Newsletter from Leadership Transformations
December 2017
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Reflections Along the Way

From the Desk of Steve Macchia

Dear Steve,
As we fully embrace the season of Advent, the approach of Christmas Day brings joy-filled anticipation to our hearts and homes. On behalf of the entire LTI board and ministry team, I want to wish you a blessed, memorable, and holy time with friends and loved ones. We join the Christian community worldwide in celebration of the Incarnation of Jesus the long-awaited Messiah, humbly yet triumphantly born in a manger. His coming into the world was miraculous and mysterious, but filled with the abundant gifts of the salvation life offered freely and generously to all. Our prayer for you is that your soul will be enriched as you wait, watch and wonder once more. And, we look forward to many meaningful connections with you in the new year!

Your brother in Christ,

Sign Posts on
the Trail

LTI Ministry Highlights

Join us in Italy in 2018!
LTI is delighted to extend an invitation to you (and your spouse/guest) to come with Susie Skillen, Jeremy Stefano, and Steve Macchia, on Spiritual Pilgrimage to Italy from April 11-19, 2018.  We will explore the places where some amazing saints lived and served God with extravagant love: St. Benedict and his sister Scholastica, as well as St. Francis and his friend Clare. Their stories are inspirational and worthy of our prayerful consideration and personal reflection.
Trip Details
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New LTI Video (3-min)
We recently released the above video in an attempt to capture the "big idea" of why we do what we do. 
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What wisdom have you gained through years of experiencing the twists and turns of life that you would like to pass on to the next generation? Many of those pearls of wisdom were likely acquired at a cost. How could your child or grandchild benefit from what you've learned? Legacy will help you capture those helpful insights and record them in a way that makes a great gift for those you love.
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The Selah Certificate Program 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:
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

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.
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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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