Dare to Lead for Faith Leaders



September 6

Start Date


Contact Hours

What you will learn

Have you tried leading from the extremes – hiding your true thoughts and emotions in order to keep the peace, then over-reacting to relatively small issues or problems at other points? We probably all have. Frequently, the problem is a disconnect in our values.

When we’re separated from our values – even unconsciously – we become separate from ourselves. It takes courage to live and lead authentically.

That kind of integration takes courage. It isn’t built overnight, but it can start now by taking part in one of our upcoming Dare to Lead trainings. This popular program, open to faith leaders of all kinds, is back this year with enrollment options in the spring and fall to best fit your schedule.

Upon completing the training, you will be Dare to Lead Trained, allowing you with to bring Brené Brown’s research to your faith community.

The content is great and reshapes our ideas of how we behave as a group of people coming together to do God’s work.
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In Dare to Lead for Faith Leaders, you'll experience hands-on training and practical wisdom that includes:

  • The four sets of skills inherent to daring leadership
  • Self-awareness and emotional literacy that impacts your thoughts and decisions
  • Appropriate vulnerability and the myths that keep you from authenticity
  • How your core values inform your professional life
  • The skills that guide tough conversations – including giving and receiving feedback
  • What role “meaning-making” plays in humans and the stories we tell ourselves

Living Courageously is Hard…

In fact, it can feel especially difficult when you’re leading in a community full of people with different wants, needs, and expectations. The easy thing – at least temporarily – can be to adjust who and how you are to meet those needs and expectations. It’s a habit that can be hard to break.

Authentic leadership requires something else altogether – namely, courage. Dare to Lead for Faith Leaders will help you gain much-needed clarity around your core values, appropriate vulnerability, and becoming trustworthy (especially in times of chaos or stress). Originally developed by Dr. Brené Brown, this course is evidence-based and includes theological reflection in each lesson.

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Course Agenda

The four skill sets to be learned will be introduced (rumbling with vulnerability, living into our values, braving trust, and learning to rise), along with how we differentiate “armored leadership” from “daring leadership.” You’ll also delve into emotional literacy and self-awareness.
The following day, you’ll spend more time exploring vulnerability – including the myths associated with it. This will lead naturally to a discussion around shame and how to recognize the ways in which it (along with scarcity and comparison) shows up in the workplace.
In the third session, you and your learning cohort will begin to break down the components of empathy as well as recognize the common barriers to it. You will also revisit the ideas you learned around daring leadership (as opposed to an armored approach), even as you learn how values operate in your professional life.
The next day, it’s time to explore how curiosity can be practiced as a way of developing grounded confidence. With that kind of confidence as a launching pad, you’ll begin learning the skills that make tough conversations (including giving and receiving feedback) possible.
In order to build meaningful connections, trust has to be foundational. Throughout this session, you’ll learn the elements of trust, including boundaries, reliability, accountability, being a vault, integrity, non-judgment, and generosity. You’ll also learn to rise by understanding the power of stories – the ones we tell about ourselves and others.
In this final session, you’ll learn how to identify patterns of over/under-functioning in others, gain a better understanding of how writing helps make meaning of your experiences, and synthesize key insights. You’ll also determine an integration plan for daring to lead in your professional life, and how to take action.

Meet the Instructor

Sarah Ciavarri

Sarah Ciavarri

Sarah Ciavarri, M.Div. BCC, PCC, CDWF-C, CDTLF, loves seeing people get excited about their lives and futures. Sarah is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator-Consultant, Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, and a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. For over a decade, Sarah has traveled nationally keynoting and facilitating workshops on resilience, vulnerability, and shame. Sarah has the unique honor of serving in a leadership position with the Daring Way™ as a consultant, coaching candidates through the steps of certification. Sarah is a faculty member with Coaching4Today’s Leaders and trains coaches. Sarah is the author of Find Our Way to Truth: Seven Lies Leaders Believe and How to Let Them Go. Currently, Sarah serves as Vice President of Spiritual Life for Cassia Care.

Registration Info

Get access for $600

Hurry! Only 20 spots available per session.

Upcoming Course Dates:
FALL SESSION: Sept. 6, 13 ,20; October 5, 11, and 18 from 9:30-1:00 Central

  • Open to any leader in a faith community
  • Six live online sessions—not recorded
  • Access to the Dare to Lead video library
  • A safe place to learn and a community for support
  • 20 Contact Hours

On the checkout page, choose your session dates.
You can pay upfront or in four easy installments.

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