Daring Way™ for Churches Videos

A heartfelt thank you to the following people for sharing their Daring Way ™ for Churches experience in these videos!


Rev. Cheryl Mathison, St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran. Plymouth, MN

Rev. Mark Aune and Rev. Megan Torgerson. Augustana Lutheran Church. St. Paul, MN

Rev. Beth Horsch, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Plymouth, MN

Dare to Lead™ for Faith Leaders

We have challenges and blessings that are unique to our call.  And balancing everything in ministry and beyond can at times feel overwhelming.  Based on the groundbreaking work of Dr. Brené Brown found in her Dare to Lead™ curriculum, this time will empower you to experience:

  • Understand and practice the four courage building components

  • Greater clarity around areas of personal growth related to authentic life and leadership

  • Critical awareness to cultural myths around vulnerability and how vulnerability is the path to connect to others, God, and ourselves

  • Increased capacity to understand conflictual situations and how to authentically show up

  • Learning and practicing healthy strategies to use when in debilitating shame

  • Daily practices to cultivate living and loving with our whole hearts

In this 2 day intensive, we will learn with and from each other, create sacred ground where our stories are honored and where you can explore how faith, Scripture, and ministry connect for you and practice new skills to empower you to lead with increased joy, authenticity, and purpose.  If you’ve attended a Rising Strong™ or Wholehearted Living event, this will contain new content and support what you’ve already explored.  

The big daring dream God's put in Sarah's heart is to transform the church with this work.  


 Theological Conferences - Synod Assemblies - Leadership Training - First Call Retreats

Are the church leaders in your synod...  

Longing for a new fresh way of theological reflection that brings together what congregational members are talking about with intentional connections to life in Christ.

Hungering for deeper and more real connection with other rostered leaders, God, and themselves.

Needing healthier strategies to remain calm and grounded while leading in uncertain times.

As the synod leaders are you...

Feeling called in conflicted and divisive times to support your rostered leaders in developing greater skills of resiliency and inner clarity.

Wanting to offer something new yet relevant with lasting impact.

Praying the leaders in your synod have at least one trusted friend who can hear both their strengths and struggles in ministry.

If any of the above connected, consider a

Dare to Lead™ for

Church Leaders event.


Workshops for church professionals are based on Dare to Lead™ curriculum designed by bestselling author Dr. Brené Brown.

The learning is interactive using large group teaching, small group discussion, exclusive DVD segments of Brené teaching, and self-exploration exercises.Scripture, Lutheran theology, prayer, and worship are integrated throughout our time.


Rev. Sarah Ciavarri is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, a Daring Way™ Facilitator-Consultant and an ELCA Lutheran pastor. She supports congregations and church leaders by leading retreats, workshops, and coaching on the connections between Dr. Brené Brown’s research and faith in Christ.

Sarah has received a Pastoral Study Project grant to reflect on shame, vulnerability, and authenticity in churches. Also, Sarah is the Director of Spiritual Care at Augustana Care Health and Rehabilitation of Apple Valley, MN and has earned four Clinical Pastor Care units.