Newsletter from Leadership Transformations
December 2016
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Reflections Along the Way

From the Desk of Steve Macchia

Dear Friend,
“God loves a cheerful giver” the Apostle Paul reminds the Corinthians in 2 Cor. 9:7. The contrast is giving “begrudgingly, reluctantly or under compulsion” and that sounds a lot like Scrooge! One of my favorite descriptors of cheerful is “hilarious” – now that’s cheerful. And, imagine what hilarious giving will look like for you: tis the season for gift giving to family, friends, churches and charities…what will be your giving posture? Since God loves it when we give hilariously, let me encourage you to do likewise…wear a smile on your face as you purchase the gifts on your list and write out checks to your favorite charities.  This will surely bring a smile to the face of God and to all who you love with generous hilarity.

Sign Posts on
the Trail

LTI Ministry Highlights

Deeper Life Videos Now Available!
Over 500 registrants were our guests for an incredible day with Mark Buchanan and Ann Voskamp on Oct. 29, 2016.  If you missed it, the sessions are available for purchase and download:

Session One - Depth: An Invitation to a Journey. In this first session, Steve Macchia explores the invitation of Jesus to a deeper life of humility.
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Session Two - Growing Wild & Free: Being Utterly Satisfied. In the second session, Mark Buchanan explores the practice of rest as a key to contentment.
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Session Three - We're All Here: Being Deeply Thankful. In the third session, Mark Buchanan explores the practice of thankfulness as a key to abundance.
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Session Four - Daring to take The Broken Way into the Abundant Life. In this session, Ann Voskamp explores how to live fearless of broken things but find deep communion in all things.
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Session Five -  The Expectant Heart of Joy and Fruitfulness. In this final session, Mark Buchanan and Ann Voskamp dialogue with Steve Macchia as they explore the anticipation of abundance in the pursuit of a deeper life.
Order Session Five (Ann Voskamp & Mark Buchanan)
LTI Celebrates 13 Years!
We had a wonderful 13th Anniversary Banquet on October 29 with guests Ann Voskamp, Mark Buchanan in dialogue together, warm fellowship around a tasty meal, and a ministry update Steve Macchia. Plus, special music by renowned songwriter and worship leader, Justin Unger.  The following video of real life testimonies was also shown that night.  Click below to check it out.
Also click below for digital versions of our 2016 Impact Report (left) and 2016 Annual Report (right).
Year End Giving Progress
As of today, we are  up to 43% of our December giving goal of $142,000 - making great progress!  Can you help us get to the top? A gift of any amount makes a difference!
Give Today
"Joy of Quiet" Retreats: 2016-2017
Join us for a Saturday morning entering into the joy of being quiet in the presence of Jesus. A light breakfast will be provided before a short teaching. In spacious places, find a spot for individual silence and reflection. Small group sharing will be encouraging as we end our time together. This is a gift of rest and communion with God and one another. Please consider joining us for any or all of these dates!
Spring 2017:
Jan 21st, 2017 : "Trusting" Relationships are built on a foundation of trust. One moves towards deeper intimacy in relationship as one’s capacity to trust develops and matures.  (The Sanctuary at Woodville, Woodville, MA)
Click to Register

Mar 11th, 2017: "Redemptive Suffering"  In this life we all will suffer. With Jesus, who suffered for us, we find our way in the midst of suffering and in bearing with those who suffer. (Hope Christian Church, Winchester, MA) 
Click to Register

Apr 29th 2017: "Listening" The foremost attitude of the disciple is to listen. And it is listening that trains and tunes the heart to hear the Word, and so to grow in love for the Master. (Cape Cod Church, East Falmouth, MA) 
Click to Register
Joy of Quiet retreats are facilitated by Diana Bennett, Jeremy Stefano, and Lynda Wheatley.  Email Lynda with any questions.
The Selah Certificate in Spiritual Direction is offered in 2 geographic locations (Selah-East, Selah-West) and 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: 12-15 individuals make up a cohort
Is there a spiritual director inside of you?  Contact us today and let's explore that question together!
More About Selah
Check out this brief video from Selah's Senior Faculty:
Emmaus is a retreat-based leadership community ... and the only thing missing is YOU.  The 2017-2018 cohort is now accepting applicants.  Consider applying for Emmaus if you are looking for:
  • A more contemplative lifestyle in the midst of the growing demands of life and 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 (and encouragement to care for your own!)
  • Check out these brief video testimonies from Emmaus companions
Come and journey with others who hunger for rest, renewal, encouragement, and deeper spiritual companionship. Contact Jeremy Stefano to start a conversation. An optional Certificate in Spiritual Leadership is offered to those interested in enhancing their Emmaus experience.
More About Emmaus
Check out this brief video from Jeremy Stefano:
Do you shop at Amazon? Did you know that by designating Leadership Transformations, Inc. as your chosen charity, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to LTI? Here's all you have to do:
  1. Click the button below and register LTI as your AmazonSmile charity (see the screenshot below).
  2. Instead of shopping at www.Amazon.com, set your bookmark for www.Smile.Amazon.com.
  3. Amazon will look and function the same as always but Amazon will be giving a portion of your purchases to LTI!
Go to Amazon Smile
Our Church Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) has helped over 425 churches conduct a church-wide listening exercise.  We praise God for the ability to leverage the technology available to us today to help church leaders listen well (and without much effort!) as they discern the road ahead.  We firmly believe that in order for leaders to be effective, they need to be good listeners…to God, to one another as discerning leadership teams, and to all whom they serve.

If you haven’t seen CHAT for yourself or your local church, it might be just the right time to do so – and we guarantee it will be well worth your time! Is your church ready for a church-wide listening exercise? 
Take a Closer Look at CHAT

Resources for Your Journey

SpiritualFormationStore.com


Renewing Your Church Through Healthy Small Groups
Have the individuals who are leading small groups in your church been taken through a comprehensive orientation process? Invest in your small group leaders and the overall health of your church by utilizing this practical 8-week training manual for small group leaders. This process will help you lay the foundations of a healthy small groups ministry. Get your copy today at 20% off.  Also available on Amazon Prime.

Broken and Whole
Steve Macchia's latest book offers the gifts of love found in 1 Corinthians 13 as the antidote to our brokenness. He writes with personal transparency from his own experience in what Alan Fadling calls, "a vision of Christian leadership that is more patient than hurried, more Jesus-promoting than self-promoting and more generous than self-serving."  Get your copy today at 30% off.  Also available on Amazon and Kindle.

Wellspring - 31 day devotional
Steve Macchia walks you through 31 days of soul searching with the goal of experiencing a whole-hearted life. A journal page is included in each chapter. This devotional makes a great gift!  Bulk discounts are available on quantities of 10+, 25+, and 50+. All proceeds further the mission of Leadership Transformations.  Also available on Amazon Prime.

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. 
Get your copy today at 25% off. Also available on Amazon and Kindle.

Becoming a Healthy Team (Workbook also available)
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. 
Get your copy today at 20% off. Also available on Amazon Prime and Kindle.  And check out the accompanying workbook with team exercises.

Reclaim Rest & Renewal with this Downloadable Retreat Guide
What has happened to rest? Take a day to "press the pause button" on your busy life and enter into a few spacious hours being renewed by your great and loving God.
Two versions available: 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.

www.SpiritualFormationStore.com
Check out the hundreds of spiritual formation books sub-divided into 20 categories available in our Spiritual Formation Store.
Visit the Store
leadershiptransformations.org

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

Meah Arakaki
Executive Assistant
 


LTI Ministry Team


Diana Bennett
Director of Ministry Relations

Susan Currie
Director of Selah & Associate for Spiritual Formation

Gayle Heaslip
Spiritual Formation Associate

Greg Mahoney
Website & Software Developer

David McKiel
Accountant

Nicole Rim
Graphic Designer

Warren Schuh
Lead Church Health Coach

Jim Smith
Sabbatical Coach

Jeremy Stefano
Director of Emmaus

Liz Whitfield
Accounts Receivable Manager

Angela Wisdom
Associate Director of Selah

David Wu
Regional Ministry Director - TX
 
 

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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