Social Entrepreneurship

ABOUT OUR MINISTRY

Developing Faith-Rooted Health & Social Service Organizations

NBA’s Social Entrepreneurship program encourages and supports the development of new and innovative faith-rooted social enterprises that embody care and compassion in tangible ways. The social enterprises and nonprofits we work with seek to change the narrative by inviting communities into new possibilities; by creating innovative health social service-related enterprises. Our partnerships with social enterprises focus on nurturing an environment of support for nonprofit leaders seeking to grow and strengthen the impact of their work. We also focus on the work of sustainability for projects and nonprofits such as information and techniques to promote healthy organizations. We understand that God is concerned about the well-being of all. Social Entrepreneurs are responding to God’s call as they understand God’s dream for the world is wholeness. We respond with compassion and care which are the building blocks to transformation.  The roots of our work draw inspiration and strength from our faith as we believe justice and wholeness are possible.


Social Entrepreneur COHORT

Plant, Water, and Grow Your New Social Enterprise

Each year NBA selects a cohort of new faith-rooted social entrepreneurs to be a part of a community of support and growth.  Those selected to be a part of our Social Entrepreneur Cohort will be in an active process of formation and conversation following their initial involvement in our SENT Seminar. This 12-month journey will begin with our inaugural SENT Seminar, which introduces our social entrepreneurs to their cohort of innovative leaders and will provide them with a tailored curriculum to help launch their projects. Over 12 months, our group will also participate in three webinar-style learnings and a self-care-centered retreat. Throughout this process, our cohort will be provided with specialized coaching to help support and strengthen their social enterprise. During this time, cohort members will also have access to certain resources from NBA, while also contributing to the spread and development of the Incubate Initiative. Resources include:

  • Project featured one or more times through NBA’s communication channels and across the Disciples church
  • Access to short-term consultations with NBA-related professionals/consultants
  • Opportunity to apply for assistance with site visits to similar projects/organizations
  • Ongoing learning and networking opportunities through NBA.

Meet the 2021 Cohort   Apply for the 2022 Cohort


Social Entrepreneurship Events

SENT Seminar

The NBA Social Entrepreneurship team invites Social Entrepreneurs and Disciples who want to learn more about the world of social enterprise to our virtual SENT Seminar. Participants will experience 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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Social Entrepreneur Cohort

Calling all social entrepreneurs: NBA invites you to apply to be part of the 2022 Social Entrepreneurship Cohort. Each year NBA selects a cohort of new faith-rooted social entrepreneurs to be a part of a community of support and growth.  Those selected to be a part of our SENT Cohort will be in an active process of formation and conversation.

Apply for the Cohort

Staff

Meet the Social Entrepreneurship Team

Rev. Darnell Fennell

Rev. Darnell Fennell

DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Ashley Mayham

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM COORDINATOR


Videos & Webinars

Watch and Learn

Watch any of our educational webinars to learn how you can start and grow your faith-rooted social enterprise. These videos are designed help you develop and expand the impact of your social service ministry.

Incubate Partners

Strengthen Your Social Impact in Partnership with NBA

Incubate Partnerships are one way we seek to accompany and resource social entrepreneurs in launching their organizations, anywhere from the start-up phase to nonprofits that have been operating for some years (1-10 years). We seek to connect social entrepreneurs with peers through cohort groups or innovative conversations. Our groups provide an intergenerational, collaborative learning experience rooted in theological reflection social analysis (the act of doing something strategic through the work of the enterprise), with the branches of our work being the creation of sustainable social enterprises and healthy organizational structures.

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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Broken Mended and Restored

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

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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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Good Life Care Resource Center

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

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Mission Behind Bars and Beyond

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

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New Communion

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

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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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Recovery Café San José

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

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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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Community Partners 4 Innovation

Pomona, CA—Working on poverty, hunger, homelessness, incarceration, education, and healthcare.

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Learn and Grow with NBA Resources

Workshops and Resources from 2019 General Assembly

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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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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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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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Webinar

Webinar: Vision, Mission, and Values

This webinar focuses on why a ministry should spend time developing these core guiding statements and walks through a clear process for an organization to arrive at their unique way of naming their "why and how."

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How to Plan a Retreat That’s Really Restful

Even while the world around us seems to be racing itself from one sensational, tragic, amazing thing to the next, perhaps a retreat is what we need.

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Stand for Your Mission – Creating Positive Change Through Board Advocacy

Advocacy is important in creating communities of compassion and care and board members are leaders who can help your organization advocate for the issues in which you and your organization are engaged.

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Webinar

Webinar: Welcoming Abundance in 2018: Insights and Helpful Tips for Planning Your Fundraising Year

In this webinar, experienced fundraising professionals answer your questions about fundraising, best practices for nonprofit fundraising, and more!

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Webinar: Intro to Faith-Based/Rooted Organizing

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Workshops and Resources from 2017 General Assembly

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7 Things You Can Do to Improve the Sad State of Board Diversity

The lack of diversity on boards is no longer just annoying. It is a critical issue.

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Leading with Intent

As the leading organization focused on strengthening and supporting nonproft board leadership, BoardSource has been tracking and analyzing trends in nonproft board leadership since we launched our frst national study in 1994.

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Webinar: Grow Your Ministry with Email and Social

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10 Local Marketing Strategies That Work

If you operate a local business you can try many general marketing strategies, but you have one special consideration.

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Board Fundraising eGuide

CEOs were asked to grade their orgs’ board in 10 different areas. Fundraising received the lowest score.

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Benefiting from Board Diversity

Board members have a surprisingly demanding and varied job to do.

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Should You Start a Church or a Nonprofit?

Here we can empower Disciples to begin building the things they believe the world needs and turn their “I wish someone would…” into “I believe I will.”

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After Background Checks: What’s Next?

We have heard, repeatedly, “You must do background checks!” but what's next?

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Choosing a Financial Reporting Tool

Finances – an unavoidable part of the stewardship and administration.

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Building a Communications Plan, Part 2

It’s important to get these plans on paper, so to speak, to organize our thoughts and keep us accountable,

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Building a Communications Plan, Part 1

Marketing and communications should be among the top priorities of any organization.

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Social Enterprise Resource Bank

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Webinar: Facebook for Social Enterprise

In this webinar, health and social service ministry nonprofits and social enterprises can learn to improve their use of and presence on Facebook.

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Creating Your Board

When developing a nonprofit organization, you will find that many are willing to serve on the board. Unfortunately, board members are often not given the necessary training to serve most effectively in their new roles.

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Social Entrepreneurship Stories

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

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Introducing the Members of the First SENT Cohort

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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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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 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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Finding My Next Steps at SENT 2019

2019 SENT Seminar participant Foster Frimpong shares how the after school program he's starting has shifted in a great way since attending SENT.

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SENT Seminar and The Emerging Church

Katie Sexton arrived at the 2019 SENT Seminar feeling hopeless, but she left feeling hopeful. Read about the journey she's had since then:

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Second Wind

2019 SENT Seminar Participant Eric Lesure shares what attending this years SENT meant to him.

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Camp Sunflower’s Experience at 2019 SENT Seminar

Grant recipients Camp Sunflower from Witchita, KS have come a long way since they began in 2016.

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Reflecting on NBA’s time in Arizona for the 2019 SENT Seminar

Director of Social Entrepreneurship, Darnell Fennell reflects on SENT Seminar 2019.

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NBA Announces New Incubate Partner, Broken Mended and Restored

The National Benevolent Association adds a tenth Incubate partner, Broken Mended and Restored.

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Meet the 2019 SENT Seminar Presenters

Meet the presenters for our 2019 SENT Seminar happening September 11-14, 2019.

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Intergenerational Wellness Retreat with QC Family Tree

This past spring, NBA’s Mental Health Initiative in partnership with QC Family Tree, worked together to create an intergenerational wellness retreat that encouraged healthy character and identity formation for all ages.

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Seniors Sipping Tea

Oklahoma Family Empowerment Center’s Spirit Seniors group is active and enjoying life. They get together every week for different activities, including afternoon tea.

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Adding Aroma to Your Dreams

Project 751 will develop resources for personal and community development.

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A Space to Nurture Dreams to Reality

The SENT Seminar did for me what Healing the WOMBman will do for other women.

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A Power Boost that Defies Description

Rev. Tunstall says every topic covered at SENT Seminar met the need for equipping of her org.

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Supported and Empowered

Katrina Marsh came away from SENT Seminar feeling supported in her process of conceptualizing and birthing a project that could truly help others. She left feeling empowered to partner with others for greater impact.

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About to Do Something Brand New

Larry J. Morris III, celebrates the ways God is stirring the imaginations of God’s people.

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Art-Show Season with UrbanMission Community Partners: Beyond the Blue

Fall 2018 marks the third year of UrbanMission Community Partners’ InsideOut Art program.

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Clothes Closet is More than Clothing for all Seasons

The Clothes Closet was created in 2010 in response to a need for access to affordable clothing.

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