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Training Program & Partnerships

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Interested? Click here to see the 2013-15 CMTP brochure!

Click here to listen to testimonies from our current CMTP missionaries!

Experience the excitement of the new evangelization! Gain the skills to joyfully share your faith and transform the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ!

Learn

…not only effective and proven methods for evangelization but also professional skills such as crafting presentations; professional presentations and public speaking; coordinating trips and conferences; writing Bible studies and instructional materials; working with a team; and inspiring and empowering others to take ownership of the call to go and make disciples.

Travel

…around the country and learn how to train students and staff for effective outreach and evangelization ministries.

Live

…and work beside other missionaries and students in the EC House in Madison.

Together, experience growth in discipleship to Jesus Christ and training in the skills of ministry. This co-laboring and sharing of your very lives as St. Paul did (1 Thessalonians 1) leads to deep, Christ-centered friendships, fellowship, and community.

Pray

…beside EC staff and fellow missionaries for the coming of God’s kingdom on the campuses that you serve. The program forms missionaries in lasting practices of daily personal prayer, devotion to Scripture through lectio divina, a deep sacramental life, and reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit.

Train

…under the senior ministry staff at the Evangelical Catholic.

  • Our Executive Director, Jason Simon, earned Master of Divinity degrees from University of Notre Dame.
  • Associate Director, James Carrano, practicum and field placement supervisor, spent ten years as a campus minister serving the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting.
  • Director of Publications, Faye Darnall, directs the weekly formation sessions for the CMTP. She has over fifteen years of experience in campus ministry and a Master of Divinity from Harvard.
  • Ministry Associate, Grace Simon, Master of Divinity, University of Notre Dame, does regular formation for ministry with women disciples.
  • Ministry Associate, Ash Scarbrough leads the CMTP House formation for missionaries and University of Wisconsin – Madison students.

To hear about missionaries experience of the CMTP, Click here to listen to a conference call with Sarah Scarbrough, Andrew Conway, Cody LeClaire, Claire Cepla, and Austin Franke about their experiences as first and second-year missionaries with the EC.

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Program Description

Young people must more and more become the apostles to youth.”

 — Pope Paul VI
Evangelization of the Modern World

The Evangelical Catholic’s Campus Ministry Training Program (CMTP) gives you the skills and confidence to do it!

The EC’s CMTP is the only evangelistic ministry formation that sends participants back to their home campuses as part of their training. In the two-year program, missionaries spend their last year back at their home campus working side-by-side with the campus ministers they know and trust. Missionaries help them expand and deepen the campus ministry’s reach to students.

Missionaries in the three-year program simultaneously earn a Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Notre Dame (UND). The Evangelical Catholic reimburses tuition expense on successful completion of comprehensive exams. The 3-year missionaries may be placed in teams at any campuses that currently work with the Evangelical Catholic to serve the campus ministry staff in their outreach.

While in Madison for the first year, missionaries live together in intentional communities of discipleship. Their houses are on the campus’s most prominent party street. By being good neighbors, throwing parties, and hosting small group discussions, they prayerfully reach out to the neighborhood—showing and telling about Christ’s love in ways that are respectful, relational, and organic.

The combination of formation and skills gained from doing outreach within the formal structures of the Catholic campus ministry, and through the organic outreach to friends in their neighborhood, EC missionaries are well equipped for the new evangelization both inside and outside the Church walls.

First year:

Beginning after Memorial Day weekend in May, missionaries receive spiritual formation they later can share with college students, as well as education in the theory of ministry and evangelization. They are challenged to grow in the habits of a disciple. We read and discuss in seminar a survey of relevant books, articles, and encyclicals.

Training becomes experiential during the academic year as missionaries begin active ministry on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Madison, leading small groups and mentoring students one-on-one.

As the year progresses, missionaries take on more responsibility. They spearhead projects relevant to their interests. In the past, missionaries have focused on event planning, writing and publication production, graphic design, retreat leadership, video production for web and advertising purposes, grant writing and music ministry.

Second Year:

Work alongside the existing campus ministry to strengthen and expand already established EC ministries, or develop and implement a vision for evangelization. The 3-year program missionaries serve an EC Alliance or Affiliate campus. The 2-year program missionaries may return to their alma mater to help build up that campus ministry.

Supervision continues through weekly phone calls with Associate Director James Carrano, campus visits by EC senior staff, and remote participation in weekly staff meetings. Missionaries work approximately 10 hours a week on EC projects while serving the campus ministry.

Third Year:

EC senior leadership discerns with missionary a position at an EC Alliance, Affiliate or other campus ministry which will challenge the missionary and help him/her grow in both skills and service for the Kingdom. Missionaries may also have the opportunity to continue their pursuit of a Master of Arts degree in Theology from University of Notre Dame.

To read more about the Master of Arts Program at University of Notre Dame, Click here!

For more detail on the 2-Year and 3-Year CMTP Calendar, Click here!

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Life of an EC Missionary!

Second-Year Missionaries:

Claire Cepla

Claire for CMTP Page

My encounter with the Evangelical Catholic started my sophomore year of college (2009). I graduated from the EC’s flagship Alliance—the University of Wisconsin Madison, where my life of faith was challenged and grew the most.

Going to a Big Ten university in one of the most liberal cities in the nation presents its fair share of temptations and persecutions. I struggled a lot my freshman year and prioritized many things ahead of my relationship with Christ. It was at the EC’s weekly large group (Alpha Omega, music and speakers) that Christ started wooing my heart back to him. I heard student testimonies of struggles I experienced and how they overcame them with the help of God and the Catholic student community. Brilliantly faithful Catholics clearly had a joy and peace I longed for. My soul ignited through praise and worship. All this absolutely tore my heart open week after week.

To read more about Claire’s experience with the EC, Click here!

Austin Franke

CMTP Austin

As a fresh graduate from the University of Central Arkansas with a film degree, I was on the market for any employer that would have me. I was thrilled to start my career as a filmmaker in Missouri with what would be my first feature length project: a documentary on education featuring a private school in Cape Girardeau. All I needed was a full time job to help fund my film. Little did I know that God was laughing at my plan all along as he often does.

My senior year, The Evangelical Catholic had begun an Alliance with our campus ministry. I had strengthened my faith the previous summer through involvement with the Charismatic movement. That led me to closer understand and love of God.

To read more about Austin’s experience with the EC, Click here!

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Campuses served by the Evangelical Catholic:

Alliance campus ministries receive monthly visits, weekly phone calls, priority admittance to our 5-day summer Evangelization Training Camps (when facilities limit attendance), and priority placement of alumni in our CMTP program.

National Campus Ministry Evangelization Alliances
• North Carolina State University
• University of Central Arkansas/Hendrix College
• University of Wisconsin – Madison
• University of Wisconsin –  Milwaukee

Campus Jumpstarts
• Purdue University
• University of Utah
• University of South Carolina

Affiliate ministries either attend our summer training camps, use our materials and methods, and consult with us as needed to support their evangelistic ministry development.

Affiliate Campus Ministries
• Christopher Newport University – Virginia
• Eastern Illinois University
• Florida Institute of Technology
• Georgia Institute of Technology
• Immaculata University – Pennsylvania
• Iowa State University
• Marymount University – Virginia
• Midwestern State University – Texas
• Mount Mercy University – Iowa
• Northeastern University – Boston
• Northern Illinois University
• Old Dominion University – Virginia
• Penn State-Erie – The Behrend College
• Radford University – Virginia
• Roanoke College – Virginia
• San Diego State University
• St. Cloud State University – Minnesota
• St. Xavier University
• University of Arkansas
• University of Dayton – Ohio
• University of Illinois-Chicago
• University of North Carolina-Asheville
• University of South Florida
• Virginia Commonwealth University
• Wake Forest University – North Carolina
• Wayne State College – Nebraska
• Western Carolina University – North Carolina
• Western Washington University

Campuses that Have Attended our Summer Evangelization Training Camps
• Bentley University – Boston
• Duke University
• Harvard University
• Northwestern Missouri State University
• St. Michael’s College – Vermont
• University of California-Santa Barbara
• University of Central Missouri
• University of Massachusetts-Lowell
• University of Missouri (Mizzou)
• University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
• University of Oregon
• University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
• University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Dioceses with which we have worked
• Archdiocese of Chicago
• Archdiocese of Boston
• Archdiocese of Kansas City
• Archdiocese of Milwaukee
• Diocese of Green Bay
• Diocese of Joliet
• Diocese of Madison
• Diocese of Raleigh
• Diocese of San Diego