The Enneagram & Spiritual Formation: Reclaiming Our True Identity in Christ

September 27th, 2018 by

Orlando, FL; November 2-3, 2018I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. —Psalm 139:13Young children live freely, moving through the world without shame or pretense. But as we grow older, the impact of sin, trauma, and cultural expectations dim our natural luminescence. When this happens, we develop a “false self” as a way to cope and control how others see us. We exaggerate our gifts and create a caricature of the glory God gave us as image bearers.Parker Palmer says “Our strongest gifts are usually those we are barely aware of possessing. They are a part of our God-given nature, with us from the moment we drew our first breath, and we are no more conscious of having them them than we are of breathing.”

The Enneagram (any-a-gram), is an agent typology that helps us become aware of these gifts by describing nine different character types representative of the different manifestations of God’s character. It is unique from other personality assessments as it illuminates how we uniquely try to make life work apart from God. Knowledge of the Enneagram allows us to excavate the pitfalls of our false self and embrace the beautiful complexity of our True Self in God.Whether you are new to the Enneagram or already know your number, Rachel Blackston and Kourtney Street invite you to attend. They will facilitate this retreat-style conference, crafted so that each participant will leave with a deeper awareness of how God created them, as well as an affection for each of the nine styles. This curriculum fosters self-understanding and enriches the way we relate to others and to God. The workshop will include teaching, group discussion, worship, and silent contemplation. Each participant will complete an online profile in advance.SPEAKERS

Rachel Blackston has a voracious curiosity for how we are uniquely made. Working for the past 15 years as a Career Coach and Mental Health Counselor, she has studied countless temperament and personality assessments. She believes the Enneagram is one of the most comprehensive frameworks available, as it illuminates both our deep goodness as well as our shadow side. The Enneagram explains the “why” behind motivation, core wounds, individual glory, and a plan for growth and repentance for each of the nine types.

Kourtney Street shares Rachel’s love for our uniqueness as image bearers. She has worked with Cru for 21 years, currently serving as the Director of Operations for their national staff conference. She has seen the Enneagram deeply impact her leadership and personal life over the last five years and looks forward to creating a retreat space to share that impact with others.

WORSHIP LEADER

Ross King has been a full-time songwriter, worship leader, performer and producer since 1995. His songs have been recorded by artists such as The Newsboys, Jason Gray, JJ Heller, and North Point community Church.  He has recorded several independent albums selling over 50,000 CD’s and over 100,000 song downloads. Ross lives in Nashville with his wife Staci and their four children. Ross and Staci love the Enneagram and are thrilled to make the trek to Orlando to be with us.

SPECIAL GUESTS

Throughout the weekend there will be opportunities to hear from individuals who have leveraged the Enneagram as a tool for growth and integration. The weekend will also include an expert panel and workshops surrounding areas such as parenting and leadership.

SCHEDULE

New Covenant Anglican Church

Friday –Registration 5:30-6:30

Workshop begins 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Saturday – 8:30-5:00 p.m.

There will be a break for lunch between 11:30-1. Participants will have the option of purchasing a boxed lunch and attending workshops on campus or eating off-site. There are several restaurants within a 5 minute drive of the church.

Cost: $80 per person

$50 for members and attenders of New Covenant Church (use promo code newcovenant on Eventbrite page)

$150 per couple*A limited number of scholarships are available if finances are an issueCost includes workshop materials, snacks and an online Enneagram assessment

 

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