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Sharpening Our Tools for Difficult Conversations

Resources from the “Tough Conversations” Book Hub
by Elizabeth Hagan | February 4, 2022
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The July 2021 Faith+Lead Book Hub “Tough Conversations: How to Have Them in Church and Keep Talking to Each Other” was focused on practical methods of engaging difficult topics in church. Authors Elizabeth Hagan and Rosalind Hughes coached participants in using biblical stories with the controversial topics, and some basic rules of engagement for conversations we know will be anxiety-provoking. You can see the discussion in the video below.

Elizabeth Hagan also wrote the blog post “Brave Conversations in Church” for The Faith+Leader, in conjunction with the event, which includes some practical ground rules.

What are some of your strategies or tried and true questions for talking about those subjects that matter so much they have the potential to fray relationships? 

Share your experiments, successes and failures in this arena with colleagues in the Faith+Lead Learning Lab.

About the Author

Elizabeth Hagan

Elizabeth Hagan has most recently served the Palisades Community Church in Washington, DC a senior minister. She is a graduate of Samford University and Duke Divinity School. She is also the Executive Director of Our Courageous Kids, a foundation serving young adults who grew up in international orphanages, with educational and mental health support. You can connect with her and learn more about Brave Church at elizabethhagan.com/


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