“As people of faith, we understand that no one person can help everyone — we are called to act together for the care and well-being of all humanity.”

- Mark D. Anderson NBA President


Serving as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) health and social services general ministry, NBA partners with local congregations, regional and general ministries, and a variety of Disciples-related health and social service providers. Our shared work is about advancing the care for and — with others in our communities — raising the awareness of needs that are often overlooked and forgotten. NBA equips and collaborates with partner ministries and organizations that provide direct care to those in need—via affordable housing; spiritual care for the incarcerated, children and family services, programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, care and advocacy for older adults, and initiatives responding to hunger in its many expressions.

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How We Work

Incubate

NBA partners with new Disciples health & social service ministries to strengthen and grow their effectiveness and impact, locally.

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Initiate

NBA initiates ministry programs designed to establish and grow partnerships around health and social service ministries.

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Connect

NBA connects health and social service providers empowering them to learn, collaborate, and grow stronger together.

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Incubate

NBA partners with and empowers new  Disciples-led health and social service ministries in order to strengthen and grow their effectiveness and impact locally.

  • Gain advice and counsel from a larger network of providers
  • Receive initial or project-focused funding
  • Gain peer support and network learning
  • Engage in mentoring or coaching support
  • Achieve wider church exposure and recognition

Initiate

NBA Initiates ministry programs designed to establish and grow partnerships around health and social service ministries. One of the ministry programs NBA is initiating is XPLOR.

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

Connect

As a Disciples church, we are blessed to have the expertise of health providers and social service partners, who provide direct care in communities every day. NBA connects these care providers and mission partners empowering them to learn, collaborate, and grow stronger together.

NBA seeks to develop collaborations to maximize resources, share expertise, and help bring a larger focus to communities that are often underserved or otherwise ignored. We will be a catalyst for advocacy, education and the support of innovative approaches to addressing justice issues. We affirm that by working with partners, we have what we need to create purposeful change with individuals and communities.