Teams in Sync

There’s something very fascinating about watching teams synchronize and coordinate their efforts…swimming, dancing, skiing, etc. When ministry teams are in sync there is sweetness in both the execution of gifts and the multiplication of fruitfulness.

Recently the Leadership Transformations ministry team had a day of synchronized service that was delightful…even though on this particular day we were miles apart from one another. One team member was coaching a church in Colorado. Another pair of team members were leading a soul care retreat day for women in MA. Still another team couple was facilitating a church retreat in Vermont. And yours truly was teaching spiritual guides about the soul in MA. All on the same day.

When our team is in sync with one another, there’s an explosion of joy. This happens when we’re serving in the same setting, as well as when we’re separated by miles and time zones.  Relationally we love one another deeply. Missionally we share a common hope for the spiritual formation of leaders. Spiritually we are prayerful in each other’s behalf.  Emotionally we are for one another’s success. Bottom line: it’s very sweet.

The Scriptures are replete with examples of oneness, unity, and synchronized living. The Bible is also filled with stories of disunity and disharmony in the body. Jesus’ arrival on planet earth had an explicit goal of reconciling people to God and then harmonizing their efforts toward the building up of God’s Kingdom. Is that the desire of your team too?

The growing community of those who are crafting a rule of life (www.RuleOfLife.com) are learning that their gifts and talents are to be used in concert with others in the body of Christ. Share your story with those on our team and join the journey today!

“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Eph. 4: 3-6).

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Steve Macchia

Founder & President

The Rev. Dr. Stephen A. Macchia is founder and president of Leadership Transformations, Inc. (LTI), a ministry serving the spiritual formation, discernment, and renewal of leaders and learners since 2003. For more than 20 years he has been the Director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Doctor of Ministry Program. From 1989-2003 he was the president of Vision New England, the largest regional church renewal association in the country. Earlier in his ministry life, Steve was a member of the pastoral staff of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts for 11 years. He is the author or co-author of 17 books, including The Discerning Life (Zondervan Reflective), and Crafting a Rule of Life, Becoming A Healthy Church (LTI), and Broken and Whole (IVP).  He and his wife Ruth live in the Boston (MA) area and are the proud parents of two married children and grandparents to three adorable grandchildren. Steve’s personal website is www.SteveMacchia.com.

My soul comes alive singing the great hymns of the church and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. I’m in awe of God for fulfilling the dream for LTI that he birthed in my heart, for the team he has assembled, and the transformational impact experienced in the leaders and teams we serve.

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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.