Pathways Our Spiritual Journey Together               October 2010

Reflections Along the Way
From the desk of Steve Macchia

Passionate Devotion to Jesus

“If the closest relationships of life clash with the claims of Jesus Christ, He says it must be instant obedience to Himself. Discipleship means personal, passionate devotion to a Person, Our Lord Jesus Christ. There is a difference between devotion to a Person and devotion to principles or to a cause. Our Lord never proclaimed a cause; He proclaimed personal devotion to Himself. To be a disciple is to be a devoted love-slave of the Lord Jesus. Many of us who call ourselves Christians are not devoted to Jesus Christ. No man on earth has this passionate love to the Lord Jesus unless the Holy Ghost has imparted it to him. We may admire Him, we may respect Him and reverence Him, but we cannot love Him. The only Lover of the Lord Jesus is the Holy Ghost, and He sheds abroad the very love of God in our hearts. Whenever the Holy Ghost sees a chance of glorifying Jesus, He will take your heart, your nerves, your whole personality, and simply make you blaze and glow with devotion to Jesus Christ.”  From My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers (July 2 reading).

The ministry of Leadership Transformations is all about seeing hearts, nerves, and whole personalities become ablaze and glow with devotion to Jesus Christ. That’s Christian discipleship at its finest! Not a new program or a new methodology … no, in fact quite the opposite. It’s all about coming alive to the biblical and historical Christian life focused on a transformational relationship with Jesus, empowered by the Spirit, and embraced by the Father’s love. Whenever we see that burst forth from the deepest recesses of the soul, we rejoice and give thanks.  This happens on soul care retreats, in spiritual leadership communities, one-with-one in spiritual mentoring and direction, around team tables with spiritual leaders, in congregations and among groups of spiritual friends. Check out our website for more information about the ministry of LTi and all the ways we’re building up authentic disciples as servant leaders in the body of Christ--www.LeadershipTransformations.org.

We’re celebrating our 7th Ministry Anniversary this November (we actually turned 7 on July 1, 2010!) and we’d love for you to join us for the festivities …

  • Friday, November 12, from 9am-3pm we will be hosting a “Leadership Enrichment Event” at Gordon-Conwell Seminary entitled “Spiritual Rhythm: Matching Your Life and Ministry to Your Heart’s Seasons”
  • Saturday morning, November 13, from 8:30am-12 noon we will be co-sponsoring “Discovering The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul” – a Soul Care Mini Retreat at Grace Chapel, Lexington, MA
  • Saturday evening, November 13 will be our 7th Anniversary Celebration Dessert Reception (by invitation only; call the main LTi office for details 978-646-4175)

Special guest speaker for our 7th Anniversary Celebration events will be Mark Buchanan, pastor of New Life Community Church in Duncan, British Columbia, contributing editor of Leadership Journal, and author of several books including The Rest of God and the recently released Spiritual Rhythms: Being With Jesus Every Season of Your Soul.

Check out our events page for more information. 
 
Sign Posts on the Trail
LTi ministry highlights
  • LTi’s website is BRAND NEW – We just finished a major revamp of www.leadershiptransformations.org.  Come by and check it out when you have a moment.  Surf around and see all that is happening at LTi including resources, training, assessments, programs, and upcoming events.  If you haven’t yet signed up for our Free Spiritual Formation Resource, be sure to do so.  Steve Macchia’s new blog appears on the front page.  Come join in and follow the new blog!

  • CHAT hits the 100 church milestone
    Just a couple of weeks ago, the 100th church signed up for CHAT.  We rejoice that so many churches from all over the country (and a few internationals) are utilizing this powerful tool to improve their church’s health.  We now have nearly 20 CHAT Partner organizations (National and regional denomination offices or church networks) that are using CHAT within their own coaching structure.  Over 6,000 individuals have taken the survey to date!

  • Selah and Spiritual Leadership Communities are both full! 
    Full rosters in both Selah and in SLC make our hearts glad.  The new Selah cohort retreat just finished – thank you director Susan Currie!  The first SLC retreat kicks off this week – thank you director Diana Bennett!  We are so excited to see the strong response to both of these offerings.  May the Kingdom be well served through those that are being trained in these spiritual direction and formation ministries!
Resources for the Journey

LTi is continuing to develop resources in spiritual formation, discernment and renewal: Our online store continues to add new titles to our extensive list of recommended books.  New retreat resources and reflective readings are being added all the time – use one for your own personal enrichment or utilize these resources for your next team retreat.  When was the last time your church took time to listen to its people?  Perhaps our Church Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) or the Family Health Assessment (in partnership with Focus on the Family) could be of service to you!

Featured Resource:
**NEW**
Full-day Retreat Guide on "Sabbath" is now available for Individuals ($14.99) and Groups ($29.99)!  Spend an entire day in Sabbath rest, experiencing God’s presence in a time of ceasing from your daily tasks and pressures and celebrating the life God has given you to enjoy. Plus, use the materials provided to consider how to craft your own future Sabbath practice.  Download includes instructions, schedule, worship outlines, and reflective readings.

It's just another way LTi continues to encourage and resource the Church toward spiritual formation, discernment and renewal!  Check out our extensive list of recommended books, retreat resources and reflective readings.  Click around in our online store 24/7!


 
 

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LTi Executive Team

Stephen A. Macchia
Founder and President
 
Rick Anderson
Vice President
 
Sage Paik
Executive Assistant & Graphic Designer
 
LTi Ministry Team
 
Diana Bennett
Director of Spiritual Leadership
Communities & Consultant for Small
Group Leadership Training
 
Susan Currie
Director of Selah & Associate for Spiritual Formation
 
Greg Mahoney
Website & Software Developer

David McKiel
Accountant
 
Richard Plass
Team Associate
 
Warren Schuh
Church Health Coach & Consultant
 
David Wu
Intern

 

Contact

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978.646.4175
 
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LTi’s Vision
Our vision is for local churches and

Christian organizations to be filled with

leaders who place spiritual formation and discernment above all other leadership responsibilities.

LTi’s Mission
Our mission is to cultivate vibrant

spirituality and attentive discernment

among Christian leaders and teams.

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