Newsletter from Leadership Transformations
March 2015

Reflections Along the Way

From the Desk of Steve Macchia

Dear Friend,
The traditional purpose of Lent is for the devout believer to be single-minded and heartfelt in commemorating the sacrificial suffering of Jesus on the cross. Therefore, the preparation of the soul for Holy Week includes disciplines such as prayer, repentance of sins, self-denial, and generosity.   Why forty days? To remember and give thanks for Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness, where he both fasted and was tempted by the devil ( Luke 4:1–2). He overcame all three of Satan’s temptations by citing Scripture, at which point the devil left him, angels ministered to him, and Jesus began his public ministry. Jesus further said that His disciples should fast “when the bridegroom shall be taken from them” (Matthew 9:15), long considered a reference to his Passion. It is also the traditional belief that Jesus lay in the tomb for forty hours before rising from the dead and leaving his grave clothes behind for his followers to discover.  With forty days of preparation, Lent has great significance to many historical events in the life of the Church. As you continue in this season of Lent, let me invite you to receive Jesus’ “outstretched arms of love” as you follow him to the cross and the empty tomb as his faithful disciple, seeking to emulate his life, self-sacrifice, and humble service to others. Behold his glory, believe his message, belong to Jesus as his beloved disciple, and become more and more like his image…growing in your true identity in Christ Alone.  A blessed Lent and a joy-filled Easter from the LTI family to your household of faith.

Sign Posts on
the Trail

LTI Ministry Highlights

Are you looking for spiritual direction training in the Western US?
Selah-West launches this fall in the Phoenix, AZ area.  Led by senior faculty members Susan Currie, Angela Wisdom, and Ted Wueste - the same outstanding program that has been offered on the East coast for years is now coming West.  Additional faculty members include: Steve Macchia, Tom Ashbrook, and Alan Fadling.   Selah-East launches this summer in the New England area.

Is there a spiritual director inside of you?  Contact us today and let's explore that question together!

More About Selah East/West

Are you looking for a deeper leadership experience?  Join the 9th cohort of Emmaus beginning Fall 2015.  You'll journey with other like-minded leaders through the "Pilgrimage Year" of curriculum.  In a series of four, 2-night retreats, the participants will gather in community and experiential learning around the subjects of "Spiritual Autobiography" (September 2015), "Spiritual Leadership" (December 2015), "Spiritual Practices" (March 2016), and "Spiritual Renewal" (May 2016).
Emmaus is a retreat-based leadership community ... and the only thing missing is YOU.  The 2015 cohort is now enrolling.  Consider applying for Emmaus 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
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 LTI Events

"Fridays @ Retreat House" offers outstanding opportunities to integrate spiritual formation theology and practice (Colloquium) or get away from it all to experience a quiet, contemplative retreat day (Soul Sabbath).
April 10, 2015: Soul Sabbath: "Easter Joy" (S. Hamilton, MA)
April 24, 2015: Church Health Training (Colorado Springs, CO)
May 1, 2015: Colloquium: "What is Christian Maturity?" (S. Hamilton, MA)

May 9, 2015: Soul Care Retreat: Hearing God in the Age of Distraction (Houston, TX)
More Info on Upcoming Events

Moldova Mission 2015

Steve Macchia and Rick Anderson departed for Chisinau, Moldova on March 18th for their 7th short-term mission to the formerly Soviet occupied country of Moldova. While in Chisinau they are offering spiritual formation, leadership development, and soul care with the key pastoral and lay leaders of Jesus Savior Church. Your prayers are appreciated!
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Resources for Your Journey

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.  

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 (Workbook coming soon!)
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. 

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 to learn more.
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

ign Posts on the Trail

Resources for Your Journey

LTI Executive Team

Stephen Macchia
Founder & President

Rick Anderson
Senior Vice President

Trish Trewern
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

Sage Paik
Graphic Designer

Warren Schuh
Lead Church Health Coach

Jim Smith
Sabbatical Coach

Jeremy Stefano
Minister of Spiritual Formation

Liz Whitfield
Accounts Receivable Manager

Angela Wisdom
Associate Director of Selah

David Wu
Spiritual Formation Associate - Houston


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