AGM 2019 – K) Authentic Leadership – Called to Be… Me

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Last year, Sarah spent a year trying to rid her life of “Sonderlust.” (the word only sounds sketchy) “Sonder” is a word that poets and writers have used to describe the moment when you recognize that each stranger you pass has a unique life and story. “Sonderlust” means that you not only recognize that other people have different lives, but that you covet the life they seem to lead. It is the most extreme version of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). From commercials to social media, we are constantly being inundated with the notion that somehow we are missing out on our best life, or worse – our God given “calling.”

Sarah will discuss her year and how authenticity in all areas of your life can combat Pastoral FOMO, Church FOMO and the fear that maybe you missed your calling. As Dr. Brené Brown says, “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be and embracing who we are.” It isn’t as simple as it sounds, but it is guaranteed to change the way you show up to your own life. Sarah will offer a few simple lessons, practices and maybe an embarrassing story or two.


Sarah Heath
Spring LEAD Event Speaker | Author | United Methodist Church

Rev. Sarah Heath currently serves First United Methodist Church in Costa Mesa California, where she is the lead pastor for a church re-start. Sarah was born in Newfoundland and raised in Ontario (Muskokas) until her family moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1994. Sarah attended the University of Southern Mississippi after high school graduation where she received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Biology. Hearing the call to ministry, Sarah attended Duke Divinity School where she earned her Master of Divinity degree in 2005. Sarah is the author of “What’s your story? Seeing your life through God’s eyes”(Abingdon Press) available on Amazon.

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