Ken Blanchard and Richard Abanes

May 10, 2008

A couple of weeks ago I contacted James Walker of Watchman Fellowship concerning Ken Blanchard continuing to endorse new age authors.

I did not receive a reply.

Last week I wrote to Phylis Hendry of ” Lead Like Jesus”  via email about Ken Blanchard continuing to endorse new age authors.

I did not receive a reply.

We find in Richard Abanes book Rick Warren and the Purpose That Drives Him” the following quote on page 130.

I personally contacted the leadership of Blanchard’s “Lead Like Jesus” organization in mid May 2005, and at that time I began helping them draft a public statement addressing these sensitive issues. Then, in a May 24, 2005, email to me, the Lead Like Jesus president-Phylis Hendry-assured me that Blanchard was not seeking to endorse any non-Christian beliefs by lending his name to various books. Instead, he had been a victim of lack of knowledge concerning the full consequences of what various non-Christians were believing and teaching-and as a result fell prey to those who wanted to use his name and celebrity status to help them. Efforts to assist Blanchard are ongoing.” end quote

Lets take a look at part of the statement Blanchard made on July 21 2005 and then on July 22, 2005.

First a short quote from the July 21, 2005 statement

Recently, it has been brought to my attention that some of my endorsements and book forewords have been bothersome to some brothers and sisters in Christ because a number of the authors espouse concepts which are in conflict with Christian teachings. After further study and discussions with other followers of Jesus who I respect and admire, including the staff at Watchman Fellowship, I understand why these are problematic and will exercise better discernment in future endorsements.” end quote

Then a short quote from the July 22, 2005 statement.

Recently, it was brought to my attention that some of my endorsements and book forewords are for books written by authors who espouse concepts that are contrary to Christian teachings.  I did not realize that this was the case when I wrote these endorsements and forewords.  But now after further study and discussions with other followers of Jesus whom I respect and admire, including the staff at Watchman Fellowship, I understand why these are problematic and I promise that I will exercise better discernment in the future.” end quote
For the record links to these quote’s from The Lead Like Jesus” website no longer work to even the second quote which was revised.
The first question I thought was why does a writer of such caliber such as Ken Blanchard need to have Richard Abanes prepare a public statement for him and Lead Like Jesus?
Of course you will need to come to your own conclusions on this.
Notice here some observations from Bud Press as well.
Prior to sending his July 21, 2005 letter to Ken Blanchard (see below), Bud Press of Christian Research Service contacted Blanchard’s Lead Like Jesus organization on July 19, 2005, spoke to Lisa LeClair, explained that he was in the process of writing Blanchard an e-mail letter to share his love and concerns, then asked how could he be assured that Blanchard would receive the letter.


LeClair stated that Phyllis Hendry, President of Lead Like Jesus, would make sure that Blanchard would receive the letter, and suggested that Press send the letter to both her and Hendry. LeClair then stated, “We’ll make sure he gets it.”


After LeClair provided her and Hendry’s e-mail addresses, Press thanked her for her kindness and assistance, explained that Blanchard was loved, and that the letter would share some concerns.


On July 21, 2005, the first of two of Ken Blanchard’s statements appeared on the homepage of the Lead Like Jesus website. This prompted another call from Press to the Lead Like Jesus headquarters in Augusta, Georgia. When asked if Blanchard received Press’ July 21 letter, Lisa LeClair stated, “Yes. Thank you for that. I’m glad you shared that. He’s learning a lot through this.” She continued saying that Blanchard “wants to glorify God” and “make sure things are right.”


So there would be no doubt whatsoever, Press asked LeClair if she knew for sure if Blanchard received the letter. LeClair stated, “Yes, he did. He is reviewing it, along with Dr. David Jeremiah. Thank you.” LeClair told Press that Lead Like Jesus wants unity among the body of Christ, that God would be glorified and truth proclaimed.


Concerning the appearance, disappearance and reappearance of Ken Blanchard’s statement on the Lead Like Jesus website, LeClair told Press that the July 21 statement was removed because Blanchard wanted to make sure everything he wants to say is right, to the extent of picking it apart “sentence by sentence.” LeClair hoped the statement would reappear “next week,” that they want to glorify God and not “cause division within the body of Christ,” and that Blanchard doesn’t have a “seminary degree.”


LeClair said that Blanchard’s first statement was placed on the website at about 5pm [EST/Georgia, 7/21/05], that it was removed because they want to make sure, because people are saying a lot, and that after prayer they “wanted to look over it again” to make sure it was right. LeClair encouraged Press to pray for Blanchard, because all Blanchard wants is “unity” within the body of Christ, because Satan wants to “kill and destroy” and have “half-truths” that “aren’t totally true.”


Press assured LeClair that both he and his colleagues love Blanchard, then asked if she knew if Blanchard would respond to the letter. LeClair said she did not know, that she had not talked to Blanchard, but Phyllis Hendry did. Press said he hoped to hear from Blanchard, unless Blanchard wants his statement to speak for itself.


On July 22, 2005, Ken Blanchard’s second statement–which underwent extensive revision when compared to his July 21 statement–appeared on his Lead Like Jesus website. While Blanchard proclaims his belief in Jesus, as with his first statement, there is no admission of sin and repentance; no mention of the removal of his name from books written by New Age authors; no mention of his immediate departure and total separation from New Age organizations such as the Hoffman Institute and Heartland Circle; and no mention of the removal of New Agers from his Lead Like Jesus Board of Directors; only the recognition that his longtime promotions of the New Age Movement are “problematic,” along with the promise to “exercise better discernment in the future.”




The facts are that Ken Blanchard continues to promote New Age authors and books.

As of this writing, six months have passed since Blanchard’s 7/22/05 statement (refer to CRS’s September 20, 2005 UPDATE ON KEN BLANCHARD and Letter to Ken Blanchard). Therefore, it is important to note that:


— A flash picture of Ken Blanchard now appears on the homepage of the Hoffman Institute’s website ( ), along with another endorsement of the The Hoffman Process.

Blanchard’s name appears on page 7 of the Hoffman Institute’s Autumn 2005 LIGHT News newsletter, under “Advisory Board.”

— Blanchard continues to endorse the Hoffman Institute, and remains a member of the Hoffman Institute’s Board of Advisors.

— The “Spirituality in Business-An interview with Ken Blanchard, Ph.D,” is still available on the Hoffman Institute’s website. This same interview is on the Hoffman Institute International website and other foreign websites connected directly to the Hoffman Institute. 

Blanchard’s endorsement of Tim Laurence’s book, The Hoffman Process, is still available on the Hoffman Institute’s website.

“The Ken Blanchard Companies” are still listed as one of the “ATTENDEES” of the Heartland Circle’s Thought Leader Gatherings

The Heartland Circle’s newslettercontains an advertisement of Marc Lesser’s book, Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration: How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work And Your Life, along with the following endorsement by Ken Blanchard: “‘There is an urgent need for all of us to walk our faith in the marketplace. Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration by Marc Lesser will surely help. Read, rejoice, and start practicing.'” According to this Book Description, the “practice of Zen” Buddhism guides, and provides strength and insight to Lesser, who utilizes “his training as a Zen practitioner” as he “learns to apply specific teachings such as the eight-fold path directly to work and life.”News from the Heartland

— Ken Blanchard’s July 22, 2005 statement has been removed from his Lead Like Jesus website, and replaced with “HTTP 404 FILE NOT FOUND.”

In spite of Ken Blanchard’s “promise” that he “will exercise better discernment in the future” six months ago, and James Walker stating that “Mr Blanchard was not only willing to admit to this error but, to also make assurances to take corrective action for the future” six months ago, Blanchard endorses Jon Gordon’s book:


“‘Jon Gordon is a master at teaching people the power of positive energy. If you want to increase your joy and effectiveness, as well as your energy level, read this book.” –Ken Blanchard'” (The 10-Minute Energy Solution: A Proven Plan to Increase Your Energy, Reduce Your Stress, and Transform Your Life, Penguin Group, Inc., January 2006, back cover).


And in Blanchard’s latest endorsement of a Jon Gordon book, he leads the reader to get onboard “the right bus;” a bus fueled by New Age “positive energy”: 

If you want to fuel your family, your career, your team, and your organization with spirit, read this book. Jon’s energy and advice will leap off the page and help you cultivate positive energy in everything you do—and you will make the world a better place for your having been here. Thanks, Jon, for pumping us up and making sure we get on the right bus. [The Energy Bus, January 2007, ]


And still even in 2007 Blanchard endorses new ager Jim Ballards book.


But Blanchard’s most disturbing statements in the Foreword of Little Wave and Old Swell opens a floodgate of deception for unwary Christians, and serves to cause further distancing between Yogananda devotees and Jesus Christ:

“Some people might ask why a follower of Jesus is writing the foreword for a book inspired by an Indian guru. The fact is, Yogananda loved Jesus, and Jesus would have loved Yogananda. Every year, the Self-Realization Fellowship headquarters in Los Angeles–as well as all its temples and meditation groups throughout the world–hold a full-day Christmas event. It is a time of reverent reflection, with periodic interruptions to listen to taped messages of Yogananda’s love for Jesus and his teachings. The way I see it, love is love. [pp. viii-ix]

And on the homepage of Jim Ballard’s website, Blanchard encourages the reader to, “Enjoy this story. Read it many times. Let it speak to your heart and reintroduce you to the wonder that breathes from everything in the world” (




So has Ken Blanchard kept his promise from 2005?

You decide.

Richard Abanes as well who endorces the new age practice of centering prayer.

(You can Find Abanes endorsement in his book Rick Warren and the Purpose That Drives Him on page 137 which Abanes mistakenly comes to the conclusion that centering prayer can be a form of practice for Christians. In reality there in no new age practice of centering prayer versus Christian practice of centering prayer. The root and base of this ritual is found in the occult not Christianity.)

What role does author Richard Abanes play in all this?

You decide.





3 Responses to “Ken Blanchard and Richard Abanes”

  1. Stop Lying. I only warn you for your own good. The scriptures regarding bearing false witness and slander are many, even equating a “false witness” with deceit (see Prov. 12:17). Consider, too, the following verses:

    ” Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” (Ex. 23:1).

    “Be not a witness against thy neighbor without cause; and deceive not with thy lips” (Prov. 24:28).

    “[D]o not love perjury; for all these are what I hate, declares the LORD” (Zech 8:17).

    “[H]e who spreads slander is a fool” (Prov. 10:18).

  2. Richard its really easy to just drive by and say stop lying.
    What in this article is a lie?
    Show me the untruth.
    Your above statement doesnt say anything.
    Where is the falsehood in this article.
    Which part of the information I put up untrue or inaccurate?
    Because if there is anything in my article thats a lie I will immediatly pull it and repent.
    So show me where is the lie?
    Tim Wirth

  3. Im guessing here Abanes but its about my statement on you endorsing centering prayer that was taken from your book.
    There is only one form of centering prayer and that is New Age. Thats the root. Thats where the Desert father and the early practichioners borrowed this practice from.
    I state again the practice of centering prayer is New Age period.
    Just because someone calls something Christian does not mean it is.
    Many people are calling the revival in Lakeland Florida and Todd Bently a Christian revival.
    I can assure you this is not.
    When you endorse centering prayer you endorse a new age practice.

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