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.

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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? 

Four Cornerstones of NBA XPLOR:

  • 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.

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 relate to a Disciples-host congregation, as well as care for and learn from others in community-service internships.

XPLOR Expands in 2015-16

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


2016-17 Application

The online application for the 2016-17 XPLOR Residency is now available. Please read the supplementary information packet before you begin your application. When you're ready to apply, please follow the link below!

  • Early Decision Deadline: Friday, December 4, 2015
  • Cornerstone Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2016
  • Extended Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2016

NBA XPLOR 2016-17 Residency Application

More Information 

If you would like to be contacted by the NBA XPLOR staff with more information about the XPLOR Residency, please fill out the form below.

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



XPLOR General Interest Form

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VIDEO: NBA XPLOR Overview 2015-16
VIDEO: NBA XPLOR Spiritual Companions 2015-16

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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Wandering, but Not Lost

August 20, 2015

Last year I served in Hiram, Ohio, and now I’m moving to St. Louis to do a second year with NBA XPLOR. I don’t know where God will be calling me next.

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Heading to Hiram

September 01, 2015

Sarah Dowd, 2015-16 NBA XPLOR Resident in Hiram-Mantua, Ohio, shares about the beginning of her XPLOR journey in August.

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VIDEO: NBA XPLOR Ohio (2014-15)
VIDEO: NBA XPLOR St. Louis (2014-15)
VIDEO: NBA XPLOR North Hollywood (2014-15)

Bonnie Osei-Frimpong

Director of NBA XPLOR