So, about the enneagram

A little late to the game, but I want to give a few thoughts about this personal development resource. Here are 5:

ONE: The enneagram is a deeply personally thing.

Like voting and your income level, your enneagram is deeply personal to you. In my opinion, it’s so personal that I would never ask someone what their enneagram number is. It’s meant for you… to work on you. It’s not something you need to wear on your chest, or seek out from others. Or even volunteer to other people.

TWO: Venture into the enneagram carefully.

The enneagram, if not ready for it, can mess you up. In fact, even if you are ready for it, it can still mess you up. Venture into this resource carefully. Here’s why…

THREE: The enneagram is going after the motivations of your heart.

You are a deeply messed up person. So am I. We both have deeply messed up motivations, and if not constantly put on the chopping block of redemption, can rule our hearts. The Bible calls this the war that is happening between the desires of our flesh and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives (Galatians 5:16-25).

FOUR: Sanctification is aligning our hearts with the Lordship of Jesus.

On a really massive scale, the enneagram puts meat to our sinful bones. It shows us where our fleshly allegiances go when they are not put into submission to King Jesus.

FIVE: The enneagram also highlights what is amazing about you.

After the self-war and heart-work, the enneagram shows us where our most secure and healthy baselines are. It shows us the place where we stand in our most secure and confident and healthy selves. And that’s the place we want to strive to be.


Published by Greg Gibson

Greg is a husband, dad, church planter, and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and Lead Pastor of Veritas City Church in Washington, DC. He resides in Georgetown with his wife, Grace, and two children.