Newsletter from Leadership Transformations
September 2017
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Reflections Along the Way

From the Desk of Steve Macchia

Dear Rick,
Accompanying the spiritual practices of Scripture, prayer, reflection and worship, are two magnificent windows that shed light into the soul…the beauty of God’s creation and the delight of visual and musical artistic expression. LTI embraces these gifts from God and we’ve seen myriad evidences of their fruitfulness in the souls of leaders. To help us celebrate LTI's 14th Anniversary, one of our favorite Christian musicians, Fernando Ortega, along with our dear friend and special guest, Justin Unger, will grace us with an evening of musical celebration. I hope you’re planning to join us on Saturday, October 21, for this grand event, designed specifically to feed your soul in an uplifting and joyful way. We have so much to be thankful for and we look forward to sharing this experience with our friends!

Your brother in Christ,

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LTI Ministry Highlights

FERNANDO ORTEGA
LIVE IN CONCERT!
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Come and join us for a great night of celebration in honor of LTI's 14th Anniversary! We'll be inspired and invited into God's presence by 3-Tiem Dove Award Winner, Fernando Ortega (and band), plus special guest, Justin Unger - a renowned songwriter and worship leader.  Register by October 6 to take advantage of early bird pricing. 
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Group discounts for 5+ concert tickets purchased at the same time. Concert is open seating. Doors will open at 6:30 pm.
Soul Sabbaths
2017-2018
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!
Fall 2017:
Nov 4th 2017: "Beyond Listening-Walking in Obedience"
Listening to God’s Word bears fruit in willing obedience. Isaiah’s “Here am I. Send me.” And Mary’s “Let it be done to me according to your word” is that fruit. Such responses in the moment arise spontaneously in a humble, listening heart.
Location: The Sanctuary at Woodville, Woodville, MA
Register for 11/4/17
Spring 2018:
Mar 10th, 2018: "Receiving Salvation-The Ongoing Gift of Grace" 
The healing, saving work of God is not static. The Living God renews each believer in Jesus day by day. Those who thrive in this grace are those who are given to receiving from God, waiting on the Lord with faith, hope and love.
Location: Hope Christian Church, Winchester, MA
Register for 3/10/18
The above Soul Sabbaths are facilitated by Diana Bennett, Jeremy Stefano, and Lynda Wheatley.  Email Lynda with any questions.
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Proceeds from Legacy benefit the ministry of LTI.
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!  Enrolling soon for 2018-2020 Cohorts.
More About Selah
Emmaus is a retreat-based leadership community ... and the only thing missing is YOU.  The 2018-2019 cohort will be accepting applicants soon.  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:
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  1. Click the button below and register LTI as your AmazonSmile charity (see the screenshot below).
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  3. Amazon will look and function the same as always but Amazon will be giving a portion of your purchases to LTI!
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Our Church Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) has helped over 450 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

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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.

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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

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
Spiritual Formation Associate

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

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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