Emmaus Overview

The Emmaus two-year certificate in formational leadership is for the leader who desires to follow Jesus intimately and who recognizes a need for deeper, personal formation in the Holy Spirit. It is for those who are called to influence others in their discipleship and spiritual growth in the Lord and who want to be equipped to do so.

In the sacred space of this retreat-based community, we attend to the heart, mind and soul of the participants. We listen prayerfully and carefully to the life of God in each of us, seeking to discern what God is saying and doing. Participants are equipped by example, practice, instruction and mentoring.

The teaching is biblically based, exploring themes relevant to Christian life and spiritual maturity. Our faculty have received training and have ministry experience in diverse settings and countries.

Thank you for considering Emmaus. We look forward to the opportunity of serving you!

Who is Emmaus For?

Emmaus is for all those…

  • Who want to learn more about Biblical spiritual formation and how it is relevant for the Church today
  • Who long to discern the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in their own heart and life
  • Who desire to experience how the children of God mature into the likeness of Jesus
  • Who are tasked with pastoral responsibilities or the soul care of others
  • Who have a calling and a desire to be entrusted with the spiritual development of believers
  • Who are accompanying someone on their spiritual formation journey

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Certificate Program include?

  • Six thematic retreats over a 2 year period
  • Spiritually formative leadership curricula
  • Community-based learning and interaction
  • One-on-one mentoring and spiritual companioning
  • Reading and reflection assignments
  • Doing spiritual formation ministry in your setting

What will I gain in the Emmaus experience?

  • Confidence to lead as a spiritual leader, following the example of Jesus
  • Courage to lead as a change agent, practicing ways to humbly and graciously lead others into transformation
  • Conviction to lead as a discernment-based decision-maker

What equipping and training is offered?

  • Contemplative practices to shape the depth of your soul
  • Community listening to enrich awareness of who you are in Christ
  • Collegial learning that will enhance the impact of your leadership

What does the faculty provide?

  • Hospitality and facilitation of six thematic retreats over a two-year period
  • Training, teaching, worship, practical resources, and a contemplative community
  • Support and oversight as you apply what you’re learning in your ministry setting

What does each retreat include?

Each of the six retreats involve:

  • A listening community of sacred companions
  • State of soul sharing that serves as our re-introduction to one another each retreat
  • Scripture, prayer and reflective disciplines
  • Worship times as a community
  • Spacious times of silence and solitude for prayer, Scripture reading, personal reflection, or rest
  • Spiritual direction opportunities
  • Teaching on spiritual formation and leadership topics relevant to the retreat theme

How does Emmaus and Leadership Transformations (LTI) support local churches?

In Emmaus, we long to see the Body of Christ growing up into maturity in the Holy Spirit, rooted in Jesus and established in an experiential knowledge of the love of God in Christ. LTI desires to bless local churches and ministries with leaders who love reading and meditating on God’s Word, who are deeply rooted in Christ and are equipped to serve faithfully in Jesus’ name.

What is ‘Formational Leadership’?

Formational Leadership involves accompanying people in the process of being spiritually formed in and by the Holy Spirit. It requires a way of being present and attentively attuned to the actual work of God in the soul, and learning to cooperate in that work as it is taking place in real time.

Listening (rather than telling) is the primary leadership posture; discernment (rather than taking charge) is the dynamic in the leader’s role. The fruit of this disciplined and mature leadership presence is the formation of persons and communities of grace, humility, compassion who increasingly yearn after God and hunger and thirst for righteousness. These are people who are open-handed and open-hearted, who are in possession of a capacity for unity amidst diversity, for mercy in judgment, for tenderness with the weary. They are learning to abide in Christ, to walk by the Spirit, to love God with all their heart, mind and soul, and to love their neighbors as themselves.

Is Emmaus right for me? What if I have additional questions?

We would be delighted to help you explore if Emmaus is right for you. Please contact Jeremy Stefano at jeremy@leadershiptransformations.org if you have any questions.

Emmaus Retreat Dates

2022 - 2024 ONLINE RETREAT - via Zoom

Spiritual Formation: Aug 30-Aug 31, 2022
Spiritual Practices: Nov 1-2, 2022
Spiritual Rest: Mar 28-29, 2023
Spiritual Leadership: Aug 29-30, 2023
Spiritual Discernment: Oct 24-25, 2023
Spiritual Community: Mar 19-20, 2024

2023 - 2025 EMMAUS RETREAT

Registration for the 2023-2025 Emmaus cohort (online or in-person status TBD) begins January 2023. Click the button below to be added to our notification list for when registration opens in January.

Emmaus Application Process & Tuition

Emmaus 2022 – 2024 is now accepting applications for ONLINE retreats (Retreat registration for the 2023-2025 cohort begins January 2023).
Fill out and submit the online application along with a $50 application fee.

Tuition:

  • $2,700 for the ONLINE two-year certificate program*.
  • An additional $250 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance to either program.

* Tuition is payable in 1, 5, or 20 installments. Limited scholarship aid is available, upon request.

What’s included in Tuition:
Materials and instruction and  personal mentoring

Note:
Each participant is responsible to acquire approximately six books per year.

Contact Jeremy Stefano at jeremy@leadershiptransformations.org for any questions.

Testimonials

“Every part of the Emmaus experience proved not just valuable to me in my spiritual leadership journey, but transformative.”
— Abigail, Pastor of Arts and Spiritual Formation
“I had developed a long term habit of doing ministry in my own strength. I knew Holy Spirit empowered ministry was possible, but I was having great difficulty getting there until my time in Emmaus."
— Dan, Senior Pastor
"The most important task of spiritual leadership is hearing Jesus. Without his voice, our congregations are only hearing our voices. And that's not saying much. In Emmaus, I received the gift of being surrounded with trusted voices that enabled me to hear the most trusted Voice when I needed it the most."
— Dave, Lead Pastor
"In Emmaus, I've learned to embrace silence and solitude because God meets me in those places."
— Sara, Executive Pastor
“In my life, the main benefit of being part of Emmaus, is learning how to listen."
— Iain, Community Life Elder
"The Emmaus experience reminded me after almost 30 years of ministry that maintaining spiritual disciplines is not enough...you need a band of brothers and sisters who are engaged in the same journey. This journey has provided me with wise counsel, spiritual healing, and inspiration for continued ministry. I would strongly advise any spiritual leader who wants to finish well in his or her calling to be a servant of Jesus to consider being a part of the Emmaus journey."
— Tim, Pastor

Please contact Jeremy Stefano at jeremy@leadershiptransformations.org if you have any questions.

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Jeremy Stefano

Director of Emmaus, Director of Abide, Selah Faculty-at-Large, & Minister of Spiritual Formation

Jeremy offers spiritual direction, leads retreats, teaches on spiritual formation topics and serves as the director of Emmaus, a Certificate Program in Formational Leadership, and Abide, a Certificate Program in Spiritual Formation. He also works with students of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary at the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building. The heartbeat of Jeremy’s calling is to encourage Christian leaders in the cultivation of their relationship with God. He has served various churches as pastor and interim pastor. He and Bethany, his wife of 32 years, have been blessed with eight children and three grandchildren. They make their home in Massachusetts. He has a Licentiate in Theology from the Cape Town Baptist Seminary in South Africa, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Regent College in Canada and a D.Min. in Leadership and Spiritual Formation from Portland Seminary in Portland, OR. “Friendships have been a source of grace in my life. It is a gift to serve in LTI alongside those who value the priority of rich and enduring relationships with each other.

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Steve Macchia

Founder & President

Steve is a graduate of Northwestern College (IA) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.). His prior ministry includes serving on the pastoral staff at Grace Chapel (Lexington, MA) and as president of Vision New England. Since July 1, 2003 Steve has served as founder and president of Leadership Transformations, director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building, and adjunct faculty in the Doctor of Ministry department at Gordon-Conwell. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Discerning Life (Zondervan Reflective),  Baker bestseller Becoming a Healthy Church, and Crafting a Rule of Life (IVP). He lives in the Boston area with his wife Ruth and is the proud father of two grown children, Rebekah and Nathan, daughter in-love Ashley, and papa to his beloved granddaughter, Brenna Lynn and twin grandsons, Aiden Joseph and Carson Stephen. “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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David Wu

Selah Senior Faculty, Emmaus Faculty

David serves as Senior Faculty of Selah, LTI’s Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction, and Emmaus, LTI’s Certificate Program in Formational Leadership. He is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.,’11) and Selah. Prior to his ministry with LTI, David was involved with overseas missions in East Asia, church planting, and pastoral ministry in the local church. David is passionate about creating prayerful and hospitable space for others to listen to God, whether through leading worship corporately, facilitating soul care retreats, or one-on-one spiritual direction. For fun, David enjoys long hikes, playing the guitar, gluten-free cooking, and pulling weeds. David and his wife and three kids make their home in Sugar Land, Texas. “I first encountered LTI at a soul care retreat during a very low point in my life and ministry. LTI was my spiritual paramedic at just the right time. Today I am so grateful to serve with this incredible team of loving and compassionate soul care-givers.

Jovin Adjeitey

Jovin Adjeitey

Emmaus-Online & Selah-East

Jovin is from Ghana, West Africa and serves in ministry with InterVarsity in the Red River Region (TX, OK, AR, LA). Though her master’s degree (University of Houston) is in Hospitality, things took a turn when the Lord led her in a different kind of hospitality than expected. She cares deeply about serving the nations here in America. It has been a thrilling journey as she lives in a different culture (USA) and serve many cultures. She spends her workdays now serving in the area of Spiritual Formation and Prayer and delights to lead others to experience God’s life-changing love and power through the ministries of prayer, the Word, and attentive listening. She trained as a Spiritual Director through Leadership Transformations’ Selah Certificate Program. For fun, she enjoys a good cup of tea and loves to express hospitality through cooking for others. “The ministry of LTI was meaningful to me during a Kairos moment in my life. I am blessed to serve with this remarkable team.

Beverly Byron

Emmaus-Online

Beverly was born and raised in Boston, MA. After graduating from Cornell
University she earned a Master of Social Work Degree from Atlanta University. Her
spiritual foundation was shaped at Twelfth Baptist Church where she was a lay
member of the ministerial staff and was involved in and/or led many ministries
including teaching all ages, counseling team, short term missions trips, evangelism,
and discipleship. Her spiritual growth was also influenced by Inter Varsity Christian
Fellowship, CRU, Billy Graham School of Evangelism, Destiny ’87, and Ambassadors
Fellowship. She is involved in the evangelism and prayer ministry of the church she
attends in Roslindale. She is the proud mother of a young adult daughter who is an
entrepreneur, radio broadcaster, youth pastor and social worker. Beverly enjoys
crocheting, reading and spending time with family. She delights in creatively
sharing God’s love, encouraging people to have an intimate relationship with God
and with people. “LTI has had a significant and lasting impact on my spiritual
life through the intentional time of retreat, refreshing, renewal, revival, reflection
and rest at the Emmaus experience.

Beth Case

Emmaus-Online

Beth is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She serves as Pastor for Caring Ministries at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. She grew up in the midwest as one of four daughters of a pastor and a stay-at-home mom. Beth spent a few years coaching college women’s basketball before her God-given passion for people led her into full-time ministry. She has served in children’s, student, and music ministries, as well as in discipleship, teaching, and compassionate care. Beth earned her certificate in spiritual direction through Selah. It is her heart to companion others as they notice the nurturing nearness of God and pay attention to God-paced rhythms for life-long ministry. Beth loves to be outdoors and active. She marvels at God’s artistry in creation, God’s grace throughout history, and God’s beauty in each person. Journeying with God is pure adventure!  “I encountered LTi through Pierce Discipleship during seminary. I experienced God’s healing through the soul-level companionship of Pierce fellows and a deeper awareness of our always-present God.” 

Gary Franklin

Emmaus Faculty

Gary Franklin has been a pastor since 1980. Today he serves as the teaching and vision pastor for Grace Church in Fayetteville, Georgia. He’s been in this role since 2007. He also served as the pastor of the same Grace Church in 1990’s.  He also serves as the Founder/President of The Leader’s Heart, Inc. which is a non-profit through which he provides spiritual friendship and direction to ministry and marketplace leaders.

Gary has been married to Verna for 44 years. They have three grown children and four grandchildren with a fifth arriving later in 2022.

Gary has a passion for spiritual formation which was awakened in 2005. It changed his spiritual journey and his pastoral ministry. “I’ve been part of two Emmaus communities and enjoyed privilege of sharing those experiences with members of my church staff. The rhythm of community with other leaders has been enriching and centering.

Gayle Heaslip

Gayle Heaslip

Spiritual Formation Associate, Abide Faculty, & Selah Faculty

Gayle Heaslip has a degree in counseling from Gordon-Conwell Seminary and having completed Selah’s spiritual direction training program, she is drawn to walk alongside others as they grow into the fullness of life the Lord supplies through both trials and triumphs. In addition to working with LTI and offering spiritual direction to individuals and groups, she is a priest in the Anglican Church of North America, serving a missional fellowship in Falmouth. Gayle delights in the ever-changing beauty of Cape Cod where she lives with her husband and close to their three grown children and eight grandchildren. Good books and conversation, hiking, writing and photography, and time alone to ponder are God’s gracious gifts to her. “I have been deeply formed over many years through LTI within its listening, companioning community, and I’m honored to walk with others in the Emmaus and Selah programs as we become more attentive and responsive to God’s presence.

Marcos Leon

Marcos Leon

Emmaus-Online Faculty, Abide Faculty, & Selah-West Faculty

Marcos has served as a Team Leader for Faithwalking since 2007. He facilitates and coaches the Faithwalking curriculum in English and Spanish, leads the communications team, and oversees the training for coaches. Marcos is also part of the Emmaus Online faculty team at LTI. Additionally he serves as a counselor and has a passion for spiritual direction. Marcos was born and grew up in Ecuador, but now lives north of Houston in Porter, TX with his wife Julie and four children. He loves nature, good stories, and road trips with family. His education includes a Masters in Hotel Administration in Spain and a Masters in Counseling from Houston Graduate School of Theology. He also received his training on the Enneagram from Crosspoint Ministry and is a graduate of LTI’s Selah program. “Selah facilitates an encounter with God. The integration of a solid biblical foundation in the teaching, the humble spaciousness of the discipline of silence, and the faith-filled loving attitude of the leaders invites the soul to listen to the Spirit of the Living God.

Suz Skinner

Suz Skinner

Emmaus Faculty, Abide Faculty, & Spiritual Formation Associate

Suz received her degree in Art Education from Pennsylvania State University, received theological education from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary through CCO and IVCF campus ministries, and completed the Selah Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction. After serving in campus ministry, Suz has also served on church staff teams, in both youth ministry and adult discipleship ministry. In addition, Suz has worked as a visual arts instructor, for over two decades. Currently, Suz serves LTI at the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and on the faculty team for the Emmaus: Certificate in Formational Leadership. As both an artist and a spiritual director, Suz offers creative soul care and spiritual direction in her art studio. Five clever grandkids, along with their loving parents, continually bless Suz and her husband, Joel. Suz loves to fill her kitchen with friends and good conversation and is always refreshed by an oceanside walk. “God continues to use the grace-filled people and the attentive spaciousness of LTI to shape me for Christ’s Kingdom.