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The Impactus Story

In Articles, Discipleship & Mentoring, Men’s Ministry by Kirk Giles

Pressing Into A New Name / A New Calling

Every man wants his life to count. I have never met a man who tells me he hopes to fail as a husband, father, worker, or any other number of responsibilities we have. We all want to know our lives have a clear purpose and have made a difference. But how do we get there on life’s journey?

Some of us are working hard to be good men, but we do not know if what we are doing matters. Some of us are stuck because we have failed, or we are afraid to fail, so we never realize our full potential. Other men are content to not take life too seriously but end up leaving a trail of brokenness around them. There are men who always need control and power, and they also leave a trail of broken lives.

We have our toys and our technology, but they never really satisfy because we always need whatever else is new.

We are at best overwhelmed and, at worst, confused about what it means to be a man. We have very few coaches to point us in the right direction.

Twenty-five years ago, the mission of Promise Keepers Canada began. Our primary focus was to call men to gather at major men’s conferences and challenge them to live out the 7 Promises of a Promise Keeper. Many men will say that some of their most impactful spiritual moments have come at these events. God has been faithful to use these conferences to shape the lives of more men than we can possibly count.

Three years ago, God began to show the leadership of Promise Keepers Canada something new. We have prayed and listened. We debated and prayed some more. As a ministry, we are convinced God is calling us to something new and more significant than we could have imagined 25 years ago. I wish I could bring you into the multiple stories where God confirmed this was the direction He wanted for men and for us. As a team, we are convinced God wants to multiply His mission for the hearts and lives of men, and it is time to go.

We are excited to introduce you to Impactus. The meaning of this Latin word is to “press closely into something.” Jesus once told us, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

Do you see what Jesus is saying to us? If we want our lives to count, the only way is to press into our walk with Jesus and receive Him pressing His life into ours. Through Jesus, we get clarity of what it means to be a real man (Romans 8:29). He gives us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). As men, if we want to know our lives have a clear purpose and have made an impact—we need to press into the things that matter most. We need to take hold of the eternal life that is ours (1 Timothy 6:12) and train ourselves for godliness (1 Timothy 4:7-8).

It is time for a new generation of men to press in.

Impactus is all about equipping men for a life of purpose and godly impact. It is a new name that will stand side by side with the name Promise Keepers Canada. But it is so much more than a name. This new step as a ministry will reach and support more men than we have ever been able to before. We are no longer primarily about one large men’s conference in a year. Instead, we are standing with multiple generations of men like you who want to build a life that matters.

We will continue the tradition of the Promise Keepers Canada men’s conferences, but Impactus will:

  • Reach generations of men who primarily learn and interact online.
  • Open the doors to helping men around the world to know and follow Jesus.

What does this all mean?

Later this summer, you will see launched with incredible tools to equip you for a life of purpose and godly impact. We will be adding new content every day to coach you in different areas of life. When you go to, it will automatically redirect you to Bookmark this site and come back regularly — share it with other men to help equip them.

In addition to the conferences and workshops we have come to know with Promise Keepers Canada, Impactus will provide online live events, workshops, and small groups for men. It will also continue to feature new videos, podcasts, and more!

We will begin to use the Impactus name instead of Promise Keepers Canada for many resources that can be used online and beyond the borders of Canada. In short, we have been limited in how we can serve men globally, but we have heard many people in other countries ask us for help. Now, we will be able to keep serving the men of Canada as our home but be prepared to partner with other countries to help men walk with Jesus.

The Promise Keepers Canada conferences this year are scheduled to use the theme name of Impactus. The journey of these events will help you understand more of the heart and vision behind the name. Bring some men with you.

I know for some of you who may be long-time supporters or friends of the ministry, it may feel like a loss to not be focused entirely on the name Promise Keepers. This is something I can personally relate to. I have invested my life in the ministry of Promise Keepers Canada for twenty-four years. I know what it feels like to be impacted by something in such a profound way and to feel like there is a radical change happening. Let me say two things God has taught me in this journey. First, this is not the end of Promise Keepers Canada — it is the next chapter. Second, this has never been about Promise Keepers Canada. From day one, this mission has always been about Jesus. A name is a means to an end of accomplishing His mission.

We are living in very uncertain days, but we have never been more confident that God wants to help more men have a life of purpose and godly impact.

Let’s press in together to God’s vision for being a man.

Kirk Giles
Kirk Giles is the President of Promise Keepers Canada | Impactus. However, his most important roles as a man are husband to Shannon and father to Carter, Joshua, Sydney and Samuel. He is also the author of The Seasons of Fatherhood.
Kirk Giles
Kirk Giles is the President of Promise Keepers Canada | Impactus. However, his most important roles as a man are husband to Shannon and father to Carter, Joshua, Sydney and Samuel. He is also the author of The Seasons of Fatherhood.