Organizational Development

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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.


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

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Social Entrepreneurship

Creating, growing, and sustaining new faith-rooted social service enterprises.

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Administrative Supports

Consulting, leadership coaching, accounting, board development training, executive searches, job postings.

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Purchasing Discounts

NBA is in partnership with Care Purchasing Services (CPS), a national buying alliance and procurement organization that provides access to discounted pricing for a wide assortment of supplies, furniture, and more. CPS has secured reduced prices from over 250 vendor partners and is continuing to expand. Disciples Health & Social Service ministries may contact NBA to apply for access to the CPS service.

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Mission & Ministry Grants

Supporting Disciples programs for older adults or at-risk youth.

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Peer Learning & Wellness Groups

Engaging leaders in peer-to-peer learning, spiritual renewal, justice, and wellness.

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Educational Resources

Continuing education, professional development, and theological materials.

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Directory of Disciples Health & Social Service Ministries

Search our register of Disciples-affiliated health & social service ministries.

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Organizational Development Stories and News

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: 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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All People’s College Corner Program Successfully Helps Teens Afford College

All People's Community Center shares how receiving a 2019-20 Mission & Ministry grant impacted their ministry.

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Texas Church Uses Mission & Ministry Grant to Design an Inclusive Playground

Park Place Christian Church shares how receiving a 2019-20 Mission & Ministry grant impacted their ministry.

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Expanding Excellence in Dementia Care During Critical Year for Seniors

Juliette Fowler Communities shares how receiving a 2019-20 Mission & Ministry grant impacted their ministry.

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Learn How to Support Older Adults in Your Church

The Older Adult Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mid-America Region used their Mission and Ministry Grant to create a robust resource for seniors within the denomination.

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How NBA’s Mission & Ministry Grants Helped Children Enjoy their Summer

Cleveland Christian Home shares how receiving a 2019-20 Mission & Ministry grant impacted their ministry.

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The SENT Seminar Confirmed That I’m on the Right Path

Attending the 2020 SENT Seminar was the confirmation Amie Vanderford needed to keep shaping her new social enterprise Project Least.

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Empowered to Impact Dreams: The Dreamkeepers Find Direction at SENT Seminar 2020

"Before the SENT Seminar, I was struggling with what type of organization I was creating, who my target market was, and how I was going to build a supportive network around me that would serve as a guide during the formation years. Now, after attending the SENT seminar, I have no doubt in mind that such support actually exists."

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Why the SENT Seminar is for Everyone

Embarking on the journey to launch a health and social service ministry can be daunting. That's why NBA created the SENT Seminar, to help social entrepreneurs find their way through.

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SENT Seminar Was a Map When I Was Lost

Amber Mattingly, SENT 2020 participant and founder of Sacred Flow, an online yoga community, shares how this year's seminar helped her embrace the unknown and be okay with getting lost.

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A Journey of Defining the Social Impact My Organization Will Have

Managerrie Winston shares how this year's seminar helped define the social impact her organization will have.

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NBA Welcomes Second Incubate Partner of 2020, Good Life Care Resource Center

The National Benevolent Association is welcoming another faith-rooted social enterprise as a new Incubate partner. Good Life Care Resource Center is NBA’s twelfth Incubate partner.

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NBA Announces New Incubate Partner, StoryWagen

The National Benevolent Association welcomes StoryWagen as a new Incubate partner and affiliate that is committed to innovative approaches to health and social service ministry.

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All Peoples’ Assists with COVID-19 Hunger Relief

All Peoples Community Center is providing groceries to families in need.

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Meet our SENT 2020 Presenters

NBA has adapted its traditional SENT model and moved the seminar to online-only this year. We are grateful to our lineup of esteemed presenters who will share their knowledge with our SENT participants. Get to know them!

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A Call to See and Respond to the Crisis of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

The novel Coronavirus is a threat that is very real, but we cannot see it. I relate this invisibility to Domestic Violence.

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A Message from New Communion, NBA Health and Social Services Partner

New Communion is committed to providing nourishing food in the Winston-Salem community.

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Hummingbirds in a Dry Land

In September, we hosted an Anti Racism/Pro-Reconciliation training for 45 individuals. QC Family Tree Founder, Rev. Helms Jarrell shares what attending this training meant to her.

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Journey to Wholeness: Escaping Domestic Violence

When Felecia an expecting mother and survivor of domestic abuse was facing homelessness, Incubate partner HER Faith Ministries stepped in to help create a path forward.

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Driving Wedges, Creating Sacred Spaces and Planting Seeds of Possibility

Rev. Stephen Yorba Patten of UrbanMission Community Partners shares how the organization is getting involved with the Pomona community to create a just community of compassion and care.

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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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StoryWagen

Kansas City, MO—Free resources about grief, moral injury, shame, guilt, and other spiritual health issues.

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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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Reach Beyond Mission

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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Learn and Grow with NBA Resources

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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Webinar: Restorative Justice, Part 1

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Making Friends by Asking for Money

For lots of us, talking about money at all makes us uncomfortable. Much less asking someone for money! And yet, to make our ministry dreams realities, it is one of the most necessary skills to learn.

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Principles and Practices – Where can you find “best practices” for nonprofits?

While there is no single definition of a “best practices” for each and every nonprofit organization, there are well-recognized ethical standards and accountability practices that every staff and board member of a charitable nonprofit should be aware of.

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Webinar: Fundraising IS Ministry

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