Newsletter from Leadership Transformations
June 2014
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Reflections Along the Way

From the Desk of Steve Macchia

Dear Steve,
Tis the season of Pentecost, the time in the church calendar when we commemorate the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise to send “Another Companion” who will be with us forever. That Companion is the Holy Spirit, the One who surprised the disciples fifty days after Easter with a time of renewal through a fresh outpouring of love. The Spirit came upon the people with incredible power, which threw the crowds into bewilderment.  When Peter spoke to them about what was happening, he quoted the prophet Joel and the psalmist David…two reputable voices who had a status they would respect.  An even more powerful witness than their words were the actions that transpired thereafter…devotion to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, prayer, wonders and signs, unity, generosity, and all with glad and sincere hearts (cf. Acts 2: 42-47). Are you desirous of such favor, blessing, unity, and joy among the people of God? Trust the Companion to fill us with the empowering presence of the Spirit who makes our life with God and one another come fully alive, for that’s the only way authentic transformation will occur.

Sign Posts on
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LTI Ministry Highlights





Congrats 2014 graduates!
On June 3, 14 Selah graduates (pictured above with Selah faculty) were commissioned at Ender's Island in Mystic, CT and received their certificates of completion.  The graduates of this 5th cohort are: Janet Clinton, Caryn Dixon, Sherri Grigg, Kathy Koy, Leslea Linebarger, Nina Mullett, Donna Otto, Dennis Ritchie, Nicole Rowell, Gail Thompson, Will Truesdell, Christine Warner, Terri White, and Ted Wueste. "It was such a joy to see these 14 gifted and well-loved individuals receive their certificates," said Rick Anderson, LTI senior vice president, "and to see the support of so many friends and family present to witness the commissioning ceremony."

The Selah Certificate in Spiritual Direction consists of:
  • 5 retreat residencies of 3-4 nights: instruction, peer group spiritual direction, time for silent prayer and reflection, daily communal worship
  • Monthly spiritual direction (received and offered)
  • Monthly supervision by Selah faculty
  • Reading, writing, practice assignments designed to deepen our prayerful reflection, conversation, and practice.
  • Community: 10-14 individuals make up a cohort
Is there a spiritual director inside of you?  Contact us today and let's explore that question together! td>
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Join Us This Fall!

The 7th cohort of Emmaus (pictured below) has just concluded after a wonderful year together living into the themes of four retreats on Spiritual Attentiveness, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Discernment, and Spiritual Community.
The Emmaus companions (pictured above) on the 2013-2014 Pathway Year are: Shari Adams, Marcella Charles, Edwin Chow, Alison Cook, Rowena Day, Malisa Ellis, Chris Flanders, Tom Flanders, Lisa Forkner, Helen Jane Gaudette, Maura Glynn, Mike Glynn, Tom Griffith, Veda Henderson, Mary Henry, Amy Lucia, Graeme Mills, Caryl Moses, Anne Rodman, Lisa Simmons, Ruthann Stiles, Michael Tso, Dan Van Horne, Franklin Ward, and Iain Whitfield.

Emmaus is a 1-year retreat-based leadership community ... and the only thing missing is YOU. Join us this fall if you are looking for:
  • A more contemplative lifestyle in the midst of the growing demands of leadership
  • A caring, listening, and discerning community of sacred companions
  • Ongoing development to help you care for the souls of others in your ministry context
A new cohort kicks off this fall with the unveiling of the new "Passage Year" of curriculum. Come and journey with others who hunger for rest, renewal, encouragement, and deeper spiritual companionship. An optional Certificate in Spiritual Leadership is offered to those interested in enhancing their Emmaus experience. Fill out the Online Application today.
More About Emmaus

Upcoming Events in California and Colorado!
 
Rushed to Rested: A Soul Care Retreat for Pastors
June 18 -- Brea, CA

How is your soul? Is it weary, energetic, depleted, vibrant, dry, distracted or battered? Most likely your soul -similar to so many leaders in church and parachurch ministry settings- is the most neglected part of your life! Maybe it's time to step  away for a day from the phone calls, emails, meetings and demands of ministry and pursue the renewal of your soul. Take a soul health day specifically designed for pastors.
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Rushed to Rested: A Soul Care Experience
June 27 -- Colorado Springs

Summer is here! For many of us, this can be a very hurried and active time of the year. And though we may desire to be fully present to loved ones and to God, we find that our attention is easily scattered about in the direction of work, travels, and constant activity. If you can relate to this, consider setting aside a full day to slow down, connect with God, and be renewed at Leadership Transformation's next Rushed to Rested Soul Care Retreat on June 27, 2014 at beautiful Glen Eyrie.
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Church Health Training
June 28 -- Colorado Springs

In this one-day training, you will discover a powerful, strengths-based church health model and leave as a Certified CHAT Coach (CHAT stands for Church Health Assessment Tool). You will be trained in the Ten Traits of a Healthy Church which CHAT uses as a biblical, principle-based measurement grid in assessing the health of a local church. These Ten Traits blend together the Great Commandment (love God), the Second Great Commandment (love one another), and the Great Commission (evangelism & discipleship). You'll also be educated in the full functional­ity of the CHAT Survey and how to customize its powerful, but user-friendly design in coaching/consulting with a church to make them as healthy and effective as they can be. Lunch is included. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. Each registrant will receive a FREE copy of Becoming a Health Church at the training.
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Resources for Your Journey

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Ready to Craft Your Rule of Life?
In this practical workbook Stephen A. Macchia looks to St. Benedict as a guide for discovering your own rule of life in community. It is a process that takes time and concerted effort; you must listen to God and discern what he wants you to be and do for his glory. 

Becoming a Healthy Team: Newly Revised
Becoming a Healthy Team is essential for building the kingdom. Steve Macchia has helped thousands of churches develop healthy ministries. Now he offers tried and tested principles and practices to help your leadership team do the same. He’ll show you how to Trust, Empower, Assimilate, Manage, and Serve. That spells TEAMS and ultimately success. 

Attributes of God 
Half-day Soul Care Retreat Guide Series I & II

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


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.

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In this issue


Reflections along the Way

S
ign Posts on the Trail

Resources for Your Journey
 


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 Bennett
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

Jim Smith
Sabbatical Coach

Jeremy Stefano
Senior Selah Faculty & Spiritual Formation Associate

Liz Whitfield
Accounts Receivable Manager

David Wu
Spiritual Formation Associate - Houston
 

 

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