Exploring Community and the Enneagram, Part 1

The Enneagram is an ancient typing system passed down through narrative tradition. It suggests that there are 9 types, each featuring a basic fear, a basic desire, and a “deadly sin” – examination of the types can be a powerful tool for both personal growth and spiritual formation. Unlike many other personality tests, the Enneagram looks at the inner motivation to reveal the “shadow side” of an individual, focusing on the “true self” and each type’s unique way of being in the world. In the last few years, many Christian authors have released helpful literature using the Enneagram to deepen relationships with self, God, and others.

This new series explores some experiences of each of the nine types. We will talk aboutMadison (Small) (1) God, church, community, work, relationships, you name it! This week, we start with Southlands member, Maddy Huebner, who is a 2. Twos can be called Helpers, Givers, or Befrienders. They lead with their hearts and use their depth of emotional intelligence to serve those around them. They are known for finding friends in even the most unlikely places, and they can make any organization look good. I am so grateful Maddy took the time to share her perspective on life, worship, and community with us.

A Two at Work

Stephanie: Why don’t we start out with who you are and what your Enneagram number is?

Maddy: My name is Madison Huebner, and I am an Enneagram 2w3.

S: Cool! What does that mean?

M: The Two is a Helper, and with the wing Three it’s “the Hostess.”

S: Hostess – I like that word. So, what do you do for work?

M: I am the Development and Office Director for Solidarity, so I do fundraising and office management for a nonprofit.

S: How did you choose your career path? Why a nonprofit?

M: Well, I never wanted to work for a nonprofit, and I just needed a job, and then I started looking. I think who i am makes sense being in a nonprofit, but i just knew someone who i didn’t have a lot of respect for who always talked about wanting to be in a nonprofit. They were kind of spoiled, so I was like that’s not the job that I want to do and so I had a tainted perspective of it. And then I started working for a nonprofit and then I realized oh, I actually really love this – not just the nonprofit part of it, but I think Solidarity specifically. I love working with the Solidarity employees and then I just love my job and the people I work with and the people I work for.

S: Cool! And how long have you been at Solidarity?

M: I have worked at Solidarity a little over three years – Since december 2014.

S: Cool! And do you see that being a 2w3 plays specifically into your job title, being in charge of donor relations?

M: Yes. First of all, I love hosting people, which makes sense with “the hostess.” I love being at events, I love helping with events, I love being the person who people go to if they have a question, and I also love creating an experience for people. I think in my job specifically as an office manager, making the environment helpful and easy for my coworkers is really important for me so that they can worry about their jobs and they don’t have to worry about the back end stuff. That’s why I love that part of it.

When I moved into development and donor relations, I did not want to do it because I just thought it was asking people for money, and I never wanted people to think that I just saw them as a dollar sign. I wanted to make sure that they knew I saw them as human beings who needed cared for and needed relationship. And I wasn’t just connecting with them because I wanted their money (though we did need their money). Once I realized that it was more about donor relationships – and building relationships people who happened to be donors – and then I was like, “oh okay, i’m kind of built for this.” And then even having events that would help people feel appreciated and thanked and recognizing it as a donor care source and an ability for me to be able to care for the people who are donating to Solidarity, recognizing them and the discipleship process is just as important for that side of it as it is for working with students and families. Once I recognized all of that, I realized that I could definitely see how I am wired for this.

S: It’s really cool that you were able to see that.

M: Yeah, I am very thankful for that, Otherwise I don’t think I would be where I am.

 

Be sure to check back soon for Part 2 of our interview. Check out what Solidarity is up to here. Click here to learn more about the Enneagram.

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