In rock climbing, moving across short spaces determine whether the climb becomes rewarding, satisfying and successful, or whether it is largely marked with pain, frustration, disappointment and regret. So it is also for those in ministry. There are two important short spaces we need to traverse – the first space is outward in nature, the second is inward (or interior) to us.
Both spaces are challenging! Both require our intention and attention to move through.
Our fidelity to move into and through the short spaces will ultimately mark our soul growth, fruitfulness, satisfaction and success.
Traversing the spaces that exist between…
- our self and others (the outward space)
This is the real space that always exists between you and another person. This is the space that requires the exploration and ultimately answering of vital questions such as: “Can I reach, know and accept another person truly as they are? Likewise, can I in turn be reached by others? Can I be truly known and accepted for who I am? Do our preferences, differences, disagreements and misunderstandings need to dominate or rule over our interactions?”
“Can we both learn to hold (and even understand) what we see and know about each other, and then can we work toward what is truly shared and valued?”
Key task: Having the capacity to hold to another person as they are without demanding they become like me.
- the self we present to the world and the self we actually are (the inward space)
Perhaps the hardest part of the climb is going to places inward – to the space that is not quite as observable as the one that exist between us. This is the space of discovering and understanding our own internal drivers, motivations and areas of avoidance. These inward realities historically mark us and they shape what we have carried and brought into Christian adulthood. While familiar to us at one level, moving into and traversing this space is often very hard to navigate.
The questions of this space are: “Can I know and see myself as I truly am and also who I am really becoming? With all blinders off and each defense mechanism seen for what it is actually defending, can I now see and trust my truest and fullest self in Christ within God? Can I let the old parts of me go and not struggle so fiercely, or battle so fruitlessly in process of my changing and transformation? Can I really discover how to cooperate with God in the good work taking place within me and for me? Can I really discover from within this space of knowing me as I am, how to give fully of myself to others and back to God?”
Key task(s): Having the capacity to explore and understand the deeper broken patterns and drivers within me. And, in seeing these patterns, to also see the actual pathways and invitations from God to change and grow.
Gracebridge Alliance is providing 4 hour or 8 hour workshops for your team to understand and explore these two spaces.
The tool we use to assist our exploration into this two spaces is the WEPSS (Wagner Enneagram Personality Style Scale).
The WEPSS is a standardized Enneagram inventory, the only one published by a major psychological test company and reviewed in Buros’s Mental Measurements Yearbook, a respected authority in the testing field.
“Unlike classifications of personality that are based on traits, the organizing principle of the Enneagram is deeper and less attractive. It zeros in on the fatal flaw, or basic sin, of each of…our personality type (“style”). No one should work with the Enneagram if what they seek is flattery. But no one should fail to do so if what they seek is a deeper knowing of self.” Psychologist, Author and Speaker David Benner
During the Enneagram workshop we will discuss:
- Origins of the Enneagram and key contributors
- It’s exploration and development within the Christian framework and tradition
- The various parts within the diagram and how to use them as a tool to assist you in understanding your own growth edges
- The 9 ennatypes (personality profiles) identified within the diagram
- How our enneatype engages relationships:
- How it shapes our participation in meetings
- How it shapes our view and interaction with leadership
- Various spiritual practices to assist you within your ennatype
The benefits of the workshop include:
- A written profile of your enneatype (your number on the enneagram scale)
- Deepening our own understanding of the places God is at work within you
- Learning steps to cooperate with the work of your transformation
- Discovering how to bring our true and fullest self to relationships – to your team, and the tasks before you
- Learning how to identify old patterns and discovering new pathways of change
- Discovering spiritual practices that help you to tend to the deeper places within you and where God is at work
To Contact Gracebridge Alliance about conducting a 4 or 8 hour workshop for your team click here