- Faith & Family
Pastor Daisy Bailey had known for a while that she should found her own ministry, yet she kept delaying her calling. The 64-year-old minister had previously served in various capacities in her home churches including associate and assistant pastorship.
She was content until one day it dawned on her to ask, “Why are you always doing other people’s ministry when you can do your own?”
Finally, she founded the All Things Common (A.T.C.) New Life Christian Church on October 12th, 2011.
According to the minister, “Most people think that the new life with Christ only comes after they die, but I’m trying to teach the people that you can have that life here and now.”
Before the first service was ever held, Bailey knew what exactly the vision for her church would be.
“From serving under other ministers, I found out that some people don’t care about the souls of the people, instead its just about the money they collect,” she explained. “So I wanted my ministry to be different because I wanted it be about the people.”
After spending years in service at churches, Bailey has developed her own ideals of what a pastor should be.
“They should be a person that stands out in leadership and is really sincere in what’s their doing,” she said. “Basically, people should know just by listening to you talk that you are a child of God.”
For Bailey, who will be officially installed as pastor in June, that means focusing her outreach efforts upon former drug addicts, homeless and prostitutes among other populations that are generally unchurched.
“If you’re already saying that you’re saved, then I don’t have to worry about your soul, but I reach out to everyone to let them know that God loves them,” she said.
Currently, the A.T.C. New Life Christian Church meets at the Winston Clubhouse every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening for Bible study. The small ministry attracts a few handfuls of individuals for services.
But the senior pastor is unconcerned about the ministry’s size.
“Sometimes God wants us to start off small, so we can appreciate where we come from,” she said.
At every service, Bailey finds herself preaching about “winning souls and teaching people that they need to be saved.”
The installation service for Pastor Daisy Bailey will be Sunday, June 10th at 3:30 p.m. at Greater Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church on 2601 NW 65th Street in Miami. Her son and assistant pastor, Lucas H. Bailey Sr. will be ordained during the same service.
By Kaila Heard