Why NCS Exists: A little bit of history…
The New Canaan Society was started by Jim Lane in his New Canaan, Connecticut home. What began as an informal, small group on Friday mornings in the late 1990’s, steadily grew to become the New Canaan Society. There was an obvious need for faithful, honest men to gather together with the Great Commandment as a guide. To be a network of men joined by a common desire for deep and abiding friendship with Jesus, and lasting and transparent friendships with each other.
NCS is often described as Young Life for marketplace men. We are big on Jesus and low on “religion.”
The current culture today equates vulnerability with weakness, but we believe it can be a strength. At NCS we welcome imperfect men to a community of grace. We recognize that with the best intentions, we all fail to grow in our faith and embrace a true identity through Jesus. We encourage men to be the men that God has designed them to be, and our goal is to equip and encourage each other to become better husbands, fathers, sons, employees and friends.
New Canaan Society was officially launched as a non-profit in 2001. As men were introduced to NCS at annual retreats, the movement began to spread. In 2003, our second chapter was launched in Orlando. Others soon followed and since then NCS has grown to over 26,000 men involved in 65 local chapters nationwide, with 3 international chapters.
The goal of each chapter is to have a positive impact on men who can then be better servant leaders at home and in their communities.