Small Group Growth Strategies – March Training

 

Many of my readers are religious leaders interested in growing congregations, transforming lives, and impacting the larger community.

Many congregations that want grow get stuck small because they don’t have the relational structures in place to allow for growth.

That’s why my March Leading Congregations Monthly live training  is focused on small group growth strategies. If you want to grow your congregation, I hope you’ll join us.

Family-sized congregations (up to around 50 people) are often kept small by their close relationships, with members not wanting to disrupt intimacy. They like knowing everyone, they like being a family.

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Pastoral-sized congregations (up to around 150 people) tend to stay small because the minister serves as the hub of everything. If you draw a map of relationships in one of these congregations, it looks like a hairball. I have colleagues who call this the “hairball ministry” model.

You can want to grow, but unless you change the structure, after a certain point, there just isn’t the capacity to grow. That’s where growth oriented small group ministry comes in.

Small group ministry, when designed and implemented correctly, offers the vision, leadership, and relational capacity congregations need to grow.

That’s what we’re discussing in next week’s Leading Congregations Monthly live training: Small Group Growth Strategies.  Learn More.

Some of you might not know that small groups are how I got into working with our congregations nationally.

After successfully using small group ministry with youth, young adults in my home congregation, I launched the UU Small Group Ministry Network in 2001 and in 2004 relaunched it with colleagues as a nonprofit and affiliate organization of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

That effort helped establish the popular approach to small group ministry used in Unitarian Universalist congregations.

While small group ministry is common now, what isn’t as widely known is what you need to do to grow small groups and use small groups as engines for congregational growth.

After helping to popularize small group ministry, I stepped away for a time to help pioneer our use of social media in our congregations. Both are ways to connect people with our congregations, which is my passion.

I have led weekend retreats in which I’ve shared the deeper growth strategies, but I haven’t offered this content through online training.

But that’s changed thanks to Leading Congregations Monthly which is helping more leaders access my training.

This month I’m going to share core strategies you can use to grow your group leaders, grow your groups, and grow your congregation.

This is a 90-minute live training happening Wednesday, March 13th at 7pm EST.

All of our Leading Congregations Monthly trainings are RECORDED with video recordings with CLOSED CAPTIONING and HANDOUTS available in the program MEMBER AREA.

If you’re committed to growing your congregation and don’t have a thriving small group system actively supporting the health and growth of your ministry, this is an important training for you.

Click here to get all the details about Leading Congregations Monthly  including the benefits, how you can include teams, and bonuses if you join. Bonuses will be available in your library immediately after you join Leading Congregations Monthly.

This month’s bonuses are:
• Relational Volunteer Recruitment with Peter Bowden (mini-course)
• Social Media and Membership Growth with Peter Bowden (full course)

Thank you for your leadership and let me know if you have questions.

In cooperation,
Peter

 

Social Media for Spiritual Practice with the Rev. Naomi King

Friends, on Friday, March 1st at 1:00pm EST I’m going live with the Rev. Naomi King to discuss using social media for spiritual practice, setting intentions for how we digital tools, and more!  If you are interested in the intersection of social media and spirituality, I think you’ll love this conversation. Join us!  Use the attached Youtube player to watch, chat, and share your questions.

The Rev. Naomi King is a Unitarian Universalist minister who teaches spiritual practices in person and online. Connect with her and her teaching via the following links.

Happy Friday! Live Office Hours for Jan 18

Happy Friday friends. Facebook LIVE office hours (1/18/19) answering some of your questions about digital culture and congregational membership development.  See below for 3 upcoming events, 2 Boston area, one online!

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Wed, Jan 23 – Metro West RE Cluster – “Spiritual Life in the Digital Age”
I’m leading program for our local cluster of religious educators exploring how digital devices are disrupting spiritual growth and development. After my presentation, we’ll discuss the impact on parenting, family interactions, etc… Email or FB Message me if you’re an area religious educator and didn’t get the email through your network.

Sat, Feb 2UU Social Media and Membership Growth in Needham, MA
Social media, smartphones, and constant access to the internet is fundamentally changing how people form relationships, consume information and make important life decisions.  This has significant implications for congregations, especially with regard to how we share our news and announcements, and how we invite people into membership.    Learn More and Register

 

Wed, Feb 13Leading Congregations Monthly Live online training. February’s session is going deeper into Facebook Strategy, including report back from my review of how the fastest growing churches in the United States are using Facebook. Learn more.

Missed Leading Congregations Monthly January Video Bootcamp? The recording is in the member area. Join us to participate in live monthly sessions and access all previous sessions and handouts.

Leading Congregations Monthly in March will be focused on small group based congregational growth strategies. One of my favorite topics!

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Today’s t-shirt “Providence: Weird Since 1636” is brought to you by my sister, a member of my home congregation, the First Unitarian Church of Providence.

 

 

 

 

 

New England UUs – Join us Feb 2 Social Media and Membership Growth Training

 

Unitarian Universalists leaders in New England, join me at First Parish in Needham, MA on Saturday, Feb 2, 2019, for my next Social Media and Membership Growth day-long training.

Social media, smartphones, and non-stop access to the internet has changed how people are researching, exploring, and choosing congregations.  To help people successfully connect with our congregations we need to bring more of our greeting, orientation, and education efforts online.

We can no longer wait for them to show up in person.  We need to show up where they are — online actively trying to determine if your congregation is right for them.  To do this, they need your support.

Interested in reaching the majority of adults who use smartphones and are digitally oriented?  Join us for this day-long training designed to help bring your membership development efforts in line with today’s digital culture.

Register via Eventbrite

 

NEW: Leading Congregations Monthly LIVE Training Program

Friends, my new LIVE monthly training program has launched!
Join us to participate in monthly live trainings sessions designed to help you lead and grow your congregation.
You may also access session recordings and supporting materials in our member area.  It has never been easier to infuse your congregation with new ideas, strategies, and energy.
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Join Before Our Next Session

Here are our upcoming Leading Congregations Monthly training topics:

Video Message Bootcamp

January 9th, 7:00 – 8:30pm EST

That’s right! We’re going deep into strategies for using video to communicate, engage, and inspire.

We’re talking simple videos anyone with a smartphone can make.

Facebook Strategy

February 13th, 7:00 – 8:30pm EST

Facebook has made massive changes which have hit congregational pages hard.  From prioritizing groups to new policies on issue advertising.

In this session we’ll cover Facebook strategy best practices, as well as look at emerging challenges — like the balance of using pages versus groups.

 

Learn more about Leading Congregations Monthly