Tom Kroessig is an Ambassador Field Director volunteer for Promise Keepers, serving Fayette and Coweta Counties and beyond. His mission is to be a resource for local Pastors and their men and to act as a liaison between them and the national Promise Keepers ministry. The goal of Promise Keepers is effective ministry to men.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Men Wanted for Hazardous Journey

No doubt some of you will recognize the following advertisement attributed to Sir Ernest Shackleton who led several expeditions to attempt to reach the South Pole.

Men Wanted: For hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.

Shackleton selected 28 men for his 1915 expedition, but reportedly over 2000 men responded to his advertisement! Do a web search for Shackleton and learn some of the amazing details of this harrowing attempt. In spite of incredible challenges, not one man from the expedition was lost!

Here's Promise Keepers "advertisement" for you:

Men wanted for hazardous journey. Expect resistance, worldly criticism, and possible persecution. Constant risk, with periods of darkness and isolation. Personal safety and financial security uncertain. Eternal rewards at journey's end.

Can you imagine the impact that 2000 real men from the South Metro Atlanta area on a journey to become godly men would have on this region? One of the best ways to begin would be to attend the Promise Keepers 2007 Conference in Columbia, South Carolina on August 3-4. Join in with other like minded men to make a difference in your home and in your community. (Wimpy men need not apply!) Find out more about the Columbia conference at

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day!


Being a godly father is an important part of being a promise keeper, as Promise 4 clearly indicates:

A Promise Keeper is committed to building strong marriages and families through love, protection and biblical values.

Although some of us where blessed with having godly fathers as role models it is equally true that some of us did not have a good example to follow. The good news that, while it's a disadvantage, not having a godly father does not prevent you from becoming one. Undoubtedly our best role model for fathering is out heavenly Father. Just consider His provision and protection for for us. We would do well as fathers to remember the love He has for his children which is evident in His grace and mercy and forgiveness. Let us not forget though, that as a Righteous God, He sets standards for behavior and then wisely disciplines us when we err. It has been said that discipline without love leads to rebellion, while love without discipline leads to permissiveness. Perhaps an experienced father at your church can help you strike the right balance with your children between love and discipline. As Promise 4 indicates, the Bible provides invaluable guidance on being a godly father. You will also find that books on raising children by Christian authors like James Dobson and John Rosemond, among others, can be very helpful. Being a godly father is too important to just go it alone. Do whatever it takes to become the dad that God wants you to be. You and your children (and your wife) will be blessed! Proverbs 22:6 tells us, Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. (NIV)

SPECIAL NOTE: As some of you have undoubtedly noticed, the Promise Keepers web site,, has been undergoing revision over a number of recent months. Today, just in time for Father's Day, a major update has occurred. Take some time and check out the new features. On the bottom of the new home page, don't miss What's New and PK Verseminder. Pod casts are now available as are video highlights of past Promise Keepers Conferences. More archival footage is being "digitized" and will be added in the future. The PK Verseminder feature is an aid for memorizing Scripture.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Let's go to Columbia!

Sorry to be so long between postings. I had a pretty busy weekend this past weekend. Highlights included the Men's Encounter on Saturday and Hartford United Methodist Church's 138th Anniversary and New Hope South's Pulse on Sunday. I have been busy this week trying to get the word out via e-mails about a couple of church events coming up this weekend. If you would like find out about events at churches other than your own, please send me an e-mail. Similarly, if your church has an event to which you would like to invite men and women from other churches, let me know, also.

I have also been visiting more churches this week distributing promotional material for the upcoming Promise Keepers 2007 Conference. If you haven't done so already, click on the U-tube link to the right to get preview of this year's PK Conference. Many men from this area are headed to Columbia, SC on August 3-4. Specific information about the Columbia conference, including the line-up of speakers, is available at Ticketing is available at or by calling (866) PROMISE. Group discounts are available when you order 10 or more tickets.

If you have never been to a Promise Keepers Conference, I can assure you that you will be glad you made the decision to go. Do whatever it takes to be there! You will be blessed by the worship and the messages, both delivered in a distinctly male context that speaks directly to the heart of a man!

If you have been to a Conference before, I challenge you to take someone who has never been. I encourage you to organize a group of men from your church and join us in Columbia. Perhaps you could partner with other churches in your area and go together. Attending conferences in cities away Atlanta provide great opportunities for fellowship with the men in your group and since you are away from the distractions of home, you can bask in the experience.

Other Conferences within driving distance of Atlanta are:

Mobile, AL June 29-30

Nashville, TN July 20-21

Orlando, FL July 27-28

Take advantage of this opportunity to grow as a man of integrity!

Friday, June 8, 2007

Got Bible Study?

I was gone most of the day...

I went to the Log House Bible Study first thing this morning, then I visited some churches this morning to hand out promotional material for the PK Conference. Then I had lunch with a group of ministers in Fayetteville where the guest of honor was a Baptist Pastor from (southern) Lebanon. He had some stories to tell! I hit the road again after lunch and made it to a few more churches before heading home in time to watch my favorite show, Jeopardy

The Log House Bible Study meets in the Rockspray Clubhouse (an actual log house that used to be a hunting lodge) off Log House Road in Peachtree City. The study began in 1978. My good Log House brother, John Manzo, says that the guys in the study were promise keepers before there was a Promise Keepers. This study has been very helpful for many of us as we seek to mature in Jesus Christ. If you are in the area, stop by some Friday. The coffee and bagels are on at 7:00 AM and the study starts at 7:30 AM. This is a non-denominatinal study currently being led by Jamie Bosworth of First Presbyterian Church of PTC. There are men from a number of different churches and denominations. We are currently working our way through Second Kings.

A Bible study like this embodies several important Promise Keeper principles which are included in The Seven Promises of a Promise Keepers (availale at serious Bible Study, Fellowship with other men, and Unity within the body of Christ.

My prayer for each of you is that you find a group like this someday.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Welcome to the new Promise Keeper blog for Fayette and Coweta Counties

My name is Tom Kroessig and I am an Ambassador Field Director volunteer for Promise Keepers, serving Fayette and Coweta Counties and beyond. My mission is to be a resource for local Pastors and their men and to act as a liaison between them and the national Promise Keepers ministry ( The goal of Promise Keepers is effective ministry to men. Our vision is "Men Transformed Worldwide."

I am available to speak to men's gatherings about Promise Keepers or many other subjects relevant to men. I can be reached at or (770) 487-5094.