Recipients of the Diana C. Bennett Certificate in Spiritual Leadership
The Diana C. Bennett Certificate in Spiritual Leadership is designed to help participants go the next step in their ministry context, moving beyond fostering personal spiritual awareness and growth as a leader. Named after LTI board member and founding director of LTI's Emmaus, Diana C. Bennett provided enthusiastic, inspirational leadership in the early years of Emmaus, and we are profoundly grateful for her many contributions to the development of today's Emmaus program. The intention is to encourage participants to integrate and apply the practices and values taught in Emmaus in the exercise of their own spiritual leadership. A variety of written and practical assignments are undertaken to develop both vision and capacity in participants as they offer spiritual leadership in their own ministry setting. Developing a personal Rule of Life and a Spiritual Leadership Action Plan (SLAP) are among the required projects.
|Year||Name||Spiritual Leadership Action Plan|
|2016||Fan, Anna||A New Thing: Spiritual Formation in an Asian Context|
|2016||Glasscock, Jena||Campus Small Group Material Guide based on Wilhoit's Spiritual Formation Framework|
|2016||O'Reilly, Christine||Soul Care Groups for New Pastors and Growing Believers|
|2015||Mills, Graeme||Adult Spiritual Formation: Small Group Listening Ministry|
|2015||Simmons, Lisa||Women in Ministry: Soul Sister Circles|
|2015||Ward, Rusty||The Deeper Journey: Pursuing Life in Christ in a Small Group Setting|
|2016||Wiegers, Michelle||A Writing Plan: The Story of God Bringing New Life to My Broken and Wounded Soul|
|2014||Cook, Alison||The Integration of Spiritual Formation and Counseling|
|2014||Gaudette, Jane||Deepening Community and Growing Leaders in the Local Church|
|2013||Heaslip, Gayle||House Church Soul Care|
|2013||McLeod, Tammy||Eight Emmaus Themes in Campus Ministry|
|2013||Van Horne, Dan||Rhythms of formation in Christ–likeness through Biblical Community|
Rowena Day on the gift of community she found in Emmaus.
Dan VanHorne shares about his Emmaus journey in this short video.
Alison Cook talks about the gift of sacred companionship through Emmaus.
Paul Powers on the importance of silence, solitude, and Sabbath.
"The most important task of spiritual leadership is hearing Jesus. Without his voice, our congregations are only hearing our voices. And that's not saying much. Discerning the voice of Jesus amidst the wordiness of our world is rarely a solitary act. It takes others. But not just any group of people—or even any Christian group of people for that matter—but a listening, unhurried, transforming community. Through LTI's Emmaus Spiritual Leadership Community, I received the gift of being surrounded with trusted voices that enabled me to hear the most trusted Voice when I needed to hear it most. These voices helped silence the blather of fear, so my wife and I could respond fearlessly to the Voice of Love. Our family, our future, our ministry will never be the same."
Pastor of Young Adult Ministries
"The spiritual friendships I've formed though my involvement with Emmaus have been places of real encouragement—not only for me personally but also as a reminder for what God is doing in the hearts of other church leaders. One specific way that this community has encouraged me is by reminding me (and softly exhorting me!) to honestly and faithfully lean into who God is calling me to be, which has freed me up to more fully do what God is asking me to do. Words like freedom, grace, wisdom, rest, authenticity, and joy come to mind as I reflect back upon my experience with Emmaus."
Minister of Small Groups
Park Street Church, MA
"Emmaus helped to continually orient me to the presence of Christ during a long season of ministry transition. Retreats provided depth of both content and relationships, as well as time for reflection. Our gathering times of listening and reflecting were transformational! Shared meals were contagiously fun. The books and practices between retreats provided continuity so that the process of becoming aware of and responsive to the still, small voice of the Lord has had a fruitful impact on both my personal and professional life."
Counselor, Mentor, and Ministry Leader
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer