Digital Ministry Academy
with Peter Bowden
Welcome! I'm Peter Bowden, a Unitarian Universalist ministry and media trainer, coach, and strategist.
Recognizing that you and your leaders need ongoing training and support to thrive in these times, I've launched UU Digital Ministry Academy!
From multi-platform "hybrid" worship and running amazing online events to social media strategy and building a digital path to membership...
Every month I'm offering new training live and on-demand to advance your strategy, learn new skills, and save you time.
Your UU Digital Ministry Academy membership allows all of your congregation's team (any size) to access all program on-demand content and participate in all live sessions with me, Peter Bowden.
Live events will vary month to month based on program participant needs, interests, and feedback. Even types may include the following:
- Trainings: I present established best practices, strategies, tips, tricks, research, and recommendations. These include time for Q&A and discussion. This is our primary program event type. Trainings are presented live and on-demand.
- Mastermind Group for Parish Ministers
Ongoing opportunities for parish ministers in our program to gather together with me to talk strategy, problem-solve, brainstorm, and more!
- Strategy Conversations: Facilitated conversation on a specific theme. A focus on learning and strategizing together.
- Implementation Events
Program members gather to work on a specific task, system, or project. Update: This is proving hard given diverse schedules. I'm going to experiment with implementation guides with corresponding Q&A sessions.
- Experiments: I'm experimenting with different ways to be of support. A recent experiment with the proximity-based video virtual event platform Topia was a huge success! Participants appreciated trying it, having me explain features, and ways they might use it.
All of my program training presentations and recaps of private sessions are available ON-DEMAND in our new UU Digital Ministry Academy member area!
Our member area will also have any associated notes, handouts, and resources from trainings.
- Watch on-demand individually
- Watch training content with a team via screen share
- Watch training content on-site where able using projector
👉👉👉 While your congregation is an active member of this program you have my permission to use any and all of the on-demand content and associated handouts to train, equip, and support the leaders of your congregation.
Give your staff and volunteer leaders the training and support they need to help your congregation thrive!
I've designed this program to be affordable for congregations of all sizes. If your congregation needs financial support to participate, contact me. Some financial assistance is available.
There are two enrollment options -- a recurring monthly membership (subscription) and an annual membership for this church year (single payment).
On-Demand Training Library!
Here's what's in our training library so far, ready for you and your team as soon as you enroll!
This program launched in August so we're just getting started.
New training content will be added on rolling basis.
- UU Social Media & Digital Ministry Foundations
Running Time: 75 minutes
How has social media changed how people connect with congregations? How do we communicate effectively in today's complex digital landscape? As we work to regather, how can we connect with visitors, friends, and members online to promote participation? We cover this and much more!
This is an on-demand replay of our mid-August training. This will be offered live on Sept. 22 at 7pm EST.
- Video Ministry Strategy Quickstart!
Running Time: 20 Minute Strategy Briefing
This is a quick introduction to what I call "video ministry strategy" -- social media and online video to support your congregation. Over the coming weeks, I'll be adding to a video strategy section offering specific examples, tips, showing real live examples, and more!
- Building A Digital Path to Membership
Running Time: 30 Minute Strategy Briefing
For most people today, no matter what sparks their interest, they use the internet to research, explore and determine if your congregation is right for them! To help them successfully connect, research, explore, and move into relationship with your congregation, we need to support this digital path. We'll be working on actively building and supporting a digital path to membership as we move forward!
Designing Communication to Connect, Engage and Inspire Participation
Running Time: 45 Minutes
With the pandemic accelerating digital trends, understanding how to communicate effectively in a complex digital landscape is critical for religious professionals, staff and volunteers. Learn specific strategies for designing communications that connect with your audience, promote engagement,
and inspire participation in congregational life!
- Plus a new section of QUICK TIPS with recaps and takeaway ideas from Zoom group sessions that are not recorded.discussions.
If you're a Unitarian Universalist leader and aren't familiar with my work, there's something you should know about me.
I've been preparing for this church year for years!
Raised a Unitarian Universalist, I volunteered across all areas of congregational life. This includes teaching classes for children, advising our youth group for a decade, growing our young adult group, and committees upon committees!
My success using group-based ministry with youth, young adults, and adults led me to co-found the UU Small Group Ministry Network. This nonprofit popularized the small group models used in our congregations nationally.
My passion for helping people connect through small groups led to training congregations on growth, outreach, welcoming, hospitality, and membership development.
All of that was PRE-SOCIAL MEDIA. Yes, I'm dating myself....
In 2007, after years of considering entering seminary, I decided to study digital media instead of becoming a parish minister.
I wanted to help Unitarian Universalists harness the power of digital media, social media, and other communication tools! That's been the focus of my work and ministry ever since.
To this training, I bring a lifetime of congregational experience, decades of consulting and training on core aspects of congregational life, and everything associated with my being at the forefront of UU social media, video, ministry, media, and digital life.
Since media is so important today, I should note that for nearly 20 years I worked as an educator and producer on multiple nationally syndicated Emmy Award-winning children's television shows.
Yes, there are other forms of support out there!
There are other parish consultants!
There are others with small group ministry experience!
There are others with welcoming, hospitality, and membership development experience!
There are other digital strategists!
There are other TV producers!
There are other social media trainers!
There are other Unitarian Universalists!
There are people who are great trainers and coaches!
There are others who can present in a way that is practical, helpful, clear, fun, and makes it easy to implement new strategies!
But to get all those in one package? That's hard to find.
That's why my support is valued by religious professionals, staff, and volunteer leaders internationally.
The Benefits of Membership
Your congregation's membership includes the following benefits:
- New programing every month
Each month features a combination of live trainings, facilitated strategy sessions, and implementation events with Peter Bowden.
This fresh mix of events will vary month to month adapting to the needs of program members.
- Live event access for all
Your congregation's minister(s), other religious professionals, staff, and volunteer leaders may participate in all Digital Ministry Academy live events.
How many people would you like to participate from your congregation? 5, 10, 50, 100? Done!!!
- On-demand training library
Full access to all on-demand program content for your congregation's leadership using a single account login.
Can't make a live training? Peter will be recording his presentations. Replays will be available to watch in the program member area.
- Additional resources
Get program notes, handouts, and other materials to support learning and implementation.
All handouts may be shared with your congregation's leadership including permission to make print copies.
- Minister Mastermind Sessions Parish ministers may participate in ongoing mastermind sessions facilitated by Peter Bowden
These are ongoing opportunities facilitated by Peter Bowden for participating Parish Ministers to talk vision, strategy, problem solve, spark innovation, and more.
- Run in-house live trainings
Active program membership grants your congregation permission to use all program materials - handouts and recorded training videos - to lead trainings in-house for your congregation's staff and volunteers. This includes projecting content on-site and screen share during private (not public) online meetings.
Members may use all program content to train, equip and support leaders within their congregation!
- Fun, Energy, and Enthusiasm!
Peter Bowden is known internationally for his energy, enthusiasm, and bringing a joyful spirit to his work with congregations.
Who doesn't need more fun, energy, and enthusiasm right now? Even if you're feeling drained, Peter's going to bring it!!!
- Benefit from years of experience
Benefit from Peter's decades of Unitarian Universalist ministry & media experience including being a pioneer at the forefront of video, social media.
Save time, energy and avoid countless hours of wasted effort and frustration -- YES!!!
Join with Confidence!
I want you to enroll 100% confident with your decision, so here's my guarantee.
If you join this program MONTHLY and aren't happy for any reason, cancel at any time via your PayPal account. If you want your last month refunded, I'm happy to do that. Just email me.
If you enroll for the year, if you aren't getting amazing value from the program or are too busy to participate, email me and I'll issue a refund.
I don't want your money unless I'm delivering amazing value.