My CLC Experience

A few Men comment on their “CLC Experience”


  • CLC has had a significant impact on my life. I feel I have furthered my spiritual growth and realize that it takes action to continue on this pathway. Maintaining weekly accountability for the curriculum and to my group has hopefully fostered good habits for long term spiritual growth. Sharing life with a group of men who have supported, challenged, loved, and prayed for me is indescribable! I should have signed up sooner-ran out of excuses-but glad God did not give up on me!

  • CLC is a must for any man looking to grow a deeper more pure relationship with God and other men and to better understand his role as the leader and the man God has called him to be in every area of his life.

  • CLC is the single best thing I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of. As a result, I have developed quality relationships with other faithful, like minded, Godly men. I entered this group seeking and in need of a deeper relationship with God and a stronger foundation of biblical principles in my life. God used CLC as an answer to my needs and prayers, blessing me with all of this and more. At the beginning I saw a diverse group of acquaintances with one thing in common, seeking a closer walk with God and other Godly men, By the end of the two years I saw a committed band of Christian Brothers!

  • Providentially, someone in our Sunday school class invited me to attend a meeting about a men’s Bible study. The men who had been in it were really fired up about it so I went to the informational meeting — and I dragged two of my friends along. This so called "Bible study", CLC (Christian Leadership Concepts) was so much more and turned out to be God's platform to transform my life. During the informational meeting one of the men who had been in the group told a very moving story about how his group supported him after the sudden death of one of his young sons. I was sold and coaxed my two friends into joining what ended up being a pivotal moment for my faith. The emphasis of this "journer" is on becoming a Christian leader — in one’s family, church, community and business. There is also an accountability factor that the members of each small group bring to each other. After finishing the CLC curriculum in a little over two years, I took a year off and then recruited and led a group of my own.

    While the previous paragraph may seem to be a commercial for CLC, the broader point is that leaders need to be in community with other leaders. And Christian believers, men particularly, need the community of other Christian men. Most of the guys in both of my groups were in high stress careers and they needed their CLC group for support in the major areas of their life. They needed a path to guide them to reach their potential as leaders in each aspect of their lives. They weren’t getting this support anywhere else. It’s like having a board of directors for your life.


  • When I think of my CLC experience, there is one thing that stands out and shouts at me. I can actually remember the day that my marriage was transformed, and it was in the "Leading My Family" section. Since then, my wife and I have been seeking to be the picture of Messiah and His Church, and it is absolutely beautiful! This one part of my life has overflowed into almost all other aspects; work, extended family, friends, etc.


  • I am currently co-facilitating my third CLC group and wrote up an evaluation form for the guys to get feedback on their experience after this first four months. I was particularly struck by their answer to the question "What is the one thing you would want to communicate to men who are considering joining a CLC group and who have never had this experience?" They said:
  • ​You will never get this opportunity for transformation elsewhere.
  • To drop any pretensions you may have and realize you can grow a lot thru this group.
  • Do it. Very exhilarating experience.
  • Do it.  It is real.
  • Every follower/man of God should do this, it is life-changing and eye-opening. Fruitful!


  • God had used my CLC experience to have a huge Impact on my life. The first few modules really gave me an opportunity to focus on my heart relationship with God and has helped foster an intensity and urgency to spiritual leadership. The transformation of some of the men in our group has been very encouraging. Seeing God can take a long-time Christian and give him a changed heart has been priceless. CLC has caused me to intentionally consider what I believe, how my faith was formed, how it has perhaps changed and grown, and what I should be doing to pass along a disciple-like faith to my family, co-workers, friends, etc. CLC has strengthened my faith in a way I wasn't expecting. It has caused me to examine why I believe what I do and has strengthened my faith in a way I wasn't expecting.

  • CLC has been at the core of my spiritual growth. I was a Christian with a fair amount of truth and knowledge, however after CLC I have a deeper faith and acknowledge my role a a follower of Jesus Christ. Equipping leaders for a lifetime of leadership for Jesus is the essence of CLC. Those who have been a part of CLC the groups at our church have gone on to be more involved in God's work there. There is something about going through CLC with a group from my church that makes it special. The role our wives play because of the familiarity is strong.

  • I've never opened up to a group of guys like I did even on the CLC overnight kickoff. It has showed me that to have good friends - REAL friends - I have to be willing to open myself up. I've shared things with those guys that I have never shared with anyone else. I find having relationships with guys like this is liberating to my soul.No pretenses, no false expectations - just real life - with all of the chaos and roller-coaster emotions that go with it. Besides the relationships, it was nice to have the concepts laid out in a curriculum that built upon itself with each module. I grew up in a Christian home, went to a Christian High School and Christian College. Many of those concepts were not unfamiliar to me; the challenge came from having the accountability of the other guys going through it at the same time. It was almost like learning the concepts again for the first time as CLC challenged me to apply them, not just learn them.

  • I have grown tremendously spiritually through CLC. My wife has noticed a big difference in my attitude and desire to be as much like Jesus as I can.

  • CLC has opened my eyes to what it truly means to be a Man After God's Own Heart. I was also able to connect with men of our church on a deeper level & establish bonds/friendships that you don't get from seeing them in Sunday School or church on Sunday/Wednesday nights. Half way through the two year program, my daughter's marriage was rocked by infidelity. I was able to deal with the situation with the grace of redemption and forgiveness of my sins to help understand the situation. Fortunately, their faith has allowed them to reconcile and have been intimately involved with faith based counseling. The insight given me through CLC helped me and my wife get through this very difficult time and move our marriage to a different place than it would have otherwise.

  • Through CLC God has changed the way I look at my life - the reason I am here! I now have purpose and direction as never before. I want to be a catalyst for changing others who are seeking a greater meaning with God.

  • The CLC experience has changed my life by creating a deeper understanding of the bible and how God wants me to use my life to further the kingdom.  The relationships developed with these 11 men have transformed my personal, business, and spiritual life forever.

  • CLC has taken my relationship with God to a deeper level. It has opened my eyes to so many spiritual elements that either weren't in my life or certainly weren't as prevalent as they could have been.  It has also introduced me to nearly a dozen other men of God, creating friendships that I believe will last the rest of this life and into the next.

  • CLC has taught me over the years that it is better to do life together. I am better today because the way my brothers in this group helped me grow towards Jesus. I also learned that if you want authentic relationship with other believers, you yourself have to be authentic. Accountability is huge. Find some Guys to be with, talk about real life stuff. Don't hold back. God will bless it. Jesus wants all of me, every aspect of my life. All of it.

  • CLC is a life changer.  It provided a game plan of how to live my Christian life GOD's way and not my way.  I learned how to serve my wife, my children and my community.  

  • CLC has made a significant difference in the most important relationships in my life.  While I still struggle in my daily walk, I do feel much closer to Christ and see everything thru the lens of my faith more clearly.  My marriage is stronger, my purpose is clearer, and I now have a deeper, more authentic friendship with 11 other men than I have ever experienced before.  We are brothers for life.  Joining CLC is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

  • God has transformed me through CLC from the inside out through grabbing hold of my heart and molding me to be more like Christ in every aspect of my life. It has laid the foundation for being a great father and friend, an active and affectionate husband, and most of all a more connected follower of Christ

  • I wanted to get my fire back. And guess what? I got my fire back! I thank Christ for the change in my heart.

  • I'm a pastor and I am really grateful for the renewed passion in my life with Jesus. The emphasis on the "exchanged life" has been radically transformational to the way I am seeking to live each day with the Lord's power and leadership. My marriage (which was good) is now great. My relationship with my 20 something girls was good, and it is now great. My ministry has been much more steady and effective as I have grown in my own passion for Jesus. The CLC verses, discussion and prayer with the men, the focus on the exchanged life has helped me to rest in Him and allow my ministry to flow from His hand. I have also been more compassionate and loving with those I have been ministering.

  • I have been involved in many different groups and Bible studies over the 40 years I have been a believer. CLC's program has been the broadest and most in depth Christian leadership curriculum I have ever encountered. But without the sharing and deep fellowship with 11 other Christian brothers the material would not have been nearly as beneficial. It's been a wonderful experience. I would recommend other believers to be serious enough about their faith to make the time to use this course to grow into a deeper relationship with God.

  • CLC has been the most impactful men's ministry experience in my life since I was saved 17 years ago.  Never before have I drawn closer to Jesus, invested in the lives of other men or been educated with a Christian worldview like my two years with my CLC brothers.  CLC advocates their mission to "equip men to be leaders in order to make an impact for God in their home, church, work and community" and doing so as a CLC graduate, I now bring a depth of relationships, experience and knowledge as a leader that I lacked before joining CLC.  The bonds I have formed with my brothers have resulted in what I expect to be life long commitments to be available in times of joy and in times of need.

  • I have been asked to tell “My CLC Experience”. I am doing so gladly! But let me back up just a bit … I am my parent’s third and final child. I had a traditional Catholic upbringing:  church on Sundays, celebrating all holidays with our extended family, typical sibling arguments, and my parents instilled a strong sense of right and wrong in me and my older brother and sister. I had a typical school experience that included playing football which was my ticket to college. I attended Mercyhurst College, a Christian school in Erie, PA and pursued a degree in mathematics as well as a teaching certificate. Upon graduation in 1990 I earned a job teaching mathematics in the Pittsburgh Public School System and have had a productive career there for the past twenty-two years. ... read more ...

  • I had been considering for years how I could develop a deeper relationship with God. Then i was invited by a friend to join a CLC group. I knew this was a calling to which I needed to respond. This group of CLC brothers has helped me grow in faith and has provided a place where I can share in studying the Word and applying it to how I live out life in my home, workplace and community. God, working through this group of men, has taught me to surrender to the Lord, let him live through me and let him take on my burdens. I will always be a work in progress on this earth, but I have faith that God will continue to mold me as I open my heart to his Spirit. I think CLC has been God's way to allow me to surrender to him and grow in the Christian faith. Each week, we share our trials and tribulations together, and the love and support we get through the men in our group is a true sign of the Holy Spirit at work.

  • God has used CLC as a transformative tool in my life. I have gone from an outsider with an undefined longing in my heart to part of a strong Christian community with a longing for Christ. Without the guidance and friendship of the men in my group, and I would not have explored my faith or opened my heart to God. As a business owner, a father and a husband, I make difficult decisions every day. My decision to join a group is the single most important decision I have ever made. It was the decision to be a better business owner, father and husband by turning my eyes upward instead of inward. The difference, while indescribable, is not unique. You can see it in every man in the group who has given their life to God. As we learn, study, struggle and persevere, we grow and bear fruit. You cannot read about. You cannot hear about. You can only experience it. I’m glad I have.

  • CLC has been the most impactful men’s ministry experience in my life since I was saved 17 years ago. Never before have I drawn closer to Jesus, invested in the lives of other men, or been educated with a Christian worldview like my two years with my CLC brothers. CLC advocates their mission to “equip men to be leaders in order to make an impact for God in their home, church, work and community,” and doing so as a CLC graduate, I now bring a depth of relationships, experience and knowledge as a leader that I lacked before joining CLC. The bonds I have formed with my brothers have resulted in what I expect to be life long commitments to be available in times of joy and in times of need.

  • Ten years ago my friend asked me to join a CLC group. As the father of four active kids and the owner of a small business, there was seemingly no way to make this work. I barely had time to eat and sleep. Long story short, he hounded me until I joined. Some how, some way, God provided. In fact, I actually had more free time and better quality time with my family after joining. To be sure, I learned that God is not limited by the hours in a day. The Godly life lessons taught through CLC were put to use immediately with my children through their grade school, high school and now college years. I found that I could talk to my kids with clarity regarding who they are in relation to God. Yes, my kids know I am quite imperfect but they also know that I love the Lord and that I have always clearly shared God's great love with them. I'm a practical guy. I like CLC because it is no-nonsense, bottom line material. You address practical life issues such as what it means to be a Christian dad, husband, boss, co-worker, friend. You learn how to actually study and interpret scripture and are given a packet of key bible verses that I have found to be inspiring. Most importantly, CLC is about accountability. There is nothing like meeting with a bunch of Christian guys each week as motivation for keeping your life in order. We have been there for each other during really tough times such as divorces and deaths and shared in good times. Probably, the most unexpected part of CLC for me has been how much we laugh during our weekly meetings. Let's face it, guys are guys, and we never really grow up. My advice to any guy who wants to grow in his Christian faith and knowledge is to join a CLC Group.

  • It was through CLC that I finally discovered how much God loves me. Not the usual lip service but a real heartfelt love. This happened in the first module and was the most important time for me in the CLC journey. The reality of God’s love for me broke through to me during the CLC journey. As the two years moved on I learned how to study the bible: about context, key words and phrases, mood, tense and a host of other things that I never thought about when reading scripture. I discovered that all men are dealing with sin issues. I thought others had it all together and I was shocked to hear that some men were struggling and dealing with some of the very same "stuff" that I wrestled with. I was not alone in my sin struggles and strength was found to stand against many of these issues! I discovered God through daily prayer time. Being comfortable in His presence is a new thing for me and spending time with Him every day has become a real joy.  Prayer moved from being a duty for me to a time I get to enjoy being with my Heavenly Father.  God makes it so. In CLC I also met some fantastic men and became close with them as a special bond formed between us. Several went through some very difficult times in the two years we were together and we were there to support each other through prayer and other activities. My mother pass away during that time and it was comforting to have the men surround me at that time. I learned how to memorize scripture. I am slow to learn and meditating is difficult for me at best. I learned all the CLC verses and just kept going after that.

  • I first heard about the CLC Groups at the church. Most of the men I had met were CLC Grads and they all encouraged me with words like, “You have to do it … You wont be sorry”. Danny Parker “chased” me for probably three years to get into a group. Over and over I said, “No! I don’t have time … I can’t commit to two years” … and on and on. My excuses and objections were many. In my mind was: two years, homework, 6:00 am every Monday morning … Well, September 2009 I stopped saying no and began my journey in a CLC group. I cannot put into words what God has done in my life as a result of that CLC group. The impact in my life, my wife and family has been very visible. Two years meeting every week with 11 men: growing deep in my faith, connecting with other brothers in a lifelong friendship, learning more about ourselves, learning how to love, gaining guidance and council concerning careers, finances, parenting, spreading the Word of the Bible … it has been an awesome step in my spiritual journal. I finally “got it”. The Spirit of God has transformed my heart. It is hard for me to tell you how proud I am to have been a member of such a wonderful group of guys. I've never been part of anything as rewarding and fulfilling. I will co-facilitate a CLC group that will kickoff this spring. When I mentioned that to my wife she said, "It's about time"!