Newsletter from Leadership Transformations
June 2017
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Reflections Along the Way

From the Desk of Steve Macchia

Dear Stephen,
July 1 marks the 14th Anniversary of Leadership Transformations! And, the 10th year of two of our flagship ministry initiatives: Emmaus (spiritual leadership communities) and Selah (certificate program in spiritual direction). God has blessed and multiplied the ministry of LTI in marvelous ways, with a 500% growth since our inception (see graph below), and we give him all the glory, honor and praise. One distinct way we will be celebrating is with a Benefit Concert featuring Fernando Ortega and his band, with special guest Justin Unger – Saturday, October 21 at Grace Chapel in Lexington MA. In the meantime, I trust you’ll take full advantage of the many spiritual formation and leadership development offerings provided online and in person through our unique ministry. God bless you with an abundance of his joy this summer!

Your brother in Christ,

Sign Posts on
the Trail

LTI Ministry Highlights

Join Us Oct. 21, 2017
With Fernando Ortega
Listen to Audio Samples
More Information
Group discounts for 5+ concert tickets purchased at the same time. Concert is open seating. Doors will open at 6:30 pm.
EMMAUS: Currently Enrolling
Join us in MA or TX!
Emmaus is a retreat-based leadership community ... and the only thing missing is YOU.  The 2017-2018 cohorts are now accepting applicants.  Emmaus is now available in two locations: Emmaus-TX and Emmaus-MA.
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:
The 2017-2018 Emmaus cohorts will journey through the Passage Year conisting of these four thematic retreats:
  • Spiritual Relinquishment: The Way to Love
  • Spiritual Reading: The Gift of the Classics
  • Spiritual Guides: The Ministry of Listening
  • Spiritual Impact: The Mission of Jesus & His Disciples
Visit the website for specific dates and locations for Emmaus-TX and Emmaus-MA.
Apply for Emmaus
SELAH: FULL FOR 2017-2019
Are you ready to be formally trained as a spiritual director? Begin praying now about applying for the 2018-2020 season.  Selah-West meets in beautiful Arizona (5x over two years).  Selah-East meets three times in New England, once in VA, and once in NC.  Check out the website for more information.
The Selah Certificate in Spiritual Direction is offered in 2 geographic locations (Selah-West, Selah-East) 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
More About Selah
Watch a clip of Selah faculty members (not pictured, David Wu) introducing what is unique about Selah:
Is there a spiritual director inside of you?  Contact us today and let's explore that question together!
Apply for Selah
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, set your bookmark for
  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 nearly 500 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?  Download our Free Guide to Church Assessment today.
Take a Closer Look at CHAT

Resources for Your Journey

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 25% 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 to learn more.
Check out the hundreds of spiritual formation books sub-divided into 20 categories available in our Spiritual Formation Store.
Visit the Store

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

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

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 Supervision & Practice, 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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