Steve Macchia Blog


June 2019 Spiritual Formation Symposium

Meeting on the beautiful campus of Denver Seminary, with the Rocky Mountains as our backdrop, this pristine space for reflection and renewal is ideal for the heart, mind, body and soul.

If you are a leader in search of a community-based, thought-provoking, learning experience then LTI’s upcoming Spiritual Formation Symposium Series is for YOU.

After a fruitful anniversary of our inaugural year, LTI is pleased to offer the first of two 2019 Symposiums on leaders and teams from June 26-28, 2019 in Denver, CO. Meeting on the beautiful campus of Denver Seminary, with the Rocky Mountains as our backdrop, this pristine space for reflection and renewal is ideal for the heart, mind, body and soul. And this year’s offering is one you will not want to miss.

The teaching and facilitation team will include author and spiritual director Alice Fryling, founder of Anam Cara Ministries Tara Owens, pastor/author/musician Glenn Packiam, as well as LTI executive vice president Rick Anderson and LTI founder and president Steve Macchia. We are very excited about this year’s presenters, who will provide excellent material for your prayerful and practical consideration.

Our goal is to create a spacious learning environment, offer a pre-symposium workshop on the Enneagram, and a half-day Soul Sabbath, which will round off the entire experience. Leisurely mealtimes, group conversations, and a well-paced schedule will be inviting for all. We are most excited about the fruit of these three days, as evidenced in what attendees take back into their personal lives and ministry contexts.

We believe the greatest need in the Church today is to have an experiential knowledge of God.

LTI’s new Spiritual Formation Symposium Series will help you lean into that desire with earnest prayerfulness and open-handed receptivity. Group size is limited, so it’s the better side of wisdom to register today and secure your place. Our hope is that each symposium will be informative, formative and transformative for all.

PS – Register below today to reserve your spot at the early bird. See you there!

Preparing for Lent

Preparing for Lent

Tomorrow is the first day of Lent 2019. Known as Ash Wednesday, it will serve as the beginning of our annual pilgrimage to the cross and the empty tomb.

Regardless of your denominational expression, Lent is a season of the church year that pinnacles with the final days of Christ’s earthly life, his fulfilled mission that leads him to the cross, and his triumphal and miraculous resurrection. Our hope as Christ followers is focused on these transformational experiences and expressions of extravagant love that point us to the completed promises of God as our Redeemer.

Are you preparing for Lent in any specific way? Perhaps considering a “fast” from something that has been captivating you of late (i.e. sweets, carbs, social media, shopping, or any number of overdone habits of the heart). Or, “adding” a practice that will help you reorient your priorities around God’s justice, mercy, or grace (i.e. daily reading of a Lenten devotional, specific prayer practices, or acts of service without recognition).

Whatever you decide to do is totally fine: no need to compare or contrast your Lenten practices with others. Today is the day you might want to pray into how God desires for you to focus your attention on Jesus during Lent. Any of our “fasts” or “practices” aren’t ends in themselves – if chosen to follow, they are to remind us repeatedly over the next 40 days that our dependence and our hope is in Christ alone.

Let’s not lose sight of the real reason for Lent: penitential reflection on our own sinful propensities, the gift of abundant mercy poured out upon us by the crucified and resurrected Christ, and the eternal hope of the resurrection which ushers us more fully into the Kingdom life now and for all eternity.

A blessed and prayerful Lent to you and yours, from all of us on the LTI Team.

In Christ Alone,

Steve Macchia D.Min.