Number of weeks: 4
Required books?: No
Live video session?: Yes, optional
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
In a world full of personality assessments, the Enneagram stands apart for the ways that it not only describes our behavior (and the basis of that behavior) but for the ways it prescribes practices which can help us live more resourcefully.
Join Kathy and Jim Reiter in this self-paced course (an adaptation of the 7-hour retreat/workshop they conduct via Zoe-Life Explorations)—establishing spiritual formation as a journey to resourceful, “true self” living; defining the background of the ancient personality “inventory” which is the Enneagram; providing a narrative orientation to the nine personality types; helping participants understand the results of one online assessment; and offering some sense of next steps in the journey to “true self.”
While it isn’t required, it is highly suggested that students obtain the following supplemental resource for this course:
- Mirror for the Soul: A Christian Guide to the Enneagram, by Alice Fryling*
- Additionally, you will have the option of taking a professional, in-depth Enneagram assessment with 7 pages of personalized results for $10 once you are in the course.
(Note: Timing of optional “mixers” will be determined by a doodle poll)
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
*Using the Amazon Affiliate link further supports our ministry. Thank you!
About the Instructor
After 35 years of active parish ministry in the East Texas area (including several congregations in Houston), the Rev. Dr. James H. “Jim” Reiter took early retirement so that he and his wife, Kathy, could pursue their interest and passions in spiritual formation on a full-time basis.
A 1983 graduate of Texas A&M University, Jim went on to attend Perkins School of Theology where he received his M.Div. in 1987 and his D.Min. in 1992. Prior to his retirement in 2018, Jim coursework at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary pursuant to a Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Most recently, Jim has completed studies with the “FIND School for Spiritual Direction and Formation” (Episcopal Diocese of Texas)—being certified and commissioned as a spiritual director and now serving on their faculty.
Throughout the course of his active years as a United Methodist pastor, spiritual formation has been a keen passion and interest for Jim. It’s an interest/focus emerging from a host of streams, including service as chairperson of the Spiritual Formation Team of the Texas Annual Conference, explorations in the contemplative life, immersion experiences in monastic settings, leadership in a variety of retreat settings, research in stages of faith development, experience with and gleanings from traditional and not-so-traditional spiritual disciplines, and a keen interest in the intersection of Christ and culture – focused especially in the spiritual themes embedded in the movies.
Jim and Kathy (his wife of 35 years and a spiritual formation leader in her own right), founded Zoe-Life Explorations (www.zoe-life.net) in the Spring of 2018. The mission of Zoe-Life is focused through published resources and a series of program offerings designed to facilitate experiences in and conversations about spiritual formation in the lives of individuals and faith communities.
Joining Jim in this course is his wife of 37 years, Kathy. A 1983 graduate of SFA University (in Business Administration), Kathy is a certified Enneagram facilitator (via Dr. Jerome Wagner’s Enneagram Spectrum), a trained spiritual director (through the Spiritual Direction Institute in Houston), and a graduate of the Upper Room’s Two-Year Academy of Spiritual Formation. She serves on the staff of the FIND School for Spiritual Direction and Formation (of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas) and is a gifted retreat leader.
Ministry continues for Jim and Kathy through Zoe-Life Explorations–a series of retreat/program offerings designed to facilitate experiences in and conversations about spiritual formation in the lives of individuals and faith communities.