Promise Keepers group to meet here
A Valley group involved in the national Promise Keepers men’s organization, will hold a rally at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church today.
Spokesperson Mike Cole, who is a member of the church, said he heard about a “task force” of men from the Carson Valley and Carson City who have been involved with the Promise Keepers and wanted to hold a local rally. He contacted them about holding it at the Methodist church.
Cole said the response has been positive and he expects between 100 and 200 men.
Cole first heard about the Promise Keepers from a friend and he said he went to a Fresno rally last year to find out what it was about.
“I liked what I heard. I was aware of some controversy about them from some people who don’t like groups that are growing like they are. I like to be one of the people to see for myself and make my own decisions,” he said.
The controversy he was referring to comes from critics who claim the national Promise Keepers group, which employs more than 400 people and has an annual budget of $1.1 million, is forming a powerful political machine, and that its agenda is racist and sexist.
According to a Promise Keepers Web site located at http://www.promisekeepers.org/7p.htm, the group’s seven promises are:
– A Promise Keeper is committed to honoring Jesus Christ through worship, prayer and obedience to God’s word in the power of the Holy Spirit.
– A Promise Keeper is committed to pursuing vital relationships with a few other men, understanding that he needs brothers to help him keep his promises.
– A Promise Keeper is committed to practicing spiritual, moral, ethical and sexual purity.
– A Promise Keeper is committed to building strong marriages and families through love, protection and biblical values.
– A Promise Keeper is committed to supporting the mission of his church by honoring and praying for his pastor, and by actively giving his time and resources.
– A Promise Keeper is committed to reaching beyond any racial and denominational barriers to demonstrate the power of biblical unity.
– A Promise Keeper is committed to influencing his world, being obedient to the Great Commandment (see Mark 12:30-31) and the Great Commission (see Matthew 28:19-20).
Cole said the group has a scriptural background.
“From my perspective, it is men who love Jesus, their families, and want to be better fathers, better husbands, better friends and better men. It is a group of guys that feel they want to walk a better life,” he said.
He also said Promise Keepers is non-denominational.
“We don’t apply a lot of boundaries as to belief systems or where men come from,” Cole said. “The invitation is extended to men regardless of prior experience with the Promise Keepers. All men are welcome.”
As for women, Cole said, “We don’t say we’ll bar them, but it is kind of a men’s group.”
Three or four Carson Valley men are scheduled to speak on how the spiritual movement has positively effected their lives.
The gathering will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served and Cole said he would encourage all men of the Carson Valley to come.
“Come one, come all. It’s going to be a great time,” he said.
For more information, call Cole at 265-6605 or Bill Baker at 265-0030.
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