Ep. 16: Beth McCord

Beth McCord | Your Enneagram Coach

Your Enneagram Coach was founded by Beth McCord, an Enneagram speaker, coach, and teacher for over 15 years.

Beth is passionate about coming alongside individuals and helping them re-write their story, allowing them to see that lasting change, meaningful relationships, and a life of deep purpose is possible. This passion is what drove her to create this community, a safe place for individuals to explore the Enneagram.

An Enneagram Leader

Having been trained by the best Enneagram experts and pouring hundreds of hours into advanced certifications, Beth is now leading the industry in simplifying the deep truths of the Enneagram from a Biblical perspective. Beth’s passion is to make the Enneagram accessible for everyone, anywhere, so they can experience the transformation they long for.

This includes one-on-one coaching, in-person events and workshops, and online courses. She also offers training and support for those interested in becoming an Enneagram coach.

At Home

Beth’s favorite hobbies are studying and producing helpful Enneagram resources, fly fishing, and driving through the beautiful hillsides of Tennessee with her family.

Beth lives outside of Nashville and has been married to her best friend, Jeff, for 23 years (Type 6, Loyal Guardian). They have two children (Nate, 20-year-old and a Type 6 The Loyal Guardian and Libby an 18-year-old and a Type 2 The  Supportive Advisor).

Combining the gospel and the Enneagram has been instrumental in Beth and Jeff’s marriage and parenting.

Beth and I chat about the Enneagram being an internal GPS that can help you know your heart condition at any given moment. We chat about using the Enneagram to help you see, believe, and walk in the freedom Christ has already given you.

4:26 Beth begin sharing her faith journey and how that intersects with becoming an Enneagram coach.

Camp Kanakuk

Navigators  It was there she and her husband fell in love with discipleship.

“A lot of times if we are a believer, we have a lot of mixed theology in our mind. Whether it is the flesh, or bad theology just being spoken to us or who knows what. And we just really want them to understand who are you in Christ, because we are already are free in him, but so often we don’t feel free….What we are doing with Enneagram coaching is really trying to give them the best theological base for who they are in Christ according to their personality type, because each of us have the core lies that are hard wired into us, from a flesh stand point…We hear the good news and we think this is amazing, but we still feel stuck. My goal is to say, ‘Yeah, I can see that you feel stuck, but you’re actually not, you’re free.  Let me show you exactly how in Christ, for you and your personality type.’ “

7:37 Beth begins explaining the Enneagram

“Enneagram itself is just a neutral tool.”

Think of it as being an “internal GPS. It is going help you to know where your heart condition is in any given moment.”

Your Enneagram Coach Mission: For people to see themselves with astonishing clarity, so they can break free from self-condemnation, fear and shame by knowing and experiencing the unconditional love, forgiveness and freedom in Christ.

11:27 “The Enneagram…is really going to help you to know, am I aligned with the gospel? Is my heart mis-aligned or out of alignment?”

13:00 “The Enneagram is trying to assess why you do what you do…. [it] is getting to the core.”

“When you are trying to find your main type, we want you to find the 4 core motivations in your personality type.”

Core Motivations

  1. Core Fear: something you are always running away from
  2. Core Desire: if I just had that life would be grand and perfect
  3. Core Weakness: that thing you cry out to the Lord to be delivered from; constant struggle (shows us we are always dependent upon Jesus)
  4.  Core Longing: the message your heart has always longed to hear (only Christ can fulfill this. no one else is sufficient, although we try to get it from other people.)

16:00 Beth shares a few stories of her Enneagram coaching that have helped to bring freedom.

“The whole way through I am coaching you into seeing how Christ has set you free and His love for you, so that when that self-condemnation pops up and shame I am right there to say, “[No way]. Nope. Let’s look at exactly who you are and what He has done for you.’ And all of a sudden, over those 5 sessions, you can see this person really coming to life. “

19:28 Beth discusses Enneagram wings

  • 9 basic Enneagram types
  • Wings: 2 numbers on either side of your main type
  • For visual of star click HERE

You can access attributes of your wings in both healthy and unhealthy ways.

“We aren’t just one dimensional…We are very fluid, as people. God created us with lots of dynamics.”

In addition, every number has two lines (like a star would) coming from it. One line leads to an enneagram number that you take on when under stress, the second line leads to an enneagram number that you take on when growing.

24:22 “I am trying to help people realize what you long for is already there. Christ has already accomplished it for you, but our mind and our heart get derailed so quickly with false messages, lies, the world. etc. I am trying to help people to realize here’s how your personality, when it is not doing well, thinks, this is how it operates, but when you are doing well, when it’s aligned with the gospel this is where it is going to take you.”

25:43 Beth speaks to the idea that personality types “put you in a box.”

Russ Hudson and Don Richard Risso: The Enneagram doesn’t put you in a box it gets you out of the box you are already in.

“Our personality when it is not healthy is hard wired to think in very specific ways, that’s the box, but we’re already free….The personality itself is not bad or wrong. It’s beautiful. God created us with our personality, but when we’re not thinking in a healthy correct way it’s going to be really harmful and destructive to us.”

“No one likes their type, because it is going to reveal what you are like when you aren’t doing well. Here is the good news, Christ knew not only all you know about your personality type, but He knows when it is even worse and that’s why in Romans 5:8 it says, ‘While we were still sinners, Christ came for us.’…”

“All 9 types are the body of Christ. We need all 9 types.”

Indelible Grace Rendition of I Need You Every Hour

33:12 Beth shares when is a good time for children to begin exploring their Enneagram number.

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