NCS chapters are the heartbeat of what we do. In over 60 locations, local chapters are where men meet weekly or bi-weekly to hear a speaker share a personal story that challenges and gives insight into the kinds of real life situations many men are facing. A breakfast or other meal is almost always a part of the chapter meeting.
Chapter meetings are the place where guys enjoy each other’s company, learn how to support and pray for each other when and where it matters most.
At the center of this is the sense of community that comes from knowing God loves us, forgives us and accepts us just as we are and we need to do the same. NCS Chapter meetings are all about men who come to recognize their own brokenness and who see their need for other “brothers” to give life more meaning.
NCS National and Regional Retreats
About five years after NCS started, we added a significant element with our annual get together or National Retreat. Men from all Chapters converge for a time of relaxation, talks and teachings from a host of speakers, spiritual growth and a lot of camaraderie. The first national retreat in 1999 hosted forty-five men. Today, upwards of 800 will come together in an amazing display of esprit de corps (usually capped off with a late night cigar fest.)
At the national retreats, we are treated to internationally known speakers like Tim Keller and great musicians like Paul Baloche. But always the magic lies, not in what’s said from the podium or played on the music stage, but in brothers enjoying life together in shared meals, conversations and prayer. For many, once they experience the “magic” of an NCS Retreat… life can never be quite the same.