Ian Morgan Cron is an Episcopal priest and trained psychotherapist who is a pioneer in the contemporary Enneagram movement. His best-selling book, “The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery,” provides an overview and understanding of the Enneagram as a powerful tool for personal and spiritual growth and as a resource for transforming your relationships. Ian and his wife, Anne, live in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Key Questions for Ian Morgan Cron
-Can you give us a basic overview of what the Enneagram is?
-There are some Christians who believe that the Enneagram has Mystic roots and is inherently opposed to Christianity. How do you respond to that?
-How is the Enneagram beneficial as a way of helping us draw closer to God?
-How can pastors and ministry leaders use the Enneagram to help them lead better?
Key Quotes from Ian Morgan Cron
“The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system that teaches there are nine basic personality types in the world one of which we gravitate toward and adopt in childhood as a way to cope and feel safe in the world.”
“The school that I come from would say that the Enneagram’s roots are in the Judeo-Christian tradition.”
“When the Enneagram is taught from a gospel-centered point of view, it’s a tremendously helpful tool. Anybody can take something good and turn it into something distorted, right? If you Google the word ‘Enneagram,’ you’re bound to see some crazy stuff come up. But if you Google the word ‘Jesus’ or ‘Bible,’ you’re going to see some crazy stuff come up, right? It really is all in the hands of the teacher.”
“John Calvin…talks about this idea that knowledge of God begins with knowledge of self. That’s a powerful idea.”
“The knowledge of self leads to a knowledge of the need for grace. And one of the great things that the Enneagram does is it reveals to us that which is best about who we are and that which is most broken about who we are.”