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Tuesday, September 9, 2003

Wants to take care of his wife and spend more time with his family

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

DENVER, CO  (ANS) -- Bill McCartney, president of Promise Keepers (PK), the worldwide ministry to men that he founded 13 years ago, is resigning effective October 1 to care for his wife and spend more time with his family. (Pictured: Bill McCartney during a radio interview).

According to a news release from Promise Keepers, McCartney’s notice of resignation came during the board’s quarterly meeting on Monday, September 8.

“As a result, board chair Gen. Alonzo Short (U.S. Army Ret.) announced that the board formed an internal committee to prayerfully select McCartney’s successor to lead the ministry, said the PK release. “Until new leadership from the executive cabinet is named in the next few weeks, General Short will continue serving as interim president, a role he has held since McCartney went on six-month sabbatical in March.

Coach McCartney has been on a board-approved leave of absence in order to care for his wife Lyndi, who is battling a severe respiratory illness. He informed the board that during this time, he sensed his leadership of Promise Keepers was coming to an end. He realized that his immediate focus should continue to be his family, and eventually to pursue other ministry interests.

“God has assigned me to be a husband and a grandfather,” McCartney said. “The ministry of Promise Keepers is not finished; it is needed now more than ever. I am confident that the Lord will direct and empower the ministry to move forward in strength and support – the opportunities for PK are limitless.”

Gen. Short said, “Bill let the board know in the most loving way that his time at the helm was ending – but he will always be the founder, and we expect to solicit his advice, counsel, and expressions of love. Coach Mac has enabled millions of men to find their identity in Christ and embrace true manhood, which has equipped them to be better husbands, fathers and church and community leaders.

As another anniversary of 9-11 approaches, Gen. Short noted that personal fear and anxiety seem to be at an all-time high. “Beyond that, the pressures on men are relentless; the stress on families is intense,” he said. “Real men matter, and men of integrity will make the difference in our society. Promise Keepers intends to continue to be there to help encourage empower and equip them in that challenge.”

Promise Keepers’ 2004 conference season is planned for 17 cities, being built around the theme “Uprising: The Revolution of a Man’s Soul.” Conference cities, venues and dates for 2004 will be announced in October.

Since its inception in 1990, Promise Keepers has directly reached some 5,000,000 men in more than 12 years of international conference outreach.

Promise Keepers is a ministry designed to ignite and unite men to become passionate followers of Jesus Christ, through the effective communication of seven promises to God, other men, family, church and community. Promise Keepers’ primary products are stadium and arena conferences, radio and television programming, Internet, print and multi-media resources, and outreach to local churches.

Dan Wooding is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times). Wooding is also a syndicated columnist, and was for ten years a commentator on the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC. Wooding is the author of some 41 books, one of which is "Blind Faith" which he co-authored with his 93-year-old mother Anne Wooding, who was a pioneer missionary to the blind of Nigeria in the 1930s. Copies of this book are available from the ASSIST USA office at PO Box 2126, Garden Grove, CA 92842-2126. His writings are on the ASSIST Website at:

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