Promise Keepers Board Member: Alveda King

March 13, 2019By Ken HarrisonBoard, News

Ken Harrison, chairman and president of Promise Keepers, announced the appointment of Alveda King, niece of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, to the Promise Keepers board of directors. Promise Keepers, founded in 1990 by former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney, is a Christ-centered organization calling men 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 change makers for their families, churches and communities.

King grew up in the civil rights movement. Her family home in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Kentucky. She was jailed during the open housing movement. She sees the pro-life movement as a continuation of the civil rights struggle.

Currently, King is a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, serving as executive director of civil rights for the unborn for Gospel of Life, headed up by Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life. She is also part of the teaching and music ministry as well as former executive director of African Humanitarian Christian Fellowship, founded by her mentor, the late Pastor Allen McNair, founder of Believers’ Bible Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

King is a former college professor, holding a Master of Arts degree in business management, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Saint Anselm College. She also served in the Georgia State House of Representatives, is a presidential appointee and also an accomplished author, actress and songwriter.

Alveda lives in Atlanta and is a regular columnist for Newsmax.com “Insiders” section as well as a Fox News contributor. She is the grateful mother of six and a blessed grandmother.

Ken Harrison said,

It’s time for men to start acting like men. Calling men to be men isn’t chauvinistic or somehow against women—although it is countercultural and controversial. But it is a fact that when men check out of their families, women suffer the most, as do their children—whether born or unborn. Our goal is to start a global movement of healthy masculinity sourced in absolute surrender to God that will empower and encourage men to be better fathers, husbands, friends and men.

Few people understand social movements like Dr. Alveda King. Few have sacrificed for change like Dr. Alveda King. But all-too-many women —including Dr. Alveda King—understand what happens to women and children when men fail to act like godly men. That’s why I wanted Alveda to join the board of Promise Keepers—to remind us of the stakes at risk in our mission, the urgency of the need, and to provide the wisdom to help us chart a way forward.

Alveda King said:

A pressing civil rights issue of our day is the plight of the unborn, murdered by the millions, defenseless, voiceless and “choiceless.” We are praying that men will rise up as husbands and fathers, leading to genuine life, liberty and happiness in Christ for all; born and unborn.

As my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The Promise Keepers message and movement is needed now more than ever, and I’m glad to serve by sharing insight, energy and prayerful support to the Promise Keepers board.

This article appeared in Charisma News and Christian Black News.

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.

Wow! This is really happening!

February 27, 2019By Vance DayNews

Just recently I held an amazing document in my hand. It was a document of promise and hope – and I had one of those, “Wow! This is really going to happen” moments.

You see, I was holding the finalized version of Promise Keepers contract with a major NFL stadium for the PK 2020 event. There was the signature of my brother Ken Harrison across from the NFL representative.

After such long hard work to see this through, my heart was full of gratitude to the Lord.

Yale Kim is Promise Keepers’ Director of Events. Yale a sharp young man with a wonderful wife and three beautiful sons who scurry around his feet chasing each other amidst gleeful laughter. He started engaging the leadership of the stadium back in June 2018. Yale is a dedicated professional who knows events inside and out. Through his business, Catalyst Convergence, he has created and led numerous Christian events and mobilized tens of thousands of people to attend. It was Yale who let our team to secure this important stadium contract.

Over the last eight months there have been consistent negotiations, numerous drafts resulting in further negotiations, with additional add-ons including staging, ticket takers, concessions, a “no alcohol policy,” even down to reducing the cost for parking and other potentially costly aspects to attendees. Yale did a yeoman’s job in getting the work done.

After nearly 30 years in the legal profession, seven as a Circuit Court Judge, I have seen thousands of contracts and had participated in more negotiations that I can count. And yet, I can’t tell you the sense of blessing I felt knowing that the signed contract was in my hands – good work Team PK!!

Take a moment and thank the Lord for His faithfulness and His favor.

Stay tuned – we will release the location in early May. The plan is to make tickets available in early June. This is going to be awesome!

By Judge Vance Day, Promise Keepers COO

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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