What is the Enneagram?

The Enneagram is a powerful tool for understanding yourself, the box you’re in, and pathways to help you get out of that box and find enhanced freedom for yourself and in your relationships!

All of us have unconscious habits of thinking, feeling, and doing that are getting in the way of our personal and spiritual growth. Becoming aware of those inner motivations and messages can lessen our suffering and set us free to be who God created us to be. This self-awareness can make day-to-day life and relationships a LOT less frustrating!

We offer a variety of classes on the Enneagram, some in person, some online. Stay tuned to this space for upcoming offerings.

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Introduction to the Enneagram

We’ll probably offer this again January 2024

The Enneagram is a powerful tool for understanding yourself, the box you’re in, and pathways to help you get out of that box and find enhanced freedom for yourself and in your relationships.

In this short class, we’ll explore the 9 Enneagram types and help you begin the process of discerning your core type, and we’ll teach you some foundational practices to develop your self-awareness. We have seen knowledge of the Enneagram make a HUGE difference in people’s lives and relationships, contributing deeply to inner growth, so we encourage you to consider signing up!

Suggested donation: $25-$50 to support the Enneagram teaching ministry (pay what you can; contributions of any amount welcome). We never want the cost of a class or materials to prevent your participation, so if you don’t have money this time, it’s on us, with joy. And if you’d like to contribute a few extra dollars toward someone else’s class experience, we’d be honored by your donation. Click or tap the button below, use the ADULT DISCIPLESHIP fund, and select “Enneagram class.”

Facilitators: Beth Palmer (Director of Adult Discipleship), Julie Johnson, and Lora McConnell, our Enneagram teaching team.

Endorsements from our January/February 2023 online class:

  • “15 out of 10! I loved the class and would love to attend an advanced class. Also, I would love to discuss offering this to my team. Thank you for this ministry!” -Amy P.
  • “Exceeded expectations! Beth and Aimee are fantastic instructors. They made each person feel valued and welcomed, which opened the door for better discussions and questions. Their passion for the subject matter is wonderful, and their generosity in sharing was so appreciated. Thanks for the time well spent!” – Coleen M.
  • “This was a fantastic class! I learned so much and found both facilitators to be so knowledgeable and generous with their time and explanations. I have already recommended the class to a friend in one of my small groups.” – Wendy B.

New to the Enneagram?
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One-on-one Typing Conversations

We offer one-on-one typing conversations. Contact Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Discipleship, to schedule with any member of the teaching team. Suggested donation $50-$100 (pay what you can).

The Enneagram typing session with Beth Palmer was extremely beneficial to my Enneagram journey, and I would highly recommend Beth as a facilitator to anyone who is looking to learn more about the Enneagram.

Bethani A., Spring 2021

Resources for Beginners

There’s a lot of Enneagram information out there these days, and that can be overwhelming for those new to its wisdom! Here are some recommendations and resources for learning about the Enneagram and discerning your type. Reach out to Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Discipleship, with your questions.

  • The Enneagram Institute is an excellent resource. Their “Learn” section is full of important, well-respected teaching.
  • The Road Back to You, by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile, is a good introduction. It’s easy to read and full of good stories, and it tends to be pretty helpful in type identification for beginners. We have a couple of copies in the church office ($20); contact Beth Palmer to arrange pick up.
  • Fr. Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation has a good introduction.
  • Anything by Russ Hudson! Check out his Enneagram teachings on his website (russhudson.com) and on YouTube; search for him as a guest on various podcasts; read his books. We especially recommend his series of stand-alone webinars in collaboration with The Awakened Company, especially episode numbers 3 (“How Do I Find My Enneagram Type”), 2 (“The Original and Core Teachings of the Enneagram”), and 4 (“Strengths and Weaknesses of the Enneagram Types”) ($25-$35 each on demand).
  • While we don’t recommend Enneagram tests in general, as they’re often inaccurate, here’s a simple one that might help point you in the right direction. Your self-observations are a far better indicator of your type. Think about what you were like in your teens and twenties; this is when the Ego Personality is generally most obvious.

Recommended podcasts (start with the first episodes):

About the Enneagram Teaching Team

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Julie Johnson, Aimee Lotz, Lora McConnell, and Beth Palmer have significant training on the Enneagram, including classes with and books by Russ Hudson, Bea Chestnut, Belinda Gore, Lisa Bueche, Connie Frecker, the Enneagram Institute, the Enneagram Institute of Ohio, and the International Enneagram Association. Beth Palmer, M.Div., Director of Adult Discipleship for Hilliard UMC, Julie Johnson, and Aimee Lotz are all certified as Applied Enneagram Professionals through the Enneagram Institute of Ohio (including 56 hours of coursework).

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Want to help support this teaching ministry with a contribution to the church? You can give from your phone using our Vanco Mobile app or online through our giving platform, Vanco (click or tap the button below, use the ADULT DISCIPLESHIP fund, and select “Enneagram class”).

We also never want the cost of a book or class to keep you from participating, so please sign up whether you can contribute financially or not! Pay what you can, if you can, and otherwise it’s on us, happily! And if you’d like to pay it forward and contribute a few extra dollars toward someone else’s class or book, we receive all contributions with gratitude. Thank you!

Staff Contact

Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Discipleship
614.876.2403 (church office)