Pathways Our Spiritual Journey Together           September 2009

Reflections Along the Way
From the desk of Steve Macchia

Spiritual Discernment … how high is it on your priority list, spiritual leader? Wendy Wright sums it up so well when she writes, “Spiritual discernment asks us to pay attention. We need to attend to both what goes on around us and within us. Ideally, this attentiveness goes on much of the time, a sort of low level, constant spiritual shifting of the data of our experience. But there are times when discernment becomes much more focused, when a crossroad is reached or a choice called for. At times like these the cumulative wisdom of tradition tells us to pay attention on many levels: to consult Scripture, to seek the advice of trusted advisors, to heed the collective sense of the faithful, to read widely and deeply the best ancient and contemporary thinking, to pray, to attend to the prick of conscience and to the yearnings and dreaming of our hearts, to watch, to wait, to listen.” Listening is the primary focus of everything LTi offers to our constituents. And, if discernment is to jump to the top tier of our leadership priorities we must learn how to listen well … to God and to one another. Our prayer is that leaders and teams embrace this with excitement, anticipation and as a central priority to their individual and shared efforts.

Want to learn more about spiritual discernment? Then, I invite you to join us for two intensive days of spiritual enrichment on the campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary–on October 9 (personal/individual spiritual discernment) and November 6 (collective/congregation spiritual discernment). LTi was recently awarded a small grant from George Fox University (OR) to invite leaders to come together and explore the topic of “Spiritual Discernment and Christian Leadership” in depth. The first 25 who register are invited to join us for free…all others will be asked to pay $50 to cover materials, meals and expenses. If you are interested in joining us for this unique experience, please email Sage@LeadershipTransformations.org for more information and an application form. There is still time to register for this learning opportunity so contact us today!

 

Sign Posts on the Trail 
LTi ministry highlights

LTi approved for ECFA membership.

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability is the premier oversight group for Christian ministries related to all things financial (excellence in record keeping, fund raising standards, audits, tax returns, etc.). We have been pursuing this for the past year and are thrilled with this decision on behalf of all who “invest” in our ministry. Check out the ECFA press release. You’ll see the ECFA emblem on subsequent printed information from us.

Selah Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction forming new cohort.  After graduating our first cohort of 15 spiritual directors in May, Selah is gathering a new cohort of interns who will begin their training this November!  Coming from all over the US, and from various types of ministries, these interns seek to grow in their attentive practice of one-on-one spiritual companionship, in ways that reflect a Biblical grounding, a Trinitarian theology, and a contemplative listening-to-the-Holy Spirit stance. There are still a few remaining spaces in the new cohort. For additional Selah details including a downloadable application, click here.

Year three of Spiritual Leadership Communities is off and running! Our first retreat was September 22-24 at a new location, Wonderland Conference Center in Sharon, MA. We’ve got a full roster of fifteen participants who have each written their spiritual autobiography and prepared to share it with the group on retreat. David Benner’s book The Gift of Being Yourself will be one component of discussion while the teaching emphasizes the development of a Personal Rule of Life. We pray that God will continue to transform our lives through attentive listening to Him and to one another as we yearn to experience a deeper love for God and embrace His amazing love for us.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Pierce Center for Disciple-Building.  A life-giving ministry for the LTi team is the service we are privileged to offer among young, aspiring leaders preparing for church, parachurch, missions and teaching ministries worldwide. We come alongside these leaders in spiritual formation experiences–one on one spiritual direction, spiritual formation groups, soul care retreats, and training in discipleship. Our President, Steve Macchia, provides oversight of the entire program (on all GCTS campuses in Hamilton and Boston (MA) as well as in Charlotte, North Carolina), assisted by Susan Currie and Sage Paik, as well as seminary staff members Reid Satterfield and Frank Tully. For more information on the Pierce Center click here.

LTi continues to serve ECCU. ECCU (Evangelical Christian Credit Union) offers financial services for church and parachurch ministries…and, has invited LTi to come alongside their team in soul care retreats and soul care training days at their headquarters in Brea, CA. We’ve been partnering with them for nearly two years now and it’s been exciting to witness how soul care is becoming central to the ongoing development of their large staff team of 300. Kudos to Mark Holbrook, CEO, and the leadership team of ECCU for their visionary care of their faithful employees. We look forward to growing this relationship in the future and welcome your prayers as we work in this Christian business environment and among such attentive and hungry souls.

Focus on the Family project nears completion. Our collaboration with Focus on the Family to develop the Family Health Assessment over the summer is in the final stages of development. Check out the new website www.churchfamilyhealth.com and notice the places where “Powered by Leadership Transformations” is mentioned. The Family Health Assessment is being built on the same proprietary software platform we developed in 2006 for our Church Health Assessment Tool.  We are hopeful that by mid-October, this tool will be available to churches all over the country through Focus on the Family’s Church Outreach division.

Sign up for an LTi Soul Sabbath. LTi is offering two day-long Soul Sabbaths this coming Advent and Lent. Come to renew your soul and enjoy some wide open space with God. Registration information forthcoming.

 

Resources for the Journey

LTi is becoming the One-Stop-Shop for spiritual formation resources.  In addition to our growing online store filled with books, CD, downloadable retreat guides and reflective readings, we’ve created an exhaustive list of books broken down into 16 categories on all topics related to spiritual formation. Are you the type of online book shopper that prefers CBD over Amazon? Let us hear from you at store@leadershiptransformations.org. We are currently considering adding a CBD purchase option in addition to Amazon. All purchases which commence through the LTi site, no matter the product, provides additional financial resources for our ongoing ministry…set LTi as the home page for all your shopping needs!

 

LTi’s Church Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) survey for churches gets a substantial upgrade.  CHAT 2.0 will release 10/01/09 featuring a couple of major enhancements. The new CHAT report will feature the option to run sub reports that will display the survey responses through the lens of these comparison groups: leadership/congregation; age; gender; marital status; years at our church; education; and ethnicity. In addition, churches that purchase the $49 Custom Question upgrade will not only be able to add ten custom survey questions to the standard 72-question CHAT survey, they’ll be able to add two demographics questions (such as “Do you attend the Contemporary or Traditional service?”) and create a sub report to review the responses based on those comparison groups as well.  “This major upgrade,” says Rick Anderson, LTi Vice President, “puts a powerful prism at the fingertips of the church allowing them to directly compare how the feedback of the twentysomethings contrasts with the fiftysomethings, how men and women evaluate the church differently, how established member’s scores differ from new members, and leaves the door wide open for the creation of two additional comparison groups. There’s no other church survey like this on the market.”


 
 

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