John Mentus answers this question:
It all started with many different men getting together to get other men to go to the Promise Keeper's conference in Washington, DC in 1995. We would meet every two weeks on a Thursday night and start with prayer.
We decided to start a Task Force and asked for additional training from Promise Keeper's headquarters Denver, CO. I also serve as a coach for the National Coalition of Men's Ministries. www.ncmm.org
We will go anywhere in New England to train men to be effective leaders in their churches. The rest is history. This is the short version answer.
BIG JOHN SERVING THE MASTER.
We worked hard to bring Promise Keepers ministry to Providence, Rhode Island, in the summer of 2001. Since all volunteers had careers, families and limited amounts of time, we created this web site then as an aid to communicating with many churches and individuals at one time. After the tremendous blessing of that event, the site continues to serve today. At the Worcester, MA, Promise Keepers conference on August 25 and 26th, 2000, 11 of the 40 local volunteer team supervisors and managers were from Rhode Island. We intentionally wanted to get our people trained a year early so that a Providence conference could go forward with a core of trained people. We also provide ongoing training in men's ministry to local churches (what it is and how to do it). In 2009 we started Prison Ministries at RI ACI we have five men in different sites using Robert Lewis Mens Fraternity classes.
No. We were previously known as the "Rhode Island Task Force - Promise Keepers" composed of "Ambassadors" (2 Corinthians 5:20) trained by Promise Keepers. The mission of our organization has remained the same, however.
We are a federal 501c3 corporation
and RI Exempt: Certificate #9054