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A Lay Apostolate for Such a Time as This: CMG Booking
By Sonja Corbitt
January 25th, 2011
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Because Catholic parishes and groups are looking for ways to engage modern culture with the timeless message of Faith, the Holy Spirit has given birth to a lay apostolate for "such a time as this" (Est. 4:14). CMG Booking is uniquely positioned to partner with such groups through convenient access to a variety of exceptional Catholic-minded motivational speakers and musicians, and multi-media marketing resources.NASHVILLE, TN (Catholic Online) - "And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14)
Groups and parishes all over the country aspire to host quality Catholic speakers and musicians for special events, but many are small, have limited resources, or just do not know how to go about finding what they need. Established by Joe Condit in 2006, CMG Booking "stands in the gap" (Ez. 22:30) between sponsoring groups and the speakers and musicians they seek, and under his stewardship has since vaulted to the forefront of the industry.
A full-service speaker's bureau with the capacity to coordinate travel accommodations and other logistics at no expense to the client, CMG Booking's primary mission is to the New Evangelization. Their goal is spreading the timeless message of the Catholic Faith, and promoting character and morals consistent with it, all over the earth through the notable speakers and musicians they represent.
CMG Booking makes finding a professional speaker a simple and structured procedure through a state-of-the-art internet catalogue of orthodox Catholic speakers that helps event coordinators quickly locate the speakers they need; high-impact logo, website, and graphic design services; and cutting edge marketing help for event planners who need help getting the word out about their conferences and events. For organizations seeking multiple speakers for a single event or a series of events, CMG Booking provides a single point of contact for booking needs, and discounted rates for package deals.
In addition to its elite group of Catholic personalities and exceptional marketing resources and services, that CMG Booking is serious about Catholicity is evident in its innovative scholarship program designed to give financial assistance to parishes and conferences that call on their expertise, but face difficulty in doing so.
Intended for repeat customers, CMG Booking raises money and provides financial aid for sponsors that call to book a speaker. Such help might include paying for a speaker's plane ticket or helping with a major portion of the speaker's fee. Originally created by CMG Booking's founder, Joe Condit, the spiritual impact of the scholarship fund is literally incalculable. The ingenious idea has created hundreds of conference opportunities and in places where there were none at all.
Because of all this, CMG Booking sits at the top of many lists for Catholic companies, ranking in 2010 as one of the most viewed websites in the country for those looking to book a faith-based speaker. It has grown so quickly, it was necessary to name a new CEO, and in January CMG Booking welcomed Matthew Cameron to the helm.
Joe Condit, Founder & Chairman of CMG Booking, could not be more impressed with Cameron. "He is a perfect fit for what we were looking for," he said with excitement, "an individual of Faith and a man who is most capable of carrying out our vision of improving evangelization in this new age."
In an interview with Cameron, I was personally struck by his humility. When asked how he came into his new position, he replied immediately, "God!" and elaborated on all the ways he was led to this point.
Uniquely positioned for the assignment, Cameron has been on the road for the last 10 years managing and producing the well-known Catholic musical artist, Tajci (Tatiana), for whom he booked over 800 concerts. In that role, he gained an experiential understanding of the need for attention to organizational detail required for a successful conference, and as such, is more than ready, now, to apply that knowledge to leading the day-to-day operations at CMG Booking.
After years of long road trips in his former capacity, the needs of his family began to draw him home, and he longed for more stationary employment where he could still feel that he was utilizing his dynamic gift for connecting Catholic voices with Catholic hearts.
Because his own heart's desire is to inspire, awaken, and motivate Catholics to understand and live their faith with deliberation and confidence, Cameron is assertive on behalf of those he represents, and it was the prospect of connecting larger groups of people with the same Catholic faith that excited him into accepting the offer to direct the day-to-day operations of CMG Booking.
If there is one word to describe Cameron's vision, it is mediation, the operative root being media. CMG Booking and Cameron are in a unique position to help "both sides of the game" - those who need a speaker, and the quality speakers and musicians who have the formation and expertise to engage their fellow Catholics.
In obedience to Pope Benedict XVI's call to evangelize our culture through contemporary media, Cameron's vision is to connect Catholic communicators, musicians, scholars, visionaries, and Scripture teachers to the world, using multi-media to promote face-to-face evangelism across the widest possible medium.
Among many initiatives, Cameron says he hopes to implement several new and exciting ideas for CMG Booking in 2011. Foremost among them is Full Service Media Packages that help sponsoring parishes and groups promote their events. Such packages might include press releases, websites, web pages, fliers, email campaigns, posters - everything needed to sponsor, promote, and facilitate a dynamic Catholic event in the Name of Jesus throughout the Church.
Because Catholic parishes and groups are looking for ways to engage modern culture with the timeless message of Faith, the Holy Spirit has given birth to a lay apostolate for "such a time as this" (Est. 4:14). CMG Booking is uniquely positioned to partner with such groups to provide the resources to help them radically connect in ways they are already accustomed to: through convenient access to a variety of exceptional Catholic-minded motivational speakers and musicians, and multi-media marketing resources.
CMG Booking continues to expand its reach and to improve its tradition of helping Christian speakers and artists partner with parishes and community events. As one of America's most visited resources for Catholic speakers, their desire is simply to obey Jesus in helping spread the message of faith to the ends of the earth.
Sonja Corbitt is a Catholic speaker, Scripture study author and a contributing writer for Catholic Online. Visit her at pursuingthesummit.com.
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