AR Bernard Joins Pastoral Advisory Board of Promise Keepers

September 21, 2020By PK ManagerBoard, News

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — A.R. Bernard, spiritual leader of the Christian Cultural Center in New York City, has joined the pastoral advisory board of Promise Keepers (PK). Founded in 1990 by former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney, PK is calling men back to courageous and bold servant leadership by sparking a movement that will mobilize millions of men to follow Christ into today’s broken world as changemakers for their families, churches and communities.

A.R. Bernard is the spiritual leader of the Christian Cultural Center, a church in Brooklyn with over 37,000 members. Bernard has been named the #1 religious leader in New York by The New York Daily News. He is a member of the board of directors of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. He is the author of the bestselling book Four Things Women Want from a Man. The New York Times described him as “The Power Pastor,” noting that “The reverend’s intellectualism and distinctive brand of man-up Christianity draws a wide audience to his church, the largest in New York.”

Bernard had this to say about Promise Keepers:

“Being a responsible male in modern America is a full-time job and a tough one at that. Never before in the history of humankind have distractions been so plentiful and temptations so prevalent. Even well-intentioned men can become caught up in seemingly “harmless” behaviors that can quickly turn destructive.” Promise Keepers is not only calling men to man up; it’s providing the resources and relationships to empower men to live for Christ.”

Ken Harrison, CEO of Promise Keepers, had this to say about Bernard joining the board of Promise Keepers:

“A.R. Bernard has built a strong congregation of godly men by focusing on the four things God wants most from them: maturity, decisiveness, consistency and strength. As part of our board, he’ll help Promise Keepers to equip and inspire men to stand strong and stay focused on what matters most in light of eternity.”

ABOUT PROMISE KEEPERS

Founded in 1990 by Coach Bill McCartney, Promise Keepers is one of the most significant movements of God in the history of the church. In 1997 alone, Promise Keepers packed 22 NFL stadiums and gathered 1 million men for Stand in the Gap: A Sacred Assembly of Men at the National Mall in the District of Columbia.

On July 16-17, 2021, 80,000 men are expected to gather from across America and around the world at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys, for its annual stadium event.

The organization’s mission is to empower men to live out their God-given identity and purpose today and destiny tomorrow by serving their homes, workplaces and communities with integrity and influence.

www.promisekeepers.org
https://www.facebook.com/promisekeepers/
https://www.instagram.com/promise_keepers
https://twitter.com/PromiseKeepers
https://www.youtube.com/user/PromiseKeepers

Pastor Tommy Barnett Joins Pastoral Advisory Board of Promise Keepers

September 2, 2020By PK ManagerBoard, News

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Pastor Tommy Barnett has joined the pastoral advisory board of Promise Keepers (PK). Founded in 1990 by former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney, PK is calling men back to courageous and bold servant-leadership by sparking a movement that will mobilize millions of men to follow Christ into today’s broken world as changemakers for their families, churches and communities.

Tommy Barnett is the global pastor of Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona, one of the largest churches in America. He is the founder, with his son, Matthew, of the Los Angeles Dream Center, as well as the chancellor of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, and the former chancellor of Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Tommy and his wife Marja have three children — Luke, Matthew and Kristie — seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Barnett had this to say about Promise Keepers:

“Throughout my life, God has continually inspired me to dream bigger, reach higher, and trust Him for far more than I could imagine. He’s done that by driving me to these two questions: “What if?” and “Why not?”

“When I think about the men of America, I think, ‘What if the men of our country were sold out to God?’ ‘What if they were the husbands and fathers God empowered them to be?’ ‘What if they stood without fear for righteousness and truth in their churches, communities and companies?’ Central to seeing that kind of uprising of men is Promise Keepers. It’s the missing link between ‘what if’ and ‘why not’ for men, and I’m convinced that more than ever, we’re going to see God do amazing things through Promise Keepers.”

Ken Harrison, CEO of Promise Keepers, had this to say about Barnett joining the pastoral advisory board of Promise Keepers:

“Throughout his life, Tommy has been focused on God’s clear call to find a need and fill it, to find a hurt and heal it. Today there is no greater need in our society than for men to band together and encourage each other to become authentic men of God. And there are no greater hurts to marriages, families, and communities than those which occur when men fail to live as real men of God. Tommy’s insight will be critical as we seek to meet the needs of more men in more ways than ever before.”

ABOUT PROMISE KEEPERS

Founded in 1990 by Coach Bill McCartney, Promise Keepers is one of the most significant movements of God in the history of the church. In 1997 alone, Promise Keepers packed 22 NFL stadiums and gathered 1 million men for Stand in the Gap: A Sacred Assembly of Men at the National Mall in the District of Columbia.

On July 16-17, 2021, 80,000 men are expected to gather from across America and around the world at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys, for its annual stadium event.

The organization’s mission is to empower men to live out their God-given identity and purpose today and destiny tomorrow by serving their homes, workplaces and communities with integrity and influence.

www.promisekeepers.org
https://www.facebook.com/promisekeepers/
https://www.instagram.com/promise_keepers
https://twitter.com/PromiseKeepers
https://www.youtube.com/user/PromiseKeepers

Promise Keepers Reaches 1 Million Men from 65 Countries and All 50 U.S. States through Its Free Global Digital Experience – Next Events & Initiative Announced

August 21, 2020By PK ManagerNews, Promise Keepers Event

Thousands More Participate Daily as Word Spreads and Men Watch the Event on Social Media, Partner Sites, and the Newly Launched Promise Keepers App.

 

Encore Presentation Planned for Friday, September 11, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Promise Keepers, the men’s ministry founded in 1990 by Coach Bill McCartney and known for their massive stadium events, brought the power of that stadium experience to homes, churches, universities, military installations, Salvation Army locations, and prisons across the country and around the world through its first-ever online Global Digital Experience July 31 and Aug. 1, 2020. At that event, Promise Keepers not only announced their 2021 national event, they also announced a new nationwide imitative for October and debuted a wealth of resources for men.

The Global Digital Experience reached men in 85 countries (including Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Costa Rica, Fiji, India, Italy, Kenya, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Ireland, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Uganda, U.K., and Zambia — to name a few) and all 50 states. The worldwide reach of the event was accomplished through livestreaming, hundreds of simulcast locations, and partner organizations that simulcast the event through their own social media platforms.

The Global Digital Experience is available on-demand, and thousands of men are watching the sessions daily. So far, the Global Digital Experience has reached 1 million men — including over 750,000 who participated on both days. We also have the potential to reach millions more through our influential partner network.

Vance Day, president of Promise Keepers, said:

“When we announced the Global Digital Experience six weeks ago, we had a strong sense that God was calling us to more — to reach more men with more ministry in more places. As Paul says in Ephesians 3:20, ‘by his mighty power at work within us [He] is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes.’ And this is precisely what God has done — taking an event designed for 80,000 in one place and transforming it into a planetwide event that would reach millions — including nations where Christians are actively persecuted like China, Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia. And this is just the beginning. To God be all the glory.”

The Global Digital Experience convened some of the world’s most powerful communicators and worship leaders, but with a difference.

As Ken Harrison, CEO of Promise Keepers, said at the beginning of the event as he invited the men to “buckle your chinstraps:”

“We’re going to take on issues in a real way the way real men do. This is not going to be churchy. We’re not trying to make you more moral. We’re not trying to make you more religious. We want to tell you that we found grace and joy through our Lord Jesus Christ; that the way to be a better man is to be a better disciple of Jesus. And when you become a better disciple of Jesus, then you become the man you’ve always wanted to be.”

“You won’t become the man you want to be through self-effort, through self-help, through a strong will, or by trying to obey some rules somebody somewhere told you that you need to do. The way you become the man you want to be is by knowing Jesus Christ, the grace and joy He has.”

“I know some of you out there feel like you’re not good enough for Jesus. I’m telling you that you are. You’re going to hear some authentic stories from men who have failed, but who have been brought up by the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s going to be amazing what He can do in your life.”

Other notable announcements at the Global Digital Experience include:

Post Event Follow-up: Men are already digging into the post-event follow up resources to connect them in community and with tools to help them in all areas of life. The New Believers Guide is reaching hundreds of men through an email sign up on our homepage and within the app.

Our Bible Study is a free resource for churches and individuals and available as a PDF download and as an interactive feature in the Promise Keepers’ APP with the ability for men to engage in discussion questions and provides suggested action steps. It has been requested over 2,500 times and will be released shortly.

The app and along with the private Promise Keepers’ Facebook Group are both growing in numbers of registered users and men engaging in the content and the community.

Global Digital Experience ENCORE Showing Friday, Sept. 11, 2020: This program distills the best of the two-day event into five power-packed hours. Promise Keepers is also adding translation into 20 languages for the Encore Presentation.

Promise Six Unity Sunday Oct. 25, 2020: Promise Keepers takes its name from the seven key promises of a godly man. Promise Six states: “A Promise Keeper is committed to reaching beyond any racial and denominational barriers to demonstrate the power of biblical unity.” Because of this, Promise Keepers is mobilizing to energize men across the country to reach out in their communities to tear down the walls of racism, division, ignorance, and prejudice and be at the forefront of meaningful dialogue and meaningful change.

Promise Keepers App Launched for iOS and Android: The app is a “digital brotherhood” that will connect men across geographic, generational, and denominational lines so men can connect and grow and do life with each other. The app provides an ignition point for relationship and discipleship while providing real-time help for issues that men face.

Nicole Stark, Director of Marketing and Operations at Promise Keepers, said:

“The new era of Promise Keepers we began last year combines the best of classic Promise Keepers with the possibilities afforded by the latest technology. Think about it as the difference between analog and digital. Today, digital integration not only allows us to do stadium events, but it also allows us to provide the full spectrum of men’s ministry: a catalytic event that sparks fellowship, discipleship and change-making teams of men in communities everywhere, working together to impact the core of our culture — and we will continue to do ministry 365 days a year even after the event ends. We are meeting men where they are — in church, at a friend’s watch party, on social media or through an app.”

For more information about the resources, the app, or to register for the encore event, visit PromiseKeepersEvent.com.

ABOUT PROMISE KEEPERS
Founded in 1990 by Coach Bill McCartney, Promise Keepers is one of the most significant movements of God in the history of the church. In 1997 alone, Promise Keepers packed 22 NFL stadiums and gathered 1 million men for Stand in the Gap: A Sacred Assembly of Men at the National Mall in the District of Columbia.

On July 16-17, 2021, 80,000 men are expected to gather from across America and around the world at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys, for its annual stadium event.

The organization’s mission is to empower men to live out their God-given identity and purpose today and destiny tomorrow by serving their homes, workplaces and communities with integrity and influence.

www.promisekeepers.org
https://www.facebook.com/promisekeepers/
https://www.instagram.com/promise_keepers
https://twitter.com/PromiseKeepers
https://www.youtube.com/user/PromiseKeepers

Washington Post Covers PK 2020

August 13, 2020By PK ManagerNews, Promise Keepers Event

Thirty years ago, a Christian men’s movement began as a meeting of dozens of men with a prominent former football coach. Its biggest moment was a gathering of hundreds of thousands of people on the Mall in 1997. Now, Promise Keepers is attempting to make a comeback, but not in the way it had planned.

On Friday, the evangelical organization began its free, two-day event online, bringing together men from more than 65 countries to hear from former sports figures, Christian musicians and famous pastors and authors. Organizers originally hoped to draw 80,000 men to a stadium outside Dallas for their first major arena-based event in close to a decade.

“We’re showing this to a huge conglomeration of churches in India — it’s going to be translated into Hindi — and all over South America, translated into Spanish, and it’s also being translated into Polish,” said Ken Harrison, the organization’s unpaid chief executive since early 2018. “What seemed like a huge disappointment ended up being a huge blessing.”

He said about 500 churches in the United States are planning to host public simulcasts of the virtual event, with others choosing to keep their plans private in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The event — prerecorded mostly in Nashville — was to feature messages from Dallas megachurch pastor Tony Evans and Indiana-based Christian counselor Steve Arterburn and the music of contemporary Christian artist Michael W. Smith and American Idol finalist Danny Gokey.

Harrison said he expects some women who are “curious” will watch and be able to see for themselves what Promise Keepers is about. But the official response to registrants — estimated at more than 1 million — discourages men from watching with the women in their lives, at least at first.

“We encourage men to participate in the event in a mens-only setting initially,” it said, citing the merits of women-centered events. “There is a different dynamic when men hear these messages together versus in a setting with women/wives/daughters/friends. We encourage men to invite their wives and other ladies to watch in a second session after the men have been able to watch together.”

Read the full story at the Washington Post.

 

 

Tony Evans warns men are ‘domesticated, neutered’ as Satan seeks to destroy biblical manhood

August 9, 2020By PK ManagerNews

Pastor Tony Evans has warned that “far too many men” in today’s culture are “domesticated or neutered” as Satan continues to undermine the biblical definition of manhood.

In a message titled “Created to be Crowned as a Kingdom Husband and Father” delivered at the two-day virtual Promise Keepers 2020 Men’s Conference, Evans, founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, urged Christian men to take ownership of their God-given roles in a culture rapidly descending into “chaos.”

“We have far too many men who have been domesticated or neutered,” Evans said. “What God is calling you for is to stand up and take ownership. We have a generation of children who do not have leadership … [we have a] generation of young people whose consciences haven’t been fed … and so their conscience doesn’t go off. As a result, they come up with their own conclusion of life and meaning and dignity and sexuality.”

According to Evans, who’s also the founder and president of The Urban Alternative, men have largely “abdicated their role of being Kingdom men and become cultural men, even cultural Christians.”

“And as a result, we are descending into chaos,” he stressed.

The author of Kingdom Man and No More Excuses defined a “Kingdom man” as a “male who has learned to progressively live all of his life under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, where the King up there rules his life down here.”

“Unfortunately, today we have a generation of young … males who have not learned what it is to live all of life under God’s rule,” he lamented.

The pastor explained that God created Adam before Eve “because Adam was to lay the foundation for everything else that was supposed to be built in the culture.”

“God never says that the world has fallen apart because of Eve,” he said, citing 1 Corinthians 15:22, which says in part, “in Adam all die.”

“Man was going to be held responsible for family, church, and culture,” he said. “God says, ‘I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’ He never says, ‘I am the God of Sarah, Rebecca, and Rachel,’ not because those ladies weren’t critical, but because men were ultimately responsible.”

“Our nation is falling apart, our families are falling apart, our churches have become weak,” Evans continued. “Why? Because men have become missing in action. They’ve come to the soft definition of Christianity … rather than this radical commitment to Jesus Christ and their Christian faith. And as a result, we’re not having the influence and the impact.”

Satan is determined to “come after” men because “he knows if he can remove the man from his [role,] then everything else that’s banking on him is going to become destabilized and shaky too,” the pastor warned.

For men who have “messed up,” Evans offered a word of encouragement: “God can take your leftover life, He can take your failures and mistakes, mix it together and put a little cream of Holy Ghost over it, and He can still serve you up a life worth living. Not only give you a better future but give you some of the years that the locusts have taken away.”

“God created you to be crowned,” the pastor emphasized. “He created you to be His representative in history to be crowned as a Kingdom man. But Satan is out there trying to jump you and take you off the board. But if you submit to the rule of God, [you’ll] know how … to jump over the evil one so that when you get to the other side, you can be crowned as His Kingdom’s representative to a culture that is desperately in need.”

“I challenge you to not be satisfied to be a male,” he concluded. “It’s time for us to become Kingdom men rising.”

Evans frequently speaks on the state of manhood and examines what God requires of men.

He previously told The Christian Post that the secular world is confused about the true definition of manhood. Popular terms like “toxic masculinity,” he said, is society’s attempt to understand and define the present, poor state of manhood.

“There are two sides to this,” he said. “One is people feeling that men have been oppressive to women, and to some degree, that’s true. It’s women wanting to break free from the toxic effect of that negative pressure.”

“But then on the other side is men having been given the wrong information about manhood from the television, from the media, from music, so that they’re doing the best that they know how to do,” he said. “So we’ve got to give them new knowledge and new definitions. We’re going to have to ask the opposite sex to encourage that right definition rather than throwing out the baby with the bathwater.”

The Promise Keepers free, two-day virtual event was prerecorded mostly in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to Evans, the event featured messages from Indiana-based Christian counselor Steve Arterburn, Christian author Bob Goff, Pastor Miles McPherson, and the music of contemporary Christian artist Michael W. Smith and “American Idol” finalist Danny Gokey.

This article was written by Leah MarieAnn Klett and first appeared in the Christian Post.

The Passing of Ravi Zacharias

May 20, 2020By Nicole StarkNews

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — The leadership of Promise Keepers releases the following
statements in response to the passing of noted Christian apologist and scholar Ravi Zacharias.

Ken Harrison, CEO of Promise Keepers:

“Our global community has lost a great communicator of truth with the passing of Ravi Zacharias. His absence leaves us all wanting.

“Promise Keepers has long enjoyed a firm relationship with Ravi Zacharias and his ministry. We grieve with his family and those who understand and experienced the immense impact and consequential nature of his gift: The ability to clearly and concisely explain the great love of God in terms people can grasp and absorb.”

Vance Day, president of Promise Keepers:

“There have been few in the past century who possessed such an ability to explain the gospel in a manner that attracted a global audience. PK will miss brother Ravi immensely.

“Ravi’s ability to logically break down the core questions of life, and the answers to those questions, touched the lives of millions.”

Senator James Lankford, member of the board of directors of Promise Keepers:

“Ravi was a mental and spiritual giant who taught multiple generations to think and reason in their faith. He did not hesitate to love those who confronted him or to deal with their hard questions because he knew our gracious God could handle our struggles and our pain.

“He left a legacy of well-equipped leaders behind, something that every Christians should aspire to do. ‘Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants’”

The National Senior Sendoff!

May 14, 2020By PK ManagerNews

High school seniors and their families can celebrate simultaneously across the nation in an inspirational, God-centered, one-night event…The National Senior Sendoff!

The National Senior Sendoff will give families an opportunity to commission their high school senior for the journey ahead during this global pandemic.

High school graduation is a milestone. It’s a moment to celebrate 12 years of hard work and close out a pivotal chapter in a young person’s life. Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Class of 2020 will be the first class prohibited from celebrating graduation together. Promise Keepers is a proud partner of the National Senior Sendoff, a virtual event led by Greg Stier of Dare 2 Share ministries with the goal of helping graduated seniors feel honored and encouraged.

Greg Stier, a speaker at PK 2020 and father of a high school senior, is leading a collaboration with Faith Christian Academy, interlinc, and multiple ministry partners to create a virtual graduation event worth remembering.

Join us! Help us encourage the hearts of graduating high school seniors. Share this event with the graduating seniors in your life and be sure to join the virtual event to celebrate their accomplishments.

The National Senior Sendoff will be held May 28th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm MDT at NationalSeniorSendoff.com.

Gabrielle Odom, a high school senior from Minnetonka High School, will offer a senior address at the National Senior Sendoff. Greg Stier will deliver the keynote address. The evening will also include encouraging remarks from multiple Christian musicians, artists, and professional athletes. Grammy Award winning Christian music artist TobyMac will also make an appearance.

“I know the Class of 2020 has looked forward to a prom, spring sports, and graduation. Everything’s changed. But where there’s change and hard times, there is God and He is going to get us through this,” Mac said.

The National Senior Sendoff will end with a time of prayer that will allow the families of seniors to commission them (“send them off”) for the mission God has for them.  

Partners of the National Senior Sendoff include Dare 2 Share, Faith Christian Academy, interlinc, Campus Alliance, Professional Athletes Outreach, Sports Spectrum, Promise Keepers, Claim Your Campus, Every Student Sent, Student Leadership University, Go2020, and Winter Jam.

 

Promise Keepers 2020 Event Goes Virtual and Moves AT&T Stadium Event to 2021

May 7, 2020By PK ManagerNews

“Moving our stadium event to 2021 and switching to a Global Digital Experience this year will result in MORE ministry to MORE men in MORE places.

— Vance Day, President, Promise Keepers

In a world fractured by division and despair, PK is still calling men to stand strong!  We are living in unprecedented times and now more than ever, we need men who love God, love their families, and know their identity, purpose and destiny in Christ!

Today we genuinely believe God is giving us an extraordinary opportunity to stand strong, stay the course and redefine our future.  

Vance Day, President of Promise Keepers, has made an official announcement to redefine the 2020 and 2021 PK national men’s events: “Our mission has not changed… we want to see men transformed worldwide through a powerful encounter with Jesus Christ. However, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, three things have become clear.”

First, according to the officials we’ve contacted in Texas, it is highly unlikely that 80,000 men will be allowed to gather at AT&T Stadium this summer.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading public health expert on President Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force, even said this week that it might be very difficult for major sports in the United States to return to action this year.

Second, men still need the encouragement, edification, and fellowship that Promise Keepers provides, more now than ever before.
COVID-19 isn’t the only pandemic right now. There is a pandemic of fear, anxiety, and depression. There is a pandemic of uncertainty, unemployment, and financial upheaval. These pandemics are creating unprecedented pressure upon men, their marriages, and their families.

Third, God specializes in turning what looks to be a setback into a setup for even greater victory.
Moving our stadium event to 2021 and switching to a global virtual event this year will result in MORE ministry to MORE men in MORE places. It will allow us to do a state-of-the-art virtual experience on July 31 and August 1, and open up the opportunity to host dozens of webinars and Facebook Live events with hundreds of amazing speakers all through the summer. Moving to virtual gives us an “online stadium” with limitless attendance, viewable by men from around the planet.

As we’ve watched this unfold, we believe God is doing something big. Now He has opened the door for thousands more men to join us by tuning in worldwide from their local churches or small groups. The net result will be MORE ministry to men this summer and MORE momentum as we build toward our live event in AT&T Stadium in 2021.

Because you are important to us, we have been in communication with the City of Arlington and the local hotels. Due to the situation with COVID-19 they are able to transfer your reservations to next year. We are also working with AT&T Stadium to reserve new dates next July for the Promise Keepers Conference. We will send additional emails once the details are finalized so that you may transfer any travel arrangements to those dates. Airlines are making accommodations to rebook flights due to the COVID-19 situation. Promise Keepers was not involved in the booking of flights and hotels so you will need to contact them directly (however you booked). Additional information about hotel and airline policies will be listed on our website, to assist you.

Finally, we genuinely trust that God’s plans are good and we believe He is the one who is redefining our future.  As Paul says in Ephesians 3:20, “By his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”

On behalf of the Promise Keepers Leadership Team, we look forward to grabbing hold of this new opportunity to gather virtually in 2020 at our global event, and re-gather in-person at AT&T Stadium in 2021!

Current ticket holders will receive

 Access to our 2020 Virtual Conference
 Premiere access to the Promise Keepers App
  A subscription to special virtual events now through July 2021
 Upgraded access to the 2021 Conference in Arlington, Texas for you
PLUS 1 extra ticket

Churches who have purchased bulk tickets have special options available. The tickets you purchased will automatically be transferred to the 2021 in-stadium event, plus you will receive digital tickets to this year’s virtual event and Promise Keepers will waive the Simulcast hosting fee if you choose to simulcast the event.

Thank you for standing strong with us.

Ken Harrison, CEO of Promise Keepers 

“As the leadership and board of Promise Keepers contemplated how best to minister to men during this time of unprecedented need, we heeded the admonition of the Word to seek wise counsel (Proverbs 15:22). We prayed and deliberated long and hard about this, and sought out people with wisdom in medicine, events, and finances. The consensus of these experts is to focus on reaching men through virtual events this summer and move the event to 2021. And as we poured over their recommendations in prayer, we became certain that God was calling us to this strategy.

For over a year, we’ve been hard at work building a ministry that could not only host a world-class event that could challenge men for a day, but could also connect and disciple them everywhere, every day. Because of this, we are able to stand in the gap and minister to men in this unprecedented time.”

Chad Hennings, a member of Promise Keepers’ board of directors 

“As we sought the Lord about how to maximize our effectiveness in ministering to men this summer, we wanted to make sure that those who purchased tickets for the 2020 AT&T stadium would receive more value — not less. Not only will their ticket fully transfer to the 2021 event, they’ll receive special seating, be able to participate in the 2020 Virtual Event and all of the associated webinars and Facebook Live experiences, and be able to participate in exclusive insider updates.”

Hotel Reschedule Policies and Process

The following hotels can transfer existing 2020 reservations to 2021.  The following hotels will transfer current reservations to the corresponding dates next year (we are tentatively working with July 16 and 17, 2021 as the conference dates and will communicate when this information is official shortly).

  • Crowne Plaza
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Homewood Suites
  • Comfort Suites

The following hotels can transfer current reservations to next year, however, due to a limitation in the scheduling software, they cannot be moved to 2021 until July 16th of this year. Therefore, we recommend you wait until Friday July 17th, 2020, to call the hotel to confirm the transfer of your reservation for 2021. 

  • DoubleTree
  • Hilton Garden Inn South 

Unfortunately, the following hotels are not able to transfer current reservations. This is primarily due to the limitations of their internal systems but also, in some cases, the expiration date of credit cards used to make the reservation. Therefore, you will need to call the hotel and cancel your reservation and book new dates for Promise Keepers 2021 on July 16th and July 17th, 2021. Your card was not charged to hold the reservation so there is no penalty to cancel the 2020 dates and book new reservations for the 2021 dates. 

  • Hilton Arlington
  • Four Points by Sheraton
  • Sheraton Arlington Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Arlington
  • Aloft Arlington
  • Towneplace Suites
  • Howard Johnson
  • Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Arlington

In all cases, we encourage you to confirm your hotel reservation and communicate directly with the hotels.  In the event the credit card used to book your original reservation expires prior to July 2021, your reservation will automatically be cancelled (and not transferred).  

If you booked through a reservation site (Expedia, etc.) you will need to contact them to reschedule or cancel your accommodations.

American Airlines

American has extended its offer to waive change fees for customers who have summer travel through Sept. 30, 2020. The offer is available for any of American’s fares, and customers will have until Dec. 31, 2021, for future travel. Fare rules may apply depending on the ticket. Any ticket purchased on or before April 7, 2020, for travel through Sept. 30, 2020, will not incur change fees prior to travel. Customers must pay any fare difference, if applicable, at time of ticketing of the new fare.

All AAdvantage® award tickets are included in this offer. Customers are allowed to change their origin and destination cities as part of this new offer. Travel must be completed by Dec. 31, 2021.

For more information please go to the American Airlines website.

Delta Airlines

“We’re extending change fee waivers to include existing bookings or canceled travel through September 2020. Customers who have travel booked between now and September 30 as of April 17, 2020, or canceled travel from flights between March 2020 through September 2020 now have the flexibility to travel until September 30, 2022.

Whether customers have been affected by recent schedule adjustments or want additional reassurance about upcoming travel, we’re now extending the ability to plan, re-book and travel with us for up to two years – giving Delta customers some extra breathing room.”

For more information please go to the Delta website.

United Airlines

“For tickets issued March 3 through March 31, 2020, customers will be permitted to change free of charge to a flight of equal or lesser value for travel up to 24 months from the original ticket issue date. For tickets issued between April 1, 2020, and May 31, 2020, customers will be permitted to change free of charge to a flight of equal or lesser value for travel up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date. If the new flight is priced higher, the customer may change for no fee but must pay the fare difference. If the new flight is priced lower, the customer may change for free but no residual value will be given.

Cancellations: If the customer decides to cancel the flight they booked before March 31, 2020, they can retain the value of the ticket to be applied to a new ticket without fee for travel up to 24 months from the original ticket issue date. If the customer decides to cancel the flight they booked between April 1, 2020, and May 31, 2020, they can retain the value of the ticket to be applied to a new ticket without fee for travel up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date.”

For more information please go to the United website.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines’ policy allows travelers to change or cancel their travel plans without penalty, so there is no need to worry about change fees if you are canceling an upcoming flight. However, please be aware that a fare difference may apply. Nonrefundable tickets can be used within one year of the original travel date. 

JetBlue

“Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, we are waiving change/cancel fees for customers traveling through January 4, 2021. Customers may rebook their flights for travel through January 4, 2021 online in the Manage Trips section of jetblue.com or contact us prior to the departure time of their originally scheduled flight. Fare difference may apply. Original travel must be booked on or before May 31, 2020.”

For more information please go to the JetBlue website.

Alaska Airlines

Passengers who book with Alaska Airlines through May 31 for travel until April 30, 2021 are eligible to rebook their travel for zero penalty within one year of their original travel date, according to the airline’s website.

For more information please go to the Alaska website.

To our friends who have booked with other carriers, please check with the airlines to see if they will waive your change fees to rebook for 2021. In these trying times, most airlines will work with you.

Houston Pastor Donald Burgs Jr. Joins Promise Keepers Board of Directors

April 27, 2020By PK ManagerNews

Press Release: The KAIROS Company for Promise Keepers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Ken Harrison, CEO and chairman of the board of Promise Keepers announced that Houston pastor Donald Burgs, Jr. has been appointed to the board of directors. Promise Keepers, founded in 1990 by former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney, was one of the largest Christ-centered movements ever. Today, Promise Keepers is calling men back to courageous and bold servant-leadership by sparking a movement that will mobilize millions of men to follow Christ into today’s broken world as changemakers for their families, churches and communities.

Pastor Burgs is president of African American Fellowship of Southern Baptist Convention of Texas; director of International Relations of NBCA, International; executive board member of National American Fellowship; and board member of Health Care.

He has served as the president and CEO of the ministerial advisory board to the mayor of the City of Houston, executive board member of the Disaster Relief Advisory Board – Defense of Houston, chairperson of the education committee of the Mayor’s Ministerial Advisory Board of the City of Houston, chaplain of the Harris County jail, and chaplain of the Galveston County jail.

Ken Harrison, CEO and chairman of Promise Keepers, said:

“Donald Burgs is a true leader, vitally involved, not only in shepherding his multicampus church but also in his community and denomination. He is a man of action and integrity, sought out not only in Houston, but across the country, and around the world. We’re blessed to have Donald’s wisdom and leadership in this critical hour for men.”

Update: COVID-19 Response

March 24, 2020By PK ManagerNews

“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.”

For a video of this update and future updates, please visit our Facebook page. 

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 BergerGrace 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, 

Vance Day

PK President