NBA Initiates ministry programs designed to establish and grow partnerships around health and social service ministries. In 2014, NBA is initiating the NBA XPLOR program. Our aim is to partner young adults with Disciples congregations and the communities which they serve — impacting neighborhoods, congregations, and 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
More than 126 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 — Working hands-on in and among neighborhoods to empower local mission efforts while raising the awareness to 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.
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. Three NBA XPLOR sites will welcome up to four young adults to live in intentional community beginning in August of 2014: St. Louis, Missouri; North Hollywood, California; and Hiram-Mantua, Ohio.
If you are interested in applying for the 2015-2016 XPLOR year (August 2015-June 2016), please fill out the form below and you will hear back from us as soon as possible. We ask you to please read the supplementary information packet before you complete your application. A survey of "Resident Readiness" is included!
We also have available a Spanish version of our NBA XPLOR FAQ sheet.