|Pathways Our Spiritual Journey Together December 2010 |
Reflections Along the Way
From the desk of Steve Macchia
“We do get another chance! The Season of Advent gives the church the opportunity to begin again. Once more the full story of God’s grace is awaiting our discovery. Once more we shake off the failures and victories of the past, and we get a clean page on which to write the story of our companionship with God in Christ. Once more we get to listen and respond in faithfulness to the God who comes to us so humbly, intimately, and personally in the birth of Jesus. Advent marks the beginning of the church year and lays before us the pathway of faith for the year ahead. Advent initiates once again remembering, retelling, and celebrating the whole drama of God’s revelation.” From A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God by Rueben Job, p. 20.
Remembering, retelling, and celebrating – these are the disciplines of a godly life and also the activities of healthy ministries. The season of Advent is a wonderful time to reflect on the many blessings that have come along to date and the anticipations that lie before us in the future. I pray that your Advent and Christmas season is especially abundant with blessings this year and throughout 2011!
Ever since LTi turned the page into our eighth year of ministry this past summer, we have been remembering, retelling and celebrating. This issue of our quarterly e-newsletter focuses on our 7th Anniversary Celebration. We had a fabulous time recounting the hand of God on our shared life and ministry in a variety of celebratory ways…a Leadership Enrichment Event with about 150 in attendance at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary focused on the theme of “Spiritual Rhythms,” a Soul Care Mini Retreat with about 250 members and friends of Grace Chapel (Lexington MA), and an Anniversary Celebration Reception with 175 friends of LTi and our special guest for the weekend, Mark Buchanan (pastor and author of The Rest of God, Spiritual Rhythms, and several other books).
What follows are photos, videos, testimonies and messages that will give you a taste of our ministry family celebration. If you were with us, these will help you remember and retell, and if you weren’t able to join us, hopefully this will help you celebrate and rejoice with us!
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Sign Posts on the Trail
LTi ministry highlights
We had a fabulous night celebrating all that God has done through the
ministry of LTi and hearing a stirring message from guest speaker Mark
Buchanan. Whether you were there and want to relive a few moments or
you missed it and want to check it out, we’ve got photos and video clips
available for you. Click on the links to the left and below.
Gayle Heaslip – Spiritual Leadership Community
Shirley Paz – Selah: Spiritual Direction Certificate Program
Olivier Bala – Church Health Assessment Tool (CHAT)
Mark Holbrook – Soul Care in the Marketplace
Keynote by Mark Buchanan
As we come into the closing days of 2010, we are so grateful for the
support of our donors all across the country. Thank you for making this
ministry possible! It is amazing how much deep-level soul work there
is yet to do and what a profound impact LTi has had on individual
leaders and their ministry. The harvest is plentiful and we need your
help! If you’d like to make a year-end donation online using a credit
card, you may do so via this link: Donate Online. LTi is a registered 501(c)(3) with the IRS and you will receive a tax
deductible receipt. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Resources for the Journey
Give the gift of soul care this Christmas! ... or treat yourself!
Four downloadable retreat guides to choose from:
ENJOY FREE SHIPPING
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!
These are all ways LTi continues to encourage and resource the Church toward spiritual formation, discernment and renewal!
Newsletter from Leadership Transformations
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Formation | Discernment | Renewal
LTi Executive Team
Stephen A. Macchia
Founder and President
Executive Assistant & Graphic Designer
LTi Ministry Team
Director of Spiritual Leadership
Communities & Consultant for Small
Group Leadership Training
Director of Selah & Associate for Spiritual Formation
Website & Software Developer
Church Health Coach & Consultant
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Colorado Springs, CO 80962-4530
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.
Our mission is to cultivate vibrant
spirituality and attentive discernment
among Christian leaders and teams.