“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in Love.” – 1st Corinthians 16:13-14
Our first response to the coronavirus and the real fears that so many are feeling is…
Lean into our Lord, love your families well, and stand strong on the Word of God. Only God has the power and authority to calm our storms, give us hope in the darkness; and fill you with His peace that surpasses all understanding.
As our good friend Max Lucado says, “It’s not a time to despair but a time for prayer.” Our prayers are with you today and we are committed to help if you need us.
Like most of the world, our lives have been deeply impacted by the important precautions and measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus. But now more than ever, we believe God is calling us to pray and to stand firm in the faith. It was one year ago that God gave PK leadership this Corinthians theme verse to represent our 2020 Conference message. We had no idea how significant it would be as we now enter into this season of uncertainty.
Here is a message PK CEO and Chairman, Ken Harrison shared on March 11:
“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.”
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As Promise Keepers, we honor Jesus Christ, we love our families, we disciple men, we strive for integrity, and we do our best to keep our promises…so here is our promise to you:
- Your Safety – We are committed to carefully monitoring all updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (SDC) and will make wise decisions regarding the safety of our PK family and friends. Currently, we have cancelled all March events and will re-evaluate our April gatherings.
- Our PK Family – We are committed to praying for you, for our families, for our pastors, for our ambassadors, for our volunteers, for our donors, for our speakers and artists, and for our ministry partners.
- Daily Prayer – We are committed to ministering to the body of Christ and would like to invite you to join Pastor Steve Berger, Grace Chapel Church and a member of the PK Pastoral Board for a daily prayer. Pastor Steve will be going LIVE on Facebook at 7am and continuing daily until we have a breakthrough with the Coronavirus. Please share and invite others to join. We’re in this together.
- PK Updates – We are committed to keeping you informed with regular ministry updates and sharing a collection of inspirational messages and resources from PK Leadership and our Ministries Partners. Consider signing up to receive our newsletter or visit our website.
- PK Partners – We are committed to your ministry and we will continue to lock arms for Christ during this difficult time. We would love to share your content and resources to bring help, hope and healing to our PK audience. Please contact Greg Tull (GregT@pknet.org) or Nicole Stark (NicoleS@pknet.org).
- Virtual Gatherings – We are committed to hosting virtual PK prayer gatherings, informational sessions, leadership forums. Our event planners are happy to serve your needs. Please contact Lisa Aleckson (LisaA@pknet.org) or Nicole Stark (NicoleS@pknet.org) for more information.
- The National Conference – We are committed to praying for God’s favor and provision for our National Conference and Simulcast on July 31-August 1 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. At this time, barring a mandate from the state or national government, we plan to hold our 2020 Conference and simulcast events across the nation.
- Marketing Requests – Marketing materials and resources are available for download and sharing at www.PromiseKeepersEvent.com
. Or, contact Nicole Stark (NicoleS@pknet.org).
Personal Message from Judge Vance Day, President of Promise Keepers
These are tough times no doubt and it is so easy to lose heart but our perspective on current events is always informed by our worldview. Believers in Jesus should find a tremendous amount of confidence and encouragement if they study the Scriptures, fashioned by our Creator.
God’s Word reminds us that what he allows in his wisdom, he could easily stop by his sovereign power. We also know that every problem that passes through his hands and comes to us always comes with a promise and a provision for that promise.
We see this in James 1:2-4. “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials for the testing of your faith. For it produces endurance and will make you mature and complete, lacking nothing.”
With this in mind, please be encouraged today that with every problem we face, no matter how hard and difficult it may appear, God sees it as an opportunity to grow our faith and to do something good.
Yes, protect yourself and be wise. God does not want us to be foolish. We should not tempt him by jumping off a cliff and asking him to save us, nor should we go about kissing and hugging people who are infected. Nevertheless, we are people who are called to be courageous, kind and involved on behalf of our Lord. The church should, or dare I say, must engage this crisis as an opportunity to show the love of Christ in how we care for others.
We here at Promise Keepers plan to engage. We will be wise, but we will engage. Absent an emergency directive from the government, we will be having a catalytic event for men at AT&T Stadium on July 31 and August 1, 2020. If that directive comes from the government, then we will understand that in God‘s wisdom he has allowed us to execute on our contingency plans. And we will do so.
This year‘s theme is a reminder of what we must do in this crisis: we must stand strong.
We believe God is calling his people into action but ultimately, we have a choice. I love the scripture found in Joshua 24:15, when God said to his people, “Choose this day who you will serve” Just like then, we face tough times but it is our prayer that God’s people will find courage to stand up and boldly respond, “But as for me in my house, we will serve the Lord.“
Below are the thoughts of Martin Luther as he considered the ramifications of the black plague in Europe during the middle ages. I think we should read them and pray about how God would have us each of us engage.
Please know that Promise Keepers will move forward with our plans, while caring for those as best we can in our communities. We plan to hold a catalytic event which we pray will ignite a revival for a world that is desperate to see our God.
Serving the Lord,