LEADING CONGREGATIONS MONTHLY

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Leading Congregations Monthly

Infuse your congregation with monthly ideas, insights, and strategies! Join my live monthly training program for congregational leaders!

 

Leading Congregations Monthly is my live and on-demand training series dedicated to helping you lead and grow your congregation.   

You can learn more and join Leading Congregations Monthly below!  Have questions?  Contact me:
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In cooperation, 
Peter Bowden

A lifelong Unitarian Universalist, I've been working as an independent consultant, trainer, and coach with congregations since 2002. I specialize in connecting strategies designed to strengthen and grow congregations, from small group ministry to social media and beyond! 

UPCOMING SESSION TOPICS

 

June

Congregational Communication Audits
Wednesday, June 12th at 7pm EST
What are they, why they need to be conducted, strategies, resources

July

The Ministry of Communication
Wednesday, July 10th at 7pm EST
Staffing, coordination, and collaboration

August

Training Greeters (Sunday Greeters)
Wednesday, August 14th at 7pm EST
What they need to do, know, how many to have, other considerations

We just completed our May Twitter Session - recording will be posted shortly!  

Twitter Essentials for Congregations
Wednesday, May 8th at 7pm EST
Using Twitter for Outreach, PR, Membership Development, Witness and Advocacy

Peter Bowden has trained thousands of Unitarian Universalist and interfaith congregational leaders across the United States, and globally through his online programs.

MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION

$15

PER MONTH

LIVE monthly online trainings 

Submit questions for Q&A sessions live or in advance

Gather team members from within your congregation to participate as group 

Member area with video recordings + handouts

Wisdom from our growing 
learning community

Fun & Surprises!

JOIN AND YOU'LL ALSO GET IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING  BONUSES:

BONUS 1
RELATIONAL VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT MINI-COURSE

BONUS 2 
SOCIAL MEDIA AND MEMBERSHIP GROWTH COURSE 

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As soon as you join you'll have full access to our previous sessions.

Session 4: Congregations Leading on Climate

One of my goals with Leading Congregations Monthly is to focus our attention on critical, trending, ,and other emerging issues.  

At present, our carbon dioxide emissions are still on the rise. We are seeing severe impacts from present warming and know that continuing on our present path will result in  escalating impacts and injustices for future generations.  

Congregations are perfectly positioned to offer the moral leadership needed to inspire widespread climate action.  

This session, supported by new green screen technology and emojis, shares my take on why our leadership is critical, a climate reality check, as well as strategy considerations from climate resolutions and climate action teams to how to clergy can address climate within the context of their ministry.  

Recorded April 2019.

Now available on-demand in our program member area with your subscription.

Session 3: Small Group Growth Strategies 

In this 90-minute training we explored one of my favorite topics - small groups as engines for congregational growth.

To grow a congregation at scale a group-based system is required to connect people, form meaningful relationships, develop leaders, and promote personal and spiritual growth. 

In 2001, I launched the UU Small Group Ministry Network, the primary organizations supporting group based ministry within the Unitarian Universalist denomination. 

This session covered specific practices I recommend to turn small groups into engines for growth. 

Recorded March 2019.

Now available on-demand in our program member area with your subscription.

Session 2: Facebook Strategy 

In our February session we explored Facebook strategy best practices informed by my recent review of how the fastest growing churches in the United States are using Facebook.

We also discussed Facebook challenges based on your submitted questions including:
1) The balance of using pages versus groups. 
2) New requirements for “political advertising” which some congregational social justice posts are being identified as.

Note that Facebook has made massive changes over the last year or so, prioritizing content from friends, family, and groups over brand pages, as well as establishing new advertising policies.

Recorded February 2019.

Now available on-demand in our program member area with your subscription.

Session 1: Video Message Bootcamp

Our January session went deep into strategies for using video to communicate, engage, and inspire. We focused on simple video  messages anyone with a smartphone, laptop, or desktop computer can make.  

Recorded January 2019.

Now available on-demand in our program member area with your subscription.

HOW IT WORKS

Here's an overview of how Leading Congregations Monthly works.

  • Every month features a new 90-minute live training on a focused topic related to congregational growth, outreach, and media.
  • Sessions are conducted via interactive video webinar (I'm on camera, you're not) including chat and Q&A.
  • Trainings are scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm EDT, though this is subject to change based on conflicting events, member feedback, and other factors.
  • All training sessions are recorded.
  • Handouts are provided.
  • The program member area includes recordings of all previous sessions, with closed captioning, and handouts. 
  • Trainings draw from my decades of ministry experience (Unitarian Universalist), innovation, client case studies, training work, and ongoing study.
  • As a member, you may invite others from their congregation to participate in live trainings with them, gathering around the member's computer or connected screen / projector.
  • As a member, you may play video recordings in meetings with other leaders in your congregation, as well as share printed copies of handouts.  Handout Sample. 
  • Members are invited to be in touch with me via social media and a dedicated member only email address to share questions, topics of interest, and help shape our emergent curriculum.

My Oath of Awesome

My personal commitment is to make every session fun, engaging, and of incredible value to you as a leader. 

At my seminars I often have volunteer leaders, staff, and religious professionals say, "Wow. That just saved us a couple of years. Thank you."

By bringing us together in this learning community, you get my best content, new content before anyone else, live training, your questions answered via Q&A sessions, and benefit from my research at an incredibly low price.

If you want to try it,  let's get rid of the risk.  Join today and lock in the launch discount securing ongoing savings month after month. 

If for any reason you find it isn't right for you, you can cancel your membership. If you'd like to request a refund, contact me via the email address listed in our member area and I'll refund your last month payment.       

What can you do with your subscription?

Someone sent me a great question. "Can we participate with a team?" Here's what you can do, and you're going to love this!!!

 

I know. That's amazing! So would you like to join us?

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Accelerate your learning.

One of the greatest challenges facing congregations today is the lag time between our changing world and the congregation's internal rate of learning, experimentation, and change.

I've launched Leading Congregations Monthly to help  leaders like you:

  • Access new ideas, strategies, and insights to help you lead and grow your congregation.
  • Learn from training sessions delivered with clarity and a focus on implementation. 
  • Save time from my ongoing study of trends, interviews with leaders, research, case studies, and decades of ministry leadership, consulting, and innovation.   
  • Benefit from a fantastic peer learning community.
  • Get immediate answers to questions asked during our live Q & A sessions.

If you are a fellow Unitarian Universalist, humanist, progressive Christian, or other religious leader excited to learn with our Leading Congregations Monthly community, I'd love to have you join us!

Included with your membership is permission to gather other leaders from your congregation around your computer (projector is fine) to participate as a group.  You may also watch recordings in team meetings.  

MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION

$15

PER MONTH

LIVE monthly online trainings 

Submit questions for Q&A sessions live or in advance

Gather team members from within your congregation to participate as group 

Member area with video recordings + handouts

Wisdom from our growing 
learning community

Fun & Surprises!

JOIN AND YOU'LL ALSO GET IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING  BONUSES:

BONUS 1
RELATIONAL VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT MINI-COURSE

BONUS 2 
SOCIAL MEDIA AND MEMBERSHIP GROWTH COURSE 

Unsubscribe at any time via your PayPal account settings

JOIN - Monthly Subscription

Leading Congregations Monthly is optimized for Unitarian Universalists and open to leaders from all religious traditions. Appreciate my perspective? Join us! 

Peter Bowden was raised a Unitarian Universalist, is married to a Unitarian Universalist minister, and has worked professionally with congregations nationally for decades.