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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.

Brave Church is intended to challenge you and your congregation in all the right ways. To encourage you to be the church Jesus talked about. A church that isn't afraid of difficult conversations AND know how to enter them with grace and empathy.

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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.

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Where To Buy Brave Church

Amazon #1 New Release

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Endorsements for Brave Church

“Elizabeth Hagan speaks from deep conviction and with raw vulnerability about the challenges and joys of life and faith. Her voice is a powerful counterpoint to slickly packaged religion that offers easy answers to life’s hardest questions. Instead, she is a leader who guides with authenticity and wisdom.”
- Rev. Amy Butler
Former Senior Pastor, Riverside Church, New York City
“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