Sep 14 2023


Eastern Time
10:00 am - 12:00 pm



Crafting a Rule of Life

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Sunday 09/12/2023 at 4 PM ET

The Scriptures are replete with examples of God’s people fulfilling their unique mission, from Noah to Ruth to David to Jesus and his disciples. Listening to God, noticing his invitations, acknowledging his presence, and attending to his voice is where it all begins. All of us abide by an unwritten rule of life, but very few are asking God to help clarify it on a regular basis. In this workshop we’ll unpack the process.

Online via ZOOM

Thurs, Sept 14, 2023, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Time)

Steve Macchia


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"The flow of thought and focus and instruction just made the whole thing so easy to understand, visualize and so doable. The instruction and explanation of all of it from Steve just dismantled all the wrong preconceptions concerning the meaning of a rule of life. His excellent presentation was just contagious and made it not only something that so inspires me but I want to share with others with an invitation to step in as well. Even in this winter season of life I am in, I’m so excited to create it and live in and out of it as long as I am drawing breath and to influence every generation in my sphere of influence. I so love being in the classroom ! Thank you Steve for sharing your passion with us."
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"This year has been a major year of transition for my family as well as my parents -- yet another year in what seems like a long journey of coming to terms with a painful past. Steve's teaching on developing a rule of life helped clarify my relational priorities. I felt God calling me to clear the clutter in my heart, mind and soul and trust him as a "God of clarity and not confusion" so that I can become a "man of love" -- especially for my wife and children. Thank you! "
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"The spirit of freedom that undergirded the entire workshop [was most helpful]. This could easily have become something that would've made me feel emotionally/personally claustrophobic, or that came down with rigid structure and made me feel like a failure, but instead you encased it with grace and invited me into it as a joyful tool. Looking at it this way, I discovered that the way God made me (more free-flowing in my daily structure...or lack, thereof!) is actually already WORKING! So many of these things are areas I'm seeing a lot of growth in over the last year or two as I've given myself the freedom to be who I am and pursue more of the things I've characteristically thought didn't fit with a spiritual life (at least in the church culture I came from) art, creativity, freedom, questions, desires, etc. Just seeing that in today's session was very life-giving and affirming for me. Thank you for that gentle and gracious approach."
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"This has got me thinking about what my relational capacity is, and the need to examine the sustainability of my current involvements and connections, and to be prayerful about my engagements or the ways I extend myself, moving forward"
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"The teaching was very useful; I've been through Steve's book and for whatever reason, the teaching in real time gave me some nuances and perspectives that helped me through my block. The reflection question about where we've met with the Lord and known him was challenging; it was a great question but I could not come up with specifics in the time frame we had. I enjoyed meeting another member of the class. And I've continued to think about that really it was quite helpful."

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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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Matt Scott

Creative Director, Abide Faculty, & Minister of Spiritual Formation

Matt serves on the LTI team as Creative Director and Minister of Spiritual Formation. 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. Matt enjoys building furniture, writing music, and being on the backwater of the Lowcountry’s May River. “I am humbled and honored to be part of the LTI team. I find great joy in building up and encouraging the Body of Christ through spiritual formation and 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.