Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Coach Bill McCartney named Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Promise Keepers
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
DENVER, CO (ANS) -- William (Bill) Paul McCartney (born August 22, 1940), a former American football player and coach and the founder of the Promise Keepers men's ministry, has been named as Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Promise Keepers.
It read, “In recognition of his efforts in the founding, forming and fostering personally, the organization and ministry of Promise Keepers, an international ministry to men, and in recognition of the impeccable personal example of a repentant, humble life lived as a genuine man of integrity, we, the board of directors of Promise Keepers resolve that the permanent title of Founder and Chairman Emeritus be conferred upon Coach Bill McCartney this day, Sunday, May 20th, 2012…”
According to a story on the Promise Keepers website (www.promisekeepers.org), on receiving the permanent title “Founder and Chairman Emeritus” at last month’s meeting of the Promise Keepers board of directors, Coach Bill McCartney was so surprised and blessed that, for the first time ever, “he was nearly speechless.”
But then he quickly recovered, and the Coach said in his unmistakable coaching voice, “The Word of God is unstoppable. You show me a people that make it the highest priority. They don’t leave home until the Word of God has been ingested into their heart. E.M. Bounds said ‘the greatest victories are often the result of great waiting. It takes time in the secret places to get the full revelation of God.’
“Christians are dropping like flies. They are (only) in the Word of God when the pastor preaches it. They are in the Word on occasion. But Jesus is the Word of God! ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God!’ (John 1:1)
“Show me a home where everybody‘s in the Word of God daily, and I’ll show you where the presence of God is manifested. Show me a church where they stand up and say ‘everybody in this church makes a daily priority to be in God’s word.’”
Central to Coach Mac’s vision of Promise Keepers’ future is a strong relationship with local congregations.
“The next real great move of God is going to happen right inside the local church. I believe He is going to raise up a standard. I think pastors are preaching their hearts out, and their staffs are going at it full throttle. Each of them is going to be blessed beyond measure.”
About Promise Keepers
“We have found that men tend to be more open to God’s presence when they are with other men,” said a spokesman for the group. “There is something unique about the all-male environment that sets men free to drop the normal posturing and humble ourselves in Jesus Christ, committing to new beginnings,”
Promise Keepers has directly reached more than 6 million men through men’s conferences – including an assembly of 1.4 million men on the United States national mall in Washington D.C., on October 4, 1997 – and the number continues to grow each year. Through over 200 stadium, arena and church events Promise Keepers encourages men to be transformed and live godly lives.
To get more information on the 2012 Men’s Event Schedule, please go to: www.promisekeepers.org/events
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