The Heart of a Discerning Leader

LTI Lead Team | The Heart of a Discerning Leader, Episode 13

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” – Psalm 136: 1

The Leadership Transformations lead team enlighten us with formative insights about the spiritual significance of giving thanks. Susan Currie, Rick Anderson, Jeremy Stefano, and Matt Scott join the conversation and add their reflections on gratitude. They begin with their favorite Scripture passages that focus on a thankful heart in the Psalms and throughout the Old and New Testament. They shared notable Thanksgiving hymns that have been special to them, including Praise My Soul the King of Heaven, Now Thank We All Our God, and Come Ye Thankful People Come. In addition, they encouraged one another with memories of their childhood, gifts of the past year for which they are thankful, as well as meaningful spiritual practices that birth gratitude in their hearts and relationships. Fostering a thankful heart is indeed central to the development of the discerning leader’s heart.

 

Steve Macchia (Podcast Host)
Founder and President of Leadership Transformations
Steve is the author of The Discerning Life,  Becoming a Healthy ChurchBroken and WholeCrafting a Rule of Life and several other titles. Steve has over 40 years in ministry and two postgraduate degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Rick Anderson (Season 27 Guest)
Executive Vice President
Rick has a passion for spiritual formation, spiritual direction and leadership development. He has completed the Selah Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction, as well as New Way Ministries’ School of Spiritual Direction and the Advanced School, both taught by Dr. Larry Crabb. Prior to LTI, Rick served as the COO of the Christian Writers Guild and the Director of Finance & Operations at Trinity Law School. He currently serves as a board member for Peregrine Ministries and Beyond Survival.

Susan Currie (Season 27 Guest)
Director of Selah
Susan serves as the Director of Leadership Transformation Inc’s Selah Certificate Training Program in Spiritual Direction. Over the past 30 years, she has offered retreat leadership and formation ministry to various church and parachurch bodies. Susan also serves as Affiliated Clergy with All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral in Amesbury, MA.

Matt Scott (Season 27 Guest)
Creative Director
With 15 years of local church experience, Matt has served various churches in the area of worship and arts, community life, shepherding, and pastoral ministry. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv) and the University of Mobile (Worship Leadership and Music Performance), Matt has a heart to shepherd people through songwriting, worship leadership, and pastoral care. He and his wife, Kristen, live in Bluffton, South Carolina with their two children, Emerson and Ashton.

Jeremy Stefano (Season 27 Guest)
Director of Emmaus and Director of Abide
Jeremy offers spiritual direction, leads retreats, teaches classes in spiritual formation and serves as the directors of the Emmaus: Certificate in Formational Leadership and Abide: Certificate in Spiritual Formation. The heartbeat of Jeremy’s calling is to encourage Christian leaders in the cultivation of their relationship with God. He has served churches as a local pastor, interim pastor and as a visiting Bible teacher in Southern Africa and North America. 

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Brandon Moore | The Heart of a Discerning Leader, Episode 12

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Brandon Moore

When you are dealing with the worst of the world, how do we begin to nurture our souls and then in doing that nurture the souls of others.” – Brandon Moore 

Brandon Moore has served as an Army Chaplain for more than two decades, serving three tours in Iraq, as a Strategic Communication Officer at the Pentagon, and now as Chief of Army Chaplain Recruiting and Accessions. Brandon joins the podcast to share how leading a discerning life has changed him. From learning to release the heavy weight of death that he has experienced, to befriending ecumenical chaplains of other faiths, to helping create an upcoming Hollywood movie about the chaplaincy (Fighting Spirit: A Combat Chaplain’s Journey) Brandon has leaned into the question, “how do we begin to nurture our souls and then in doing that nurture the souls of others.” 

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net.

Steve Macchia (Podcast Host)
Founder and President of Leadership Transformations
Steve is the author of The Discerning Life,  Becoming a Healthy ChurchBroken and WholeCrafting a Rule of Life and several other titles. Steve has over 40 years in ministry and two postgraduate degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Brandon Moore (Season 27 Guest)
Chaplain (COL) Brandon Moore is a native of Glenarm, Illinois, where upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the US Army Reserve as a Chaplain Assistant. Since then he has served as a local church pastor and an active duty Army Chaplain. He was deployed three times to Iraq, where he came alongside various Battalions and Special Forces Groups. He has two Masters degrees and specializes in Homiletics. For the past decade he has served the Army in Hawaii, North Carolina and Washington DC where he was Strategic Communication Officer at the Pentagon. He has received many awards and decorations for his serve. He and his wife Susan have two children, Titus and Eden.

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Trent Casto | The Heart of a Discerning Leader, Episode 11

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Trent Casto

It’s incredible what a man who is united to Jesus and weak in the eyes of the world can accomplish” – Trent Casto

Author and Pastor Trent Casto joins the podcast to talk about God’s strength in our weakness. In this episode, he shares ideas and practices that have enabled him to lead in a way that displays God’s grace. From his newly released commentary on 2 Corinthians in the Reformed Expository Commentary series, Trent shares that the heart of all our issues is drifting from the heart of the biblical gospel – either towards our performance, power, and strength or towards a disregard for God’s standards. As you listen, may you be empowered to lead with authenticity that comes from an understanding of the sufficiency of God’s grace.

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net.

Steve Macchia (Podcast Host)
Founder and President of Leadership Transformations
Steve is the author of The Discerning Life,  Becoming a Healthy ChurchBroken and WholeCrafting a Rule of Life and several other titles. Steve has over 40 years in ministry and two postgraduate degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Trent Casto (Season 27 Guest)
Trent Casto brings an adventuresome spirit and passion for discipleship to his role as the Senior Pastor at Covenant Church of Naples, FL. Trent and his wife Emily have served as missionaries in the Czech Republic and in pastoral ministry in St. Louis, Missouri, Dallas, Texas, and for the last 13 years in Naples. His Doctor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary focused on understanding the challenges wealth creates for spiritual formation. He is the author of 2 Corinthians in the Reformed Expository Commentary series and also of The Rhythm of Discipleship: Living as Fully Devoted Followers of Christ. Follow Trent on YouTube (@PastorTrentCasto) and on his blog at www.trentcasto.com.

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Jeremy Stefano (Attributes 16-20) | The Heart of a Discerning Leader, Episode 10

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Jeremy Stefano

Everyone knows whether they are living a spacious or a cluttered life. The question is, are we tapping into our longings that those quiet hours feed in our soul” – Steve Macchia

A discerning leader builds their life upon the teachings of Jesus. For the past two decades, Leadership Transformations has been coming alongside leaders and learners who are engaged in important and meaningful service in the body of Christ. Steve Macchia and Jeremy Stefano return to the podcast to share the final five attributes of the heart of a discerning leader. In this episode, you will hear how a spiritually mature leader values silence, solitude, and space for God; willingly voices repentance, confession, and forgiveness, regularly reorders his/her affections, is decisive when necessary, discerning when essential and has strength of character and competency (especially during hard times).

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net.

Steve Macchia (Podcast Host)
Founder and President of Leadership Transformations
Steve is the author of The Discerning Life,  Becoming a Healthy ChurchBroken and WholeCrafting a Rule of Life and several other titles. Steve has over 40 years in ministry and two postgraduate degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Jeremy Stefano (Season 27 Guest)
Jeremy offers spiritual direction, leads retreats, teaches classes in spiritual formation and serves as the director of LTI’s Emmaus Certificate in Formational Leadership and the Abide Certificate in Spiritual Formation programs. The heartbeat of Jeremy’s calling is to encourage Christian leaders in the cultivation of their relationship with God. He has served churches as a local pastor, interim pastor and as a visiting Bible teacher in Southern Africa and North America.

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Jeremy Stefano (Attributes 11-15) | The Heart of a Discerning Leader Episode 9

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Jeremy Stefano

Paying attention to the people we are serving is crucial, otherwise it’s all me.” – Jeremy Stefano

A controlling leader has a need to power over others, leaving no space for others. This kind of leader creates an atmosphere of anxiety and fear rather than one of welcoming and mutual contribution. A discerning leader is attentive, listens to, and offers a hospitable presence to others. Jeremy Stefano and Steve Macchia return to the podcast to share five more attributes of the heart of a discerning leader. In this episode, you will hear how a spiritually mature leader provides a hospitable presence, is deeply content and humble, genuinely joyful and celebratory, rooted in trust and rest, and generates peace and hope.

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net.

Steve Macchia (Podcast Host)
Founder and President of Leadership Transformations
Steve is the author of The Discerning Life,  Becoming a Healthy ChurchBroken and WholeCrafting a Rule of Life and several other titles. Steve has over 40 years in ministry and two postgraduate degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Jeremy Stefano (Season 27 Guest)
Jeremy offers spiritual direction, leads retreats, teaches classes in spiritual formation and serves as the director of LTI’s Emmaus Certificate in Formational Leadership and the Abide Certificate in Spiritual Formation programs. The heartbeat of Jeremy’s calling is to encourage Christian leaders in the cultivation of their relationship with God. He has served churches as a local pastor, interim pastor and as a visiting Bible teacher in Southern Africa and North America.

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Jeremy Stefano (Attributes 6-10) | The Heart of a Discerning Leader Episode 8

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Jeremy Stefano

 “Jesus is gentle. Surely those who lead in His name must be typified especially by gentleness also.” –  Jeremy Stefano

A stingy leader is stingy with grace, kindness, gifts, and generosity. A discerning leader is aware of God’s abundance and leads with liberty and graciousness. Jeremy Stefano and Steve Macchia return to the podcast to share five more attributes of the heart of a discerning leader. In this episode, you will hear how a spiritually mature leader is known for his/her kindness and goodness; lives a life of prayer and prayerfulness; exhibits the fruit of the Spirit, especially gentleness; stands firmly on the biblical foundation of justice and mercy and prioritizes stewardship and generosity of financial resources.

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net.

Steve Macchia (Podcast Host)
Founder and President of Leadership Transformations
Steve is the author of The Discerning Life,  Becoming a Healthy ChurchBroken and WholeCrafting a Rule of Life and several other titles. Steve has over 40 years in ministry and two postgraduate degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Jeremy Stefano (Season 27 Guest)
Jeremy offers spiritual direction, leads retreats, teaches classes in spiritual formation and serves as the director of LTI’s Emmaus Certificate in Formational Leadership and the Abide Certificate in Spiritual Formation programs. The heartbeat of Jeremy’s calling is to encourage Christian leaders in the cultivation of their relationship with God. He has served churches as a local pastor, interim pastor and as a visiting Bible teacher in Southern Africa and North America.

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Jeremy Stefano (Attributes 1-5) | The Heart of a Discerning Leader, Episode 7

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Jeremy Stefano 

As a leader, we often love people who we need in our leadership. The love has to be unconditional, not measured out in increments to those we see as more deserving.” –  Jeremy Stefano

What does it look like to lead well? Over the next few episodes, Jeremy Stefano and Steve Macchia will unpack this question, offering twenty attributes of a spiritually mature leader. Fresh off a team retreat together, Jeremy and Steve share the first five attributes: loving unconditionally, providing grace, what to do with praise, and why gratitude and rhythms of spiritual practices are essential. This episode is full of spiritual wisdom for every type of leader.

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net.

Steve Macchia (Podcast Host)
Founder and President of Leadership Transformations
Steve is the author of The Discerning Life,  Becoming a Healthy ChurchBroken and WholeCrafting a Rule of Life and several other titles. Steve has over 40 years in ministry and two postgraduate degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Jeremy Stefano (Season 27 Guest)
Jeremy offers spiritual direction, leads retreats, teaches classes in spiritual formation and serves as the director of LTI’s Emmaus Certificate in Formational Leadership and the Abide Certificate in Spiritual Formation programs. The heartbeat of Jeremy’s calling is to encourage Christian leaders in the cultivation of their relationship with God. He has served churches as a local pastor, interim pastor and as a visiting Bible teacher in Southern Africa and North America.

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Winn Collier | The Heart of a Discerning Leader, Episode 6

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Winn Collier

You had this sense that you were with someone who knew Jesus.” – Winn Collier

Winn Collier is the author of Eugene Peterson’s authorized biography, A Burning in My Bones. Few people have had an opportunity to know Eugene’s life as a pastor, theologian, author, and poet like Winn. Winn shares personal stories of Eugene’s upbringing and transformation. Winn describes that Eugene was transformed by prayer, slow reading, attentiveness, and deep encounters with God in the Scriptures; this changed the way he moved in the world and with people. Winn and Steve share stories of personal time with Euguene; times that were often marked by unhurried silence. Winn encourages the listener that we live in a world where we are deeply and profoundly addicted to our actions and our self-importance and our making things happen; but in God’s world, unhurried attentiveness to God and others is a very counter-transformational experience.

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net.

 

Steve Macchia (Podcast Host)
Founder and President of Leadership Transformations
Steve is the author of The Discerning Life,  Becoming a Healthy ChurchBroken and WholeCrafting a Rule of Life and several other titles. Steve has over 40 years in ministry and two postgraduate degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Winn Collier (Season 27 Guest)
Winn Collier is the author of A Burning in My Bones, the authorized biography of Eugene H. Peterson. He has authored four books and contributed to numerous other volumes. A pastor for 25 years, Winn was the founding pastor of All Souls Charlottesville in Virginia. He now directs the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan.

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Ken Shigematsu | The Heart of a Discerning Leader, Episode 5

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Ken Shigematsu

If you can put yourself in a pathway of beauty every day, it can awaken you to God’s love for you and it leaves less room for shame to work so that you can become your truest self.” – Ken Shigematsu

Author and Pastor Ken Shigematsu joins the podcast to talk about shame. In this episode he shares the spiritual practices that work to awaken us to God’s forgiveness and love for us, making less of shame and more of the self that God created us to be. From his book Now I Become Myself: How Deep Grace Heals Our Shame and Restores Our True Self, Ken shares candidly about his history with shame and finding a way to allow God’s grace to penetrate his soul. As you listen, may you come out of a place of anxiously needing to prove that you are enough to God, to yourself or to others but live from a place of acceptance as the beloved of God.

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net.

 

Steve Macchia (Podcast Host)
Founder and President of Leadership Transformations
Steve is the author of The Discerning Life,  Becoming a Healthy ChurchBroken and WholeCrafting a Rule of Life and several other titles. Steve has over 40 years in ministry and two postgraduate degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Ken Shigematsu (Season 27 Guest)
Ken Shigematsu is the senior pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, BC, one of the largest and most diverse city center churches in Canada. He is the author of three books, including his latest Now I Become Myself: How Deep Grace Heals Our Shame and Restores Our True Self and lives in Vancouver with his wife Sakiko and their son Joey.

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Jeff Crosby | The Heart of a Discerning Leader, Episode 4

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Jeff Crosby

Embracing the mystery is good enough” – Jeff Crosby

Jeff Crosby joins the podcast to talk about longings – the inner ache and sadness that we feel at times. From Jeff’s newest book, The Language of the Soul: Meeting God in the Longings of our Hearts, Jeff teaches that the longings we experience are places for God to meet us. Jeff walks us through several longings from the book – the longing for home, for friendship, for heaven and for an undivided life. All of us carry longings in our hearts. The invitation is to be attentive to those longings and invite the Lord of the universe to meet with us in the midst of them and to take time to cultivate spiritual practice that makes us more aware of God’s presence in our lives.

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net.

Steve Macchia (Podcast Host)
Founder and President of Leadership Transformations
Steve is the author of The Discerning Life,  Becoming a Healthy ChurchBroken and WholeCrafting a Rule of Life and several other titles. Steve has over 40 years in ministry and two postgraduate degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Jeff Crosby (Season 27 Guest)
Jeff Crosby is the author of The Language of the Soul: Meeting God in the Longings of our Hearts and serves as president of ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association). He was formerly the publisher at InterVarsity Press and VP of Ingram Book Company. He is an organizational leader in the world of words, and is counted among the most profound emerging voices in Christian spirituality writing today. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and six grandchildren and live near Chicago, Illinois.

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