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Our Saviour Lutheran 56 Cleveland Dr. Croton on Hudson, NY 10520 

Knowing Yourself Part 2

In part 1 of getting to know yourself, I discussed the Myers Brigg and how it may be a useful tool. This time, I would like to lift up the Enneagram. 

This one is a little different and a little older than the Myers Brigg. It consists of 9 points referred to as numbers.

Through an self analysis survey, you can find out which number you are usually with wings. There are several online versions of the enneagram with lots of different schools on how to interpret the results. Probably the most known is the Enneagram Institute.

The Enneagram has roots in ancient spirituality with some claiming it goes back to the 4th C as a way of developing a spiritual personality. Some attribute the current form to the 50s also within the spirituality realm. Richard Rohr wrote an excellent book on the Enneagram strictly from a religious/spiritual perspective.

Each number has benefits- how one is engaged and fed and warnings- a dangerous path if taken too much.

I will give you an example of how it is used. When I have taken it, I usually wind up with a 5 with a 6 wing (depending on which version one is using). A 5 is someone who enjoys study, tinkering, and quiet. The warning is there is a desire for isolation and solitude, so staying connected to others is important. If one is a 5 with a 6 wing, it means analysis tends to come quickly and can work in groups well, but wants everyone to do his/her fair share of the work. In groups, 5s with a 6 wing will be the ones who process the theories and the ideas looking for logical paths to achieve the goals.

The idea is each number has a purpose and a usefulness to the whole church and the mission of the church. Knowing your number becomes useful in how you process and how you might work with others. Each number is needed in a church and no one number is greater than anot
Pastor Justin Johnson
Our Saviour Croton on Hudson
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