What is the Enneagram?

Enneagram is Greek for a nine-sided geometric shape (“ennea” means nine). Though the exact origins of using the Enneagram as a personality assessment are unclear, since the 1970s, the Enneagram has gained attention and popularity, making it one of the most culturally relevant mechanisms for discussing the complex dynamics of interpersonal human relationships. 

While similar tools examine external human behavior to type different personalities, what makes the Enneagram unique is that it examines a person’s core internal motivations and fears. 

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As we explore this topic, please take a moment to understand Venture’s heart. First of all, the Enneagram is not the Gospel, and we unapologetically believe the Bible is the singular source of infallible truth that the Christian life should be built upon. Also, God is the ultimate creator and designer, and while human beings may share common motivations and fears, each of us is unique and individually made. 

So why are we having this discussion? Well, as a church, Venture is willing to leverage things that are culturally relevant around us in order to begin a conversation with someone who might otherwise be unwilling to receive the Gospel. Also, relationships are hard but necessary, and most of us can learn how to better empathize with others in order to be a better spouse, parent, coworker, friend, etc. 

And, just maybe, if we take a minute to look inwardly at some of our less admirable qualities, we can learn how our weaknesses are an opportunity for God’s strength to be displayed through us.

 
 

The Enneagram breaks personalities down into nine types: Type 1 (The Perfectionist), Type 2 (The Helper), Type 3 (The Performer), Type 4 (The Romantic), Type 5 (The Investigator), Type 6 (The Loyalist), Type 7 (The Enthusiast), Type 8 (The Challenger) and Type 9 (The Peacemaker).

 
 

IS VENTURE TEACHING THE ENNEAGRAM THIS FALL?

No. What we are doing is leveraging the cultural relevance of the Enneagram to connect with people. This fall’s message series, “The Nine,” will examine the lives of different Biblical figures who exemplify each Enneagram number to help us take a deeper look at some of the difficult matters of the human heart. As we dig into their motivations and fears, we can also gain valuable insights that will help us in our relationship with others.

Follow along on social media each week as we share Bible verses, spiritual challenges and devotions that directly speak to each of the nine types.

 
 

How do I find my Enneagram type?

To find your Enneagram type, it is recommended that you learn about each of the nine types BEFORE taking a quiz or assessment. We tend to see ourselves the way we want others to see us, so many people find that when they begin with results from a quiz, they later discover that they actually identify more with a different number. 

While no quiz is perfect, The EnneaApp or the Your Enneagram Coach assessment are two free resources that not only give you an assessment, but provide a lot of insight into the nine different types. If you take one of these quizzes, you can begin researching your top results (see resources below) to discover which type actually fits you best. Here’s a tip: because the Enneagram reveals our weaknesses, the type that makes you “cringe” the most, may actually be a clue to uncovering more about your core motivations and fears.

 
 

Devotions

Click here to view the Venture Church “The Nine” devotions.

Resources

To read more about your Enneagram type, we recommend the book The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile, and the Enneagram Institute website.