Promise Keepers, the fast-growing male spirituality movement in the United States, is facing deep financial trouble.
As a result, founder Bill McCartney has said that "every church that names the name of Jesus" should give Promise Keepers $1,000.If successful, the proposal would raise up to $300 million and spare the jobs of staff at the organization's headquarters in Denver and at its seven regional offices.
Last week the 345 employees of the evangelical men's organization learned that their salaries would not be paid after March 31 owing to falling revenues.
But McCartney hopes to save Promise Keepers with a plan formulated at a meeting with 3,000 pastors and laymen from U.S. churches last week in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Promise Keepers pledged to put its operations in the hands of its 20,000 volunteers and to re-employ workers when the organization's financial health returned. But if U.S. churches and private donors raised enough money in the immediate future, the organization would be fully operational very soon, said McCartney.