New CEO of nation's largest prison ministry to speak to local businessmen
Updated 11:39 am, Friday, September 2, 2011
On Sept. 9, Jim Liske, the new CEO of Prison Fellowship, will be the guest speaker at a local society of Christian businessmen.
Prison Fellowship is the organization founded by Chuck Colson, of Watergate fame, and is the nation's largest prison ministry. The local New Canaan Society chapter meets in Darien at Ten Twenty Post Oyster Bar and Grill (1020 Post Road). Doors open at 6 a.m., breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. and the meeting concludes by 8:15 a.m. The charge for the meeting (including breakfast) is $10, and all men are welcome. The local NCS chapter serves, and has members from, many area communities, including Darien, Rowayton, New Canaan, Stamford, Greenwich, Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield, Ridgefield and Danbury.
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Jim Liske joined Prison Fellowship as CEO in July, after serving for nine years as the senior pastor at Ridge Point Community Church in western Michigan. Under Liske's leadership, Ridge Point began a para-church organization that helps newly released prisoners deal with addiction recovery challenges, find employment, and transition back into the community. Liske grew up on a family farm in Michigan, where he gained a strong work ethic and a firm foundation in the Christian faith. He sensed a call to full-time ministry as a young man and in 1986 earned a master's of divinity from Denver Seminary in Denver, Colo. Since then, he has led churches and organizations in the United States and Canada.
Prison Fellowship is a national, nonprofit organization founded in 1976 by former Nixon aide Charles Colson. Colson was incarcerated for Watergate-related charges and could not forget those he had left behind prison walls. He launched Prison Fellowship to give prisoners the opportunity to experience the radically transforming power that he had already experienced.
The local NCS chapter meets most Friday mornings at Ten Twenty Post. A full calendar of events and scheduled guests can be found at www.ncsnewcanaan.org NCS also holds an annual retreats, which in the fall of 2011 will be in Monterey, Calif., and in the spring of 2012 will be in Washington, D.C. For more information on the New Canaan Society and its events, call 203-594-7100.
The New Canaan Society, which was started by a few marketplace men in a New Canaan family room in 1995 and now has dozens of chapters around the country, is a network of men joined by a common desire for a deep and abiding friendship with Jesus, and lasting and transparent friendships with each other. Through friendship, they help each other become the husbands, fathers, leaders and men. All of this begins in the NCS community, but it soon spills over into the community where they live and work.