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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.

Who We Are

Leadership Transformations, Inc. (LTI) was born out of passionate concern for the spiritual vitality of leaders and leadership teams in local church and parachurch ministry settings nationwide. Leadership Transformations, Inc. was officially launched on July 1, 2003, and is recognized by the IRS as a charitable organization (described in IRS code, section 501(c)(3) as a tax exempt organization). Steve Macchia, and a group of individuals who share a common passion for serving today’s Christian leaders, founded LTI as a unique leadership development ministry. Convinced of the need for spiritual leadership that works from a soul-based approach, they set out to pioneer a new work with this strategic focus.

Depth of Soul – Vitality in Service

It is out of the depth of one’s soul, in alignment with God’s call, that leaders and teams experience health and vitality in serving Christ and fulfilling his will. When leaders and teams are in concert with God’s divine plan for their individual lives and their shared ministries, there is increased joy and effectiveness. As Great Commandment leaders (loving God with heart, soul, mind and strength), they become zealously attuned to fulfilling the Great Commission (serving for the purpose of discipling all nations in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

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

To cultivate vibrant spirituality and attentive discernment among Christian leaders and teams.

  •  The Trinity — Believing and receiving the extravagant love of the Father, the gracious redemption of his Son, and the empowering presence of his Holy Spirit transforms us.
  • The Word of God — Listening to and obeying God’s Word, the Bible, which is inspired, infallible, trustworthy and authoritative for our lives and shared ministry.
  • Local Church — Participating in a local gathering of the Body of Christ is an expression of our love for God, for our sisters and brothers in the faith, and provides a way for us to share the love of Christ in faithfulness to the Great Commission.
  • Incarnational Ministry — Being present with others, and being attentive to those we are with, summons us to remain faithful to the Holy Spirit in our midst.
  • Authentic Community — Finding joy in being together as a team, sharing in a collaborative ministry as friends and colleagues, we cherish the presence and contribution of each person, offering both encouragement and exhortation to one another, as we seek to multiply spiritually healthy team ministry among those we serve.
  • Vibrant Spirituality — Living with daily practices of reading God’s Word, listening prayer and reflection, we seek to nurture our souls with contemplative practices, prayerful discernment, and a Sabbath lifestyle.
  • Attentive Discernment — Remaining in a listening, open-handed, and spiritually responsive posture we seek to discern God’s ongoing invitation, direction, and blessing.

Leadership Transformations, Inc. adheres to the NAE statement of faith as follows:

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

LTI embraces the historic Christian faith as expressed through the Apostles and Nicene Creeds. In our ministries we seek to nurture a shared participation in the life of the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We view the Scriptures, as interpreted through biblical, historical, and global orthodoxy, as the inspired and authoritative Word of God, our guide in faith and practice.

Within the richness of the varied cultures represented in our gatherings, we are committed to offering prayerful and hospitable presence. We seek to cultivate safe and facilitated space for unforced authenticity that is marked by gracious conversation and attentive listening. Together, we explore and nurture the awareness of our current with-God experiences.

"Without question, among other things, God is constantly inviting each of us into a deeper and more intimate walk with Him. How are we responding to that moment-by-moment invitation? Imagine ... the God of the universe tapping you on the shoulder every moment of the day. Our lives are so full of noise and activity that we seldom notice. The process of one's personal spiritual formation involves becoming more and more attentive and responsive to His constant invitation. If we're in a leadership role, this has an impact on the entire organization. As the leader goes, so goes the ministry; as the soul of the leader goes, so goes the leader.

Where does spiritual formation fit in the life of the local church?

I envision a Holy Spirit—empowered Church led by spiritual leaders who invite others to discover spiritual maturity together in a spiritual community where spiritual friendships practice spiritual conversations that uphold and affirm spiritual transformation for all, ultimately leading to spiritual renewal—the making of 'little Christs' to light up the world with the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit — in our lives, communities, and throughout the world."

What Others are Saying

Mark Buchanan
Mark BuchananPastor and Author of The Rest of God and Spiritual Rhythm
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"I've found in my 21 years of ministry many resources that sharpen me, a few that deepen me, but very few that do both. Leadership Transformations does both. It is a rare treasure and a great gift. Any church leader who uses LTI's services will be wiser and richer for it."
Richard Foster
Richard FosterBest-selling Author Founder of Renovare
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"I thank God for the good work of Steve Macchia and Leadership Transformations. May it be used for the good of many in the work of the kingdom of God."
Mindy Caliguire
Mindy CaliguireAuthor and Founder of SoulCare
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"I still remember the first time my husband Jeff and I nervously sat in Steve's office, in the summer of 1991. Since that first conversation, I have experienced Steve's ministry as one consistently marked by warm hospitality, soul-level challenge, a ready laugh, and strategic concern for Jesus' bride. LTI's team moves with care, wisdom, and effectiveness into the most important realms--the leader's soul, and the leader's team. Thanks for giving, and for leading, so generously."
Larry Crabb
Larry CrabbFounder, New Way Ministries, CO
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"Steve Macchia is at it again. His burning passion to see churches achieve maximum health has taken the next step. CHAT (Church Health Assessment Tool) provides churches with an easy-to-use look at themselves that could move many congregations toward the health that Steve (and, more importantly, the Spirit) envisions."
Timothy Khoo
Timothy KhooPresident/CEO, Prison Fellowship International, VA
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"As we enter a season of significant change at Prison Fellowship International, beginning our critical encounter with a retreat brilliantly facilitated by LTI, was a gift from God to enable us to journey into the following days of listening intently to Him and to each other."

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Mitzi Mak

Selah-West Faculty

Mitzi started her professional life as a high school social studies teacher. She and her husband Jerry then served cross-culturally for ten+ years, living abroad first in India and then Kurdistan, N. Iraq. In addition to being a Spiritual Director, she now serves as a Formation and Care pastor in her local church in Houston, TX. She has graduated from LTI’s Selah Spiritual Direction training as well as LTI’s Emmaus Formational Leadership Program.

Mitzi enjoys engaging conversation, reading fiction, doing jigsaw/crossword puzzles, ocean gazing and exploring the world with Jerry through food and travel.

God has two main callings in Mitzi’s life: to care for those who care for others and to be a guide in helping others have a healthy relationship with the Trinity – recognizing God’s loving presence and activity in their lives and how to faithfully respond.

Selah was a transformative experience for me – allowing the contemplative within to emerge and to beautifully co-exist with my extraverted personality.