for you. And those around you receive a blessing as well.

A Generous Spirit Forgives

Forgiveness is the ultimate in giving to others what God has given us. To hold on to bitterness, resentment, and old wounds is to refuse to give away the forgiveness that Jesus gave us – the very basis of our salvation.

In many years of discipling men, I am amazed at how many are held back in life by resentment toward their fathers. Don’t get me wrong: hurt is a real thing. But it can only take two forms: open wounds or scars.

When you generously forgive, you release the other person, free yourself, and let God heal your wounds, so they become only just a scar. That’s the power of generosity.

Ken Harrison is CEO and chairman of Promise Keepers. Founded in 1990 by coach Bill McCartney, Promise Keepers was one of the largest Christ-centered movements; today, Promise Keepers is calling men back to bold servant leadership as change makers for their families, churches and communities. Harrison is also CEO of WaterStone, a Christian Community Foundation that oversees donations of millions of dollars a month to build God’s kingdom. After starting his career as an LAPD street cop in South Central, he spent nearly two decades in commercial real estate. Married and the father of three, Harrison has a new book, “The Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man.” This post is excerpted from that book.

Men, Bless Your Families This Christmas

December 12, 2019By Nicole StarkUncategorized

I love Christmas. It’s central to who I am as a follower of Christ. But in our commercialized world, Christmas also comes with pressure. Men are expected to give amazing gifts, and create memorable experiences, for their loved ones. So let me share some advice I’m trying to follow myself.

This Christmas, while you’re overwhelmed with making sure your loved ones have an incredible Christmas experience, consider that all they may really want . . . is you. Your time. Your focus. Your attention. Your love. Don’t get caught up in all the hustle and bustle. Rather, find peace in knowing you’re the gift your family craves. And enjoy the gift God has given to you in them. Here’s how I’m planning to do that:

FIRST – I’m committing to give my family my undivided attention. No phone, no email, no distractions. Family time this Christmas will be all about us together.

SECOND – I want to make the simple moments count. The sweet, funny, tender moments when we’re with each other, not doing anything special, just being together as a family.

THIRD – I’m going to pray for God to open opportunities for deeper and more meaningful conversation with the people I love most. Then, I’m going to pay attention for them.

These are the goals I’m challenging myself with. I challenge you to join me. Merry Christmas.

– Ken Harrison, Chairman and CEO of Promise Keepers

Masculinity is in Crisis—But We Can Turn It Around

August 19, 2019By Nicole StarkUncategorized

An Open Letter to Men from Ken Harrison, Chairman and CEO of Promise Keepers.

Today the men of America are like a sleeping giant. And I believe God is waking us up.

God is bringing pressure on men like never before. Our culture is turning up its nose at our masculinity. We’re called “toxic.” If we’re honest with ourselves, we know we’ve often failed. We’ve failed because we haven’t heeded God’s Word.

Men, it’s time for us to turn things around.

We live in a nation where millions of babies conceived by men lose their lives to abortion each year. Where women march in the streets to protest the men who’ve preyed on them. And where the most vulnerable are trafficked as sex slaves by men and for men.

Men, we can change this! But first, we have to know what the Bible says about our purpose, our role, and our calling.

Sadly, many men in America have never been taught true masculinity. They fritter their lives away on sports, pornography, and video games. They’re workaholics, alcoholics, drug addicts, and pleasure addicts.

Not surprisingly, many of our brothers face isolation, loneliness, and depression.

There’s an epidemic of suicide among men aged 15-24 and among middle-aged men. Too many men are apathetic. Bored. Sick and tired of wasting their lives.

Men, this is not what God made us for.

Our Creator made us in His image. He gave us strength and drive. He filled us with passion and energy. He made us warriors. And He expects us to use these traits for His glory.

I believe every man of us is called to be a servant king. A leader. A man of destiny. So let’s help each other shake off our apathy. Let’s get radical about removing our secret sins. And let’s get real with God.

Men, it’s time for us to show the world what it really means to be a man of integrity.

It’s time to pour out our lives to bless our wives, our children, our churches, and our communities.

It’s time to bring revival to our nation. We — the men of America — can do this if we repent and turn to God.

Are you with me?

The 2020 PK Conference: A Rally Cry for Men to Transform Our Nation

August 17, 2019By Nicole StarkUncategorized

Important update: Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Promise Keepers 2020 Conference has been moved to a virtual event. The contents included in this post may be out of date. Read the details here.

God designed men to lead our families. To cherish our wives. To be true brothers to other men. To protect the defenseless. To guard our communities and nation from harm.

But somehow, our God-given role has been forgotten. It’s been lost in a murky sea of gender fluidity, changing values, and distractions such as pornography, video games, and binge TV.

Promise Keepers is here to take it back. We’re here to rally our brothers as servant kings, leaders who will take a stand as men and change our nation for Christ.

That’s why we’re calling men to come together July 31 – August 1, 2020, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.

We’re trusting God for 80,000+ men to fill the stadium. We will also simulcast the event to a projected 5 million men, spreading the impact far across the nation and the world.

Speakers will preach the Word of God with power. We’ll worship together as brothers and shake the stadium’s foundations. We’ll fall on our faces in repentance. And we’ll return home changed men.

But the impact won’t stop with the event. We’re asking men to join small, local teams for accountability and changemaking in their communities. We’ll stay connected and focused through a Promise Keepers app. Together we’re building a movement, not an events ministry.

You need to be part of this! Talk to your pastor. Get a group of guys together. Mark your calendar for July 31–August 1, 2020. Plan to come to Dallas-Ft. Worth or host a simulcast in your community.

The men of America have been asleep. It’s time for us to wake up. Our families, our churches, our communities, and our nation need us. Don’t miss this.

Get tickets now and join us for Promise Keepers 2020.