A note from “The General”

Greetings Brothers!

How many of you can say that you are intentional in your faith?

It’s what many of us strive for…but how well do we actually make it happen?

When I think about intentionality in my faith, I think about being purposeful in both word and deed. It’s about making thoughtful choices to live out my faith and taking care to actively engage with others in my life to turn faithful words into faithful actions. Recently, a few of us got an opportunity to be truly intentional.

In September, Bill McClain, Kalim Andraos and I traveled to Charlotte for the inaugural NCS Chapter Leadership Development Conference. The participants were thirty-five men who were both veterans in the NCS movement as well as newcomers eager to launch chapters in cities up and down the East Coast. For 24 hours, we gathered to make an investment in our relational network and support the future leaders in the movement.

Back in 2005 when I co-founded the NCS Winston Salem chapter with 11 other men, I developed a chapter launch plan that would eventually become the “Chapter Playbook,” a PDF file to help men form new chapters. This was followed by personal coaching from NCS Executive Partner James Anderson, shortly after his arrival in 2014. The playbook and coaching helped many a new chapter get off the ground.

But now, with almost twenty years of history, I felt it was time for more. So we developed a relationally rich cohort framework to intentionally connect new leaders into the NCS network with context, clarity of vision/mission and lessons learned from the experience of other chapters.

I felt it was important to recount the history of NCS as an [1] Ebenezer to remind us of what God has done with this movement of men. So, I asked Paul Michalski to record our history as a Holy Spirit lead network of men. Through this curation of history, we were able to share the intentional prayers of women in New Canaan, Connecticut over the years, asking God to form a group of faithful men. Click HERE to see the video.