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Welcome to The Peter Bowden Podcast, hosted by trainer, coach, and strategist Peter Bowden. I'm glad you're here. Subscribe for content and conversation from my work with leaders of congregations, nonprofits, and other community organizations. We're talking connection, communication, community building, digital life, social media, spirituality, and much more. Continue Reading >>
Welcome to The Peter Bowden Podcast, hosted by trainer, coach, and strategist Peter Bowden. I'm glad you're here. Subscribe for content and conversation from my work with leaders of congregations, nonprofits, and other community organizations. We're talking connection, communication, community building, digital life, social media, spirituality, and much more. << Show Less
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What is Digital Ministry? How it compares to social media and marketing For congregations to thrive in today's digitally oriented world, their leaders need to understand how DIGITAL MINISTRY differs from SOCIAL MEDIA and MARKETING. To illustrate, I explain how to shift from using social media to market an event where you'll be educating and orienting newcomers to using social media as the venue where you are educating and orienting them. That's a shift from PROMOTING your congregation's ministry using social media to using social media platforms to DO ministry.
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Happy Fall! A quick podcast Update Friends, Happy Fall!  Before diving into our first regular episode of the Fall I wanted to share some personal and podcast updates. First, this has been a busy time for me working to help congregations and other organizations adapt to life online and now work on multi-platform and hybrid approaches. I’m grateful to be in the position to help leaders learn new skills, strategies, and be of service.  That interrupted my regular routine of sharing public content, which I'm now excited to get back to.  I've shifted to more group training and coaching programs which is making more time for the podcast. Oh yeah! As for the podcast, in addition to working on a weekly release schedule, I’m going to be sharing some different kinds of content. I want to share more of the stories and insights that come up in my coaching with leaders but that aren’t within my primary training areas. Want to reply to something in the podcast? I’m on social media everywhere @PeterBowdenLive.
What is Digital Ministry? How it compares to social media and marketing For congregations to thrive in today's digitally oriented world, their leaders need to understand how DIGITAL MINISTRY differs from SOCIAL MEDIA and MARKETING. To illustrate, I explain how to shift from using social media to market an event where you'll be educating and orienting newcomers to using social media as the venue where you are educating and orienting them. That's a shift from PROMOTING your congregation's ministry using social media to using social media platforms to DO ministry.
Rev. Christana Wille McKnight's Ministry Playbook In this interview with the Rev. Christana Wille McKnight, minister of First Parish in Taunton, MA, we discuss the principles and strategies that helped this Unitarian Universalist congregation move from being at risk of closing to becoming a thriving small congregation playing a major role in Taunton’s revitalization efforts. You may find a text copy of the "playbook" and the YouTube version of our interview at: https://www.peterbowden.live/blog/march-2021-interview-rev-christana-wille-mcknight
Video Ministry Academy Invitation Learn more about Video Ministry Academy at http://www.videoministryacademy.com Watch video of this episode on YouTube at https://youtu.be/KiRxPQYcWh4 Would you like to have a team from your congregation join our next Video Ministry Academy class? We start up the week of February 15. As we work to lead in a "digital-first” world with video dominating, this training shares skills and strategies to help promote engagement in congregational life and build a digital path to membership.
Exploring Hybrid Ministry The Covid19 pandemic forced us to move congregational life online. When we are able to safely phase in offline physical gatherings, how do we integrate our digital/online and physical/offline ministry?  In this session, I share ideas to help your leadership approach these conversations.  Note:  Always make sure you are following public health guidelines!  This episode features audio from session 4 in my Leader Recharge 2021 video series. This on-demand leadership series is designed to help you start the NEW YEAR strong. If you'd like to watch the videos, visit https://www.peterbowden.live/recharge2021
Digital trends and ministry strategy tips for 2021 This episode features audio from session three in my Leader Recharge 2021 video series: Making sense of digital trends and the factors impacting your congregation's 2021 strategy. This on-demand leadership series is designed to help you start the NEW YEAR strong. I'll be releasing the audio of all four sessions via this podcast. If you'd like to watch the videos, visit https://www.peterbowden.live/recharge2021
Tips to reduce "Zoom fatigue" and increase engagement This episode features audio from session two in my Leader Recharge 2021 video series:  Tips to reduce "Zoom fatigue" and promote engagement.    This on-demand leadership series is designed to help you start the NEW YEAR strong. I'll be releasing the audio of all four sessions via this podcast. If you'd like to watch the videos, visit https://www.peterbowden.live/recharge2021
A blueprint for reflecting, gathering insights, and moving forward! This episode features audio from session one in my Leader Recharge 2021 video series: My blueprint for reflecting, gathering insights, and moving forward! This on-demand leadership series is designed to help you start the NEW YEAR strong.   I'll be releasing the audio of all four sessions via this podcast.  If you'd like to watch the videos, visit https://www.peterbowden.live/recharge2021 Series Schedule Week 1: Reflecting on 2020, gathering insights, and moving forward! We need to learn from our experiences. I'll share the blueprint for the conversations I've been facilitating with leadership teams. Week 2: Digital ministry tips to reduce "Zoom fatigue" and promote engagement. There are simple things we can do with our video content and the experiences we facilitate to shift them from being SOUL-SUCKING to energizing. I'll share practical easy to implement tips. Week 3: Making sense of digital trends and the factors impacting your 2021 strategy. To make smart decisions, your leaders need to understand the shifting context of your ministry. The pandemic has accelerated digital trends, established new habits, and changed human behavior. I'll share my understanding of present trends. Week 4: Exploring digital + physical "hybrid" ministry models. Covid19 forced us to move congregational life online. When we are able to phase in more offline physical gatherings, how do we integrate our digital/online and physical/offline ministry? What are the options? What are the considerations? And, of course, I'm bringing my joy, energy, and enthusiasm!
Leader Recharge 2021 Series Overview This episode features audio from my new Leader Recharge 2021 video series.  This on-demand leadership series is designed to help you start the NEW YEAR strong.   I'll be releasing the audio of all four sessions via this podcast.  If you'd like to watch the videos, visit https://www.peterbowden.live/recharge2021 Series Schedule Week 1: Reflecting on 2020, gathering insights, and moving forward! We need to learn from our experiences. I'll share the blueprint for the conversations I've been facilitating with leadership teams. Week 2: Digital ministry tips to reduce "Zoom fatigue" and promote engagement. There are simple things we can do with our video content and the experiences we facilitate to shift them from being SOUL-SUCKING to energizing. I'll share practical easy to implement tips. Week 3: Making sense of digital trends and the factors impacting your 2021 strategy. To make smart decisions, your leaders need to understand the shifting context of your ministry. The pandemic has accelerated digital trends, established new habits, and changed human behavior. I'll share my understanding of present trends. Week 4: Exploring digital + physical "hybrid" ministry models. Covid19 forced us to move congregational life online. When we are able to phase in more offline physical gatherings, how do we integrate our digital/online and physical/offline ministry? What are the options? What are the considerations? And, of course, I'm bringing my joy, energy, and enthusiasm!
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