The Board of Trustees of the National Benevolent Association (NBA) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) unanimously affirmed moving forward into a strategic planning process for the organization. This confirmation took place at the recent board meeting on August 23–25, 2012 in St. Louis, Mo.
This strategic plan for the NBA will incorporate the feedback collected from various stakeholders related to the NBA, namely pastors, denominational leaders, church members at local congregations, historically Disciples-affiliated service agencies, the staff, and the trustees. The plan will outline a series of missional areas in which NBA, as the health and human service general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will focus its continued ministries of outreach and future work.
“We seek to expand upon our historic legacy of caring ‘for the least of these’ and working in partnership with communities throughout the Disciples church to nurture and create communities of compassion and care,” said NBA President, Mark D. Anderson.
“There is new life and energy within the ministries of NBA. I join the Trustees in voicing my affirmation and hope that NBA moves forward in faithful response and in determining how best to mutually partner with and guide how the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) advocates for the wholeness and well-being of all,” said NBA Board Chair, the Rev. Belva Brown Jordan.
Anderson later added, “I am excited by the process of strategic planning and discernment for the future ministries of the NBA. The opportunities for collaborative partnership across the country are tremendous. Already, I am inspired by the passion and interests of faithful Disciples who share with us their commitment to care for those who are marginalized among us, and their desire to seek justice in a world full of brokenness.”
Also during the meeting, the Board was updated on the pending lawsuit against NBA’s bankruptcy counsel. Following the NBA’s emergence from bankruptcy, NBA filed a lawsuit against its bankruptcy counsel Weil, Gotshal and Manges (“Weil”) seeking damages in conjunction with the advice and actions of Weil which the NBA alleged ultimately caused it to seek relief in bankruptcy. The Board was advised that after years of litigation in numerous courts, the Missouri Supreme Court refused to hear the NBA’s appeal of a ruling of the Missouri Court of Appeals. This action effectively brought an end to the litigation related to the bankruptcy.
Other actions of the Board included the election of officers – Rev. Belva Brown Jordan, Chair; Joseph Kidwell, Vice Chair; Dr. Kerry Swindle, Secretary; Robert Patterson, Treasurer; and Rev. Suzanne Webb, Member-At-Large as a member of the Executive Committee – for a one year term, and approval of the revised bylaws.
The NBA Board of Trustees biannual meeting concluded with the anticipation of formally receiving the strategic plan in the months ahead.
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