NBA XPLOR

NBA XPLOR is a faith-based, 10-month, congregationally-hosted residency program designed for 21 to 30 year olds looking to explore lives of care and service — giving them the opportunity to unleash their own potential, while positively impacting their community.

Apply for the 2015-2016 XPLOR Program

The NBA initiates ministry programs designed to establish and grow partnerships around health and social service ministries. With NBA XPLOR, we partner young adults with Disciples congregations and the communities which they serve — impacting neighborhoods, the congregations, and the young adults. We pray our residents will sense the gravitational pull of their faith, develop hearts for care and discern how to focus their life’s work. 

The Beginnings of NBA XPLOR

Nearly 130 years ago, six women gathered in a church basement of a Disciples of Christ church in St. Louis praying that God would help them know how to faithfully respond to the deep human suffering on their doorsteps. What emerged was a heart for care that moved them to open a home for children and widows, responding in locally relevant ways to people in need in their community. 

Drawing on that rich history, NBA continues to assist Disciples in developing networks of care that join systemic-justice work with direct care and action. At the very heart of NBA XPLOR is a desire to cultivate a heart for care in young adults. How can we help young adults recognize needs at their very doorsteps and then live a life of faithful response? 

Through NBA XPLOR, we intend for Residents to explore lives of faith and justice, while living in the community:
 

  • Hands-on Service/Justice Work — Serving in and among neighborhoods to accompany local social service providers in extending care and confronting systems of injustice

  • Simple Living in Community — Learning and practicing faithful, intentionally simple and culturally competent communal living.

  • Spiritual Discernment on Vocation — Striving through spiritual disciplines to discern the purpose for which one’s soul is made.

  • Disciples Leadership Development — Living out one’s Disciples identity and unleashing one’s leadership capacity.

Download our XPLOR "frequently asked questions" or the XPLOR poster to share with your local congregation and community. The XPLOR FAQ is also available in Spanish and Korean

Meet XPLOR Residents who are living and working in community together!

Read stories about the NBA XPLOR program.

With NBA XPLOR, Residents will live in a diverse community of peers, where they will engage in communal and personal spiritual practices ranging from prayer to simple daily meals together. They will care for and learn from others in community-service internships, and they will relate to a Disciples-host congregation.

This year, seven NBA XPLOR sites will each welcome up to four young adults to live in intentional community beginning in August 2015: Tuscon-Marana, Arizona; North Hollywood, California; Golden Gate/Bay Area, California; Quad Cities, Illinois/Iowa; St. Louis, Missouri; Hiram-Mantua, Ohio; and Dallas, Texas.

 

We are still accepting online applications for the 2015-2016 NBA XPLOR project (August 2015-June 2016). If you would like to be contacted by the XPLOR staff and find out more information, please fill out the form below.

If you are ready to apply online for 2015-2016 XPLOR project, please read the supplementary information packet before you complete your application.

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XPLOR General Interest Form

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VIDEO: NBA XPLOR Ohio Overview
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NBA XPLOR Expands with New Residents, Host Sites in 2015-16

July 07, 2015

The National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is pleased to welcome the 2015-16 cohort of NBA XPLOR Residents. Seven host sites are opening their doors to 24 Residents, doubling the size and span of NBA XPLOR in its second year.

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Welcoming the 2015-16 NBA XPLOR Residents!

July 07, 2015

We are pleased to welcome 24 new NBA XPLOR Residents for 2015-16! Here they share a bit about themselves and why they are excited about NBA XPLOR.

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NBA Celebrates Completion of First NBA XPLOR Cohort

June 19, 2015

The National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) rejoices with and congratulates the 10 young adults who have completed the 2014-15 NBA XPLOR Residency, having served for 10 months in Hiram-Mantua, OH; St. Louis, MO; or North Hollywood, CA.

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Bonnie Osei-Frimpong

Director of NBA XPLOR
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Eureka!

June 17, 2015

At 28 years of age, it wasn’t easy to say “yes” to NBA XPLOR. I knew I needed an education, and I knew I also needed a period of spiritual discernment. I accepted NBA XPLOR never expecting the education portion to resolve itself, but God had a surprise.

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Power Seats

May 07, 2015

Sitting in the seat of power, we didn't cower
We refuse to be silent while injustice occurs every hour
Families in detention, children crying, their mothers are dying
People keep asking, "What's the point in trying?"

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Bloom Where You Are Planted

October 15, 2014

NBA XPLOR Resident, Kim Guy, reflects about being challenged, reaffirmed, and calls us to "bloom where we are planted."

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