PK: 'Manhood never meant to be walked alone'

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Michael F. Haverluck (

Promise KeepersPromise Keepers announced this week that its 2020 event this summer will feature a group of keynote speakers who will exhort men to boldly stand strong for Jesus Christ in their homes, churches, workplaces and communities.

The Christ-centered ministry describes itself as "dedicated to uniting men through vital relationships to become godly influences" in every area of their lives. Christian speakers, Bible teachers and musicians at its 2020 Promise Keepers event – July 31 and August 1 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas – will minister to and encourage an estimated 80,000 men to deepen their walks with Jesus Christ.

Turning a new leaf with God

The featured Christian leaders at PK 2020 (below) will take those tens of thousands of men through God's Word and toward biblical manhood by focusing their messages on brotherhood, virtue, commitment, obedience, changemaking, unity and the PK "Seven Promises of Honor" – the foundational principles that have been the center of the movement since its inception 30 years ago in 1990.

PK CEO and board chair Ken Harrison wants to start the new decade by encouraging men to renew their commitment to become the men God has called them to be in their everyday relationships.


"We're honored that these [seven] men will join us in leading the new intergenerational audience of Promise Keepers into a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of God," Harrison proclaims in a press release announcing the event.

"The seven principles upon which [they] will base their messages are the same that sparked a transformational movement in the hearts of millions of men [nearly three] decades ago, resulting in countless changed lives. It's our earnest desire to instill those same values into the Promise Keepers of today, to ensure authenticity, relevance and maturation while meeting the urgent and overwhelming felt needs of men today."

His ministry is striving this year to transform men from every background into new and improved husbands, fathers, and employers as they assume or retake their God-given roles as leaders.

Vance Day, PK president, stresses that men should be holding each other accountable and helping to carry each other's burdens as they strive to follow Christ.

"Manhood is a difficult journey, and it was never meant to be walked alone," Day declares. "Our goal is to establish a Christ-centered band of brothers in every church who can encourage and equip one another to function as ambassadors of reconciliation and service as a result of an authentic encounter with Jesus."

Molding God's man

Following are the seven keynote speakers announced Tuesday for this year's PK event:

  • Dr. Tony Evans, founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative and author of more than 100 books, booklets and Bible studies

  • Greg Stier, founder and president of Dare 2 Share Ministries, a movement mobilizing teenagers to build their faith and advance the Gospel through evangelism training, devotionals, books and resources

  • Todd Wagner, founder and senior pastor of Watermark Community Church in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, author of Come and See: Everything You Ever Wanted in the One Place You Would Never Look and host of the weekly podcast, Real Truth Real Quick

  • Dr. Derwin Gray, former NFL professional, having played for both the Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers, who currently serves as founder and pastor of Transformation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Tommy Nelson, senior pastor of Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas, and author of several books and resources, including The Story of God, A Life Well Lived, The Book of Romance and Walking on Water

  • Dr. Voddie Baucham, former pastor, author, professor, conference speaker, president of Voddie Baucham Ministries and church planter who currently serves as Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia

  • Chad Hennings, three-time Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl champion, award-winning Air Force veteran, founder of Wingmen Ministries and author of It Takes Commitment, Rules of Engagement and Forces of Character

In addition, PK is moving forward in the digital age with a new interactive smartphone app designed to create four-man "fire teams" in every church throughout the U.S. so they are equipped with the discipleship resources they need to form deeper fellowships and experience spiritual journeys together.


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