Even though Rev. Mara Bailey began her new position as campus minister in July, there is a new rush of new excitement for her thanks to the students’ return to campus.
Just weeks into the semester and Bailey said she has already seen the strong sense of community at Nebraska Wesleyan and is even more eager to begin working with students and faculty.
Bailey was involved with campus ministry at her undergraduate college, Simpson College in Iowa. That experience sparked her interest in becoming a Methodist leader. After completing her religious studies degree, she went on to study at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas.
“I realized I would like to provide ministry and work with college-age students,” she said.
Upon her completion of the seminary in December 2009, Bailey learned of the university minister position at NWU.
“I was very interested in the smaller, supportive community of faculty, staff, and students at NWU,” she said. “The ability to connect with students one on one is something I valued from my own undergraduate experience.”
Bailey has already begun exploring new ways to expand campus ministry involvement with students.
“I would like to connect with other campus organizations such as FCA and Campus Crusade to combine efforts,” she said. “Many students are looking to be active.”
She plans to increase involvement and spiritual growth through mission programs and service learning projects.
She also hopes to advance growth with Thursday chapel and build the intern program to expand leadership roles. Bailey also plans to explore avenues that will connect campus ministry to existing communities like the residence halls.
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