As the NBA staff crafted a new strategic plan for 2013 and beyond, they recognized our benevolent work links acts of kindness and care with a passion for justice. Remaining moved by Matilda Hart Younkin and the five other Disciples women founders, who gathered in discernment and prayer in those early years, NBA’s mission continues in faithful service by investing in new relationships, collaborative partnerships, innovative models of work, and effective organizational structures.
The process of visioning and planning for future NBA ministries emerges out of many encounters and conversations with pastors, lay leaders, denominational partners, congregations, health and human service organizations, and local communities. The ministry ahead is a product of ALL our hearts, minds, and creativity.
Creating Communities of Compassion and Care
Following God’s call, the National Benevolent Association exists to inspire and connect the people and ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), to accompany one another in the creation of communities of compassion and care, and to advocate for the well-being of humanity.
Rooted in Compassionate Care, Accountability, Collaborate Partnerships, Accompaniment, Forward Leaning
How We Work
Incubate – The NBA incubates new ministries, empowering Disciples-led health and social service projects to focus on growth, strengthen impact, and plan for appropriate sustainability.
Initiate – The NBA initiates ministries designed to establish and grow partnerships with health and social service supporters and providers.
Connect – The NBA connects Disciples-related health and social service ministries and mission partners—connections that empower them to learn, collaborate, and grow stronger.
View the 2016 NBA Ministry Impact Report to read more about this shared work!