Dear Friend of Christian Leaders...
The pressure points on leaders today are numerous and intense. Build a team. Raise a budget. Establish a niche. Care for constituents.
Focus on vision. Fulfill a mission. Set challenging goals. Achieve some success. Be open to change. Lead with courage. Forge through
obstacles. Seek transformation.
BECOME AN ADVOCATE FOR THE SOUL.
The ministry of Leadership Transformations is designed to help leaders prioritize ongoing care for their soul. At the same time, build a ministry team that can lead others into spiritual vitality and transformation. Since our inception, we have seen how God wants to use us in fulfillment of our purpose:
- › Listen to leaders one-on-one in soul care conversations and spiritual direction
- › Invite leaders to hop off their treadmill of activities and hear from God on a soul care retreat
- › Discern with leadership teams God's blessed intentions for their shared ministry via face-to-face consultations
- › Ignite passion for God in the hearts of those who are weary in well-doing and are thirsty for guidance in spiritual formation
LTI directly services local churches and parachurch ministries in their leadership development efforts. In addition, we have hosted soul care retreats for ministry leaders, conducted seminars, and provide practical resources for their spiritual vitality. We have consulted
with leadership teams and listened intently and discerningly in one-on-one settings. We love what we do and are delighted to come
alongside leaders and teams for the depth of their soul and the vitality of their service to Christ and His Church!
We need your help as we move forward. The word is out and the demands for our services are increasing. The team is small and in need of enlargement. The budget is growing and the number of financial partners needs to follow suit. Can I be so bold as to invite your support-- prayerfully, strategically and financially? There's a new movement afoot and you too can join it today!
To God belongs all the glory and to you I offer heartfelt thanks.
God's blessing of the abundant life to you and yours,
Stephen A. Macchia, D. Min.
Founder & President
3 Ways to Make a Tax-Deductible Gift
- Online with a Credit Card
- By Check payable
to Leadership Transformations
Mail to: Leadership Transformations
PO Box 338, Lexington, MA 02420
- Have you considered donating stock?
Here's why donating stocks and other securities is one of the most tax-efficient ways to give:
A charitable contribution of long-term appreciated securities — i.e. stocks, bonds and/or mutual funds that have realized significant appreciation over time – is one of the most tax-efficient of all ways to give. This method of giving has become increasingly popular in recent years because of two key advantages:
- Any long-term appreciated securities with unrealized gains (meaning they were purchased over a year ago, and have a current value greater than their original cost) may be donated to a public charity and a tax deduction taken for the full fair market value of the securities – up to 30% of the donor's adjusted gross income.
Since the securities are donated rather than sold, capital gains taxes from selling the securities no longer apply. The more appreciation the securities have, the greater the tax savings will be.
Biblical principles for stewardship and fundraising
Christian leaders, including development staff, who believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and choose prayerfully to pursue eternal kingdom values (Mt. 6:19-21), will seek to identify the sacred kingdom resources of God's economy within these parameters:
- God, the creator (Gen. 1) and sustainer of all things (Col. 1:17) and the One "who works within us to accomplish far more than we can ask or imagine" (Eph. 3:20), is a God of infinite abundance (Ps. 50:10-11) and grace (2 Cor. 9:8).
- Acknowledging the primacy of the Gospel (Rom. 1:16) as our chief treasure (Mt. 13:44), Christians are called to lives of stewardship, as managers of all that God has entrusted to them (1 Cor. 4:1-2).
- A Christian's attitude toward possessions on earth is important to God (Mt. 6:24), and there is a vital link between how believers utilize earthly possessions (as investments in God's kingdom) and the eternal rewards that believers receive (Phil. 4:17).
- God entrusts possessions to Christians and holds them accountable for their use, as a tool to grow God's eternal kingdom, as a test of the believer's faithfulness to God, and as a trademark that their lives reflect Christ's values (Lk. 16:1-9).
- From God's abounding grace, Christians' giving reflects their gratitude for what God has provided and involves growing in an intimate faith relationship with Christ as Lord of their lives (Mk. 12:41-44).
- Because giving is a worshipful, obedient act of returning to God from what has been provided (1 Chron. 29:10-14), Christian fundraisers should hold a conviction that, in partnership with the church, they have an important role in the spiritual maturation of believers (Jas. 3:1).
- The primary role of Christian fundraisers is to advance and facilitate a believer's faith in and worship of God through a Christ centered understanding of stewardship that is solidly grounded on Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16).
- Recognizing it is the work of the Holy Spirit that prompts Christians to give (Jn. 15:4-5) (often through fundraising techniques) (2 Cor. 9:5-7, Neh. 1:4-11), fundraisers and/or organizations must never manipulate or violate their sacred trust with ministry partners.
- An eternal, God centered worldview promotes cooperation, rather than competition, among organizations, and places the giver's relationship to God above the ministry's agenda (2 Cor. 4:16-18).
- In our materialistic, self centered culture, Christian leaders should acknowledge that there is a great deal of unclear thinking about possessions, even among believers, and that an eternal kingdom perspective will often seem like foolish nonsense (1 Cor. 2:14) to those who rely on earthly kingdom worldview techniques (1 Cor. 2:1-5).
When these principles are implemented, that rely on God changing hearts more than on human methods, the resulting joy filled generosity of believers will fully fund God's work here on earth (Ex. 36:6-7).
** Source: ECFA.org.
What Others Are Saying...
Eastern European Pastor: Vitalie Fedula
Profile of Transformation: Alison Cook
Profile of Transformation: Ted Wueste
"The Soul Care Retreat was a huge 'I love you!' from our heavenly Father. It was an especially precious gift to me as a pastor--24 hours set aside to seek the Father's heart in gently guided silence and solitude. And the location - wow! Beautiful grounds, sacred space--the perfect setting in which to answer God's call to 'be still and know that I am God.' The whole focus of the retreat was to be still, to quiet our souls in order to listen to the Holy Spirit, and to be encouraged to pursue a rhythm of life that incorporates contemplation as prerequisite to mission. I heard from God during this time!"
Pastor in attendance at Soul Care Retreat
"This 24-hr retreat was food and balm for my soul. I didn't know how much I needed this time away from the unremitting demands of pastoring and to take time to go deeper in my relationship to God in Christ. I had time to stop, look and listen. (Just getting away to stop is half the battle!) It was just the right balance of solitude, silence and connecting with the group. I have recommended this soul care retreat to several of my colleagues and friends."
Pastor in attendance at Soul Care Retreat
"I can confidently say God touched me very deeply, through the silence, through the interaction with the other people at the retreat, and through my one on one conversation with Steve--definitely. I rediscovered the number one priority of my life--intimacy with my heavenly Father. I regained my focus and perspective in life and everything else that was troubling me by the end of the retreat suddenly seemed to pale in significance to the blessing of being close to God and feeling his love once again."
Ministry leader in attendance at Soul Care Retreat
"I really appreciate what you are doing and the direction the Lord has taken you. Clearly you are focusing on the single most pressing need in the lives of spiritual leaders. I fear lest we have become a people of production rather than possession. We have great strategies for producing but are poverty stricken in our possession of life in the vine. My own soul is hungry. Yet feeding it gets pushed aside by so many things."
Pastor and mentor in the region - commenting on LTI
Psalm 62: 5-8, 11, 12