Last weekend, Promise Keepers' 2021 Conference was held at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The two-day event featured everything that men have come to expect from a PK event - an authentic, Christ-centered experience with amazing keynote speakers, worship artists and special guests. This year's conference was watched and attended by men from over 25 nations.
One of the key speakers at the conference was Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), board member of Promise Keepers. Rodriguez gave a stirring message where he tried to communicate a vision of Christian manhood:
"Who are we as Christian men? Who are we as his church? Are we just another institution in society? Are we another religious faith narrative competing in the marketplace of ideas? Who are we as men, and who are we in the 21st century?
"We must respond with clarity, conviction and courage: we are the light of the world. We are a city on a hill. We are people of the word. We are salt and light. We are prophetic and not pathetic. We are disciples, witnesses and Christ-followers. We are children of the cross, fruit of the empty tomb, and product of the upper room. We are the redeemed of the Lord. We are forgiven, free and favored, called and chosen. We are warriors and worshipers. We are world changers and history makers.
"And let me tell you what we are not. We are not Google. We are not Microsoft. We are not Ford. We are not Starbucks and respectfully, we are not the NFL.
"We are the Church of Jesus Christ. And the gates of hell shall not, the gates of hell will not, the gates of hell cannot prevail against us."
Musicians included Tauren Wells, Cody Carnes and The Gateway Worship Band.
The event reached far beyond the confines of AT&T stadium. Via simulcast:
- Men participated in more than 25 countries, including Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela - to name a few.
- Men participated in their own languages as the event was simultaneously translated into Spanish, Portuguese and ASL.
- Men participated in all 50 states at local churches and in private gatherings.
- Men participated from prisons and transitional homes throughout the State of Tennessee.
Founded in 1990 by Coach Bill McCartney, Promise Keepers is one of the biggest movements of God in the history of the Church. Focused on helping men live with integrity, Promise Keepers touched the lives of seven million men through its national conferences. On October 4, 1997, over a million of these men gathered for Stand in the Gap: A Sacred Assembly of Men in the National Mall in the District of Columbia to take a stand for Christ.