On Sept. 23, Promise Keepers officials announced that a major men’s conference will be held June 10-11, 2005 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The officials also predicted that this major evangelical event would attract thousands of men from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri,and Tennessee.
The Promise Keepers’ 2005 conference theme is “The Awakening.”
The President of Promise Keepers, Thomas Fortson, Ph.D., commented, “Next year’s program is designed to rouse men’s hearts, awaken men to the spiritual realities around them, and then help men design a plan that will fulfill their destiny.”
Meanwhile, University of Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles said he has been working for years with local pastors and business leaders to bring a Promise Keepers event to the city.
While welcoming Dr. Fortson and Promise Keepers officials, Broyles said, “It is vital for every man in our area to bring his friends, fathers and sons to Promise Keepers next June. This kind of event helps men grow. This event makes men strong. Expect great things for Arkansas and other states coming out of this Promise Keepers event.”
The first national Promise Keepers meeting in 1991 brought slightly more than 2,000 men together. But now, the organization's conferences have become major events that attract hundreds of thousands of men nationwide.
The 2005 “Awakening” event will mark Promise Keepers’ second conference in Arkansas. The last Arkansas Promise Keepers convention was held in Little Rock in 1998.
Since its inception in 1990 the international ministry based in Denver, Colorado has significantly impacted the lives of millions of men. “The organization has produced more than 180 stadium and arena conferences for men, youth and clergy, weekly radio and television broadcasts, the Internet, 17 CDs, more than two dozen books, Bible studies and multi-media resources, plus outreach to local churches,” PK’s website cited.
Early registration for next year's major conference in Arkansas is $69.00 for adults and youth 18 and under until February 15, 2005. Registration includes admission for both days, plus Saturday lunch. Registration is available on line at www.promisekeepers.org, or by calling 1-800-888-7595.
One thousand volunteers will be needed to make the Promise Keepers conference possible. Men, women and youth ages 13 and older can find more information on line at www.promisekeepers.org or by calling Promise Keepers’ “Volunteer Hot Line,” at 1-800-417-1878