Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Promise KeepersCan I join Promise Keepers?
We encourage men to be committed promise keepers, living a life of integrity. This is not related to belonging to an organisation. Promise Keepers has no membership or fees, only a mailing list of supporters. Men are encouraged to be active in their local church.
Is Promise Keepers American?
Promise Keepers was founded in the USA by coach Bill McCartney and Dave Wardell. After a group of Kiwis went to an event, they decided to establish a men's movement in NZ. Promise Keepers New Zealand has a NZ board and trustees and operates independently of the USA.
Is Promise Keepers anti-women?
Definitely not! We believe that men and women are equal at the foot of the Cross. Promise Keepers strives to promote reconciliation between family members, genders, races and denominations as well as between men and God. Unfortunately some past negative publicity from feminists in the secular media has influenced even some Christians. Promise Keepers would prefer to be judged on our record and the facts. Some of our strongest supporters are women because they appreciate the amount of positive change in their men: fathers, husbands, sons and others.
Where does the Event registration fee go?
Most of the fees go into direct Event expenses, including venue and equipment hire, technical, logistics and promotion. This is necessary to produce a big Event of quality. The larger Events subsidise the smaller Events. A small surplus is budgeted for as prudent management which also helps to keep Promise Keepers going strong.
Is there any financial assistance available?
For frequently asked questions on financial assistance, please click here>>> If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please phone the registrations team during office hours. Call 0800 PROMISE (776647) otherwise email Promise Keepers or use this contact form here>>>
Why are exclusively NZ speakers scheduled?
A robust team of Kiwi speakers is capable of delivering messages to men based on their life experience. Promise Keepers has helped to develop some exceptional speakers. Overseas speakers may be used from time to time.
Why is Promise Keepers for men only?
Promise Keepers has had a very specific call to Men's Ministry. We have discovered that men are more apt to hear and receive the full instruction of the teachings at our Events when they are not inhibited by concern for a woman's response. One of the greatest goals of these sessions is to deepen the commitment of men to love and honour women.
How does Promise Keepers relate to the local church?
Promise Keepers encourages men to be actively involved in their local church, and to support and pray for their pastor. We want to see Ministry with Men flourish inside the church and offer training to support that. Promise Keepers also avoids offering too many events that could compete with churches.
How is Promise Keepers Funded and Governed?
Promise Keepers New Zealand is a not-for-profit charitable trust registered with the Charities Commission. Donations are tax deductable. The organisation is governed under NZ law as an independent trust. There is no funding, board representation, control or direction from outside New Zealand. Promise Keepers NZ relies on Event registration fees and private donations to run Events and operate year round.