Rejoice in the Lord Always 18th Anniversary Campaign

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! – Phil. 4:4

18th Anniversary Ministry Update - 2021

In early November, LTI hosted REJOICE!, an evening of sharing stories of transformation and a ministry update. Click the video below to view the program. Also, a copy of the annual report is available here as a PDF.

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Steve Macchia


Dear Friend,

I wonder if the Apostle Paul’s admonition to “rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil. 4:4) would apply to the events of this past year. Are we to rejoice during a pandemic and all the ripple effects on our society, economy, among races, and political parties too? Yes, I believe so. Not because of the situations of our day, but in the Lord who has remained present and will faithfully sustain us amidst the storm.

Rejoicing and being filled with joy isn’t only for the good times, but also the hardest times. Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians from a prison cell. It’s here that he affirms the secret of contentment, celebrates a lifestyle of joy, and invites others to do likewise. His heart and mind were fixed on God, in spite of life’s circumstances. I’m challenged by that notion and trust you are too.

July 1 marks the 18th Anniversary of Leadership Transformations – and we are rejoicing in the Lord. Since 2003 we have been coming alongside leaders and learners from across the country and various parts of the globe. Our single agenda: the care and nurture of the soul. Slowing down long enough to become more loving, graced, patient, compassionate, and kind. Thousands of individuals and hundreds of churches and organizations have been impacted. The testimonies are innumerable – and eternal (several are enclosed).

We are rejoicing in the Lord – choosing joy, finding joy, and giving joy away. We are convinced that the world we live in and the Church we are supporting is in need of true joy. We will keep encouraging joy in the Lord: always. And, we invite you to join us in this attitude, lifestyle, and endeavor.

Rejoice with us in the many advances of our ministry this past year: commencing our 22nd Selah Cohort, our 15th Emmaus Cohort, our 18th year leading the Pierce Center at Gordon-Conwell. We’ve hosted 47 online workshops and soul care retreats and 60 Discerning Leader Podcast episodes. We’ve exceeded 600 churches taking our Church Health Assessment Tool. We’ve created hundreds of practical resources and vetted even more in our And that’s just the major programs of LTI – I don’t have the space to tell you about our daily ministry of spiritual direction, guiding discernment processes with teams, or our mentoring, coaching, and retreat facilitation. God has blessed. We rejoice!

As we launch our 18th Anniversary Campaign, we are asking you to unite with us in pursuit of our goals for ministry to leaders and teams. And, to accomplish our annual funding objective well before year end. Currently, we are hoping to raise $415K in donation income (the remaining 54% of our $900K budget will come in via our programs and services). Will you join us with your love, prayers, and generosity?

Your brother in Christ,

Steve Macchia
Founder & President

Investing in Leaders Around the World

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Why We Give to LTI

“Nan and I take joy in supporting LTI because we recognize Christian leadership is a God calling. Leadership excellence is not optional — it’s essential. LTI addresses the heart and soul of leadership.”

— Bill & Nan Anderson, Colorado

“We have personally benefited from LTI’s emphasis and teaching on spiritual formation. Their attentiveness to soul care as the foundation for followers of Christ sets the stage for transformed lives.  We see our support for LTI‘s work with Christian leaders as a contribution to the health and maturity of the body of Christ. ”

— Murray & Julie Athans, Alaska

“Brenda and I are excited to support a ministry that places an emphasis on taking care of those in ministry. We have seen and heard too many examples where ministry leaders are depleted and end up quitting and becoming disillusioned. We appreciate the work LTI is doing in soul care and the restoration of those who restore others.”

— David & Brenda Begin, Colorado

“I enthusiastically support LTI because of the ministry’s emphasis on being a child of God more than doing activities for God. Their soul care retreats and prayer resources have enriched my own spiritual journey and have led me into a deeper, experiential knowledge of God through the Scriptures, prayer and reflection.”

— Kathy Crowell, Massachusetts

“We have found that LTI is a valuable resource for individuals as well as groups in the ongoing journey of spiritual transformation and growth.”

— Gary & Susan Di Camillo, South Carolina

“Br. David Vryhof in a recent post told the story of a group of seventh-century monks through whom the gospel spread like wildfire. By way of explanation, he said,  “People were receptive to the message because they saw it embodied in the messengers.” So it is with LTI. Over the course of our seven years of involvement with LTI, the gospel has spread in our lives like wildfire, thanks in part to our seeing and continuing to see the Message embodied in the LTI messengers. In our book, that is high praise indeed for any Christian organization.”

— Wray & Elizabeth Fitch, Virginia


“We love to give to LTI because Steve and the team amplify integrity in every area of this ministry! There are many reasons we love to give, but when we think of the Leadership Transformations team, we know their hearts are pure and their motives are too!” 

— Barb & Ed Johnson, Washington

“We are delighted to support LTI because we have seen and experienced the power of this Christ-centered ministry to revitalize and nurture Christian leadership. The transforming love of God works in and through the people and ministries of LTI in vital, unique ways.”

— Margery & Richard Kennelly, Tennessee

“The work Leadership Transformations is doing is life changing. We have personally experienced love, care and concern during very challenging times in our lives and are grateful for the consistently wise and prayerful guidance from LTI.”

— John & Jean Kingston, Massachusetts

“We have steadily supported Steve and LTI because of our strong belief in giving leaders at all levels of ministry the opportunities to learn and grow spiritually. Having worked with Steve and others on his team over the years, we have a deep respect and admiration for their commitment and for the depth of experience they bring to
this effort.”

— Caleb & Bonny Loring, Massachusetts
“We are excited to support LTI because we believe in both the necessity of this ministry and the spiritual depth of those who lead it. We care about the future of the church, and that means we must take seriously the call to care for the souls of its leaders. LTI does this with excellence because those who lead the programs dwell deeply with God and are able to invite others to join them in this holy place. That’s why we believe that by supporting LTI we are making a strategic investment in the future of the church.”
— John & Mary March, Minnesota 

“In the ever-quickening pace of life, it’s good that LTI is here to help leaders slow down and listen to God. It’s our joy to support the team as they minister to the body of Christ.”

— Andy & Gail Mills, Massachusetts

“My wife and I have known Steve and Ruth for many years and know the passion and energy they put into this ministry. We are aware of the tremendous need that pastors and churches have, and that makes it easy to support LTI in any way we can.”

— Jim & Bev Pyne, Massachusetts

“Becoming a part of LTI has been one of the greatest blessings for our lives, both as individuals and as a couple. It is more than a ministry, it is a family of believers who meet God in the sacred spaces of His presence — such a rare gift in this overstimulated, overworked, and overwhelmed world. We look forward to receiving from and contributing to LTI for years to come.”

— Joshua and Raquel Rogers, North Carolina

“It has truly been a thrill to be a part of what God has done through LTI over the years. Through our various areas of involvement we have felt served while serving God through the ministry of LTI — for in giving we have truly received!”

— David & Esther Schultz, Massachusetts

“LTI’s approach to leadership development and renewal through soul care, discernment and spiritual formation has had lasting a impact on our lives in ministry and remains vital to our attentiveness to God’s movement in our life and the church community we serve.”

— Iain & Liz Whitfield, Massachusetts

What God is Doing at LTI

Vision, Mission, and Ministry Overview

For Christian congregations and organizations to be filled with leaders who place spiritual formation, discernment and renewal above all other leadership priorities.

Our Vision

For Christian congregations and organizations to be filled with leaders who place spiritual formation, discernment and renewal above all other leadership priorities.

Our Mission

To cultivate vibrant spirituality and attentive discernment among Christian leaders and teams. To accomplish this mission, the staff, volunteers and board members, together with strategic partners, LTI will work to create formal and informal opportunities for leaders and teams to:

  • Embrace a lifestyle of Sabbath rest and renewal.
  • Experience spiritual reflection, biblical truth and attentive discernment.
  • Acknowledge the Holy Spirit’s constant presence and work in their lives.
  • Attend to new insights with open-handed receptivity and initiative.
  • Sense a renewed invitation to discover God’s call on their lives and ministries.

Our Ministries

Emmaus: Certificate in Formational Leadership

Selah: Certificate in Spiritual Direction

Soul Care Retreats and Soul Sabbaths

Spiritual Formation Groups

Spiritual Health Assessments

Spiritual Discernment for Teams

Sabbatical Planning

Spiritual Formation Resources

The Discerning Leader Podcast

Pierce Center for Disciple-Building

Partnership with Gordon-Conwell Seminary

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What is God Inviting You Into Today?

LTI will help you listen, equip you to discern, invite you to act, encourage you to pursue God’s unique will for you, your team, and your ministry. We are convinced that leaders need to pay attention to God’s call and unique thumbprint upon their individual lives. Then they can invite their ministry team to discern and fulfill God’s collective call to service.

A Closing Prayer For You

“Lord, may each person reading this rejoice in You, at all times and in all circumstances.
May they know Your love, Your delight and Your presence.
Keep them close and remind them of Your unwavering faithfulness.
Bless them with an abundance of Your grace, mercy, and peace. Amen.”
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil. 1: 3-6)
Steve Macchia

Please let us know how we can be praying for you and yours. One of my great joys is to pray for you by name, thanking God for your fruitful life, faithful testimony, and generous service to others. 

– Steve Macchia, Founder & President

Contact us at or 877-TEAM LTI.

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