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The Peter Bowden Show

23 EpisodesProduced by Peter BowdenWebsite

Welcome to the Peter Bowden show, dedicated to helping you lead and grow thriving congregations and community organizations. Join us for practical strategies, ideas, and insights from Peter's work training leaders internationally and across religious traditions. Raised a Unitarian Universalist, Pet… read more

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The BIG Mistake Small Congregations Make That Keeps Visitors Away

December 1st, 2022


Does your congregation have very few or no visitors? Talking with leadership teams in small congregations, I'm finding some are waiting for visitors to come BEFORE they establish or re-start their process for welcoming …

Congregations versus the algorithm!

October 27th, 2022


Driven by TikTok's success, social media platforms are changing how they decide what content people see online. Instead of relying on an individual's stated preferences and social connections, they're shifting to …

Time for an Announcement Makeover

October 14th, 2022


In this episode, how to write announcements that get results, including a worksheet download you may share with other leaders in your congregation.

Three Easy Ways to Grow Your Congregation

October 3rd, 2022


Do you want to help your congregation grow?  In this episode,  I share the key to growing congregations today and three easy ways to help connect newcomers, build community, and grow your congregation's membership. 

What is Digital Ministry? Marketing vs. Doing Ministry

September 30th, 2021


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 …

Rev. Christana Wille McKnight's Ministry Playbook

March 26th, 2021


In this interview with the Rev. Christana Wille McKnight, UPDATE: now former minister of First Parish in Taunton, MA, we discuss the principles and strategies that helped this Unitarian Universalist congregation move …

Exploring Hybrid Ministry

January 30th, 2021


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, …

Digital trends and ministry strategy tips for 2021

January 26th, 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 …

Tips to reduce "Zoom fatigue" and increase engagement

January 26th, 2021


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 …

A blueprint for reflecting, gathering insights, and moving forward!

January 21st, 2021


This episode features audio from session one in my Leader Recharge 2021 video series: My blueprint for reflecting, gathering insights, and moving forward!

UPDATE:  This series is complete.  Signup here to receive …

Leader Recharge 2021 Series Overview

January 21st, 2021


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 …

Digital Church Not Working? Seven strategies to help your ministry online!

December 9th, 2020


Online church isn't working? Attendance down? People Zoomed out? Here are some thoughts on how to respond. What would I do? Here are seven ideas / …

Facing discrepancies between our IDEAL ministry and DIGITAL ministry

December 9th, 2020


A great Q&A question came in last week: 

"Peter, In the pre-social-media church world, the 'membership funnel' was simple, or at least seemed simple. People entering our congregation's orbit started as visitors to …

Digital Ministry, Faith Formation, and COVID19 - Seminary Edition!

November 12th, 2020


This is the recording of a LIVE session presented for the digital ministry unit of an asynchronous seminary class on November 12, 2020.   

What do covid19 and the acceleration of digital trends mean for seminarians, …

Turn your congregation's YouTube channel into an online newcomer welcome center

October 1st, 2020


In this digital ministry strategy session, Peter Bowden shares how to turn your congregation's YouTube channel into a newcomer welcome center in 5 simple steps.

Many congregations are on YouTube, but only a percentage …

Congregations: On reopening, relaunching, and reimagining!

September 23rd, 2020


In this ministry strategy session, differentiating between REOPENING, RELAUNCHING, and REIMAGINING your ministry!        Connect with me on social media everywhere at @PeterBowdenLiveYoutube, Twitter, Facebook

Covid19: Prioritizing small group ministry, moving groups online with ZOOM

March 12th, 2020


A digital ministry strategy session with Peter Bowden discussing congregations, COVID19, and the value of prioritizing moving your congregation into online small groups, integrating worship & small groups, and …

What if we have to cancel church because of the Covid19 Coronavirus?

March 6th, 2020


Congregational leaders: This is a strategy session to get you thinking about the Covid19 coronavirus and your digital strategy should you face …

Leading in a Video First World

February 4th, 2020


We're entering a "video first" world where video dominates attention and social media feeds!  What are the implications for leaders?  If you aren't communicating using video you're at risk of getting shut out of …

The Digital Path to Membership

January 9th, 2020


With the New Year people are looking to connect with organizations, from visiting a local congregation to joining a fitness club and getting …

The Plan: Empowering You to Build Community

December 16th, 2019


An overview of my community-building goals, plans for this podcast, and what we can accomplish together.


1 — I want to help you bring new community-building efforts into established organizations that …

My Path from Spiritual Exploration to a Community Building Revolution

December 10th, 2019


Friends, as promised here's a little more on my story.  Lot's to share but I thought I'd keep it short as we're getting to know each other.   Want to know more about certain aspects? Let me know. Happy to share more.  

Introducing the Peter Bowden Podcast!

December 10th, 2019


Welcome to the Peter Bowden podcast.  I'm here to help you lead and grow your congregations.  From growing your reach, impact, and influence to growing your membership. 

What kind of congregations?  Those working to …

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