Celebrating 50 Years in Ministry & Leadership
NBA Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren Leadership Fund
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.
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!
in his own words
Stories by Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren
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.
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.
Mission & Ministry Grant Supports Those in Addiction Recovery
The wake up call that lead to a ministry that supports those recovering from addition.
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.
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.
Meet the 2023 Social Entrepreneur Cohort
Meet our third group of individuals and the ministries they’re building.
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.
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.
Urban Sanctuary (Disciples of Christ)
San Jose, CA— Urban Sanctuary is a boldly progressive spiritual community rooted in the Christian tradition.
Thomas Campbell Apartments
Washington, PA—Thomas Campbell Apartments provide safe, affordable housing for low-and moderate-income elderly individuals and handicapped, mobility impaired and disabled adults.
Southside Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Kokomo, IN— South Side Christian Church has a mission to be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth.
Root Cause Collective
Garner, NC—The Root Cause Collective exists to build community as a means of preventative health care, to create an ecology of wellness for the whole being.
North Canton, OH—Harmony Grows is a new non-profit, that was formed from Harmony Springs Christian Church. With a building that is situated on nine acres of farmland HG has dedicate a large portion of it to sustainable food production.
Glowing Doves Educational Outreach Program
San Benito, TX—Glowing Doves started in 2015. It provides health and social service resources to their community.
Florence Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Florence, KY—Florence Christian Church has been a "Servant Church" to community needs since 1831.
First Christian Church, Greenville
Greenville, SC—A 101 year old Disciples congregation, located in the suburbs of Greenville, South Carolina.
First Christian Church, Monongahela
Monongahela, PA—FCC(DOC) is a loving, supportive church family that encourages others to discover God's love through worship services. FCC partners with DMF, Week of Compassion, Church WorldService, and local ministries.
The Community Christian Church of Kansas City (Disciples of Christ)
Kansas City, MO—Community Christian Church is called to grow as an inclusive community of independent, thinking Christians, willing to be challenged by the Gospel and by each other.
Central Christian Church of Dade County
Coral Gables, FL—CCC was founded in 1927 a church with a fully bilingual and multicultural ministry.
NBA XPLOR: A Retrospective
Since NBA began it's work with young adults in the 1990s, our work with young adults has grown in many ways. NBA XPLOR co-founder Rev. Ben Bohren shares his take on how it all came to be.
The Gathering Experience
Dallas, TX—The Gathering exists to welcome people into community to follow Jesus, partner in ministry to transform our lives together, and to go create an equitable world.
Joyful Presbyterian Church
Las Vegas, NV—Joyful Presbyterian is a Korean church based in Las Vegas.
McCarty Memorial Christian Church
Los Angeles, CA— Connecting Community, Spirit and Social Change since 1931.
International Love Ministries Inc.
Tulsa, OK— International Love Ministries seeks to support the refugee community in Oklahoma.
First Christian Church, Salem
Salem, OR— Founded in 1855, the congregation works to serve the community in a variety of ways.