unlocks the secrets of lasting change in life's most difficult growth areas, while revolutionizing your conversation with Jesus. Beginning with a profoundly moving, 90-minute Taste of Heaven encounter, this in-depth course focuses on the process of how God transforms hearts by filling our deepest desires. Through identifying the desires that drive your behavior and hearing Jesus speak life to them, you will be transformed, and come away with powerful tools for engaging and transforming the hearts of others.
One of the biggest reasons why we fail to change is we try to manage our outward behavior but ignore why we do what we do. Disciplining your outward our actions without addressing the beliefs, wounds, needs, and unmet desires that drive them is like sticking your fingers in a fan to try to stop the blades from turning. It would be much less painful to just pull the plug!
According to Jesus, outward behavior (the turning fan blades) is driven by the heart (the motor). The secret of transformation Jesus' way is unplugging that motor and plugging into a new power source--desire fulfilled in relationship with God. Transforming the Heart shows you how to identify your heart's desires for things like love, approval, or security, understand how those desires shape your actions, and--most important--how to meet Jesus in a way that satisfies those desires. When you disarm the powerful urges behind an unhealthy behavior, you'll find that outward change happens almost automatically.
For many, the greatest impact of Transforming the Heart is simply that it takes their relationship with God to a whole new level of intimacy and conversation. It's common for Christians to pray for God's help in a task or discipline, for direction in life or for him to help others. We're used to talking about the business of living the Christian life, but few of us seem to know how to talk about the relationship. For instance, when was the last time you ask Jesus what he likes about you? You will be amazed at how quickly and profoundly Jesus replies as you ask him to speak to your heart's desire. LMI takes you beyond prayer lists and petitions to an intimate connection within the presence of God.
What You'll Learn
Join presenter Tony Stoltzfus to discover a practical, biblical model for change that touches all levels of the heart: mind, identity and desires. You'll learn:
- How the change model taught in scripture is radically different from what most of us think
- The astounding nature of God's goodness in dealing with our desires
- The structure of the heart and what drives our behavior
- Powering change through encountering and engaging Jesus at the level of your deepest desires
- Transformational coaching tools for reshaping identity, memories, wounds and beliefs
- The heart alignment that allows discipline to really work
- How to move a conversation to the heart level quickly
Transforming the Heart begins with a 3-1/2 day workshop that uses the arts, music, brain science, learning games, peer relationship, God encounter, and more to explore the Jesus-model of transformation. The event is followed by 8 weeks of coached peer team meetings that help you implement what you've learned. A course manual is also included.
We form these follow-up teams of four individuals at the workshop (you can also come with your own group) to provide support, companionship and encouragement as you integrate MetaFormation principles into your life and leadership. Meeting weekly by phone or in person and resourced by a MetaFormation professional coach, these small teams are a key part of making transformation real.