James Anderson, the President of the New Canaan Society, shares the importance of telling our stories–transparently and authentically. He starts by telling the unpleasant but sacred story of how God brought him from empty “success” (from Hollywood to a wildly successful real estate career selling homes to celebrities) to fulfilling “significance” through Focus on the Family and now NCS. With great humility, Anderson talks about the seeds and depth of his fall and the tremendous grace (both from God and a loving wife) that lifted him back up. He also reflects on how sharing “our story” leads to friendship, friendship lead us to a “better story” and friendship with Jesus draws us into God’s “bigger story”.
Our brudder Peter Hawkins shares the basis for his confidence that God hears and answers our prayers (although not necessarily in the way we hoped). From miraculous healings to winning a “David v. Goliath” legal battle to protect his son against a powerful institution, Peter has seen the awesome power of prayer personally in his life. He also describes the important role that the prayer and support of NCS Energy Groups has played in his life. It is an inspiring story.
What does it really mean to “show up” for each other as “brudders” and “do life together”? Wiley Mullins, co-founder of NCS Fairfield/The Journey, shares his vision for the extraordinary possibilities a COMMUNITY like NCS represents for us as leaders, fathers, husbands, neighbors and friends in our everyday lives.
With great energy and classic NCS humor, Jason Pankau helps us understand the Great Commission by going deeper into what it means to be a disciple. Sharing his own struggles and the role mentors have played in his life, Pankau explains what it means to be in a “covenant” friendship and why we need mentors and mentees in order to grow in our faith. Jason’s insights can help every NCS brudder gain a better understanding of the transparent and authentic friendships that are at the core of NCS and NCS Energy Groups.
John Guest’s talk began with a detour. After Jim Lane shared some thoughts on the importance of Energy Groups following the suicide of an NCS brother, John shared how his own father’s suicide had impacted his life. John urged all present to get involved in Energy Groups–to be in close relationship with other men. With the time remaining, John then came back to his original topic. The focus of his message was on the importance of making a real faith commitment–getting off the fence. When he finished, you could hear a pin drop. John Guest