Peer Learning & Wellness Groups


Connecting and Resourcing Disciples Health & Social Service Ministries

NBA calls together Peer Learning & Wellness Groups around common areas of ministry or professional roles. The Groups provide an opportunity for Disciples to engage in peer support and encouragement, mutual dialogue, spiritual renewal, and peer-to-peer learning.

“The peer group model is an effective way to help practitioners hone their craft and find much-needed support in the company of colleagues,” says Rev. Rebecca L. Hale, NBA Executive Vice President. “Disciples health and social service ministries benefit when we are connected in a strong network of care.” NBA also hopes, as appropriate, to hear the experiences and challenges of Disciples-related health and social service ministries in a way that allows us to deepen our effectiveness in supporting this work across the life of the church. “In each of our peer group meetings, we declare ‘you are not alone,’ creating a brave space for proclaiming our joys and challenges,” says Rev. Héctor J. Hernández Marcial, NBA Director of Community Engagement.


Our Collaborative Vision for Learning & Wellness

The vision of NBA Peer Learning & Wellness Groups is to provide an opportunity for likeminded individuals to cultivate community focused on:

  1. Education: Peer-to-peer learning, sharing experience and expertise on leadership/ministry related issues, and sharing resources.
  2. Inspiration: Spiritual renewal, self-care, peer support/encouragement.
  3. Justice: Each cohort gives particular attention to the current issues affecting their communities, work and/or ministries and identify collective strategies aimed at addressing the root causes of injustice.
  4. Well-being: Cohorts explore and experience together throughout their journey, rest, play, and renew during the virtual meetings and in-person gatherings in an effort to achieve a better balance in their lives.

Apply for a Peer Learning & Wellness Group

Below are the opportunities open for those interested in joining an NBA Peer Learning & Wellness Group. If you don’t see an opportunity that’s a fit currently, sign up for our newsletter or check back regularly for future opportunities.

Young Adults in Social Services Peer Learning & Wellness Group

The Young Adults in Social Services Peer Learning & Wellness Group (PLWG) is a two-year hybrid group for young adults involved in social service ministries. Together, the members of this group will create a community of support and development by focusing on identity, vocation and discernment, leadership, and transformation of our communities. The group will meet virtually each month, and have an opportunity to meet in person three times.

Applications open Wednesday, July 19, and close Friday, September 22. Final decisions will be made in October.

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Meet the Peer Learning & Wellness Groups Team

Rev. Héctor J. Hernández Marcial


Rev. Tiffany Curtis


C. Mark Palmer


Rev. Bere Gil Soto


Peer Learning & Wellness Stories

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Wellness, Rhythm & Balance: A Retreat for Peer Groups

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Peer Learning & Wellness Groups Create a Place to Connect, Be Seen and Heard

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Introducing NBA’s 2020-2022 Multilingual Latin@ Pastors and Leaders Peer Group

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NBA Deepens Mental Health Initiative and Peer Group Work with Rev. Héctor Hernández as Connect Coordinator

Effective January 1, 2019, the National Benevolent Association welcomes Rev. Héctor Hernández into the new, full-time role of Connect Coordinator.

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NBA Advocacy and Activism Peer Group Launches, Remembers Michael Brown in St. Louis

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Ministry of Presence as a Peer Group Convener

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Marketing & Development Peer Group Launches at Disciples Development Conference

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Disciples Care Exchange Calls Together Executive Leaders Peer Group

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NBA Gathers Prison & Jail Ministry Workers for a Two-Year Peer Group Experience

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