Men’s Marriage Virtual Summit

January 23, 2021By Nicole StarkPromise Keepers Event, Uncategorized

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

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

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

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

Step 2: Download the all-new Promise Keepers App

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

Step 4: Invite friends to join!

Bethel School of Technology: You Belong in Tech

January 8, 2021By PK ManagerUncategorized

We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Ryan Collins, CEO of Bethel Tech. Bethel Tech is designed to provide useful, relevant job skills that provide real career opportunities in tech—while also equipping its students to live out their faith in the workplace. Listen to this insightful and inspiring interview with Ryan Collins and learn how you—or someone you know—can find fresh career opportunities through Bethel Tech.

To find out more, go to betheltech.net.

Bethel School of Technology: A Vehicle for Transformation

November 25, 2020By PK ManagerUncategorized

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Guest post by Ryan Collins

When I started Bethel School of Technology, I was excited about this new and exciting space I was taking the church into, but that wasn’t everything. I was thinking about all of the good men, husbands, and fathers I know who are doing everything they can to make ends meet, but still struggling.

Yes, Bethel Tech is a school of Technology, but it’s also a vehicle for transformation in people’s lives.

I recently heard from a Bethel Tech alumnus whose life got turned around for the better. When started at Bethel Tech, he was driving Uber to provide for his young family. Fast forward to his graduation and he got a job that paid $60,000 a year, which was a huge increase for the whole family. Fast forward another year, and he just got a new job that pays $130,000 a year.

Not only is he earning more than he ever did before, but he has meaning in his employment and he’s now able to work from home, spending more time with his family. There are thousands of stories like that, just waiting to be told, and that’s what Bethel Tech means to me.

At Bethel Tech, in 9 months of remote, online learning, you’ll be equipped with the most in demand skills on the planet, for a fraction of the cost of a traditional degree. Not only has Newsweek recognized Bethel Tech as one of the Top Online Coding Schools in the US for the last 2 years, but we’re also giving our students  robust spiritual training too. We’re seeing change happen not just on the outside, but on the inside, too.

85% of our students have been getting jobs within 3 months of graduating, and the average starting salary for junior web developers is $66,000 a year. 

The future of work is in tech. From the silicon valley startup exploring artificial intelligence to the mom n pop sandwich shop that’s taking online orders, every company is a tech company. The world is changing at a breakneck pace and my school, Bethel School of Technology, is positioning believers to be at the forefront of all that is happening, so they can bring kingdom values into a sphere that impacts so much of the way we live our lives, while also building better lives for themselves and their families.

Right now, there are 1,000,000 unfulfilled tech jobs in the US alone and companies are falling over themselves to hire top talent.

There’s a place for you in tech, and I want to invite you to be a part of it. Not just for you, but for your family, and for the glory of God.

To find out more, go to betheltech.net.

7 Day Prayer Guide for UNITY

October 23, 2020By Nicole StarkUncategorized

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

MONDAY

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

TUESDAY

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

WEDNESDAY

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

THURSDAY

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

FRIDAY

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

SATURDAY

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

SUNDAY

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

 

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

The Legacy of Fatherhood

June 19, 2020By PK ManagerUncategorized

by Allan Houston, former NBA All-Star, Founder of FISLL and Promise Keepers 2020 featured speaker

The Father and Son are One

When I think of fatherhood, I think of our ultimate father, our Father in heaven. Years ago, I started retreats and camps named ‘Father Knows Best’. My team wanted to draw the parallels between the relationship of the heavenly Father and the biological father, knowing that a lot of men want to strive to be a good father and a good man. But, we are in need of a positive example and a role model. For those who didn’t have a father, we wanted to let them know that they have a heavenly Father, who is always present and cares for them. And for those who did have a good role model, it was our goal to showcase how they could parent even better with their son or daughter in their own fatherhood.

This relationship between a father and son has really been pressing on my heart and mind. So, I searched for John 5, where Jesus healed the man at the pool and was then criticized as ‘radical’. Jesus said, “I do the work that my Father does”. In John chapter 5, verse 19, he further explains and says, “the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does”. Jesus was in the Father and they were in a perfect, harmonious relationship, where they shared power and authority. But, Jesus was submissive and didn’t seek his own will. Everything he did from healing to raising the dead, he acknowledged his role as the visible image of the invisible God. I always thought this message was so powerful.

My relationship with my own father has helped remind me of the relationship between Jesus and the heavenly Father. My father was the first black coach in Southeastern Conference history. In 1989, he became the head coach of the University of Tennessee. He had had a great coaching career prior; for 13 years he was an assistant coach at the University of Louisville, he went to four Final Fours, and won two national championships as the lead recruiter, so he was a well-respected man. By the time I had to make a decision about where I would play, I wanted to play for my father. There was no other person that I trusted with my life, my career, and my development, more than my father.

I remember as a young boy, my father would always be writing plays, even if we were out to dinner he would find a napkin to write them on. And once I started to play for him in college, running his plays, it came to me that our relationship was an image of the Father-Son relationship in heaven. Why? Because I was able to predict what plays he was going to use because I had seen those plays written by my father before anyone else could see them. Even before the trainers or coaches or my teammates could see them. My job was to take that knowledge, and power that I had, and execute it on the court.

When I think about the relationship between the heavenly Father and Christ, Christ was given full authority and power, the power to save, to redeem, to restore, and to give us an identity. Because Jesus and the Father were one, there was never a doubt in Jesus’ mind what his role was.

The Role of the Father Today

Today, we regularly talk about statistics that plague society in America and around the globe. For example, how the lack of a two-parent home or the lack of a father figure in a young man’s life is so critical. I think one of the first jobs a father should accomplish is to help a young man understand who he is spiritually, who he is in Christ, what his role is, and what his strengths are. It is important to teach how Jesus was completely submissive and obedient, while he walked with integrity. Additionally, a father is responsible to give his son a measure of integrity and a standard for behavior and thought. Ultimately, the goal of these acts is to create an honoring relationship.

Being a father is a passion of mine; I have two sons and five daughters. The biggest legacy we can give our children is to know Jesus. God will take that foundation and shape their lives around it. And as fathers, it is our responsibility to love them unconditionally, be there for them, and not underestimate the power of our presence and words.

Today, I’m encouraged because I really do believe that God is lifting up not only current fathers but also young men who are soon-to-be to be fathers. I feel like this uplifting is necessary because although there is so much division and inflammation, from political and social unrest, every person can agree that it is important for fathers to be present. We can all agree that, together, we need to make fatherhood matter more. I think if we do this, we can really shake up culture and make a difference.

This article accompanies a video interview with Allan Houston on our Promise Keepers Facebook page. Watch the video
Allan joins other great speakers and pastors like Greg Stier, Pastor Derwin Gray, Choco DeJesus, and more in our digital content delivered through Facebook in the weeks leading up to our first-ever Digital Global Experience. Due to COVID-19, the originally scheduled PK Conference in Arlington, Texas has moved online to a virtual event.
Promise Keepers 2020 Conference is offered via livestream and simulcast to individuals and churches everywhere completely free of charge.

Stand Strong

January 22, 2020By PK ManagerUncategorized

In a world fractured by division and desperate for answers, Promise Keepers is calling on men to STAND STRONG. This is the theme for our 2020 event, and it’s a rally cry for men to rise up as one body in the name of Jesus and begin radically serving our communities, neighborhoods, and homes like no generation has done before. Together, we can redefine the future

Across our nation, moral values are giving way to “anything goes.” Our society is changing — and not for the better. Men have lost sight of their purpose. Marriages and families are crumbling. In response, Promise Keepers is calling men to STAND STRONG. We’re challenging men to fulfill their God-given destinies as husbands, fathers, and changemakers. But we need your help to do it. We’re trusting God to raise $2,700,000 to help:

• Invite thousands of men to join us in Texas for our next national conference.

• Spread the word to pastors and churches across America.

• Lay the groundwork for small groups of mencalled “Fire Teams”in every church
   to bring lasting change to our nation.

As 2020 begins, please renew your support by sending a gift today.

We’re Asking 1,000 People to Give Monthly

We’re praying that God would raise up 1,000 people to give monthly to advance Promise Keepers’ mission. We call these friends our Legacy Partners. Through their monthly gifts, Legacy Partners provide a critical financial foundation for ministry to men.Please consider this opportunity to be part of Promise Keepers’ core ministry team by giving monthly. Simply call 866-776-6473. You will have a profound impact in the lives of many men.

Men, Bless Your Families This Christmas

December 12, 2019By Nicole StarkUncategorized

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Ken Harrison, Chairman and CEO of Promise Keepers

Upcoming Event: National Training on Ministry to Men

September 19, 2019By PK ManagerUncategorized

Are you a pastor or lay leader involved in ministry to men? You’re invited to an exciting training to equip and empower your ministry. Join hundreds of Men’s Ministry Leaders from local churches across Texas and the nation at THE 2019 NATIONAL TRAINING ON MINISTRY TO MEN. This unique event is a joint collaboration brought to you by The National Coalition of Ministries to Men and Promise Keepers.

The event will be held at Gateway Church, Dallas Campus, on October 22-23, 2019. In addition to compelling Keynote Speakers, you will also have 24 different workshops to choose from featuring the most important topics for pastors and lay leaders who are investing into men.

More details and registration instructions can be found at http://ncmm.org/nationaltraining/

Contact NCMM at 717.682.4517 or Clair@NCMM.org with any questions.

Masculinity is in Crisis—But We Can Turn It Around

August 19, 2019By Nicole StarkUncategorized

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men, this is not what God made us for.

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

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

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

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

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

Are you with me?

Why We All Need a Band of Brothers

August 17, 2019By PK ManagerCulture, Uncategorized

As America commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day this year, Promise Keepers’ COO Vance Day tells about his personal connection to one of the “Band of Brothers” who stormed the beach in Normandy.

As the green light suddenly glowed, a young second lieutenant shuffled up to the door of the C-47 and leapt out into the darkness. Other troopers tumbled out behind him. Parachutes unfurled and clapped open.  

The young, green pilots flying the C-47s sped up and took evasive action to avoid the barrage of German flak and machine gun tracers filling the air. As a result, the U.S. paratroopers were jumping way too low and at too high a speed.  

The force of the propeller blast was so great that the chin strap on Lieutenant Buck Compton’s helmet snapped. The rope on his leg bag also broke, and he lost all his equipment. As he landed in a Normandy field in the early hours of the Allied invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944, Lt. Buck Compton had only a jump knife as a weapon and was miles from his assigned landing zone. 

By day’s end, Lt. Compton — one of 12 green American paratroopers — would help defeat an estimated 70 dug-in veteran German paratroopers. The team would also assist in destroying four 105 mm cannons at Brecourt Manor in Normandy, which were firing on the American infantry landing on Utah Beach. For his bravery and leadership under fire that day, Lt. Compton was awarded the Silver Star. 

I met Buck in 2000 as a result of producing a documentary on that battle. I interviewed Buck and found him as down to earth as any hero I had ever met. He became a personal friend. Eight years later, sitting at my kitchen counter, Buck came to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ and entered the last stage of his life a believer.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Lynn D. “Buck” Compton grew up playing sports and dreamed of being a major league baseball catcher. In 1939, he attended UCLA and earned a starting position on the varsity football squad and played in the 1943 Rose Bowl game. However, baseball was his first love. He played catcher for UCLA and assisted the team to several winning seasons. Of course, having Jackie Robinson as a teammate helped.

When World War II broke out, Buck was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment as assistant platoon leader in the 2nd Platoon, E Company. He was young, in an elite outfit, and was about to partake in the largest military invasion in modern history.

One of the men in Lt. Compton’s platoon was an Oregonian named Don Malarkey. “He is one of the greatest guys I’ve ever known,” said Don Malarkey of Compton. Their friendship spanned years and provided great memories. Don was one of the 12 who attacked the German artillery at Brecourt Manor with Lt. Compton, winning the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Clusters.  

The two fought together in Holland until Buck took a German round in the buttocks. Don led the effort to drag Buck to the back of a tank and off the battlefield. Buck rejoined the Company just before the Battle of the Bulge, when Hitler made a last great attempt to forestall the Allied advance by launching a surprise attack through the Ardennes forest at a weak point in the American lines.

The Germans had to take Bastogne, a Belgian city that controlled the road network in and throughout the Ardennes region. On December 16, 1944, the German army rolled over the American frontline units causing horrific casualties. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower had only two divisions in reserve that he could possibly throw into the fray in hopes of blunting the German advance long enough for other units to be moved to the battle from other sectors.  

The 101st Airborne Division was being rested and refitted in Mourmelon, France, after fighting a grueling 78 days in the muck and mud of Holland. Lt. Compton, Sgt. Malarkey, and the rest of E Company had turned in their equipment and ammunition and were waiting a total refitting of combat gear and winter clothing when the German divisions hit the American lines. Despite their depleted number and the lack of sufficient equipment and supplies, Eisenhower deployed the 101st to Bastogne and gave orders that the city had to be held at all costs.  

Buck Compton and Don Malarkey were trucked in an overnight express to Bastogne and dumped out west of the city in their summer issue clothing, with essentially no ammunition and in weather that would soon dip below zero. Malarkey recalls Buck asking, “Do you have any ammo for that carbine?” Don, like many of the other men in this unit, didn’t. Buck returned with a clip and handed it to Don, saying, “Here, this may come in handy.” Off they went to stop the Germans who outnumbered the 101st (15 to 1, by some estimates), outgunned the Americans, and were rolling toward them with tanks.

Lt. Compton did not recall the siege of Bastogne with any great fondness. “We were outnumbered, surrounded, and without proper equipment. We lost a lot of men — good men.” He and his platoon endured the rain of fire dropped on them during the nine days they were surrounded. He saw his men killed, and two of his closest friends each lost a leg. After the 101st was resupplied by air and the siege was broken, Buck got trench foot and was shipped to the rear. 

Author Stephen E. Ambrose recounts the remainder of E Company’s service in his book Band of Brothers, which was later made into an epic miniseries released in 2001 by HBO. The miniseries features both Buck Compton (Neal McDonough) and Don Malarkey (Scott Grimes) as central figures in E Company. 

After his recovery, Lt. Compton was put in charge of all Army athletic events in the European Theater. His service days ended with an office in Paris before being discharged stateside as a First Lieutenant.

Buck did not consider himself a war hero when he returned home. “I did my duty and came home — that was it.” After the war, Buck finished his degree at UCLA, worked as a detective for the Los Angeles Police Department, and then passed the California Bar Exam. Eventually Buck became a prosecutor for Los Angeles County. One of his last convictions was that of Sirhan Sirhan for the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy.

In 1970, Governor Ronald Reagan appointed Buck to the California Court of Appeals for the Second Judicial District. Judge Compton served on the bench until his retirement in 1990. He moved to Mt. Vernon, Washington, to be near his two daughters and their families and provided weekly policy and political commentary on local radio. “I’ve lived a full life and have no regrets. I’m just glad to be around,” he often said.

Personally, I owe Buck a great deal. He was a mentor, a friend, and a colleague. It was Buck who encouraged me to place my name into consideration for appointment as a Circuit Court judge. He believed in me and supported me; we traveled together for 10 years all through North America and Europe, even lecturing on leadership and history at the White House and before members of Congress. 

Buck was thrilled when the Governor appointed me to the bench. He traveled to Oregon and spoke at my investiture (the public robing ceremony) as a judge. I didn’t know what Buck would say about me, but I was floored when he told the audience that he wanted to be like me. I was flabbergasted. Here was my hero, saying he wanted to be like me?

As I’ve pondered that moment, I’ve come to realize that all of us need brothers who will come alongside us and encourage us, strengthen us, and hold us accountable. I thought I was the main one who benefited from my relationship with Buck, but apparently there were traits in me that helped him be a better man as well.

That’s a big part of what Promise Keepers is all about. Through our upcoming stadium event July 31–August 1, 2020, we want you to see there’s an army of guys like you who want to be the men God intends them to be. But we also want to help you connect locally to a small band of brothers who make you stronger in ways you may have never considered — like Buck did for me.

Four months after speaking at my investiture, Buck passed away. He was 91. I still miss him greatly. We all owe a great debt to Buck and to each of those who have served our country. Many never came back. Please take time to remember those who have served — in whatever conflict — during this 75th-Anniversary season of D-Day. If you’re able, reach out and say thank you. Without brave soldiers who step up to defend the republic, we would not have the legacy we possess to pass on to the next generation.

This story originally appeared in the Promise Keepers newsletter. For more content like this, sign up here for the Promise Keepers newsletter.