K.I.N.G.: How it Materialized and What Inspired it
Chris Broussard believes that Christians should be the worldwide leaders in unity.
The ESPN NBA insider used his substantial platform to jumpstart K.I.N.G., which stands for Knowledge, Inspiration and Nurture through God, last year, a non-profit organization bent on—as the banner of the official website reads—“Empowering Men through the Lord Jesus Christ.”
When Broussard became a Christian, an evangelistic fire was lit beneath him.
“I felt like of a lot of the problems I was seeing in society, whether it was divorce, teenage pregnancy, crime, or racism—the answer was a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” Broussard told Wade-O Radio. “When I got saved, it changed my morals. I felt like if other people got to know the Lord, then it would change their [morals] as well and it would make our country a better place.”
That’s when Broussard said Jeremiah 20:9 kicked in and he could no longer enclose the fire in his bones.
Around 2009, Chris Broussard introduced the idea of the K.I.N.G. Movement to Malik Carey, the youth minister at Bethany Church in West Orange, N.J. The pitch thrilled Carey, who carried the same passion for men’s ministry. They started building and attracting support for the movement, and today it has approximately 150 members nationwide.
K.I.N.G. Movement’s mission statement reads as follows.
“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.”
God’s grace inspired the creation of the K.I.N.G. Movement and directed Broussard’s desire to impact culture. Broussard surrendered his life to Christ in spite of the lack of godly men around him.
“When I first got convicted, I really didn’t see any men I knew that were living for the Lord,” said Broussard. “If I had seen other men I could relate to walking with the Lord boldly, then I think that would have had a major impact on me and I may have been saved earlier in my life.”
His brother and close friend fell victim to the absence of a bold Christian male influence. They joined the Nation of Islam.
“My brother actually told me the reason he became a Muslim instead of a Christian was because the men in the mosque were more like the men in the Bible than the men he saw at church,” said Broussard.
This motivated Broussard to create a visible movement of men unabashedly loving and walking with the Lord. The men would strengthen and support one another as well as be witnesses to the world.
Those are different goals, but ones which work with each other in an attempt to cripple the church’s perceived hypocrisy.
“When the world looks at the division in the church, they say, ‘Pshh, that’s of God? You can’t even get along. What’s so great about your God?’” said Broussard. “I believe if we were able to unite and really work together to promote God’s kingdom rather than our own personal agenda, we would have more of an impact on culture.”
The tension between reformed and health-and-wealth circles in the church intensified this month when Shai Linne accused a dozen high-profile prosperity preachers of being “Fal$e Teacher$.” One of those preachers’ sons, Bradley Knight (son of Paula White) responded with an open letter to the artist.
Broussard’s brother and close friend criticized him for adopting the Christian faith by calling it “the white man’s religion.”
Many Christians talk about the nation’s need to return to a time earlier in its history. They say America was founded as a great Christian, Biblical and godly nation.
“That offends people of color tremendously,” said Chris Broussard. “That’s a major turn off to anybody who’s of color because America’s foundations were built on white supremacy.”
K.I.N.G. Movement has set out to shine a previously-absent light of Christian men, particularly in the black community, who shatter racist and hypocritical stereotypes within the church.
Editor’s Note: DJ Wade-O is on the K.I.N.G. Board of Directors.