New Canaan Society: How one man's need launched a movement

April 22nd, 2014

By 1995 Jim Lane had learned first-hand that it’s lonely at the top. Despite his success at Goldman Sachs, he felt knew he needed to refocus his life. He felt isolated. He wanted a better relationship with his wife and children. And he wanted more time with God.

He realized that men in leadership need Christian brothers they can lean on when life gets tough. And he knew that if men like himself were going to succeed at being good leaders, as well as good husbands, good fathers and good citizens, they need God’s help and the help of other men. To address this need, Jim started a Bible study/fellowship group in his home with a few men he knew.

That’s how the New Canaan Society began: One man who realized he needed help being the man God created him to be. 

Verses that gird the mission of the New Canaan Society are ones we all—male and female— should take to heart.

Proverbs 27:17 - As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 - If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

Hebrews 3:13 - But encourage each other daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Do you have a group of Christian brothers or sisters that are there for you? If not, maybe God is calling you to find or start a group for mutual learning, friendship, and encouragement to become the men and women God created you be. 

Men, learn more about the New Canaan Society here. Women, check out 4wordwomen.org and Pure.   

 

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