Celebrating 50 Years in Ministry & Leadership

NBA Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren Leadership Fund

Ben Bohren

In partnership with the Christian Church Foundation, the NBA celebrates the ministerial leadership and vision of Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren with the NBA Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren Leadership Fund. His longtime service with NBA ministries can be seen in the numerous programs and initiatives that he has led, which has resulted in nurturing compassionate, faithful, and dedicated leaders and communities within the Church and beyond. From NBA Miracle Days, to NBA Leadership Scholars, to the chaplaincy care programs that were implemented at numerous Disciples-affiliated health and social service agencies, Ben models and encourages our NBA vision of “creating communities of compassion and care.”

After more than eight years serving as a Mission Specialist for NBA XPLOR, Ben has retired from his role with the XPLOR program. Beginning in 2012, Ben worked with NBA staff and various partner leaders to build a Disciples’ residential service year program to support young adult Disciples exploring the connection between a life of faith, and the work of justice. Since its formal launch in 2014, NBA XPLOR has had more than 120 young adults live, work, and be in intentional community with Disciples churches and nonprofits across the U.S.

NBA XPLOR 2016-17

The earnings from NBA Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren Leadership Fund directly support the mission of the NBA with a priority for supporting leadership development programs, such as NBA XPLOR. In all of the ministries the NBA connects and supports, we understand the importance of enabling and encouraging strong, informed leaders in creating communities of compassion and care.

We invite our NBA friends and Disciples across the life of the Church to give to this NBA Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren Leadership Fund.

Let us honor and celebrate the ministerial leadership and contributions of our dear Ben Bohren! Thank you for your generosity and support!


Make your gift to the NBA Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren Leadership Fund!

Please note, 2.6% of your gift will go towards credit card processing fees. We encourage you to add 2.6% to your gift, which will enable more funds that can be applied directly to mission. Thank you!

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Stories by Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren

Camp Sunflower Provides a Place for LGBTQ+ Youth to Soar

Recently, Social Entrepreneur Program Coordinator Rev. Ashley Mayham and NBA trustee Wanda Scott visited Camp Sunflower in Wichita, Kansas to observe how the ministry has grown since they first engaged with NBA in 2019.

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NBA Impact Report 2022

Read and download the 20-page PDF of the 2022 NBA Impact Report, featuring stories from NBA programs, partners, and Disciples leaders.

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NBA at General Assembly: A Recap of our Week in Louisville

Miss us at this summer’s CCDOC General Assembly? We’re sharing the highlights!

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The Corner: A BIPOC Clergy Retreat Model

The Corner: A BIPOC Clergy Retreat Model

In this 24-page booklet, you'll find research on the importance of clergy wellness, an editable retreat design plan, and a sample schedule and activities to plan your own wellness retreat for BIPOC clergy.

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NBA Welcomes Two Social Entrepreneur Cohort Members as Incubate Partners

We are excited to introduce our two new Incubate Partners joining us this year.

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Announcing the Spring 2023 Mission & Ministry Grantees

Meet our newest group of Mission & Ministry Grantees.

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Introducing NBA’s New Young Adult Leadership Development Program Area

We are thrilled to share an update to our work with young adults!

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Meet NBA’s New Director of Young Adult Leadership Development

We’re so excited for what’s next in our young adult program and proud to introduce Dr. Tene Davis, NBA’s new Director of Young Adult Leadership Development.

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NBA Welcomes Four New Trustees and Celebrates the Leadership of Outgoing Members in St. Louis

NBA's Board of Trustees gather in St. Louis for it's biannual in person meeting.

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Pride SoulCare

Celebrate Pride Month and beyond by taking a moment to pause and process with the National Benevolent Association and Alliance Q.

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Creating Their Destiny: Mission & Ministry Grantee Teaches Young Black Girls Life Skills

Mission & Ministry grantee uses funds to support and encourage young Black women.

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NBA Welcomes New Health and Social Service Partner Program Coordinator

We’re excited to introduce Jerell DeCaille, NBA’s Health and Social Service Partner Program Coordinator!

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2023 NBA Town Hall

There have been so many exciting resources, initiatives and partnerships at NBA recently, hear all about it!

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Trauma-Informed Church Offers Ministry Like Jesus Would

This east side Indianapolis congregation is leading with love and on a mission to be in ministry that mimics Jesus’ time on Earth.

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SoulCare: Lunch Break

Felling stressing in the middle of your workday? Take a moment to pause, connect to your body, and focus on your breath.

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Gun Violence and Mental Health

Resources focusing on the intersection of gun violence, trauma, and ways to care for our mental health and the mental health of our communities.

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A Place to Belong: Indiana Congregation Creates Community Events for Older Adults

When Countryside Christian Church realized the older adults in their congregation were feeling particularly isolated, they turned to NBA for support.

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Resources for Transgender Day of Visibility and Beyond

AllianceQ and the NBA offer resources for those looking to be more inclusive of all gender identities and expressions.

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How One Congregation Created a Network of Compassionate Older Adults

In 2020, Beloved Christian Church began its Compassion Practice+ program, which teaches the Compassion Practice (CP) to adults over 50.

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The Zillennial Experience: Faith, Justice, and Community

As younger Millennials and the first of Generation-Z are being ushered into adulthood, NBA offers a panel discussion with young adults and young adult leaders, influencers, and supporters.

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Lonely But Not Alone: How Older Adult Ministries of Mid-America is Addressing Isolation

The Older Adult Ministries of Mid-America held a day-long seminar with seniors in Missouri to brainstorm how to address feelings of isolation.

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Unleashing the Potential of Careers in STEM for St. Louis Youth

The STEM field is notoriously homogenous. To combat this, Mission & Ministry Grantee Unleashing Potential developed Experience STEM.

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Mission & Ministry Grant Supports Those in Addiction Recovery

The wake up call that lead to a ministry that supports those recovering from addition.

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Back to the Basics: Self-Care and Wellness for Clergy and Leaders

This webinar provides a new year’s refresher on sustainable self-care and wellness practices and strategies for clergy and leaders who are always on the go.

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First Christian Church Texas City Invites a Blue Theology Mission Station to Engage Children

First Christian Church in Texas City, Texas used their Mission & Ministry grant to partner with Blue Theology to teach youth in the Galveston Bay area the importance of ‘being blue’ and taking care of the ocean and natural water sources in their community.

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Meet the 2023 Social Entrepreneur Cohort

Meet our third group of individuals and the ministries they’re building.

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Where Are They Now: NBA XPLOR Resident Lauren Frato

Seven years ago, Lauren Frato embarked on a 10-month experience with NBA that served at the catalyst for her career.

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SoulCare: Warmth and Wellness

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Announcing the Fall 2022 Mission & Ministry Grantees

Meet our newest group of Mission & Ministry Grantees. These ministries represent 22 different Disciples regions and will serve a multitude of generations in topics of mental health, entrepreneurship, and creative endeavors.

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