Vision and Executive Summary
Friendship is the Key to growing Men’s Community in Christ
- Vision – To provide an engaging, authentic, fun community for men which enables them to grow as husbands, fathers, friends and citizens while building deep and long lasting relationships all under God’s banner.
- Overview – NCS Cincinnati seeks to replicate the successful model of the New Canaan Society (www.newcanaansociety.org) while adding its own unique character. The men’s society has regular semi monthly meetings morning meetings at members’ homes or in a non-church setting focusing on members’ life stories while having occasional guest speakers.
- Our Members – Are typically marketplace men with an interest in growing or learning about Christ. This does not mean only corporate executives. It means all men that are or have been earning a living (basically everyone).
- Friendship Focus – Great friendships come first. The rest seems to follow naturally. NCS puts its effort into a community of great friendships, believing that whatever else is needed to sustain and grow these friendships will be discovered and accepted along the way.
- Fun and Humor – NCS is the opposite of business. NCS meetings are usually sprinkled with jokes, food and camaraderie. NCS worships God with its lives, not just with words. So we gather with enthusiasm and we just live life together. We look for those with God-given gifts that foster this atmosphere – a musician, a comedian, a gentle host, a chef, a natural teacher, a welcoming connector – whomever God brings, NCS plugs them in.
- Prayer – Communications with God. NCS encourages and models regular honest prayer.
- Philosophical Origins – Moving men toward the Hebraic model of community for the deepest sense of identity as contrasted with the isolated rational control of destiny Greek model idealized by modern society.
- Vulnerability – If men are truly going to help each other through a fallen world, they need to let others in. Everyone gets bruised. NCS offers a place where someone can put an arm around a hurting buddy and say “I’ve been there brother”.
- Safety – What is talked about at NCS stays at NCS
We encourage regular attendees to join an Energy Group, which is a group of four to six guys who meet together throughout the year. Every other week we meet after the speaker talks for 30 minutes, and we encourage the guys to get together for a meal once a month in a more relaxed setting. We have found that strong friendship takes the investment of time, but the return on that investment is terrific. As one of our speakers said, “if guys spent more time in friendship with each other and could discuss their temptations, they would need to spend less time asking for the forgiveness of their sins.”
We believe in creating an environment where all men are welcome, no matter what they do for a living, or what mistakes they have made in their lives. We believe that grace is critical to our community. In addition, we want to encourage men to be better husbands, sons, fathers, friends, co-workers and servants, and we help men to set goals to achieve this objective.
All of our speakers are followers of Jesus, but attendees need not have any specific faith view. We regularly refer to scripture, and we encourage men to learn more about Jesus’ life and teachings. Men are attracted to transformational stories, and we have been blessed with many wonderful speakers who have inspired and encouraged us.
We invite you to come check us out. You will find a community of men who are committed to each other, who laugh together (we don’t take ourselves too seriously) and walk with each other through life’s challenges.
About the New Canaan Society
Nationally over 10,000 men meet weekly across 52 chapters nationwide. Each chapter has its own flavor and is directed locally.
Built around a group of 4-8 guys a chapter will eventually produce small G.A.S groups where deeper friendships are born and built. G.A.S. groups typically meet on the off weeks of the chapter meetings. Many chapters will do a dinner once a quarter or something else social.
Once a year the movement has an opportunity to be together at the National Retreat Weekend in March.