NBA Incubate Initiative

The NBA incubates new ministries, empowering Disciples-led health and social service projects to focus on their growth, strengthen their impact, and work toward sustainability.

Through the NBA Incubate Initiative, we strive to encourage and support the development of new and innovative health and social service ministries by Disciples social entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs are most often Disciples individuals, Disciples congregations, or Disciples members of ecumenical/interfaith teams. Their ministries take the form of individual nonprofits, auxiliary or subsidiary ministries of larger ministries, networks and collaboratives, curricula and training programs, and more!

How Incubate Works

The NBA Incubate Initiative offers connection, learning, support, and contributions.

  • Connection: in-person gatherings, including learning events and retreats; virtual gatherings, including a private Facebook group; and larger Disciples gatherings, like General Assembly
  • Learning: workshops and conferences; consulting and coaching; and other virtual co-learning opportunities
  • Support: marketing via NBA publications and networks; back-office support opportunities; and professional and spiritual support
  • Grants: financial grants and subsidies for a variety of project-specific needs


Our Incubate relationships often come from meetings, connections, referrals, and inquiries via the NBA website. Memos of understanding (MOUs) establish formal Incubate relationships. These MOUs typically last three years, with the option to renew, and are designed to promote ministry effectiveness and sustainability and encourage Disciples leadership and innovation. An MOU can include:

From the Ministry Affiliate From the NBA
Semi-annual reporting Financial, professional, and spiritual support
Speaking and writing on behalf of the ministry and Incubate Organizational consulting and/or leadership/executive coaching
Representing NBA at external events Skill-building resources
Commitment to collaboration Church-wide promotion

Meet the Incubate Affiliate Ministries

Click the links below to learn more about these innovative and impactful ministries!

Read Incubate Stories

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Director of the NBA Incubate Initiative

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Incubate Program Associate