“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 and CEO


Serving as the health and social services general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the National Benevolent Association partners with congregations, regions, general ministries, and a variety of Disciples-related health and social service providers to create communities of compassion and care. Our shared work advances care for and with others in our communities and raises awareness of needs that are often overlooked and forgotten—needs such as 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; hunger and food security initiatives; and other efforts responding to human need in its many expressions.

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How We Work

Incubate

The NBA incubates new ministries, empowering Disciples-led health and social service projects to focus on their growth, strengthen their impact, and work toward sustainability.

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Initiate

The NBA initiates ministries designed to establish and grow partnerships with health and social service supporters and providers.

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Connect

The NBA connects service providers and mission partners—connections that empower them to learn, collaborate, and grow stronger.

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Incubate

The NBA incubates new ministries, empowering Disciples-led health and social service projects to focus on their growth, strengthen their impact, and work toward sustainability.

NBA Incubate Affiliated Ministries:

  • Gain advice and counsel from a large 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

The NBA initiates ministries designed to establish and grow partnerships with health and social service supporters and providers.

NBA XPLOR

NBA XPLOR partners young adults with Disciples congregations and the communities in which those congregations serve. We seek to nurture “a heart for service” with young adult leaders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), who work to address social justice issues and concerns, including the health and well-being of various communities across the country. The XPLOR Residency provides 10-months of leadership development and vocational discernment for 21- to 30-year-olds to live simply in community and engage in direct service and justice work.

  • Hands-On Service/Justice Work – Residents are placed in nonprofit community agencies four days a week (up to 30 hours per week) – in and among neighborhoods to empower local mission efforts while confronting systems of injustice.
  • Simple Living in Community – Residents learn and practice 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 souls are made.
  • Disciples Leadership Development – Through weekly sessions, including Community Engagement Site mentor presentations and conversations, Residents live out their Disciples identity and unleash their leadership capacity.

Connect

The NBA connects service providers and mission partners—connections that empower them to learn, collaborate, and grow stronger. As a Disciples church, we are blessed to have the faithful expertise of health and social service ministries who provide direct care in communities every day, as well as the passionate commitment of individuals and nonprofits focused on today's most pressing social justice issues.

The NBA develops collaborations to maximize resources, share expertise, and help bring a larger focus to communities that are often underserved or otherwise ignored. We aim to 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.

Our Connect ministries include: