NBA Initiates ministry programs designed to establish and grow partnerships around health and social service ministries. Find out about two ministries that NBA is initiating in collaboration and partnership: NBA XPLOR and the Prison and Jail Ministries Affinity Group.
NBA XPLOR aims to partner young adults with Disciples congregations and the communities in which those congregations serve – impacting neighborhoods, congregations, and young adults. We seek to nurture “a heart for service” with young adult leaders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), who will work to address the social justice issues and concerns including the health and well-being of various communities across the country. Through NBA XPLOR, we intend for our Residents to explore lives of faith and justice while living in community:
Hands-on Service/Justice Work – Residents are placed in non-profit community agencies four days a week (up to 30 hours per week) – in and among neighborhoods to empower local mission efforts while gaining awareness of systems of injustice
Simple Living in Community – Learning and practicing faithful, intentionally simple and culturally competent communal living
Spiritual Discernment on Vocation – With the assistance of a Spiritual Companion, Residents strive through spiritual practices to discern the purpose for which their soul is made
Disciples Leadership Development – Through weekly sessions including both Service Site mentor presentations and conversations, Residents live out their Disciples identity and unleash their leadership capacity
Prison and Jail Ministries
We are excited to initiate a collaborative ministry addressing justice issues within America’s prisons and jails. In particular, NBA will focus on supporting congregations as they engage in prison and jail related ministries and in connecting conversations across Disciples-related ministries in order to strengthen this work. As part of the NBA’s strategic initiatives, Rev. Dean Bucalos, with Mission Behind Bars and Beyond, has been contracted with the NBA as a mission specialist for prison and jail ministries.