In 2014, the National Benevolent Association (NBA) launched XPLOR, a prophetic movement of and for young adults who are considering lives of care and service. The Residency provides 10-month professional development and vocational discernment opportunities for 21- to 30-year-olds to live simply in community and engage in direct service and justice work. Through NBA XPLOR, young adults are partnered with Disciples congregations, regional and general ministries, and wider communities—positively engaging neighborhoods, the congregations, and the young adults.
First Christian Church (FCC) has partnered with NBA XPLOR as a host team site for the 2019-2020 program year. FCC will welcome four XPLOR Residents who will work with local non-profits as they explore the possibility of a professional life of service and justice work. NBA XPLOR and FCC are fully committed to a solid foundation of anti-racism and anti-oppression work. The XPLOR Cornerstones help Residents and host teams to engage practices of full inclusion and to celebrate diversity.
Four Cornerstones of NBA XPLOR
Community Engagement and Justice Work: Connect the life of faith to the work of justice in your day-to-day life.
Spiritual Deepening and Vocational Discernment: Say yes to new ways of living into God’s dreams for your life.
Leadership Development: Claim and hone your strengths for personal, spiritual, and professional leadership.
Simple Living in Intentional Community: Experience sharing resources and making decisions in a household community of faith.
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