NUMBER OF MEN
CONFERENCES IN 2015
Promise Keepers ( www.promisekeepers.ca)
is an affiliate of the EFC ( www.theEFC.ca/
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What is at the heart of the mission of
Promise Keepers Canada?
Our mission is to ignite and equip
men to have a godly impact. There
are so many stories of men who are
having a negative impact in the
world, and we want to help change
that. We believe this happens best
through helping men become,
grow and live as disciples of Jesus.
How do you view Promise Keepers
Canada’s role in the Canadian Church?
Studies show men are significantly
disconnected in matters of faith
and the Church. Many of the young
people whose testimonies were
included in Hemorrhaging Faith
referred to the reality that Dad was
not serious about Jesus, and so why
should they be? Our role is to come
alongside local churches and be a
support in their efforts to reach and
disciple men. When men are grow-
ing in their walk with Jesus, the
impact is felt in families, work-
places, churches and communities.
Statistically, if you reach men, you
have a greater chance of reaching
the whole family.
Do you see common particular challenges today facing Canadian Christian
How do I even begin to answer this
question? Men are facing issues of
how to define success and failure.
They face incredible fears that will
often paralyze them. They feel
overwhelmed with their time as
they look to be good fathers and
husbands while handling a world
that demands they always be avail-
able for work. You can add to these
realities the issues of sexual temp-
tations, financial uncertainties,
depression, anger, health concerns
in an aging population and isola-
tion. At the heart of all these issues
is a lack of a clear vision of what it
means to be a godly man and a
confusion about what our identity
really is in Jesus Christ.
How do you care for yourself as a
I try to start with rest. In planning
my year I schedule my seasons of
rest before I schedule my work.
This is backwards in our culture
where we often start with work and
try to figure out when we will rest.
Beyond that I have a variety of different outlets to play, connect with
people who don’t need me to lead
them, and relationships with peers
who help me process life as a leader.
I also have a personal prayer team
who serve me through prayer.
What is your top leadership advice
for emerging leaders?
I actually have two pieces of advice.
First, learn to abide in Jesus. Grow
in this area of your life. Jesus said we
can do “nothing” apart from Him.
Leaders always want results and the
word “nothing” gets my attention as
to what’s most important. Second,
seek first the Kingdom of God. This
sounds easier than it is. As leaders,
we need to live like we really believe
God’s Kingdom is more important
than our own organizations.
What books are on your nightstand
The Valley of Vision – A Collection of
Puritan Prayers (Banner of Truth,
1975), Why Are Women More Religious Than Men? (Oxford University
Press, 2012) and Mission Drift (Baker
Publishing Group, 2014). /FT
Kirk Giles is the president of Promise Keepers Canada, an
organization whose vision is to “Leave no man behind: To see
every man become, grow, and live as a disciple of Jesus Christ.”
Equipping men for impact