A CHARACTER STUDY THROUGH THE LENS OF THE ENNEAGRAM
An Enneagram Series at Makers Church
Starting Sunday, September 8th, join us for a ten-week study through the Enneagram.
Each week we will be focusing on a story of Jesus to highlight what each number and character quality looks like–since Jesus was all nine types and his health often revealed our unhealth. We are going to be focusing more on the character trait (the reformer, the helper) and less on the actual Enneagram number.
This page will be updated frequently with resources and helpful tools and we hope you’ll consider joining one of our Community Groups during the week as we will have exclusive content to reinforce what we are learning on Sundays.
Community Group Guide for Week #1
What is the Enneagram?
As described by Lisa Rieck, it is an assessment that “helps us see core fears, motivations, desires, strengths, blind spots, stressors, and sins that most often trip us up. When used in Christian contexts, it shows us aspects of God’s character and connects us more closely to the truth that we are made in his image and meant to reflect him in the world.
As you can see from the symbol, the Enneagram contains nine spaces or types, with each number representing a dominant personality and mindset. Each space also has a primary strength or gift that reflects an attribute of God and a primary struggle that emerges in insecurity or unhealth.
Sometimes the language of “true self” and “false self” is used for the gifts and blind spots of each type, with the true self representing who we are when we are self-aware, healthy, rooted in our identity in Christ, and living from a place of freedom in being fully who he created us to be. The false self comes out when we try to prove our worth by exploiting our gifts—using them in ways other than they are meant to be used—or taking control of people and situations instead of finding our security in the truth of God’s unconditional love for us. The Enneagram thus gives us a picture of the really valuable gifts we have to offer each other when we are living as our true self, healthy and whole, as well as makes us aware of the unhealthy places and habits we are prone to depending on when we’re stressed or afraid.
All of us fit into one of the nine spaces, though it often takes time to discern which one is our dominant number, and we may have characteristics of several numbers. And of course every person is also unique and thus will experience their number and the world a bit differently. In addition to the individual types, numbers have connections to each other.”