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Announcing Transformed Ministry Programs

Attention: Ministry Leaders and Colleagues of the Center for Ministry Development

Dear Friend,

The Center for Ministry Development (CMD) has provided resources, training, and programs to support Catholic Youth Ministry leaders since 1978. That is our passion and our mission. For the last 18 months, I have been working with our board to determine ways to serve this mission for the future. We recognized a need for more investment in our comprehensive online youth ministry resources provided through Youth Ministry Access and our leadership training provided through the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies. Therefore, we began a process of looking for an organization that could provide a new home for these resources, a place where these programs could grow.

We are excited to have found such an organization in Equipping the Saints, a division of Declan Weir Productions, Inc. You are probably familiar with their work with the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry in providing youth evangelization through the National Catholic Youth Conference and Holy Fire gatherings. EQSaints is a respected Catholic organization that really has its finger on the pulse of youth ministry today. These efforts are headed up by a dear friend and colleague, Robert Feduccia who has a longstanding relationship with CMD and these programs. Robert has been an author for YMA for many years, has served as an instructor with the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program, and provided training for Certificate faculty on the topic of Evangelization.

Speaking on behalf of the Center for Ministry Development, I want to say that it has been an immense honor to have served Catholic Youth Ministry leaders through these programs. We are very proud of the way that these programs have empowered leaders in Catholic ministry, young and old. We are excited to imagine these programs serving leaders in the future with the investment that EQSaints is making. To watch the announcement video I recorded with Robert Feduccia about this exciting transition, click here.

The Center for Ministry Development and EQSaints are committed to working together in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition and an exciting future for these resources.

• Current YMA subscribers will continue to access their resources and manage their account on cmdnet.org through May 4th, 2021, when the resources will move to EQSaints' new web platform. After that date, subscribers will have access and will renew their subscriptions in that platform.

• Current Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies students will continue in their scheduled courses and with their current instructors and should experience no interruption in their participation. The existing program will be managed by CMD through the end of the summer sessions, at which time EQSaints will assume management of the program. Registration for new sessions beginning in Fall 2021 will be handled directly with EQSaints.

This transition accomplishes CMD's mission by allowing these outstanding resources, which we have nurtured faithfully over many years, to continue to grow. It also allows us to place renewed focus on our other programs, including our Catholic mission trips, Just5Days, and Young Neighbors in Action, along with our Fashioning Faith resources, youth leadership training, and workshops.

This is an exciting new chapter for Youth Ministry Access and the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies. We look forward to seeing these programs thrive under the care of Equipping the Saints and to continue partnering with you to form youth in faith and promote strong Catholic families.

Peace and blessings,
Tom East
Director

253 853-5422

www.eqsaints.com

www.cmdnet.org

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At Equipping the Saints, our name is our mission. We exist to "equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ" (Ephesians 4:11-12). Through helpful resources, hands-on training, and inspiring events, we provide you with tools and knowledge for the evangelization of your teens and for walking with them into discipleship.
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