How to join The K.I.N.G. Movement
1 – Read and agree with K.I.N.G.’s Statement of Faith.
2 – Read, agree with, and be prepared to sign The K.I.N.G Manifesto.
3 – Send $50 membership fee, plus your name, address, email address, cell phone #, age, occupation and T-shirt size to the address below (make checks payable to K.I.N.G.).
How to start a K.I.N.G. Chapter
1 – Become a member, meeting all the requirements listed above.
2 – Recruit at least five men in your local area who agree to join K.I.N.G. (and thus pay the $50 annual membership fee). You need at least five members to start a chapter.
3 – Have three recommendation letters, including one from your pastor and one from your wife (if married), emailed to email@example.com.
4 – Write out and email your personal Christian testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 – Memorize the K.I.N.G. Mission Statement.
6 – Interview via conference call with the K.I.N.G. Board of Directors (in some cases, a face-to-face meeting with a K.I.N.G. leader may also be requested).
K.I.N.G. Chapter Responsibilities
1 – Official chapters must have a President and a Vice President.
2 – Chapters must meet at least once per month, ideally at the same day and time each month. Locations, however, may vary.
3 – Each chapter must perform at least one act of community service or evangelistic outreach every four months.
5 – Each chapter must hold at least one social activity (party, bowling outing, BBQ, etc.) every four months.
6 – Each chapter must pay a $600 annual fee to K.I.N.G. National Headquarters. The fee may be paid in one lump sum, two $300 payments, or 12 payments of $50 per month. The $50 annual membership fees of each chapter member go toward the $600. Fees are used to fund the annual K.I.N.G. National Summit; outreach events and activities; the creation of K.I.N.G. merchandise, literature, etc.; the hiring of lawyers, accountants and employees; website maintenance; and other miscellaneous costs that go into building and running a movement/organization. Each chapter will receive annual financial statements that detail K.I.N.G. spending.
7 – Chapters may sell K.I.N.G. merchandise to raise money for their local activities. Chapters receive discounts when buying K.I.N.G. merchandise in bulk.
8 – Chapters are encouraged to hold periodic fundraisers to raise money for their local activities.
The K.I.N.G. Movement
P.O. Box 342
South Orange, NJ 07079
Monday Morning Prayer & Intercession
Every Monday, 7:00 a.m. EST
(712) 432-0075, code 514320
This call focuses on interceding for The K.I.N.G. Movement, as well as for its leaders and members. All calls hosted by Mark Brown of Lizella, GA. Mark is an internationally known motivational speaker.
Every Thursday, 12:30 p.m. EST
(712) 432-0075, code 514320
August 6, 2015 – Led by Torrel Harris, Sports Agent and Dad of NBA Star Tobias Harris, Long Island, NY
August 13, 2015 – Led by Pastor Richard Starling, Christ Community Church, Union, NJ
August 20, 2015 – Led by Jason Romano, ESPN Talent Producer, Bristol, CT
August 27, 2015 – Led by Paul Coty, Regional Director of Young Life NYC, New York, NY
Every Man that joins K.I.N.G. must agree to the following Manifesto:
I have accepted Jesus Christ as the personal Lord and Savior of my life, committing myself to glorifying Him in everything I say and do.
I commit myself to being an example of Christ-like manhood and leadership to my family, regularly leading it in prayer, church attendance and the study of God’s Word, the Bible.
As a disciple of Christ, I am committed to walking in sexual integrity, avoiding all sexual relations outside of marriage between a man and a woman. These include, but are not limited to, premarital sex, adultery, homosexuality, pedophilia and pornography.
While I understand it is not a sin to drink alcohol, I commit myself to avoiding drunkenness and the use of recreational drugs.
I commit myself to living a life free of racial enmity and I will promote equality and justice for all races.
I commit myself to not using The Lord’s name in vain, speaking curse words, using racial slurs or any derivatives of the N-word (except perhaps in an educational sense).
I rebuke all types of spiritual deception and thus refuse to participate in fortune telling, palm reading, psychic readings, seances, tarot cards, Quija boards and all other forms of witchcraft.
Our Manifesto, of course, represents the goal, if not yet the present reality of our walks with Christ. All we are asking is that brothers sincerely try to live according to the Manifesto, which is merely asking them to strive to live according to God’s Word. We understand that if men wholeheartedly commit themselves to following these principles, their own lives, their families, their communities and their nation will be transformed for the better.
THE GOSPEL (GOOD NEWS) OF JESUS CHRIST
- God created man in His own image to be the centerpiece of His creation and to have a vibrant personal relationship with Him. Man was meant to know God as Father, Lord and Friend. (Genesis 1:26-31)
- This intimate relationship between God and man was broken when the first human beings, Adam and Eve, sinned. In other words, man died spiritually; his spiritual connection to God was lost. Because God is completely holy, he cannot be connected to sin. (Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3; 1 John 1:5-6)
- Because all human beings – regardless of race, gender, nationality, religion, etc. – come from Adam, all are born spiritually dead; all are born with a natural propensity to sin. And indeed, all human beings have sinned, either by thought, word or action. (Romans 3:9-12; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Matthew 5:28)
- Despite our sin, God still loves us. Yet His holiness demands justice, which means there must be punishment and a price paid for sin. Because the penalty for sin is death, the price paid for sin must be death. In the Old Testament, man paid the price for sin by sacrificing (killing) animals, the blood of the animals temporarily covering the sins of the people and making them clean before God. Though these sacrifices could not eternally cover the people’s sins and restore the everlasting relationship between God and man, they served as a foreshadowing of the ultimate sacrifice that would redeem man and forever heal his relationship with His Heavenly Father – that of Jesus Christ on the cross. (John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9, 10)
- God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer the punishment that each of us deserves for our sins. By dying on the cross, Jesus paid the price that God demands for our sins. Because Jesus is the Son of God and lived a sinless life, His sacrifice was perfect. It covered our sins forever and eternally restored the intimate personal relationship man was meant to have with God. (Isaiah 53; John 3:16, Romans 5:17-21; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
- Jesus rose from the dead, proving He is the eternal Son of God, that He has victory over sin and death, and that all who believe in Him will also enjoy life after their physical deaths. Jesus is alive. (Matthew 28; John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:12-13)
- Those who believe in Jesus’s death and resurrection and that He is the Son of God, The Lord of all, and the Savior of the world are reconnected to God and made alive spiritually by the presence of The Holy Spirit in their hearts, minds and lives. We are made new creations and through The Holy Spirit, given a desire to please God and to live our lives in obedience to Him. (John 16:7, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:21-24, Titus 2:11-14)
- Moreover, in addition to freeing us from the penalty for our sins (death), Jesus’s death and resurrection freed us from the power sin once had over our lives. No longer slaves to sin, we no longer have to obey our desires and temptations to sin. God has cleansed us and made us righteous and we can now live righteous lives. We now abide in the Kingdom of God, where God has dominion over our lives. Sin no longer has dominion over us. (Romans 6:1-18; Ephesians 4:21-24)
- If we stumble, fall and sin as we earnestly strive to live for God, we are forgiven for our sins when we humbly confess them to God. While we should never get comfortable with sin or sin unrepentantly, neither should we condemn ourselves when we fall short of God’s standard. (Romans 8:1; 1 John 1:9; 1 John 2:1-2)
WHAT MUST YOU DO TO BE SAVED?
- Repent for your sins. Repentance is a conscious decision to turn away from what you know to be sin in your life and a conscious decision to try your best to live according to God’s teachings. It is a decision to give Jesus Christ control of your life. It is not merely acknowledging that you are a sinner but also acknowledging that you want to stop sinning. (Matthew 3:1-2; Matthew 4:17; Acts 2:38)
- Believe that Jesus Christ, The Son of God, died on the cross so you could be forgiven for your sins, thereby accepting Him as your personal Savior. When you realize how badly your sin offends a holy God, you will understand why you are in need of a Savior. (John 3:16-17; John 8:24)
- Surrender control of your life to Jesus Christ as best you know how, thereby accepting Him as Lord. Jesus now has the final say on how you live your life, how you carry yourself and what decisions you make. You are no longer your own boss. Satan is not your boss. Jesus is your boss. (Matthew 7:21-23; John 14:15-21)
- Believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead as a testimony that you will also live eternally with God in heaven. Live your life with the understanding that you will one day see God and with the goal that you want him to be pleased with how you conducted yourself. (Luke 19:17; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:12-17; 2 Corinthians 5:10)
- Understand that God, in the person of The Holy Spirit, now lives inside of you and that you are a new and righteous creation. You are born again, made spiritually alive and adopted into God’s family. (John 1:12; John 3:3; John 16:5-14; Ephesians 2:1-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 4:4-7)
- Know that you are saved by God’s grace, not by your own righteousness or by anything you have done. It is God’s grace that saves you and gives you the power to live the Christian life. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 3:1-3, Titus 2:11-14)
We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God. We believe it is the final and ultimate authority for what followers of The Lord Jesus Christ believe and practice.
We believe in one God who is eternally existent as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We believe Jesus Christ, the Son of God, lived on earth as God in the flesh. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His atoning death on the cross, His resurrection from the dead, His ascension to the right hand of the Father and His personal return in power and glory.
We believe all human beings, regardless of race or nationality, are born with a sinful nature that separates them from God. We believe those who repent from their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are forgiven for their sins, given the Holy Spirit, freed from the dominion and penalty of sin, empowered to live a Godly life, and blessed with eternal life in heaven.
We believe those who reject the gospel of Jesus Christ and the fact that he paid the price for their sins will have to pay the price for their sins themselves, that price being eternal separation from God in hell.
We believe true believers/disciples of Jesus Christ strive to live according to His commandments and teachings and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, have the ability to do so.
The K.I.N.G. logo is a crown sitting atop the acronym K.I.N.G. with one of three scriptures written beneath it. Each of these scriptures aptly captures the essence of the K.I.N.G. mission:
- Psalm 68:31 - “Princes shall come out of Egypt, Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.”
- Ephesians 4:24 - “…put on the new man, which after God, is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
- Colossians 3:17 - “And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
The Reason For Choosing These Scriptures
Psalm 68:31 – K.I.N.G. recognizes that one of the realities that has most grieved The Lord over the past few centuries is the horrible racism that has existed in America and throughout the world. Among other things, this racism has sullied the reputation of Christianity (among both Whites and Blacks, but particularly among Black men), kept people of African descent from reaching their full, God-given potential, and led many Blacks to believe they are inferior in the eyes of God and men. These are terrible sins and an affront to Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. Thus, to help dispel those myths, lies, and beliefs among Blacks and all people, K.I.N.G. chose to highlight Psalm 68:31 to show that God says men of African descent (“Egypt and Ethiopia”) will be royalty (“Princes”) and sincere worshippers of God. This includes African-Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, Afro-Hispanics, Afro-Europeans, native Africans, etc. This scripture not only breaks the stronghold of inferiority many Blacks may feel, but it can also lead to true equality and brotherhood among the races as other races of people recognize that men of African descent are as prominent as anyone in the plans and purposes of God. Such an acknowledgement and understanding should theoretically lead others to respect, view and treat Blacks as brothers, sisters and equals. Reference to Psalm 68:31 is not meant to discourage or discriminate against those of other races, but rather to help create among all races a much-needed favorable image for Black men.
Ephesians 4:24 – This scripture reminds us of the powerful transformation that took place within us when we gave our lives to The Lord Jesus Christ and became Christians. Though we are eternally grateful that Jesus, through his death and resurrection, paid the necessary price for us to be forgiven for our sins, this verse tells us that is not all he accomplished. Jesus also makes us – when we accept him as Lord and Savior – new men, or as the Apostle Paul put it in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “new creations.” In other words, we are spiritually reborn. According to this verse in Ephesians, this rebirth includes being “created in righteousness and true holiness.” Once we realize and embrace this reality, we will then, through the work of The Holy Spirit, have the power to walk in righteousness and true holiness. This is the mentality we need to overcome the various sins, attitudes and thought patterns that keep us from becoming the men God created us to be; for knowing that we are “created in righteousness and true holiness,” means knowing we do not have to live in bondage to addiction, lust, greed, fear, or anything else that keeps us from fulfilling our purpose in Christ. This is the mindset men of K.I.N.G. seek to attain and live by.
Colossians 3:17 – The men of K.I.N.G. strive to surrender every aspect of our being – our thoughts, words and actions – to Christ. Our goal is to represent Christ properly in everything we do and everywhere we go, be it the workplace, the classroom, the frat house, and of course, in our personal relationships. Knowing we are representatives of Christ at all times leads us to aim for excellence in all our endeavors. Just as an athlete who endorses a certain company’s product must always carry himself in a way that reflects positively on that company, we try to do the same in regard to Jesus. Thus, in our studies and on our jobs, we attempt to perform at the highest level because we are doing it “in the name of Jesus.” In our relationships with spouses, family, friends, fellow believers, co-workers and strangers, we seek to behave in a Christlike manner. This should enable us to be the brightest lights we can in our communities and to experience God’s kingdom in every area of our lives.
Black: Two major goals of K.I.N.G. are to 1) improve the image of Black men (in the eyes of Blacks and others), and 2) to help unify men in the Body of Christ across racial, denominational and political lines. The color black encompasses both objectives. In modern times, the term Black has become descriptive of people of African descent. So one reason K.I.N.G. chose the color black to represent itself is to associate Black men with something godly and positive, just as the Bible does in Psalm 68:31. In regard to our second objective, from a scientific standpoint, the color black absorbs all colors and wavelengths and converts them into heat. K.I.N.G. seeks to absorb all colors (races) and wavelengths (denominations) of Bible-believing Christian men into its movement and believes that such unity is essential for America to “catch fire” (heat) for God and experience spiritual revival.
Silver: Psalm 12:6 says “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.’’ The men of K.I.N.G. strive to live according to God’s Word, which is tested and true. His Word is a firm and proven foundation and if we live by it, we will prosper and glorify God. Like silver that is tried in a furnace and comes out shining, our light and our life will shine if we as men stand on God’s “pure words.”
Purple: Purple symbolizes royalty in the Bible. In Esther 8:15, it is a part of royal apparel. It also stands for spiritual royalty since in Exodus 26:1 it is used to design the Tabernacle and the Temple. Under the New Covenant, we as individual believers are now the Temple of God so it is appropriate that we be clothed in purple. As men of K.I.N.G., more importantly as men of God, we are royalty.
To empower men to reach our God-given potential in every realm of life through the power and grace of The Lord Jesus Christ. To help us become the husbands, fathers, leaders, citizens and role models God created us to be. To present to our families, communities, nation and world an image of men as God-fearing, family-oriented, moral, loving, intelligent, responsible and productive. To glorify The Most High God by walking in true Biblical manhood.
Explanation: In fulfilling its stated mission, K.I.N.G. will improve the quality of life for individuals, families, communities and nations. In other words, the growth and success of K.I.N.G. will benefit society tremendously. By promoting Biblical manhood and helping men become the husbands and fathers God created us to be, we will reduce the rates of divorce, fatherlessness, child abuse and domestic violence. In helping men become the leaders, citizens and role models God created us to be, we will reduce society’s levels of crime, apathy, racism, injustice and inequality while raising its levels of mentorship, volunteerism and productivity.
David C. Banks
President and CEO of The Eagle Academy Foundation
David is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Eagle Academy Foundation. By empowering at-risk inner-city young men to become academic achievers and engaged citizens, the Eagle Academy Foundation and its network of public schools have become a national model of academic excellence and social success for urban young men. In 2010, Eagle Academy’s high school graduation rate of 87% more than doubled New York City’s rate of 43% for Black and Latino male students. Ninety-five percent of Eagle Academy’s students go on to college. Prior to becoming President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation, David was the founding principal of the first Eagle Academy in the Bronx, NY.
Pastor Calvin Duncan
Pastor of Faith and Family Church, Richmond, Va.
Before becoming the pastor of one of Virginia’s most vibrant churches, Calvin was a standout basketball player at Oak Hill Academy and Virginia Commonwealth University, where his No. 5 jersey is retired. An All-American at both schools, he went on to become a 1985 draft pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Traded along with Charles Oakley to the Chicago Bulls, Duncan turned down a multi-year contract offer from the Bulls to play for Athletes in Action, an evangelical Christian traveling team. Duncan never returned to the NBA but coached at both the college and professional levels. Happily married for more than two decades, Calvin is the proud father of three children.
Dr. Carl Ellis Jr.
Author, Minister, Professor; President of Project Joseph
Dr. Ellis is the President of Project Joseph, a ministry devoted to equipping Christians to minister to Muslims. He is also the Dean of Intercultural Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary. A pioneer thinker in the area of urban ministry and the development of African-American men, Dr. Ellis holds a B.A. from Hampton University, a M.A. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a D.Phil. from Oxford Graduate School. Carl is a sought-after speaker on the subjects of Islam and Racial Reconciliation. He has pastored in Tennessee, taught seminars for prison ministries and theological studies and authored several books, including “Free at Last? The Gospel in the African-American Experience.”
Dr. Joel Freeman
Entrepreneur, Historian; author of “Return to Glory: The Powerful Stirring of the Black Man’’
Dr. Freeman has a passion for dynamic, fun-filled excellence and his wide range of accomplishments and experiences testifies to that fact. He served as chaplain for the NBA’s Washington Bullets/Wizards for 19 years (’79-’98). He has traveled to more than 50 countries, become a Rosetta Stone history expert, had his Black history collection featured at the United Nations, created award-winning films, published a magazine and authored several books endorsed by such notables as Bill Cosby, Julius Erving, Steve Forbes, Ken Blanchard, Joe Frazier, Ben Carson and many others. He’s also a devoted husband and father.
Former NBA All-Star for the New York Knicks; Current Knicks Assistant General Manager
Allan is one of the greatest shooters the NBA has seen in the past 20 years. A two-time All-Star for the Knicks, he averaged 17.3 points over his 12-year career, including a career-best 22.5 points in the 2002-2003 season. He scored a career-high 53 points against the legendary Lakers team that included Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, and also won an Olympic gold medal as a member of Team USA in 2000. But Allan, a graduate from the University of Tennessee with a degree in African-American Studies, has always been much more than a basketball player. One of his proudest achievements is the creation of his Legacy Foundation, which has taught thousands of participants nationwide an original curriculum promoting fatherhood, entrepreneurship and spiritual growth. In addition to working for the Knicks, Allan stays busy by raising his seven children.
Dwight Howard Sr.
Former Georgia state trooper; father of NBA superstar Dwight Howard
Dwight is a retired Georgia State trooper and the father of NBA superstar Dwight Howard. Along with his wife Sheryl, he runs the Dwight and Sheryl Howard Foundation. Established in 2004, the foundation seeks to provide a culture of empowerment for youth and families that will enable them to realize their purpose in life and become change agents in the world.
Olympic Gold Medal Winner; Former NBA All-Star with the Milwaukee Bucks
Mike is one of basketball’s true success stories. Seemingly always overlooked, he surprised many by becoming a star at Ohio State University. Still underrated, he was bypassed in the first round of the 2000 NBA draft and was not selected until Milwaukee took him with the 43rd pick. Through hard work and determination, Mike went on to become one of the top shooters of his era, averaging 19 points over his 12-year career. A one-time All-Star who averaged 26.7 points in the 2006-2007 season, he won an Olympic gold medal with Team USA in 2008. Mike grew up the son of a pastor and after signing a $90 million contract with the Bucks in 2005, he bought his dad a new church building in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
ESPN Commentator, host of “His & Hers”
Michael is one of the brightest young personalities in the field of sports broadcasting. Hip, suave and insightful, he has distinguished himself among the talented crowd of commentators at ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Sports. In addition to his hosting duties on the daily show “His & Hers,” Michael occasionally makes appearances as a panelist on “Around the Horn” and “Sports Reporters.”
A native of New Orleans, Michael began his journalism career at the New Orleans Times-Picayune while still a student at Loyola University, serving as a sports reporter and copy editor before graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication in 2001. Michael spent three years working at one of the nation’s top newspapers, The Boston Globe, where he covered the New England Patriots in their march to Super Bowl victories in 2002 and 2004. He then joined ESPN as an NFL reporter for the network and ESPN.com. Soon, he was making regular appearances on SportsCenter, NFL Live and First Take as an NFL Insider. Michael has also worked as a correspondent on E:60, ESPN’s cutting-edge newsmagazine program.
Reverend Alfonso Wyatt
Minister, Allen A.M.E. Church, Queens, NY; Vice President, Jericho Faith-Based Technical Assistance Project
Rev. Wyatt has worked with three generations of young people as an educator, counselor, program developer, administrator, mentor and advocate. The son of two Baptist preachers, he is an ordained minister on the staff of The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York, where the Reverend Dr. Floyd Flake is pastor. He attended Howard University, Columbia Teacher’s College, The Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy, Columbia’s Institute for Not-for Profit Management, and New York Theological Seminary. He has served as an advisor for government programs, foundations, religious institutions, universities, youth organizations and non-profits around the country.
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