In September, NCS Austin celebrated their three-year anniversary of launching on September 11th of 2016 with a small group of guys. Their chapter now averages between 30-40 guys meeting on the first and third Fridays from 7 AM to 8:30 AM at the Barton Creek Country Club.
Several of their founding members and leadership team were previously involved with other NCS chapters. “The Austin chapter essentially took the NCS Silicon Valley playbook and we made it our own script,” said Brent Dusing. When asked about their meeting location at the Barton Creek Country Club, they said “When we started it was suggested to us that we meet in a place with some sophistication if we wanted to attract a sophisticated group. That has been very true for us and worth the effort and investment.“
The Austin chapter uses the concept of “Elders“ made up of a group of their committed members who make a conscience effort to meet and welcome new men. They also take on the responsibility to follow up with first time guests and reaching out to regular attenders who have not been seen in awhile, or follow up with men who have shared about something difficult going on in their lives at the moment. “We have a lot of members who take ownership in the success of our chapter and step up to do things that make the chapter stronger, such as activities, speakers, events, retreats, and taking on the role of hosting and some administration.”
Talk about why Austin is an important city to have a thriving NCS chapter.
“We believe Austin is important because it is the fastest growing city in America. It is also a vibrant technology hub and the only tech hub in a traditionally conservative state. Austin has a thriving economy in industries that matter to America as a whole. Because of that growth, many people come to Austin without relationships and need a place to connect. Austin can be a place of great isolation and an easy place to be invisible, although it can also be a tight community if you invest in it.”
What does the Austin chapter do well? What are you known for?
“We are a group of men committed to their work, excellence, and making a difference. NCS is a place to meet like-minded individuals where you can be encouraged in your faith and your work. One of the things we are proud of is the caliber of men who attend NCS and that we have a huge multi-generational group ranging in age from 26 to 72 years old.”
Tell us about what an Austin chapter meeting looks like.
“Our meeting is often a speaker who shares his story in a personal way that is applicable to all of us. Usually our speaker is one of our guys sharing his story or leading a discussion on one area or topic that’s really close to him, such as children, money, marriage, pornography, balancing humility and power, or a multitude of other topics. We emphasize the time to share and interact with each other on the topic. Once our attendance got to 20 guys we had to shift into smaller groups so that discussion time can still be accomplished. It is hard to hide in our group, being known in our group can happen relatively quickly for those who make a point of attending regularly.”
We have seen a lot of awesome stories of change coming through the men in our group. We’ve seen men find freedom from long-term issues, spiritual and emotional baggage, and find freedom from fear and anxiety. Men who are Type A personalities carry a lot of worldly baggage and stress. NCS Austin is the place where we understand that and we help men find liberation from that way of life.”
To our NCS Brothers, if you are ever in Austin, we hope you’ll come join our meeting and meet the men of NCS Austin.
In October, Austin hosted one of our fall events, “Artificial Intelligence and it’s effect on human thriving from a kingdom perspective.” We had a vibrant panel discussion led by experts from around the world as part of the NCS initiative on Thought Leadership within our Communities.”