Organizational Development

How We Work

Supporting Disciples Health & Social Service Ministries

NBA accompanies entrepreneurs in the growth, impact, and sustainability of innovative faith-rooted social enterprises. To established organizations, we offer supports such as coaching, executive search consulting, accounting, and networking opportunities.

We partner with Disciples-affiliated ministries and nonprofits in the shared work of creating compassion, healing, and justice for all of humanity. Our hope is to inspire and invite people of faith into activism and advocacy for communities that are often overlooked and underserved.


Program Areas

Transform Your Ministry in Partnership with NBA

Explore the ways NBA accompanies and collaborates with Disciples-affiliated health and social service organizations to cultivate and strengthen communities.

Organizational Development Stories and News

Impacting the Future by Growing Leaders Through Adventure and Service

Over the last two years FCC Princeton has taken a group of adolescents across the country and helped them experience their home state of Kentucky in new and exciting ways!

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NBA Invites Three New Organizations to Become Incubate Partners

Meet our newest Incubate Partners for 2022!

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Wellness, Rhythm & Balance: A Retreat for Peer Groups

In the spring, NBA brought together members of our Peer Learning and Wellness Groups for a weekend of fellowship, reflection, and healing.

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Deepening Connections Among NBA’s Entrepreneurs

Earlier this year, NBA’s social entrepreneurship team planned its first in-person trip for our 2021 and 2022 Social Entrepreneurship Cohorts.

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Staying Connected: Kansas Christian Home Uses Technology to Help Older Adults Socialize During Pandemic

For 60 years, Kansas Christian Home has provided social and health services to meet the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of seniors. They continue to do this by using new technologies like the iN2L.

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NBA Trustees Meet Virtually to Deepen Equity Work, Celebrate Outgoing Trustees

In June, NBA Trustees met virtually to deepen their equity work with the organization, review program updates, and celebrate outgoing trustees.

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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

Chaplains in Kentucky gather with the Director of Mental Health and Wellness Joselyn Spence.

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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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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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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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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

After spending a year working with NBA's Social Entrepreneurship team, the 2021 SENT Cohort reflects on its impact.

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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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Reflections on the Impact of NBA’s Executive Leaders Peer Learning and Wellness Group

Read about the impact of NBA’s Executive Leaders Peer Learning & Wellness Group.

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NBA Social Entrepreneurship Program Adds New Incubate Partner, Whosoever Will Community Assistance Program

2021 NBA Incubate Partner, Whosoever Will Community Assistance Program provides fresh, healthy, nutritious food to food-insecure communities in Beltsville, MD.

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Honoring Rev. Dr. Suzanne Webb

The Christian Church Foundation (CCF), the Christian Unity and Interfaith Ministry (CUIM), and the National Benevolent Association (NBA) mourn the loss of Rev. Dr. Suzanne Webb.

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Social Entrepreneurship: The Good News of Reimagining the Work of the Church

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Chaplains Safely Support Relationships in Residential Facility During Pandemic

NBA COVID-19 Response Grant enables a couple’s love story in quarantine.

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Danville Christian Church Continues Comfort Food Ministry During Pandemic

Before the pandemic, Danville Christian Church partnered with the local Ronald McDonald House in Danville, IN to provide comfort to families. Thanks to a COVID-19 NBA Response Grant, they were able to continue this partnership.

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Turning Tables Toward Mental Health and Wellness

Read about how  The Turning Table a project from the United Church of Christ St. Augustine in St. Augustine, Florida used their Mission and Ministry Grant to create a space to talk about mental health.

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Showing Students What’s Possible

Showing Students What’s Possible: KidZClub Provides Bilingual Tutoring and Support for College

KidzClub at West Street Church in Tipton, Indiana shares how receiving a 2019-20 Mission & Ministry grant impacted their ministry.

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Introducing the Members of the First SENT Cohort

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Announcing the 2020-21 NBA Mission & Ministry Grant Recipients

Introducing our Mission & Ministry grantees for the 2020-21 cycle!

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Offering Fresh Food, Conversation and Smiles During Tumultuous Times

First Christian Church in Princeton, Kentucky used their COVID-19 Mission & Ministry grant to support a program that touched their entire community and spanned multiple generations.

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Supporting Essential Employees Through the COVID-19 NBA Response Grant

When the city of Columbia, Missouri began to shut down due to COVID-19, Woodhaven sprung into action, finding ways to support their essential employees who needed extra support during this unprecedented year. They used a COVID-19 NBA Response Grant to help.

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Get to Know Our Partners

Whosoever Will Community Assistance Program

Beltsville, MD—Provides fresh, healthy, nutritious food to food-insecure communities.

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Chain Reaction Ministries

Houston, TX—Recycling bicycles by linking donors with identified needs in the community.

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All Peoples Community Center

Los Angeles, CA—Social services and programs that empower individuals and promote community respect.

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Child Saving Institute

Omaha, NB—Early childhood education, foster care, adoption, and emergency shelter.

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Broken Mended and Restored

Los Angeles, CA—Helping individuals impacted by emotional, spiritual and physical abuse.

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Christian Care Communities

Louisville, KY—Kentucky’s largest faith-based provider of housing, long-term care, and adult day centers.

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Christian Church Homes

Oakland, CA—Building and managing affordable housing communities where seniors can thrive.

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Columbia Area Older Adult Ministry

Columbia, MO—Spiritual and emotional support to the elderly population in long-term care.

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Disciple Homes Management Group

Longview, TX—Quality affordable housing for senior adults since 1972 in Northeast Texas.

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Cleveland Christian Home

Cleveland, OH—Children, youth, and families struggling with mental illness, abuse, and neglect.

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Disciples Retirement Community of Oklahoma

Edmond, OK—Funding to assist Disciples older adults living in Bradford Village.

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Florida Christian Center

Jacksonville, FL—Activities and pastoral care to seniors and disabled adults at three facilities.

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HER Faith Ministries

Memphis, TN—Assistance with food, clothing, utilities, and housing to impoverished women and children.

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Garden of Eden Health Center

Jayuya, Puerto Rico—Healthcare and holistic preventive medicine for women, children, and seniors.

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Hiram Farm

Hiram, OH—Agricultural setting that serves developmentally disabled adults.

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Good Life Care Resource Center

Los Angeles, CA—Daycare, preschool, afterschool programs; Spanish & Korean translation; transportation.

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Inman Christian Center

San Antonio, TX—Childcare, affordable housing, adolescent substance abuse treatment.

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Juliette Fowler Communities

Dallas, TX—Senior assisted and independent living, children's foster care, and adoption services.

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Manistee Manor Apartment Homes

Glendale, AZ—Apartment home rentals for low-income senior residents.

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Kansas Christian Home

Newton, KS—Meeting the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of its senior residents.

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Mission Behind Bars and Beyond

Louisville, KY—community-based mentoring programs for those released from prison.

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Kentucky Appalachian Ministry

Lexington, KY—a cooperative Mission Center of the Kentucky Region and Disciples Home Missions.

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New Communion

Winston-Salem, NC—Providing food and building relationships with those experiencing food insecurity.

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Patchwork Central

Evansville, IN—Food pantry, children's programs, healthcare access.

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Oakland Peace Center

Oakland, CA—A network of orgs including direct service, advocacy, youth empowerment, arts, culture.

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QC Family Tree

Charlotte, NC—Supporting families and building community in the historic Enderly Park neighborhood.

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Oklahoma Family Empowerment Center

Tulsa, OK—Parenting skills, homeless outreach, food assistance, addiction recovery, re-entry programs.

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Be The Neighbor

Austin, TX—Youth mission and education experience exploring issues of culture, gender, and poverty.

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Recovery Café San José

San Jose, CA—Healing for those traumatized by homelessness, addiction, mental health challenges.

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SHARE

Midland, TX—Respite care and support groups for families with children with disabilities.

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Learn and Grow with NBA Resources

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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Second Chance Employment: Making an Impact by Hiring Formerly Incarcerated People

This webinar explores the importance of considering the employment of people who are returning from our prisons and jails and those who are in recovery.

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Sustainable Fundraising: Building a Community of Support with the New Generation of Donors

Fundraising Consultant Kerri-Ann Appleton shares her tips for building a sustainable community of donors.

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SENT Seminar 2020: Recorded Classes

SENT Seminar 2020: Recorded Classes

Participants in the 2020 Seminar experienced online education on the importance of impactful work in our communities, as well as lessons on how to plant and grow new faith-rooted social enterprises.

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Webinar: Why Our Corrections System Is So Dysfunctional

Join our experienced panelists for a conversation on why the corrections system has become so dysfunctional and broken.

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Worship for Families of Incarcerated Individuals

These resources were created to offer people of faith an opportunity to worship together and reflect on the experience of immigrants in the Bible and the experience of immigrants living in the United States.

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Liturgy for Working with Incarcerated People  

We invite you to explore immigration through these liturgies and worship resources.

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Liturgies for Immigration and Detention

We invite you to explore immigration through these liturgies and worship resources.

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Liturgy for Reentry Ministries

We invite you to explore immigration through these liturgies and worship resources.

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Webinar: Why Followers of Jesus Should Oppose Capital Punishment

What does the Bible say about capital punishment? Should followers of Jesus Christ, who was executed himself, oppose the use of capital punishment?

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WEBINAR: Resources for Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention

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Faith-Based Black HIV/AIDS Awareness & Prevention Guide

16-page PDF resource with historical insight into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, sermon starters, and statistics.

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Webinar: Introducing “We Are Witnesses”, an important video series about the U.S. Criminal Justice System

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Webinar: Combating Mass Incarceration through Bail Reform

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Webinar: Beyond the Labels: The Humanization of God’s Children

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Liturgy for Immigration and Detention

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Ferguson, Clergy, and the Faith that Fuels their Lives

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Webinar: The Privatization of Prisons and Prison Industry Divestment

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Webinar: The Prison Abolition Movement

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Webinar: The Rising Number of Incarcerated Women

Join us as we discuss the impact of the increasing number of women, particularly women of color, that are spending time behind bars and work to address solutions

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Webinar: Restoration of Voting Rights

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Workshops and Resources from 2019 General Assembly

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Webinar: Immigration Detention in the United States

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A Helpful Framework for Solving Complex Community Problems

The Cynefin framework is a useful tool that helps leaders understand how to approach complex community issues.

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Community of Resistance Podcast with Sandhya Jha

Derek Penwell speaks with Sandhya about how churches can get involved in social justice.

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Practical Branding 101

A brand is a psychosocial association with something. Every business and organization has a brand, whether they realize it or are in control of it or not.

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Webinar: On Becoming Immigrant-Welcoming Congregations: Resolution GA-1723

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NBA Impact Report

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Webinar: Succession Planning and Executive Transitions 101

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Webinar: Best Practices for Board Development

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