New Media Project

Helping religious leaders become theologically savvy about technology

Founded in 2010, the New Media Project aims to help religious leaders think theologically about digital technology. We think leaders need more than primers in building websites and using social media tools. We believe that leaders of faith communities also need a larger interpretive framework for recognizing and evaluating what’s happening in communication today. Even though the major shift in patterns and tools of communication brought about by digital technology will have a lasting effect on the church, compelling theological interpretations of the shift have not yet been adequately developed. Nor do sufficient strategic frameworks yet exist to help faith communities move forward using technology in theologically responsible ways.

We aim to change that. 

Explore the project on this website: Read the blog, case studies, and theological essays. View the videos from our February 8, 2013 conference, Digital Church: Theology and New Media. Most of it can be accessed from the Findings page. Become part of the community talking about these things. Share your thoughts and insights, questions and ponderings through comments on pages and blog posts. Join our Facebook page or Twitter feed

Featured Posts

  • Community formation and social media: Resources

    Posted Sep 30, 2014 | New Media Project

    By Kenetha J. Stanton | Over the course of this series, we have taken a look at community formation and social media through the lenses of community planting, identity formation, conflict, healing, and nurture via the thoughtful reflections of writers from a wide variety of backgrounds. These reflections included aspects of communities that exist solely online and those that are a blend of online and offline interaction.

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  • Community formation and social media: Nurturing one another online

    Posted Sep 16, 2014 | New Media Project

    By Lisa Marchal | About seven years ago, I returned from nine months abroad doing coursework for professional enrichment. When I returned from this extraordinary experience, I was changed. I was also worried and rudderless. I had given up years of parsonage life to take this early-career detour, so I was essentially homeless.

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