LTI’s 16th Anniversary – July 1, 2019!

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Today we celebrate the 16th anniversary of Leadership Transformations!

On July 1, 2003, Ruth and I ventured into uncharted waters to commence the LTI journey. For the past 16 years, in calm, challenging, and delightful waters, we have navigated our way to today. Not alone to be sure: since day one God has blessed us with a team of fellow travelers who share our conviction about nurturing the leaders soul. Today, by the grace of God, our board, staff, volunteers, partners, participants, and alumni number in the 1,000’s!  To God and God alone belongs all the glory, honor, and praise!

Today, as I reflect on the myriad ways God has blessed and multiplied the work of our hands and the prayers of our hearts, I offer the following Top 16 Gifts from God in past 16 Years:

  1. God’s clarion call through a very specific dream and prayer
  2. An incredible discernment team who helped us launch-in-faith
  3. Our first donation, and all who have given sacrificially as our donor family
  4. Our Founding Board of Directors, and all who have served since day one
  5. The GCTS welcome mat, inviting us to offer leadership of the Pierce Center
  6. Our amazing Ministry Team of gifted, godly, grace-filled servant-leaders
  7. Growing family of ministry participants who join us each year to learn, grow, and serve
  8. Our LTI Alumni Community, faithfully serving others all around the globe today
  9. Selah: started in the East, grew West, and now venturing into Europe
  10. Soul Sabbaths, Soul Care Retreats, and our Emmaus Spiritual Leadership Communities
  11. Our Church Health Assessment Tool and over 550 churches who have used this resource
  12. Creating great formation resources: Silencio, TouchPoints, Retreat Guides, Worship Outlines
  13. Online SpiritualFormationStore.com with over 150 LTI books and resources plus 350 others
  14. Consistent LTI presence in New England, Colorado, Houston, Phoenix and beyond
  15. Salvation Army and the hundreds of other denominations and organizations we have served
  16. YOU…without whom we would not be here on the threshold of year 16!

With a grateful heart, overwhelmed with the kindness of Almighty God in forming, developing, and growing the ministry of Leadership Transformations over the past 16 years for his glory, his namesake, his beloved leaders in his Church, and for his everlasting Kingdom…

In Christ Alone,

Steve

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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.