Spiritual Development

Spirituality matters at Nebraska Methodist College. As a school created in 1891 through the efforts of Methodist deaconesses, we couldn't be prouder of our deep institutional roots in a heritage of Christian faith and service. This is who we are.

What is Spirituality and Spiritual Development?

Spirituality means "related to the soul or spirit, the intangible part of each person that motivates, guides, and integrates their being." If everyone has a spirit, then spirituality is not only for persons who embrace a particular religion but includes all people.

Our Spiritual Development program works to integrate spirituality campus-wide as an important aspect of personal, professional and corporate development. We think spirituality matters not only for students, but also for our faculty, our staff and Nebraska Methodist College as a whole.

Key Aspects of Spiritual Development

A Spiritual Emphasis that correlates with one of our core values here at Nebraska Methodist College is highlighted on campus throughout the year. This Spiritual Emphasis is across the whole college, including students, faculty and staff. For the 2016-2017 academic year, our Spiritual Emphasis is calling, which relates to our core value of excellence. We define calling as "cultivating a sense of higher purpose that motivates, guides and sustains our work."

Pastoral care is available anytime for students, faculty and staff. We do our best to provide spiritual support for all who request it. If we are unable to meet your particular needs, we will gladly do what we can to connect you with the spirituality resources you are looking for.

A Message from Our Director

"I have worked for nearly a decade as a nondenominational evangelical Christian pastor and military chaplain and serve here at Nebraska Methodist College as Director of Spiritual Development. My passion for the college and our students is informed by my love of learning and the impact cancer has had on people very dear to me.

When we talk about holism, we mean that our students are whole persons preparing to work in nursing and allied health professions while compassionately serving whole persons. The intention of our Spiritual Development program is not to change what you believe or to tell you what to believe. Our purpose is to encourage all of our students to recognize spirituality as an important part of being a whole person as they prepare here for a lifetime of service to whole persons.

In a culture that is sometimes crippled by political correctness, I believe diversity means being who we are with clarity rather than fear and doing so together with respect and compassion for all people in the context of community. Using the resources of our common humanity and my Christian faith, I am passionate about encouraging students regardless of their background or beliefs in their spiritual development as a person, as a professional and as part of a larger community.

I can't think of a better place than Nebraska Methodist College for our students to begin to recognize and work out spirituality as an important aspect of doing work that matters and living a life that matters to make a real impact in our communities."

Dr. Jon Wymer