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Reflections Along the Way

From the Desk of Steve Macchia
 

Making Room for God

One item on my "bucket list" was achieved this summer…I met one of my living spiritual heroes, Rueben Job. You might recall his name if you've traveled with us on our annual shared prayer journey through his "Guides to Prayer" that a few hundred of our board and ministry team, financial partners, and seminary students use on a weekly basis. Rueben is in his mid-80's and is a retired Methodist Bishop who lives with his lovely wife Beverly in a retirement village in TN. He still considers himself a "beginner" when it comes to living prayerfully, but when he opens his mouth it certainly sounds like he's been walking intimately with God for a very long time. It was pure joy to be in his presence for a delightful morning of fellowship and prayer.

In this week's readings from A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God (available in our online store), Rueben writes about "Making Room for God" by asking the following question: "How can I make room in my life for the things that really matter? This question plagues most adults in the developed world. We have so many things, so many activities, so many opportunities, and so many responsibilities. Is it possible to find a place for God in our busy lives? Many have answered the question with a resounding no. Others have answered by filling every moment of every day with activity until there is no time even to think about God. Others yearn to find that sacred space and time but just don't know how or where to look." 

I'm grateful for the many ways the Leadership Transformations team is providing helpful resources and experiences for all who yearn to find sacred space and time in the midst of their busy lives. Each aspect of our unique ministry is in essence encouraging others to rediscover the joyful priority of creating or recreating a special place for God. When we see leaders and teams transformed from the inside out by finding room once more for God, every aspect of their lives is changed. Like Saint Augustine (from The Confessions), they are crying out to God, "The house of my soul is too small for you to enter: make it more spacious by your coming. It lies in ruins: rebuild it."

If you're looking for ways to make more room for God in the house of your soul, then prayerfully consider joining us for the following experiences…

  1. For men in search of a deeper walk with God, come to "From Rushed to Rested" a soul care experience on Saturday morning, October 13.
  2. For church leaders in pursuit of training about listening to God and your congregation, consider joining our CHAT Training event on Tuesday, October 16.
  3. And, for all who are interested in exploring the subject of "Spiritual Friendship" be sure to come to our annual Spiritual Formation conference on Friday, November 9.

Making room for God in the midst of a full to overflowing life is the best choice you can make. If you can't come to any of our upcoming events, check out our online store where there are more than 150 books, articles, devotionals, retreat resources, CD's, DVR's and assessment tools. Join us on the journey toward an ever-deepening intimacy with God.

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Sign Posts on the Trail
LTi Ministry Highlights
 

Giving of Life Project
We are so grateful for all who participated in our Giving of Life “Projects Campaign.” We are currently ranked 5th with 2657 votes and $1,075 raised toward Selah Scholarships.  If you’d still like to vote or contribute to the project match, click here.  This is the final week to participate!

Soul Care for Men
Men, come and experience an introduction to soul care with Steve Macchia and Matt Scott on Saturday, 10/13.  You’ll be glad you did!  Half-day format from 8am to 12pm.  View event info.

Church Health Event in CA
This will be a great day of discussion, training, and certification around the topic of church health.  Discounts for groups of 2+ from the same organization.  Sign up today.

Spiritual Friendship Conference
Join us for this great one-day seminar with Mindy Caliguire and choose from four dynamic workshop sessions. Register by Oct 19 for the early bird special: $39.  More information.

LTi’s 9th Anniversary Celebration
We welcome you to join us for this donor celebration event with ministry partners and friends.  RSVP Here to attend the event or click here if you are interested in sponsoring a table.


Resources for the Journey


Check out www.SpiritualFormationStore.com for all things spiritual formation:
 
Soul Care Retreat Guides ready-to-use for individuals and groups
  • Reclaiming Rest and Renewal
  • Sabbath
  • Meditating on God’s World
  • Spiritual Discernment
  • Lent
  • Pentecost
  • Advent

Reflective Reading “Touch Points”
on several formation disciplines

and topics, such as:

  • Silence and Solitude
  • Listening to God
  • Forgiveness
  • Intimacy with Christ
  • Sabbath
  • Prayer
  • Contemplative Bible Reading ... and much more!

Published books, articles and devotionals
authored by LTi staff members, CD’s, DVD’s
and MP3 audio resources

Over 100 Spiritual Formation Books in 14
distinct categories (Amazon Store):

  • General Prayer Guides
  • Prayer
  • Sabbath Rest
  • Spiritual Disciplines
  • Personal Identity
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Spiritual Reading & Listening Prayer
  • Intimacy with Christ
  • Personal Discipleship
  • Spiritual Direction/Friendship
  • Spiritual Discernment
  • Spiritual Living
  • Spiritual Leadership
  • Spiritual Classics


Online Church Health Assessment Tool (CHAT)


A listening exercise for congregationsand leadership teams

 

 

Family Health Assessment
Assisting the local church in building strong Christian families

 


 
September 2012

Newsletter from Leadership Transformations

Toll Free: 1.877.TEAM.LTi
 
 
Formation|Discernment|Renewal
 
 
 
LTi Executive Team
 
Stephen A. Macchia
Founder and President
 
Rick Anderson
Senior Vice President
 
Kevin Antlitz
Executive & Research Assistant
 
LTi Ministry Team
 
Ellie Beatty
Spiritual Formation Associate
 
Diana Bennett
Director of Spiritual Leadership
Communities & Consultant for Small
Group Leadership Training
 
Susan Currie
Director of Selah & Spiritual Formation Associate
 
Greg Mahoney
Website & Software Developer
 
David McKiel
Accountant
 
Sage Paik
Graphic Designer
 
Richard Plass
Spiritual Formation Associate
 
Matt Scott
Ministry Development Associate
 
Warren Schuh
Church Health Coach & Consultant
 
Jeremy Stefano
Spiritual Formation Associate
 
Liz Whitfield
Accounts Receivable Manager

David Wu
Spiritual Formation Associate- Houston
 

Contact

LTi New England

PO Box 338
Lexington, MA 02420
978.646.4175
 
LTi Colorado Springs
PO BOx 64530
Colorado Springs, CO 80962-4530

719.785.3600

 
LTi Houston
PO Box 42535
Houston, TX 77242

832.713.SOUL

 

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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