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

NBA Trustees Meet Virtually to Deepen Equity Work, Review Program Updates and Celebrate Outgoing Trustees

In June, NBA Trustees met virtually to deepen their equity work with the organization, review program updates, and celebrate outgoing trustees Bill Jennison and Rev. Pedro Ramos-Goycolea.

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Juliette Fowler’s Ebby House Provides a Place for Young Women to Heal and Gain Independence

NBA’s Mission & Ministry grants support young women like Amy who was a homeless teen taken in by Juliette Fowler’s Ebby House and has blossomed ever since.

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NBA Announces Spring 2022 Mission & Ministry Grants

We are pleased to announce our Spring 2022 Mission & Ministry Grantees! Our grant program granted a total of $203,000 to 28 Disciples projects working with older adults, children, and youth.

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NBA’s Mental Health Work Heads to Kentucky

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Closing Mental Health Awareness Month 2022: Inspiration for the Road Ahead

As we close out Mental Health Awareness Month 2022, NBA Director of Mental Health and Wellness, Joselyn Spence reflects on our month of resources, creative submissions, and scripture.

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Empowering Others Through Their Mental Health Journey

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Dealing with Depression

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Seeking Professional Help

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Mental Health and the Brain

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Mission & Ministry Grants Help Young Adults Gain Life Skills

Mission & Ministry Grants help support young adults like Tonya, who earned her driver’s license and secured a scholarship for college with support from NBA grantee Child Saving Institute and their Independent Living Skills program.

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Dealing with Trauma, Anxiety, and Shame

For Mental Health Awareness Month we asked Disciples to respond creatively to this question: Where do you see God in your mental health journey? Today we share resources and content that centers anxiety, trauma, and shame.

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God and Community in Mental Health Journeys

This post has resources and content that center God and community in mental health journeys.

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Older Adult Ministries of Mid-America Presents in the General Assembly Virtual Exhibit Hall

The Older Adult Ministries of Mid-America used their Mission & Ministry Grant to intentionally expand their work from advocacy to action.

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Webinar: How Congregations Can Practice Restorative Justice in Their Communities

Restorative Justice encourages the humanization of those who have caused harm and provides better alternatives than our current incarceration system.

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Mission & Ministry Grants Provide Support for Spiritual Deepening and Emotional Care

Templo Cristiano Central has supported clergy interested in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) since 2019. Receiving a Mission & Ministry Grant last year, allowed their CPE program to partner with a local senior housing facility in impactful ways.

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California Church Brings Books, Food and Teaches Life Skills to Foster Children

The BLEND Church Family knew the mental toll the pandemic was having on the children in their community, so they used their Mission & Ministry Grant to provide some levity and life skills.

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Supporting Sustainability: Invested Faith Seeds $10,000 into NBA Social Entrepreneurs

In 2021, we launched our first Social Entrepreneur Cohort with the goal to intentionally and sustainably support up-and-coming social enterprises. Since then, cohort members have gone on to launch and grow their organizations and receive funding from other CC(DOC) partners, including Invested Faith.

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Virtual Reality Headsets Help Neurodiverse Youth Soar

Research suggests that individuals with autism spectrum disorder can benefit from experiences offered through virtual reality headsets like the Oculus. Learn how Woodhaven used its Mission & Ministry grant to impact the lives of its students.

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A Career of Service and Care: Gary Zimmerman’s 34 years at NBA

In 1987 Gary Zimmerman joined the NBA during a huge turning point for the organization. He worked his way up to CFO and after 34 years, Gary retired at the end of January.

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NBA Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer Amy Johns

The NBA is happy to welcome Amy Johns, our new Chief Financial Officer. Johns started on January 1, 2022. We asked Amy a few questions to learn more about her.

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Peer Learning & Wellness Groups Create a Place to Connect, Be Seen and Heard

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Meet the 2022 Social Entrepreneurship Cohort

Meet the 10 new social entrepreneurs who will spend 2022 growing their new nonprofits as part of NBA’s Social Entrepreneurship Cohort!

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A Year In Review: The Inaugural Social Entrepreneurship Cohort on a Year of Growth

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NBA Virtual Board Meeting Focuses on Community Engagement and Equity

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12 Days of Wellness—Mental Health Tips for the Holiday Season from NBA Cares

INTRODUCING: The 12 Days of Wellness! Mental health and wellness tips for the holiday season.

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NBA Announces Fall 2021 Mission & Ministry Grantees

We are excited to announce our Fall 2021 Mission & Ministry Grantees! This program granted a total of $185,500 to 35 Disciples projects working with older adults, children, and youth.

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Yedidyah Christian Church

Norwalk, CA—Providing music education and the chance for youth to discover musical gifts and a love for the arts.

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Yale Avenue Christian Church

Tulsa, OK— Facilitating a mentorship and education discussion group for those at-risk immigrant youth and children in foster care.

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Walking on Water Christian Church

Claremont, CA— Helping individuals learn compassion, understanding, and communication through worship and education

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Unleashing Potential

St. Louis, MO— Advancing youth knowledge and interest in STEM career opportunities in UP's Out-of-School Time (OST) programs.

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