Brave Church
Brave Church

Your guide to tackling
tough topics

Brave Church is a powerful tool for opening the door to the presence of God in (and through) difficult conversations.

Is your church brave?

Brave conversations require brave people to initiate them. The good news is you can start from anywhere.

The Brave Church Checklist is designed to help you gauge where you and your church stand on tackling tough topics.

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Launching June 1



Who is Brave Church for?

Church leaders who are frustrated with the divisions in their church communities
Christians who are feeling isolated, disenfranchised, lonely, and overwhelmed.

Brave Church equips you with...

Tools to have difficult conversations with confidence in your churches without World War III breaking out.
Scriptural wisdom and real-world examples to open up your heart again to those who worship alongside.
Inspiration from congregations who are talking about difficult topics like infertility, mental illness, domestic violence, racism, and sexuality.
Guidance from a leader’s guide on how to form a Brave Church Group and spend 6 weeks growing in community.

Ready to be brave?

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Where To Buy Brave Church

Amazon #1 New Release

How to be a Brave Church

Purchase Brave Church
Launch Brave Church small groups
Engage in meaningful converations

Want to join other churches in becoming brave?

If you’re excited about being brave with your local congregation, I would love you to apply to be a part of the first Brave Church cohort this fall.


  • Those who want to grow in authenticity with their local church
  • Willingness to gather 6-8 people in at least one small group to study Brave Church
  • An open heart to tackling tough topics


  • Special group discounts on bulk orders from Upper Room Books
  • Support for the leader from Rev. Elizabeth
  • A visit either virtually or in person from Rev. Elizabeth to your church or group to celebrate you!
  • Special social media promotion about how brave your church truly is to encourage others to do the same!

Interested in learning more?

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Recent Interviews

Speaking in Parables Podcast

The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15) with Rev. Elizabeth Hagan

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Why Me Project

Elizabeth Hagan

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Can a Church Talk About Hard Things? with Rev. Elizabeth Hagan

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Lewis Center for Church Leadership Podcast

Episode 78: “Tackling Tough Topics in Church”

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Two On One Project Podcast

Two On One: The Kardashians with Rev. Elizabeth Hagan

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DIVCast: Duke Divinity Admissions Podcast

Season 2, Episode 8: Elizabeth Hagan

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The Weight Podcast

Birth & Motherhood - "Grace Through Infertility" with Elizabeth Hagan

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Endorsements for Brave Church

“Church may be a lot of things, but few would call it a safe place to have difficult conversations. In Brave Church, Elizabeth Hagen shows why this needs to change, and how it can change. I’m not only cheering her on, I’m following her lead.”
- Steve Wiens
Pastor, Genesis Covenant Church, Minneapolis, MN & Author of Shining Like the Sun
"Brave Church challenges decades of polite and fruitless conversation in many churches around complex issues such as race, sexuality, and politics. Hagan's writing is accessible, practical, timley, and nuanced. Rather than being 'preached at'or 'talked to', readers will find that they have a relatable and trustworthy conversation partner in Hagan. I cannot recommend this book enough that challenges and equips us to move from 'safe spaces to brave spaces'".
- Rev. Dr. Maria Kane
Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Church, Waldorf, MD
"If the list of topics covered in this book makes it feel too hot to handle, that’s proof of how badly we need it. Winsomely written, well-researched, and eminently practical, this book is a gift to anyone who knows that a faithful church needs to tackle tough topics and longs for wise guidance on how."
- L. Roger Owens
Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality and Ministry, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
"Hagan invites us to create accessible, brave, and vulnerable spaces in our churches—places where we can engage in tough talk about real life. With empathy and relatability, Brave Church urges Christians to think deeply, act boldly, and love unconditionally."
- J. Dana Trent
Author of Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk