The National Benevolent Association (NBA) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) announces the conclusion of its current “Chaplaincy care” program on November 30, 2012.
Initiated in 2008, the “Chaplaincy care” ministry program was created in partnership with Disciples regions and a select number of older adult residential facilities. Additionally, a chaplain was called to serve two addiction recovery facilities in Austin, Texas. In November, five chaplains will conclude their pastoral service in the “Chaplaincy care” program.
“All of our chaplains have provided an outstanding ministry of pastoral leadership and care with and for the residents of these communities. We are grateful for their service,” says Vice President of Church Ministries, Rev. Rebecca Hale.
The older adult residential communities served by the “Chaplaincy care” ministry program included the Retirement Nursing Center in Austin, Texas; Ramsey Village in Des Moines, Iowa; Manistee Manor and Waymark Gardens in Glendale, Arizona; Barton W. Stone Home in Jacksonville, Illinois; California Mission Inn (Rosemead), Westminster Gardens (Duarte), Bethany Towers and Kingsley Manor (Hollywood) located in the Los Angeles area.
The NBA Board of Trustees recently initiated and affirmed a process of visioning and missional focus for future NBA ministries. As part of the visioning process the “Chaplaincy care” program was evaluated for its sustainability and missional focus. While the areas of spiritual wellness and pastoral care in communities remains a core of NBA programs, NBA seeks to enhance and strengthen ministerial chaplaincy especially within and for local Disciples congregations and regions of the church.
“There are tremendous opportunities for collaborative partnerships throughout the Disciples church related to pastoral chaplaincy. NBA is excited to explore these partnerships and to address serving the needs of local communities that are inclusive of older adults, children and their families, military veterans and others that may often feel on the margins of our society or forgotten,” says Mark Anderson, President of the NBA.
For further questions related to NBA ministry programs, please contact Rev. Rebecca Hale, Vice President of Church Ministries, at [email protected] .
About the National Benevolent Association
The National Benevolent Association (NBA) is a general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a mainline, Protestant denomination with over 3,700 congregations throughout the United States and Canada. The NBA traces its roots back to the 1880’s when six women in a St. Louis-based prayer group developed local programs designed to provide care and services to women and children in need.
For more information about the NBA, visit www.nbacares.org.