The Enneagram Goes to Church (Digital Audiobook)
Wisdom for Leadership, Worship, and Congregational Life
Publication Date: March 15, 2021
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If I had known the Enneagram earlier in my ministry, I would have been a much better pastor.When this thought came to Todd Wilson, he had already served as a pastor in several churches for the better part of fifteen years and was successfully leading a large, historic, and diverse congregation. He'd started out in ministry with a strong education in everything from biblical exegesis and homiletics to organizational development and Christian education. However, at its root, pastoral ministry is about shepherding, serving, leading, and loving people, and Todd realized that what he lacked was wisdom about how people work. He says, "When it came to empathetically shepherding people and sensitively engaging their manifold personalities and diverse ways of seeing the world, I was an amateur." Whether you are on a church staff or leading a small group, you will find that the insights from the Enneagram that have helped many grow in self-awareness can be applied to life in our faith communities. The Enneagram can help us to become better teachers. It can influence how we develop worship and Christian education. And it can guide us in building and leading teams. It's time to take the Enneagram to church--and to allow it to shape our life together.
About the Author
Todd Wilson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is the president and cofounder of the Center for Pastor Theologians and the former senior pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois. He is the author of Mere Sexuality: Rediscovering the Christian Vision of Sexuality, Real Christian: Bearing the Marks of Authentic Faith, and Galations: Gospel-Rooted Living, as well as coauthor of The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision and Pastors in the Classics, and coeditor of Becoming a Pastor Theologian and Beauty, Order, and Mystery.