Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

The National Benevolent Association (NBA) serves as the health and social services general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Our beginnings as a ministry of outreach and care and our historic foundations as an organization are grounded in the Disciples of Christ denomination.

In 1886, the story goes, "six women gathered in a prayer circle at a Disciples of Christ church in St. Louis..." Throughout our history, the NBA has been led, guided, and supported by leaders and congregations within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Our collaborative partnerships today are deeply connected with members, leaders, and faith communities within the Disciples church.

"NBA’s vision statement describes ministry beyond charity. It speaks of mutuality and collaboration in shared mission among partners. The NBA is creatively living into its new era of existence – carrying the essentials from its tradition and creating ministries of care adapted to a 21st-century landscape for mission. It’s a privilege to be part of it!"

~ Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, Former General Minister and President, 2005-2017

About the Disciples

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a mainline Protestant denomination with a heritage of compassion and care for all people. A distinctive and historical factor is that we are the oldest denomination founded in the United States. The denomination counts around 700,000 members in the United States and Canada in 3,700 congregations. Our current General Minister and President is Rev. Teresa Hord Owens.

The mission of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is "to be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps 'to the ends of the earth'" (Acts 1:8).

The identity statement of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) states: “We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.”

Disciples Mission Fund

We recognize and honor that NBA's mission and ministries are generously supported by the Disciples Mission Fund (DMF) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). With the generosity of individuals and local congregations, the vision of creating communities of compassion and care is made real, relevant, and lasting.

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