Creating communities of compassion, healing, and justice since 1887.


The National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is dedicated to accompanying and partnering with health and social service projects and ministries. We accomplish this by focusing on three key areas:


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Organizational Development

NBA accompanies entrepreneurs in the growth, impact, and sustainability of innovative faith-rooted social enterprises. To established ministries we offer support such as coaching, executive search consulting, accounting, and networking opportunities. >> Learn More

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Leadership Development

NBA offers peer learning groups, continuing education, mental health and wellness tools, and other resources to strengthen Disciples leaders such as clergy, chaplains, social entrepreneurs, community organizers, nonprofit administrators, and young adults committed to justice work. >> Learn More

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Community Engagement

Every service, program, and resource offered by NBA is rooted in compassion, healing, and justice for all of humanity. Our vision is to inspire and invite people of faith into activism and advocacy for communities that are often overlooked and underserved. >> Learn More


The NBA, our partners, and grantees are located across the U.S. and Canada

We are committed to strengthening the communities in which we operate and are dedicated to expanding our impact through continued growth. Use the map to find out more about where we work.

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Serving as the health and social services general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

National Benevolent Association (NBA) collaborates with Disciples leaders, congregations, regions, and with health and social service organizations to strengthen and transform communities through compassion, healing, and justice.

The NBA provides education, companionship, inspiration, and resources for organizational and leadership development for health and social service ministries. All of our work with partners is grounded in our historic mission of justice and advocacy.

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February 1, 2023

2023 Incubate Partner Applications

NBA Incubate Partners receive up to four years of professional consultants, learning opportunities, peer support, and grant funding. See if...

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February 15, 2023

Apply for a Spring 2023 Mission & Ministry Grant

Grant funding for projects serving older adults and for educating youth and young adults. Applications are open through Tuesday, March...

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February 20, 2023

Apply for the 2023-2024 NBA Mental Health Equity Cohort

The Mental Health Equity Cohort exists to be a supportive and creative space for Disciples mental health and justice professionals...

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March 19, 2023

2023 Easter Special Offering

The Easter Special Offering benefits General Ministries, including the NBA!

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July 29, 2023

General Assembly 2023

“The Kindom of God Within Us, Among Us” on July 29 – August 1 in Louisville, KY.

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