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The tentative dates for the certificate program for 2012-2013 are:
- Principals in Youth Ministry, October 20-21, 2012
- Practices in Youth Ministry, November 17-18, 2012
- Foundations in Christian Leadership, February 2-3, 2013
- Skills for Christian Leadership, April 13-14, 2013
The dates are tentative because there is a process CMD follows to a) identify when instructors are available b) when sites wish to hosts the courses and c) how they marry a) and b).
The location for the classes is ordinarily in the northern part of the diocese (previous courses have been held at the Diocesan Education building, St. Margaret of Scotland, or St. Rose of Lima). The reason classes are held in these locations is because every course requires an instructor to fly into either BWI or Philadelphia International Airport and to stay overnight. Therefore classes are held within relatively short driving distances from the airport and affordable hotels.
Accommodations are made for those traveling from points south or west of the diocese. Some participants stay with other attendees or at retreat houses for a reduced fee. Others stay at local hotels where CYM has arranged for reduced rates. Some prefer the short hour or so drive home each night to be with their own families.
Food is provided in the morning and most participants pack their own lunches or pool their money and order lunch in to the site.
The Center for Ministry Development (CMD) provides training, resources and consultation for pastoral ministry and catechesis with youth, young adults, families, and the intergenerational community. Since 1978, Catholic parishes and dioceses have trusted CMD to provide a vision and practice for ministry that is rooted in Church documents, Scripture, and best practices research. Through our partnership with ministry leaders, CMD strives for excellence and innovation by providing practical, field-tested ministry solutions and resources.
The Center for Ministry Development is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
The Diocese of Wilmington has a long history of working closely with CMD and its staff. CYM has offered workshops including "Effective Practices in Youth Ministry," "Mobilizing Volunteers for Ministry," "Middle School Adolescent Catechesis," and "Sharing the Faith with Young Adolescents."
In addition, more than 20 parishes in the Diocese of Wilmington are regular subsribers and users of CMD's Youth Ministry Access, an online service offering reading to go catechetical sessions in keeping with comprehensive youth ministry's eight components.
For more information, visit CMD's site.
The cost per two-day course is $250. CYM will pay $125 per person for those in ministry in the Diocese of Wilmington. The balance due from parish or school/participant is $125. If parishes/schools are paying ½ the cost, as recommended, feel free to submit two checks.
Those wishing to take the class from outside the Diocese of Wilmington can do so for $175 per person per course.
Checks should be payable to Catholic Youth Ministry and be received by CYM at least two weeks prior to each course.
A participant in the Certificate Program should be at least 18 years of age and a high school graduate. Participants should be leaders in youth ministry or should be interested and motivated for this course of study. A nationally-recognized Certificate is issued to students who attend all eight courses and satisfactorily complete the required projects. In many dioceses (including the Diocese of Wilmington) the salary scale for full time parish coordinators of youth ministry is tied to completion of the certificate.
Yes. The Diocese of Wilmington, in partnership with St. Meinrad and Neumann University allows students to complete extra work for graduate and undergraduate credit. For more information, please contact CYM as there may be additional fees involved in matriculating through the school's admissions office.
The Certificate faculty is made up of veteran youth ministry trainers and practitioners with Masters degrees in theology, pastoral ministry, religious education, or counseling. The Certificate faculty includes: Jane Angha, Deacon John Ashmore, Donald Boucher, Carolyn Mary Coll RSM, Patrick Donovan, Tom East, Ann Marie Eckert, Robert Feduccia, Mary Harrison, Sean Lansing, Dennis Mahaney, Marcos Martinez, Deborah McDonald, Susan Searle, Christina Semmel, Victoria Shepp, Lori Spanbauer, Jim Spillman, Cheryl Tholcke, Stephen Tholcke, Thomas N. Tomaszek, and Joan Weber.
CMD workshops are ordinarily taught by CMD staff.
Year Two of the CMD national certificate program offers the following courses:
Evangelization and Catechesis develops the foundations and practices for nurturing faith growth and Catholic identity in younger and older adolescents. Participants explore a variety of ways to promote a living relationship with Jesus in the lives of adolescents, examine a contemporary approach to developing Catholic identity and Catholic practices in the lives of adolescents today, experience and analyze the “postmodern” culture, and learn creative approaches and develop skills and methods for evangelization and catechesis.
Justice and Service explores the foundations for fostering a justice and service consciousness and spirituality in youth drawn from: Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching, adolescent development, and contemporary catechetical principles. The course develops skills for creating integrated, action-learning models for the justice and service component of a comprehensive youth ministry.
Pastoral Care explores the principles and methods of caring for young people from various cultures and their families. The goal is two-fold: (a) it aims to promote healthy adolescent development from a pastoral care perspective and (b) to develop preventative interventions for families with adolescents.
Prayer and Worship investigates the foundational role that prayer and worship have in fostering the spiritual growth of youth. Participants develop understandings and practical skills for: (a) promoting youth participation in liturgy, (b) fostering the prayer life of youth and preparing prayer services, and (c) understanding spiritual practices that support the development of spirituality in adolescents.
The following courses are offered in year one:
Principles of Youth Ministry presents the vision and principles for comprehensive youth ministry and a model for youth ministry which incorporates developmentally-appropriate youth programming, strengthens family life, involves young people as integral members of the faith community, and collaborates with the wider community in a common effort to promote faith growth. This will include examination of foundational Church documents that shape youth ministry as well as research of best practices in ministry with adolescents.
Practices of Youth Ministry explores the development of comprehensive youth ministry through the collaborative sharing of the resources in the community. Rooted in a theological and pastoral vision of community life, this course develops foundational understandings that will assist leaders in setting and implementing a vision for dynamic ministry with youth.
Foundations for Ministry Leadership explores the theology, principles, and practices of effective leadership in Christian ministry. Participants explore current leadership concepts and approaches, as well as Christian perspectives on leadership. Participants learn how to empower individuals and teams of leaders for ministry with youth.
Skills for Christian Leadership addresses the theories and skills needed for principle centered leadership in ministry. Participants develop a practical, working understanding of leadership process and skills and the experiential ability to use the skills. The course stresses the application of leadership skills to various ministry settings, problems, and issues.