Case study subjects selected

Posted Jul 01, 2011 | New Media Project


By Verity A. Jones

We are pleased to announce that six case study subjects have been selected for the New Media Project. Four congregations, one institution of higher education, and one online network will be profiled as part of the study. The subjects were selected for their innovative use of new media and social media in the context of ministry. They come from all over the United States—from Seattle to Washington, D.C.—and promise some exciting opportunities for learning. We are grateful for their participation in this project. Click here to read more.

The research fellows are conducting the case studies this Summer and Fall, and their reports will be posted on this website. They will blog about their case studies in the months ahead as will the leaders of the case study sites. Sign up for the project’s bi-weekly newsletter to follow our progress, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Verity A. Jones is the project director of the New Media Project, and a Research Fellow at Union Theological Seminary.

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  1. 1 Paul Steinbrueck 31 Jan
    I'm looking forward to reading about these case studies and what is learned from them. Can you share any more details on how the case studies are being done and more specifically what you'll be looking at or for?
  2. 2 New Media Project 31 Jan
    Thanks for the question, Paul. These will be illustrative single-case studies as opposed to cumulative or critical instance case studies, illustrative in the sense that they will be descriptive, showing what the situation is like and offering a common language on the topic. Neither will they be typical case studies, but rather studies of particularly innovative projects in new media. Because we are only doing six cases, we cannot fully represent the diversity in American Christianity, but we do try to represent a variety of geographic regions, sizes and types of ministries, and cultural and racial/ethnic contexts.

    We will focus on the following questions: how are pastors and leaders experiencing the massive shifts in communication; for what purposes are they using new media and social media; how are they thinking theologically about new media; whether the social media revolution has changed the expectations of lay people and how communities gather; and how we can better resource leaders using new media today?

    Again, thanks for the inquiry! -- Verity



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