We’ll be using the Enneagram to help understand some of the various patterns that emerge in people’s personalities. The Enneagram is a tool meant to help us to be honest about the wide spectrum of human personalities, while also trying to gain insight into our own unique patterns of behavior. As we identify some of the ways that we might each navigate expectations, pain, fear—and other complex aspects of life—in unique ways, we can begin to think practically about how to love God and others in healthier, more enriching ways. This year, we’ll be hosting a guest teacher with a rich background in spiritual direction to guide us in our work. Josh Love will direct us in using the Enneagram to better understand ourselves, how we might grow closer to God as a result of these insights, and how we can use this information to be better prepared to love those who are different from us. Such insight will help encourage us to better disciples, friends, fathers, brothers, sons and husbands.

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
— Matthew 22:37
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Josh Love (Doctor of Ministry) lives in Dallas, Texas where he works as a chaplain for the community development and poverty fighting organization CitySquare. He’s a native of Portland Oregon where he grew up and developed a deep love for the mountains. Moving to Texas he received a BA in Biblical Texts and Pastoral Counseling from Abilene Christian Univercity. Though far from home he stayed in west Texas to co-found a monastic community called The Allelon House where he lived and worked amongst the poor of Abilene, Texas for six years. In that time he furthered his spiritual formation through a Masters in Missional Leadership from Rochester College, and then in 2016 Josh moved to Dallas to join CitySquare where he serves the poor and homeless along side the case management department at their resource center in the heart of the city. To this day he continues to live in monastic community as a resident of the Bonhoeffer House where he enjoys rhythms of contemplation, daily prayer, and community.

Josh fell in love with the practice of Spiritual Direction when he began his DMin through Lipscomb University. He knew immediently it was a part of his calling as a minister and extended his training to include a certification in Spiritual Direction which he completed in February of 2017. www.

Josh does his best to live by the moto “what ever love requires and human frailty demands.” His passion is to see others experience the presence of God.