Nov 17 2021


Eastern Time
11:00 am - 2:00 pm



Enneagram Workshop: Becoming Acquainted with Your True-Self/False-Self

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday 11/15/2021, 4PM (Eastern Time)

The Enneagram is a powerful self-awareness tool that helps us explore the diverse personality traits, gifts, vices, and “deadly sins” that describe our unique selves. The Enneagram provides a helpful framework to describe how we amazingly reflect God’s image (our True-Self), as well as how our sin patterns can distort and mar that image (our False-Self). Each registrant takes an online WEPSS Enneagram assessment in advance of the workshop. With detailed and personalized results in hand, we spend the time together exploring the self-discovery insights offered by this tool.

Teachings on the Enneagram have evolved quite a bit over time, and there is not a single known origin or authority on the Enneagram. No individual or faith tradition can claim it as its own. Additionally, there are diverse expressions and approaches, even among Christian practitioners. Below we highlight a few of the Enneagram’s key historical influences:

Evagrius Ponticus (345-399 AD) was a fourth century Christian desert father/monk who taught about eight vices or deadly sins: Gluttony, Lust, Avarice (Greed), Sadness, Anger, Acedia (Sloth), Vainglory (Deceit), and Pride. Teachings about vices and deadly sins have been a prominent feature of Christian spirituality for centuries, and is an important component of today’s Enneagram teachings. Pope Gregory the Great (590 AD) revised the list of vices to what is famously known as the Seven Deadly Sins: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride. Interestingly, in one of his writings on prayer, Evagrius drew a nine-pointed Enneagram figure connected to the biblical number 153 (number of fish in John 21).

Ramon Llull (1232–1316), another notable Christian influencer in the development of the Enneagram was a 13th-14th century Franciscan monk/theologian/mathematician. Llull created several nine-pointed diagrams, including this one published in Ars Brevis in 1307 that highlighted nine virtues of God and nine vices.

The Enneagram diagram consisting of a circle, triangle, and hexad was made public in 1916 by the enigmatic Armenian mystic George Gurdjieff (1875-1949). Gurdjieff traveled widely seeking spiritual wisdom from various traditions including Muslim Sufism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity. Gurdjieff was secretive about where he found the ancient symbol but believed it to be a source of special knowledge about the cosmos because of the mathematical laws (the law of seven and the law of three) it represented.

From ancient times until Gurdjieff, the Enneagram symbol in fact had little to do with personality types. The Enneagram of Personality framework was developed later by Bolivian philosopher Oscar Ichazo (1931-2020) in the 1950s and 60s. Ichazo claimed to receive supernatural revelation about the connection between the Enneagram symbol and the nine personality types while under a trance. One of Ichazo’s pupils, Chilean psychologist Claudio Naranjo (1932-2019) brought the Enneagram of Personality to the United States and integrated it with concepts from Western psychology. He later instructed Catholic teachers who further integrated facets of Christian spirituality with the personality typology.

In summary, there have been diverse historical influences that have shaped what we read about or teach on the Enneagram today. We may find ourselves feeling comfortable about some of these influences, and queasy about some others. What is an appropriate Christian response to the Enneagram? We believe that the content, meanings, and application of Enneagram teachings need to be carefully tested and filtered through our understandings from Scripture. We seek to do our best to integrate the parts that are helpful, and to filter out the parts that are incompatible with our Christian faith.

The goal of most Enneagram assessments today is to help individuals identify their predominant “personality type.” Some assessments adopt a more narrative, interview-style approach while others utilize multiple-choice tests. Our preferred assessment tool is the 200-question Wagner Enneagram Personality Style Scales (WEPSS) that provides three sets of meaningful scores for all nine numbers: total scores, resourceful scores, and less-resourceful scores. Beyond identifying one’s predominant personality style, the WEPSS presents a more holistic picture of how all nine numbers are in play in an individual. Additionally, the WEPSS is the only Enneagram inventory published by a major psychological test company and reviewed in Buros’s Mental Measurements Yearbook, a respected authority in the testing field.

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory,
are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory,
which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

2 Corinthians 3:18

At Leadership Transformations, we utilize the Enneagram as a helpful tool for Christian Spiritual Formation. Christian Spiritual Formation can be simply defined as the process of being transformed into Christ’s likeness through the power of the Holy Spirit and in the context of a deepening relationship of love and trust in God. This is the point of whatever we do with the Enneagram. We begin our workshops or consultation sessions with humble prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to help us pay attention to the particular areas in our lives God desires to sanctify and transform in Christlikeness.

The Enneagram is a powerful tool, but we must remember that it is just a tool. The Enneagram is not the end-all be-all of spiritual formation. The Enneagram itself does not transform us, the Holy Spirit does. No human-made tool is without its limitations. If we take an assessment, the results carry no ultimate authority on who we are. But a tool in the hands of a master craftsman can accomplish much. God is the Master Potter, and we are the clay (Isaiah 64:8). The Enneagram is just one of many instruments the Lord might use to shape and form us into something beautiful.

We take an alternative approach to Ichazo’s and Naranjo’s Enneagram of Personality. For one, we de-emphasize the idea that each person is one of nine personality types (or eighteen subtypes if you include the wings). We are so much more than a single number or type. Our unique personalities bear the traits, gifts, virtues, and vices of all nine numbers in varying degrees. Furthermore, we can expect our resonance with the various numbers to shift over the course of our spiritual journeys as we are transformed by the Spirit. We expect to become more like Jesus in multiple aspects, to grow more self-aware of our natural tendencies, and to experience greater freedom from our vices and besetting sins.

One unfortunate byproduct of the personality-type approach is the widespread usage of overly simplistic identity statements like “I am a TWO” or “you are such a NINE” or “she is definitely a FIVE.” Statements like this have the potential to greatly limit people’s thinking about themselves and other people. They can also lead to false assumptions and judgments about oneself and others. Rather than viewing how we are being transformed holistically across the spectrum of all nine numbers, we can grow narrowly focused on becoming a better, more redeemed version of our “type.” While our journey of transformation into Christlikeness often relates to aspects of a predominant personality style, we can anticipate that the Holy Spirit’s work within us will often go beyond those areas as well.

When we companion others with the Enneagram, we explore the WEPSS scores for all nine numbers. The WEPSS provides three sets of meaningful scores for each number: resourceful, less-resourceful and total scores. We prefer to look at each Enneagram number as a set of traits (e.g. gifts, virtues, vices) rather than a personality type. Therefore, an individual may relate with the gifts and strengths, as well as the vices and deadly sins of more than one number. Truly no two individuals are the same—each child of God fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14)! When you sign up for an Enneagram workshop, consultation, or coaching session with us, our job is to help you explore and consider possible insights from your unique WEPSS profile. We highlight notable scores and patterns from your report, but ultimately the interpretation of the scores and what to do next with them is between you and the Holy Spirit. Our prayer is that we will come away with with a renewed sense of awe at how we personally and specifically reflect our Creator and with greater clarity about how God is at work within to transform us into Christ’s image.

Online via ZOOM

Wed, November 17, 2021, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Rick Anderson


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"I honestly was so blown away with the quality of the content. I have been an enneagram nerd for so long and have taken many courses through PCCI and Dr. Wilders Thrive training, and this Enneagram was top notch. I learned so much! I felt so blessed to be a part of that class and could not believe the price was so affordable after I took it. I look forward to more learning together in the year to come."
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"This was my introduction to the Enneagram and it was amazing. Rick was a fabulous presenter. Just scratching the surface. Thanks for all the resources. Looking forward to diving deeper. Most helpful concept was to keep in mind that this is a recipe. Also, remembering that our spiritual gifts are a reflection of God's attributes given to us is very helpful and a very cool truth. Thanks so much. Best $49 and 3 hours I have spent in recent memory ! God's Peace"
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"The perspective of seeing the Enneagram primarily as a reflection of Christ's virtues was so helpful. I also appreciated the idea that each of us is not just one "type," but a mix of strengths and weaknesses of different types. So much more holistic, hopeful, and growth-oriented than most teachings I have heard/read about the Enneagram. Also, the suggested spiritual practices for each type and the growth path were so helpful."
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"It was fabulous. I have read a lot and attended workshops, but this less formulaic approach is refreshing and makes so much sense. I have been trying to "fit" the emphasis I observe in my own Enneagram type patterns into what I thought was a cohesive approach taking into consideration wings, paths of integration (etc.) and harmony triads. This allows for so much more freedom - and with a particularly strong emphasis on being transformed into Christlikeness seen across the virtues of all types."
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"Participating in the Leadership Transformations Enneagram workshop exceeded my expectations! I have read 3 different books on the Enneagram in the last few years and although they were good this workshop perspective and teaching was the most enlightening and encouraging for my continued spiritual formation!"
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"I highly recommend this training to everyone - whether you are new to the Enneagram or have been engaging with it for a long time. The teaching is biblical, solid and comprehensive. There are clear and necessary explanations about the importance of how to engage with the Enneagram....and with ALL the journeys that transform into living images of the virtues of Christ. I wish all my psychotherapy clients as well as spiritual directees could attend this!"

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Rick Anderson

Executive Vice President

Rick has a passion for spiritual formation and leadership development. He has completed the Selah Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction through LTI. He has also completed New Way Ministries’ School of Spiritual Direction and the Advanced School, both taught by Dr. Larry Crabb. Rick is a graduate of Biola University’s school of business. Prior to LTI, Rick served as the COO of the Christian Writers Guild and the Director of Finance & Operations at Trinity Law School. He currently serves as a board member for Peregrine Ministries and Beyond Survival. Rick and his wife, Lisa, live in Colorado Springs with their three boys: Cameron, Mitchell, and Jackson. Rick loves spending time with God in nature, laughing with friends and family, exploring new places, fixing things, watching movies, and taking in a strong Colorado thunderstorm. He also enjoys golf, international travel, and woodworking.  “It is such a joy to serve with the incredible people who make up this team and this amazing ministry of spiritual formation/soul care.

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Mitzi started her professional life as a high school social studies teacher. She and her husband Jerry then served cross-culturally for ten+ years, living abroad first in India and then Kurdistan, N. Iraq. In addition to being a Spiritual Director, she now serves as a Formation and Care pastor in her local church in Houston, TX. She has graduated from LTI’s Selah Spiritual Direction training as well as LTI’s Emmaus Formational Leadership Program.

Mitzi enjoys engaging conversation, reading fiction, doing jigsaw/crossword puzzles, ocean gazing and exploring the world with Jerry through food and travel.

God has two main callings in Mitzi’s life: to care for those who care for others and to be a guide in helping others have a healthy relationship with the Trinity – recognizing God’s loving presence and activity in their lives and how to faithfully respond.

Selah was a transformative experience for me – allowing the contemplative within to emerge and to beautifully co-exist with my extraverted personality.