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

NBA Incubate Social Entrepreneur Cohort at Hope Partnership's 2015 Leadership AcademyNBA Incubate Social Entrepreneur Cohort at Hope Partnership's 2015 Leadership Academy

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-Affiliated Ministries

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

Fill out the form below to find out more information about the NBA Incubate Initiative and how you can get involved! 

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Social Enterprise Resource Bank

A place for nonprofit staff and social entrepreneurs to find resources to help them build innovative and sustainable health and social services ministries.

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2017 Incubate Event Calendar

July 12, 2017

Learn more about webinars, gatherings, and other events for emerging health and social service ministries offered through the NBA Incubate Initiative in 2017.

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Become Part of the NBA Incubate Initiative

Part of NBA's mission is to partner with and empower new Disciples-led health and social service ministries in order to strengthen and grow their effectiveness and impact. We seek to collaborate, support, and incubate.

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UrbanMission Community Partners gathering

Call and Response

May 12, 2017

God is constantly speaking to all of us through our communities and partners, inviting us to be agents of wholeness in a fragmented world. How do we respond to this exciting and challenging call?

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Ayanna Johnson Watkins

Director of the NBA Incubate Initiative

Larry J. Morris III

Incubate Program Associate