Feb 01 2022


Eastern Time
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm



CHAT Coach Certification

In this online training, you will discover a powerful, strengths-based church health model and leave as a Certified CHAT Coach (CHAT stands for Church Health Assessment Tool). You will be trained in the Ten Traits of a Healthy Church which CHAT uses as a biblical, principle-based measurement grid in assessing the health of a local church. These Ten Traits blend together the Great Commandment (love God), the Second Great Commandment (love one another), and the Great Commission (evangelism & discipleship). You’ll also be educated in the full functional­ity of the CHAT Survey and how to customize its powerful, but user-friendly design in coaching/consulting with a church to make them as healthy and effective as they can be.

The Ten Traits of a Healthy Church are based upon the Baker Best-seller Becoming a Health Church which is in its 20th anniversary.


$149 for first registrant
$119/person for second and third registrants of the same organization

Registration Includes:

  • Certification in the “10 Traits of a Healthy Church”/CHAT Model
  • A certificate of completion emailed to you after the training
  • Ongoing access to LTI team members for questions and support
  • Bulk discounts on small group materials

*Note: Space is limited to 15 people and will be filled on first-come, first-serve basis.

Online via ZOOM

Tues, Feb. 1, 2022, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Steve Macchia
Rick Anderson


Rob StoreyDistrict Superintendent, MidAmerica District of the C&MA
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"As a new district superintendent tasked with oversight of 66 churches, I have been on the lookout for a church assessment tool since called to this new ministry. Grabbed one our lead pastors and the two of us attended the Colorado Springs CHAT training. I was impressed with the content and simplicity of the one-day training. Most impacting for me was the time allowed to ask questions and the opportunity to dialogue with the coaches, Rick and Steve. Our first church is preparing to begin the survey….can’t wait to walk with them through the results."
Dr. Tom HarrisExecutive Director, Interim Pastoral Ministries
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"Learning the basis and principles of the CHAT tool from the lips of Steve Macchia and Rick Anderson was highly profitable. I encourage any church health specialists to avail themselves of this training."
Tom FlandersNew England District, Christian and Ministry Alliance
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"The CHAT Coach Certification and the tool itself provide an invaluable foundation for reaching next- level effectiveness in the local church. CHAT opens a non-threatening conversation within the congregation and provides the right information to leadership as they determine a pathway forward. I have used it and recommend it highly!"
Dr. Chuck PullinsUnited Methodist Temple Beckley, WV
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"What a challenging and stimulating process of looking at the health of your congregation. We can never take the next step in fulfilling God's vision for the church until we can assess our current reality. CHAT equips leaders to enable their congregations to move off dead center and into God's future. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve God and affect the life of the church through my CHAT training."

Have any questions? Contact Chrissy Chang with Leadership Transformations, Inc (LTI).

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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

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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Rick Anderson

Executive Vice President

Rick has a passion for spiritual formation and leadership development. He has completed the Selah Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction through LTI. He has also completed New Way Ministries’ School of Spiritual Direction and the Advanced School, both taught by Dr. Larry Crabb. Rick is a graduate of Biola University’s school of business. 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. Rick and his wife, Lisa, live in Colorado Springs with their three boys: Cameron, Mitchell, and Jackson. Rick loves spending time with God in nature, laughing with friends and family, exploring new places, fixing things, watching movies, and taking in a strong Colorado thunderstorm. He also enjoys golf, international travel, and woodworking.  “It is such a joy to serve with the incredible people who make up this team and this amazing ministry of spiritual formation/soul care.

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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.