Promise Keepers Board: Chad Hennings

February 28, 2019By Ken HarrisonBoard, News

No one has the resumè that Chad Hennings has. 

He’s a simple Iowa farm kid who had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Airforce Academy, fly 45 combat missions over Iraq, won three Super Bowl rings as a defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys, founded and leads Wingmen Ministries, and, most importantly, prioritizes being a husband and father. 

And, now, Chad Hennings is joining the Board of Directors of Promise Keepers. 

No one is more thrilled to have Hennings’ leadership on the board than Ken Harrison, Chairman of Promise Keepers. 

“Chad Hennings isn’t just a football legend,” Harrison acknowledged. He’s a true American hero who set aside personal gain and delayed his NFL career to fight for his country as an A-10 pilot. Chad selflessly serves his family, his church, and his community. His heart for men — and the impact men have on their families — compelled him to start Wingmen Ministries. Chad’s experience in creating ‘cultures of excellence’ is just what we need, and his insight into the power of commitment — keeping promises — is exactly who we aspire to be as Promise Keepers,” Harrison insisted. 

“In order to attain excellence one must first live a lifestyle of excellence,” Hennings said with conviction. “Excellence isn’t a destination; it’s an identity.” 

Hennings has lived this message for most of his life and has taken this message across the world at the invitation of some of the most distinguished executive audiences ranging from American Airlines to Bank of America, General Motors to Citigroup, and a host of U.S. Governmental agencies. 

Hennings has also been a philanthropic leader in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a member of the Board of Directors of Christian Community Action, an organization that provides assistance to at-risk families. 

He challenges audiences to dare to be excellent and inspires businesses to create cultures of excellence. “People and organizations don’t do great things to become great; great people and organizations do great things,” Hennings asserted. He credits his post-NFL career success to concepts he espouses on striving to live a lifestyle of excellence. 

As founder of Wingmen Ministries, Hennings equips men to be better husbands, better fathers, and more Christ-like examples. Hennings affirms,

“As the men of a church go, so goes the church. And as the church goes, so goes the nation.When a child receives Christ, there is a 3.5 percent chance the rest of the family will follow.
When a mother receives Christ, there is a 17 percent chance the rest of the family will follow.
When a father receives Christ, there is a 90 percent chance the rest of the family will follow.

Now more than ever, men need to know what godly masculinity is, commit to it, model it in their sphere of influence, and band together with like-minded men for support and sharpening. Promise Keepers is all about these things, and I’m honored to join them.” 

These days Hennings also serves as COO/Partner at Rubicon Representation, a Texas-based commercial real estate services firm. He also juggles speaking engagements and corporate advisory roles. “One of the things I’ve always been intrigued by has been business, so I’ve kind of been a serial entrepreneur,” Hennings said. 

Notably, Hennings has written three books, the latest of which was released in 2015. “Forces of Character” compiles a series of conversations about reaching potential, being a positive influence, and making a difference for others. The book features a diverse group of subjects, ranging from sports figures Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Jason Garrett, and Gregg Popovich to a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, a Space Shuttle commander, and a homelessness expert. Hennings previously authored “It Takes Commitment” and “Rules of Engagement,” which were released in 1996 and 2010, respectively. 

Chad and his wife, Tammy, have a son, Chase, and a daughter, Brenna. They currently reside in Flower Mound, Texas.

Men, listen up!

February 14, 2019By Ken HarrisonUncategorized

I just got done giving a presentation to a large audience when the usual line of people formed to ask questions or give their input to the talk. Then I noticed the desperate face of a desperate man. “I need to talk to you,” he said. I shook more hands and answered more questions and then as the crowd died down, he and I were able to move to a private corner to grab a few minutes uninterrupted. “My wife doesn’t respect me!” he said. “My kids don’t listen to me!” His face was shrouded in anger, the kind of anger that comes from pain. We settled down for a long conversation.

He was a retired Marine, and he looked like one. He was lean and muscular and stared through me as we talked. We went through the usual symptoms of the problem until we got to the root. He just didn’t listen to his family. “Man,” I told him, “if there’s one thing you can offer your wife and kids, it’s to listen. You can’t imagine how important it is to them that you just hear them out. Don’t have a solution to the problem, don’t offer to help, just listen and try to empathize.”

“I try!” he said, “but it’s all just so boring. My daughter goes on and on about who’s dating who. She talks about all her stupid friends. It drives me crazy. I just don’t care. I sit at the dinner table and wait for it all just to be over so I can turn on the TV and unwind.”

“You know,” I said to him, “when I was a newlywed, my wife was traumatized because her jewelry store had been burglarized. She went on and on about it. In those days I was a cop in a brutal area of Los Angeles. I averaged over one gun arrest and two felony arrests every day. I had to buy six watches in one year because they kept getting shattered while fighting with some bad guy in a gutter or tackling some gangster in a parking lot. A jewelry store getting burglarized was nothing in my world.”

“But as I watched her face while she told her story, I realized that she felt violated by the fact that some bad person had broken into her store and taken some of her inventory. I listened intently to her because it was important to her. I don’t know why I had the wisdom to do that, but God gave it to me.”

“Who’s dating who may not matter to you, but it matters a lot to your daughter, and for that reason, you should give her your full attention. She’s developing her expectations of the man she’ll marry based on how her dad treats her — you. Are you teaching her that she’s important and deservesto be listened to? If you’re bored by what matters to her, she’s picking up on it—and she’ll carry that with her for the rest of her life.” “You need to teach her that what is important to her is important to you—simply because it’s important to her.”Everything I just said to you ain’t bad marriage advice either,” I said. “You’re a Marine. I doubt that your wife doesn’t respect you — but I’m betting she doesn’t feel cherished by you. She doesn’t feel cherished because you don’t listen to her.”

I spoke again in that city about six months later, and that same Marine came up to me afterward, he had the same desperate look in his eyes. “How’s it going with your family?” I asked him.

“Well you know,” he said, “I tried to take your advice, but it just doesn’t work. I try to listen but my mind just drifts away.” He settled in for another long conversation where I’d give him advice that he’d ignore. Instead, I stood up and clapped him on the shoulder. “If you want to take up my time again, make sure you know the names of your daughter’s friends next time and her boyfriend if she has one. Tell me all about them.”

I spoke again in that city again about a year later. He wasn’t there. We men understand that our responsibilities are to protect and provide for our families. Often, the most important thing we can provide is to make them feel loved. All too often, men listen for an assignment: we listen for something to do or for a problem to solve. Sometimes, just listening and caring is all they really need. To be a true disciple of Jesus, a person must die to themselves. Part of dying to self is taking a genuine interest in the cares of others. Things that wouldn’t normally interest us become interesting — simply because they matter to someone we love. As you examine your life in Christ, don’t look at the outside — whether you’re following some set of rules. Look on the inside. Do you take a genuine interest in what’s important to others? Do you pray daily for them? Do you authentically wish the best for them? If not, take a deep look into your heart and ask God to help you to see others through the eyes with which He sees them. He will answer that prayer, and the world will begin to look vastly different and more interesting.


This article also appeared in the Christian Post.

Abortion is not politics. It’s murder.

February 8, 2019By Ken HarrisonUncategorized

Promise Keepers is not political. Politics won’t bring peace and joy to the world. Only the grace and love of Jesus will do that.

Abortion is not politics. It’s murder. What the state of New York did by passing a law that would allow the killing of a baby that could easily live outside the womb is an evil that is unfathomable. A man of God has the responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Here is what we stand for:

1. Promise Keepers don’t cause unwanted pregnancies because we understand that sex is confined to marriage only.

2. If we sin and cause an unplanned pregnancy outside of marriage, we commit to helping raise that child. We support with our time, our money and our love. There would be substantially fewer women choosing to have abortions if the men who fathered the baby lived up to their responsibilities.

3. We never condemn a woman who is considering an abortion. She needs our support and our help. Perhaps through love and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, she will understand that she carries the greatest gift a person can give another: life.

4. We commit to fighting against any politician who promotes abortion and to supporting leaders who stand for life.

This is not politics. It’s life. We are the men of God and will will defend the defenseless. Are you with us?!?

-Ken Harrison
Chairman and CEO
Promise Keepers

This article also appeared in Charisma News.

Treat life like the Super Bowl, not the preseason

February 4, 2019By Ken HarrisonCulture, News, Rise of the Servant Kings, Values
This article appeared in ChristianityToday.

How would you complete the following sentence? The goal of my life is ____________.

The goal of football is to score touchdowns. The goal of running a company is to increase profits or stock value. What’s the goal of your life? Matthew 25:14-30 provides the best answer: to hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

A man with a goal in life is active because he knows what he’s pursuing. Let’s live lives that the Savior deems “Well done!”

God delights and communicating himself in his ways to every man who is prepared to receive him. God can work in you only to the extent that you are submitted to him. We all have some “self” left in us. Every believer is granted the Holy Spirit the moment he receives Christ (Ephesians 1:13-14). The amount of influence the Spirit has on you depends on the extent of your surrender: the more self, the less God; the less self, the more God.

When I was with the LAPD and arrested someone, sometimes I was present when the jailer fingerprinted the prisoner. He would roll each finger in ink and then roll it onto the page. The jailer needed the finger absolutely yielded to him to get a good print. If there were any smudges, he would have to throw the card out and start over.

Often the prisoner would try to help and would smudge the print. The jailer would get angry and order him to relax every muscle and trust the jailer to do all the work. Some prisoners were unable to simply yield, and the process took a long time compared with those who yielded and completed the process easily.

That’s the picture of how God wants to work with us — life gets better when we relax and let him work through us. He’s patient, willing to work on us throughout our entire lives, teaching us to yield to him. But we have to let him do it. Self wants to help; self wants to get the credit. It chafes at the idea that God will do all and self can do nothing — except yield.

In our efforts to “help,” we have smudged the edges, putting the ugly print of human pride and self-effort where only our Lord should have received the glory. Jesus said that for us to enter the kingdom of heaven, we must be like little children (Matthew 18:3). He meant that our surrender must be one of simple, childlike trust in our Father. He will accept our surrender and fill us with his great power and fellowship. 

Too many men today are doing life like it’s a preseason football game. We think that because we’ve received Christ and can’t lose our salvation, there is nothing left but to seek our own pleasures and obey some set of rules that someone somewhere told us. We do the best we can, but it really doesn’t count, does it?

No one likes preseason football. God told us to snatch people from the hands of Satan and bring them into his loving arms. He’s told us to protect and provide for his children and to care for the less fortunate. Life is the playoffs, not the preseason.

And when the game’s over, we’ll get only one shot to hear Jesus say, “Well done, my son!” So let’s do the work that God gave us and, with it, experience the joy and reward of serving our Lord.

Tips to bless the people you love this Christmas season

December 21, 2018By Ken HarrisonNews

I love my phone. It goes everywhere with me. But sometimes my wife tells me I spend a little too much time with this amazing device and not enough time with the people who matter most.

So here’s what I’m planning to do this Christmas season to get my head out of my phone. Maybe these tips will help you too:

  1. During those special moments on Christmas Day – like dinner and opening gifts around the tree – I vow with steely determination not to check my email even once.
  2. My phone will not come to the dinner table with me for any evening meal while my kids are out of school on Christmas break.
  3. I’ll probably take a few pictures, but we’re going to do a lot of fun stuff without ever photographing it. The memories will exist only in our hearts.
  4. I’m going to spend some quality time with the people who matter most to me this Christmas season. When I do, they’ll have my full, 100% attention.
  5. I’m also going to spend some quality time with God. And my phone will be nowhere in sight.

Why make this effort? Because my family desperately needs my presence, my leadership, and my love this Christmas season. Only I can give them these blessings.

You have the same power to bless the people you love. Use it wisely.

Ken Harrison
President & Chairman

P.S. If you’re the type who likes to give at year-end for tax purposes, I want you to know about a Matching Gift pool we’re building that will double your contribution to Promise Keepers by December 31. It’s a great deal if you can take advantage of it. Thanks.

Coach Bill McCartney Passes the Spiritual Mantle of Promise Keepers to Chairman Ken Harrison

April 23, 2018By Ken HarrisonNews

Promise Keepers announces the appointment of their new Chairman of the Board, Ken Harrison. Harrison comes from a successful business background, having built and sold a national real estate company to Colliers International Valuation and then served as CEO of Valuation for five years.

Mr. Harrison is a Colson Fellow and has served on numerous local and national boards, including: FCA, Colorado Uplift, Urban Youth Ministries, Corban University. He also serves as the CEO of WaterStone Foundation, a Christian donor advised fund that gives away over $1 million per week to build God’s Kingdom. An author and corporate speaker, Harrison has appeared on many radio interviews as well as The 700 Club and Turning Point television shows. With a long record of dedicated service to ministry, Harrison leads Bible studies locally and participated in missions trips to Mexico, South Africa, Haiti, and the Philippines. Harrison’s new book, The Rise of the Servant Kings – What the Bible Says About Being a Man, is scheduled for release May 2019, by WaterBrook Multnomah.

Promise Keepers is a Christ-centered nonprofit founded in 1990 by Bill McCartney, then head football coach at the University of Colorado Boulder, and is dedicated to motivating men to influence their world through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Promise Keepers’ most notable event was its Stand in the Gap: A Sacred Assembly of Men open-air gathering at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on October 4, 1997. Attendance figures have been estimated at close to 1 million people and rank among the biggest gatherings ever in Washington.  

Dr. Raleigh Washington, Harrison’s predecessor at Promise Keepers, is retiring after many years of service at the ministry. Dr. Washington served by the side of Coach Bill McCartney from the early days.

As Mr. Harrison takes the reigns of leadership from Dr. Washington, his combination of entrepreneurial success, executive leadership and commitment to men’s ministry will be invaluable in taking Promise Keepers into the next decade. “Promise Keepers is needed more today than ever,” said Harrison, “Men want and need clear teaching on what God says about real masculinity.”

What happened to Promise Keepers?

April 10, 2018By Ken HarrisonNews

Many people have been asking, “What happened to Promise Keepers?” Since Coach McCartney started the revolutionary Christian men’s group in 1990, the need for God’s truth to men has never been greater. There is deep confusion in our world about how men are supposed to act, what we are to teach our children and what true masculinity looks like.

The world may have ever changing definitions of what it considers “acceptable,” but God’s Word never changes. God is still calling men to be servant-leaders to their families. He still yearns for men of humility and courage who understand that His plan will be accomplished through action and prayer. Our Father looks for men who boldly stand for His truth and teach their families to do the same.

Our Father has called Promise Keepers back to its roots in a big way! Dr. Raleigh Washington has retired after years of distinguished service and I have been assigned the mantle of leadership of this great organization. It is incredibly humbling to be trusted with the legacy of Coach McCartney and I pray that I’m up to the task that our Lord has given me.

Promise Keepers will be holding a major stadium event in 2020. We will work with local churches and ministries to not just hold an event, but to completely transform the city for Christ and bless its local ministries. PK will partner with men’s ministries to provide discipleship materials for men after our event and work with key ministries to offer opportunities for the PK men to become involved in caring for the less-fortunate in our communities. The PK event will be nationally broadcasted so that everyone will be able to participate in what God has in store for us.

We are currently in negotiations with one of the great NFL stadiums and its local city leaders for our event. We aren’t yet ready to announce our location because we haven’t inked the contracts yet, but we hope to announce by the end of this summer! Would you pray with us as we seek to bring our country and our world back to Christ by calling all men everywhere to boldness and action? Would you pray that God gives us the wisdom and favor that we will need to reach men who are lost and need the answers found in God’s Word?

Thank you for your support of Promise Keepers and for the men in God’s family. I can’t wait to keep you updated and to make the announcement for our plan when it is fully in place.

In His Hands,

Ken Harrison
Chairman

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