Spiritual formation is the process and practices by which we grow and mature in our journey with God through Jesus the Christ. I love the late Dallas Willard’s definition, when he said, “In the tradition of Jesus Christ (spiritual formation) is the process of transformation of the inmost dimension of the human being, the heart, which is the same as the spirit or will. It is being formed (really, transformed) in such a way that its natural expression comes to be the deeds of Christ done in the power of Christ.”
Spiritual formation, then, is an integral and important part of what makes us followers of Christ. It is a lifetime process, not something that stops when we turn 30, 40, 50, etc. The Emmaus House community, as part of our emphasis upon “Rootedness,” is having a spiritual formation retreat using the Enneagram, November 8th and 9th. Anyone from Olympia First Baptist is welcome to be a part of this spiritual formation mini-retreat.
So, what is the Enneagram?
The Enneagram is a personality inventory that helps us understand ourselves, our gifts and our shadow sides. The goal of this self-understanding is to mature into what God has created us to be. The Rev. David Reed will be our guide for this spiritual formation week-end. David is an IM Global Coordinator who has transitioned from the mission field in La Paz, Mexico, to now doing Spiritual Care work, alongside his wife Joyce, with IM global servants across the world. David’s style is accessible, interactive, and relational.
Dates and Times
This Enneagram Spiritual Formation Retreat is:
Friday, Nov. 8th from 7 - 9 p.m. and includes dinner, overview, assessment(s)
Saturday, Nov. 9th from 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and includes exploration, lunch, conversation &
We will meet at Emmaus House, unless we need more space, then we’ll transition over to the Fireside Room at Olympia First Baptist. If you are interested in this spiritual formation mini-retreat or have any questions, contact Pastor Mark ASAP. Sign up today!
$10.99, plus tax, for the book, The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Riso & Hudson
(Click on the link to purchase from Amazon)
$12.00 for the online assessment test, www.enneagraminstitute.org the RHETI.
We believe in community and the power of belonging to something bigger that yourself. We believe that once one becomes immersed in the life of the community they begin to take on the values and character of that community. Emmaus is grounded in the way of Jesus, so we take on those values and character that Christ lived out and demonstrated as we build relationships with one another and the world around us.
Discipleship is another way of talking and living out the value of "belonging." Becoming is the work we put into our relationship with God and others. It's the real-life love that we intentionally display to one another as well as those we encounter each and every day at home, work and play.
Belief is one of those tricky words because it often signifies a set of doctrinal statements; a way of gaining access into the community. Belief for us, however, is a dynamic lived reality; a visible way of putting the words of our mouths into concrete action. It is easy to say that one believes in forgiveness, it is much harder to put that belief into practice. But we believe that God's Spirit plays a huge role in making that happen in real and practical ways.
Transformation is another way of saying "re-living!" What the bible calls being a "new creation." This is the work that God does to us in our belonging, becoming and believing, through the relational love of Christ in our lives. It is the life-long journey with Jesus through the mysterious guidance of God's Spirit that can make this re-living in our spiritual lives with God and one another.
In our post-Christian, post-modern culture Emmaus House wants to communicate and live out what we truly value. Things like love, hope, faith, authenticity, generosity, transparency, and acceptance. A heart for the poor and brokenhearted, God's story, diversity, the arts, simplicity and worship.
Our hope is to be a people who share life with one another and find ways to connect and that you will meet people who will become a part of your life as you become a part of theirs.
We welcome you to join us in person at any of our gatherings, meals or conversations.
We know entering a new setting can be difficult for some people but we want to extend our invitation for you to be a part of our community.
Emmaus House meets at:
216 East 10th Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98501