Promise Keepers Reaffirm Faith

October 8, 2008 at 3:01 am Leave a comment

promise-keepers.JPGJohn Dinielli became a Christian when he was a child but the
51-year-old Sunrise man recently reaffirmed his faith, along with
almost 3,000 other Christian men, at a two-day event at the Faith
Center in Sunrise. It was Dinielli’s first Promise Keepers event.


“It lights a fire under your faith. I could feel the energy in the
building. I could feel the faith in the building,” Dinielli said.
Promise Keepers, a Denver-based organization, strives to strengthen
Christianity among men and allow them to become better husbands and
fathers.

Organizers hoped the event, and six others held around
the country, would revive the 19-year-old men’s ministry. Promise
Keepers enjoyed its best year in 1996 when 1.1 million men attended 22
stadium conferences around the country. Last year, only 50,000 men
attended seven events, according to the Denver Post.

“We had a challenge with attendance the last two or three years,” Promise Keepers President Raleigh Washington said.

Last month, founder Bill McCartney, former coach of the University of
Colorado football team, came out of retirement to become chief
executive officer and chairman of the Christian evangelical group.

“The
need for what Promise Keepers does is greater than it has ever been,”
Washington said. He said 60 to 65 percent of men in the Christian
church look at pornography on the Internet, with the number reaching 75
percent for men 18 to 30 years old and 40 percent of attendees at
evangelical churches are not true believers.

Washington said the organization has a strategic plan to attract younger men, honor wives and focus on the poor.

Promise
Keepers will also honor the “spiritual fathers of the faith,”
Washington said. “Christianity is a fundamentally Jewish faith. The
Christian group will appeal to Messianic Jews. We will say to the rest
of the Jewish community, Jesus is the Messiah.”

Andy Weisenborn
of Sunrise has attended four Promise Keepers events. “The events fill
up our gas tanks and give us our energy and direction in our lives,”
said Weisenborn.

Weisenborn said he wanted to strengthen his
faith and become a better Christian leader. “Man, as God intended, is
the leader of the family,” he said. “Feminists think we keep wives down
and submissive. It’s a team proposition.”

Mark Spicker, who returned to his Christian faith eight years ago, called the event an awesome experience.

“In
the secular world, a lot of people have misconceptions,” Spicker said.
“Promise Keepers are not wimpy. They are manhood warriors with inner
toughness and strength. This isn’t a preaching thing. I’m a Christian.
I didn’t make rules. Either I accept it or I don’t.”

Source: Sun Sentinel

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