The Peter Bowden Podcast

The Peter Bowden Podcast

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 More

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January 30, 2021 32 min

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 s...

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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

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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

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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...

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January 21, 2021 9 min

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 exp...

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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 / strategies to consider. Episode notes and time codes at https://www.peterbowden.live/blog/seven-strategies-to-help-your-ministry-online 

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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 Sunday worship and/or attendees of programs. The end goal, from the church's perspective, was to get those people to ... join the congregation. Is there a similar end-point in the new social media world...

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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, clergy, and our congregations at large?

I' share observations, trends, and strategy recommendations in this one-hour session including Q & A.

Thanks to all who joined us live! We had students tune from multiple ...

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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 of those are utilizing YouTube's channel customization features to welcome and support their online visitors.


Watch the video of this strategy session and notes at https://www.peterbowden.live/blog/congregati...

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In this ministry strategy session, differentiating between REOPENING, RELAUNCHING, and REIMAGINING your ministry!        Connect with me on social media everywhere at @PeterBowdenLiveYoutube, Twitter, FacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram.
  Covid19 has rapidly accelerated existing digital and cultural trends.   We’ve probably seen 10 years worth of change over the last six months.      In addition to efforts to reopen and rela...
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August 1, 2020 3 min

Hi friends!  I wanted to let you know that the COVID19 pandemic has created a huge demand for my support from congregational leaders - my core training community.   

In response, I am shifting the focus of this podcast -- primary focus on congregations, digital strategy,  and community organizations moving online, and less on community building face to face.  

Previously I was working with a growing range of organizations with an i...

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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 and small groups, and Zoom breakout groups.

PETER BOWDEN
I work with nonprofit and congregational leaders across the United States on community building, small group programs, digital leadership, and other connecting strategies.
http://www.peter...

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Congregational leaders: This is a strategy session to get you thinking about the Covid19 coronavirus and your digital strategy should you face community spread and required “social distancing” such as limiting large gatherings and quarantines.

Specifically, how can we use social media, live video, and other tools to accomplish the work and ministry of your congregation without gathering face-to-face? This is something we need to b...

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February 4, 2020 57 min

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 people's lives.  In this audio master class, I share tips and strategies to help you bring your leadership online using video.

We've Entered a "Video First" World 

In 2016 Facebook CE...

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January 9, 2020 22 min

With the New Year people are looking to connect with organizations, from visiting a local congregation to joining a fitness club and getting involved in the climate movement. Social media and digital culture are changing how people research and connect with these organizations.  In this episode I share ways leaders and their organizations can support the digital side of this process and help people successfully connect.

TEXT CONNE...

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

Highlights

1 — I want to help you bring new community-building efforts into established organizations that previously have had very little focus on community.

2 — Local organizations directly serving and supporting the community, I want to help you deepen and expand your small group offerings, connecting events and community bu...

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December 10, 2019 1 min
A special invitation!  I'm using a text platform to connect with those of you who want to help shape our conversations by sharing your questions, ideas, insights, and experience in ADVANCE of my recording select episodes.  Text the word PETER to 1 (833) 306-0201.

I'll share periodic questions before recording episodes so I can weave in your ideas, interests, and insights, and other feedback into the podcast.   Replies go j...
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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.  

I share how I went from being painfully shy to working nationally as a speaker, trainer, and coach specializing in community building.  

Connect via Social Media Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram...
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December 10, 2019 1 min

Welcome to my podcast!  I'm Peter Bowden.  I'm a trainer and coach specializing in spiritual, digital, and congregation life. 

Working with a wide range of communities, I help people build meaningful connections face-to-face through small groups, connecting events,
social media, and other strategies.

I also help leaders use social media to communicate, collaborate, and inspire action to advance the life and work of their o...

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