Newsletter from Leadership Transformations
December 2013
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Reflections Along the Way

From the Desk of Steve Macchia

Dear Stephen and Ruth,
The season of Advent is a time to reflect on our longings for the coming of Christ – not only at the manger once more as we celebrate Christmas, but into our hearts and busy lives here and now, and also in anticipation of his coming again in glory at that undesignated time in the future. The promises of God, foretold by the prophets in the Older Testament, are a testimony to the faithfulness of God from generation to generation. I love reading the book of Isaiah in particular, and am refreshed by the foretaste of the Messiah’s coming portrayed by the prophet. Verses that leap off the biblical text and capture my heart include:  “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (9:6) and “The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord – and he will delight in the fear of the Lord” (11:2,3a). Check out my blog for Advent reflections on the O Antiphons from the great Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” – may you and yours have a blessed Advent and a joy-filled Christmas!

Sign Posts on
the Trail

LTI Ministry Highlights



Our celebration banquet [photo album] was full to overflowing with 350 friends of LTI, preceded by a very meaningful worship service. Philip Yancey did a tremendous job addressing the Seasons of the Soul and we enjoyed the music of the Gordon College string quartet and men’s choir. Click here for our 10th Anniversary Video and Annual Report and join us in giving thanks and praise to God for blessing this ministry so mightily!
 
Selah Expansion
We are delighted to offer spiritual direction training for the new Masters of Arts in Spiritual Formation at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  Check out this amazing program should you be interested in pursuing your MA with a certificate in spiritual direction and consider Selah as well as a standalone option for your ongoing ministry development!
 
Emmaus Certificate in Spiritual Leadership
After a successful first group of graduates, many are now adding the certificate program into their experience at the Emmaus Spiritual Leadership Community. Join us next fall when we begin a new cohort of leaders in community!
 
LTI  Board of Directors
We welcome to the team three new board members: David Beatty, Jean Kingston, and Joe Krivickas…to the existing board for 2014, Mike Chuli (Chairman), Ellie Beatty (Secretary), Diana Bennett, and Steve Macchia.  This month we said thank you and farewell to founding board members Kathy Crowell and David Schultz. Please pray for our newly constituted board team as they lead together this exciting ministry!

Resources for Your Journey

SpiritualFormationStore.com


Advent 
Half-day Soul Care Retreat Guide 


This guide will help you or your group plan a half-day retreat during Advent. It is an invitation to focus fresh attentiveness on the comings of Christ. Use this resource to help you celebrate the coming of God to man. Individual | Group

Attributes of God 
Half-day Soul Care Retreat Guide Series

In Part 1, we invite you to reflect on God as Absolute Being through the lens of various attributes including God’s love, sovereignty, righteousness, and holiness. Individual | Group

In Part 2, we invite you to reflect on God as Personal Spirit through the lens of various attributes including God’s goodnessgracemercy,and long-suffering.  Individual | Group

While it is of utmost importance to think rightly about God, the invitation extended in this retreat guide is so much more than mere cognitive knowledge of God. The end goal of this retreat guide is to lead you to a deeper knowing of God that manifests in awe, wonder, worship and praise. After all, to truly know God is to truly love God.

A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk With God

The latest from Rueben Job, this Guide to Prayer offers a simple pattern of daily prayer built around weekly themes and organized by the Christian church year. Each week features readings for reflection from such well-known spiritual writers as Francis of Assisi, Teresa of Avila, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Henri J. M. Nouwen, Sue Monk Kidd, Martin Luther, Julian of Norwich, M. Basil Pennington, Evelyn Underhill, Douglas Steere, and many others. Beautifully bound in a leather-like cover, this book makes a perfect gift and a reliable companion for anyone seeking to deepen a steady life of prayer.

Start a conversation with your congregation. Conducting a periodic church survey is an essential listening exercise for any healthy church leadership team.  Visit HealthyChurch.net to learn more.

Also check out the hundreds of spiritual formation books sub-divided into 20 categories available in our Spiritual Formation Store.
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In this issue


Reflections along the Way

S
ign Posts on the Trail
 


LTI Executive Team


Stephen Macchia
Founder & President

Rick Anderson
Senior Vice President

Joellen Maurer
Executive Assistant
 


LTI Ministry Team


Ellie Beatty
Spiritual Formation Associate

Diana Bennet
Director of Emmaus

Susan Currie
Director of Selah & Associate for Spiritual Formation

Gayle Heaslip
Spiritual Formation Associate

Greg Mahoney
Website & Software Developer

David McKiel
Accountant

Sage Paik
Graphic Designer

Richard Plass
Spiritual Formation Associate

Warren Schuh
Lead Church Health Coach

Jeremy Stefano
Senior Selah Faculty & Spiritual Formation Associate

Liz Whitfield
Accounts Receivable Manager

David Wu
Spiritual Formation Associate - Houston

 


Our Vision

Our vision is for local churches and Christian organizations to be filled with leaders who place spiritual formation, discernment and renewal above all other leadership priorities.
 



Our Mission

Our mission is to cultivate vibrant spirituality and attentive discernment among Christian leaders and teams.
 



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