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Practices that Fuel Global Discernment | Discerning God’s Heart for the World, Episode 4

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Paul Borthwick

Prayer is our response to the global amount of information.” – Paul Borthwick

During His ascension, Jesus commissioned His disciples to be “witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Here, Paul Borthwick shares five practices that help us see where God is at work locally and globally:

  1. Information. God fuels our discernment through Scriptural knowledge and understanding of current events
  2. Intercession. Prayer is our response to the global amount of information
  3. Involvement. Notice where God is at work in the people around you and consider a short-term mission trip
  4. Integration. Letting the things we know about the world influence our life
  5. Investigation – Keeping our eyes, ears and hearts open to what God wants us. 

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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.

Paul Borthwick (Season Twenty-one Guest)
Senoir Consultant at Development Associates International
Paul Borthwick, with his wife Christie, serve on the staff of DAI (Development Associates International), a training group dedicated to the character and ministry development of leaders in the under-resourced world . Paul served as an adjunct professor in Global Christianity at Gordon College ( for more than 25 years and he served as an Urbana/Missions Associate with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship 1999-2019. To read more about Paul’s ministry go to

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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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