First case study published: House for All Sinners and Saints
Posted Oct 21, 2011 | New Media Project
House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, CO, Jason Byassee tells us, exhibits an interesting mix of audacious outreach ministry supported by cutting edge technology and a love for higher liturgies deeply rooted in Christology.
You can read Jason’s case study
of the ELCA church and its dynamic pastor, Nadia Bolz-Weber
, on this website
. It is the first of six case studies
we will publish. The others will follow in the next several weeks. Each case study provides a report
and a feature article
Jason gives us a richly painted and complex picture of House for All Sinners and Saints
in his case study. This church plant of the ELCA is still a relatively small congregation, but the popularity of their pastor has brought them to the attention of church leaders trying to understand and reach out to the Millennial generation.
The New Media Project chose House for All Sinners and Saints as a case study on innovative use of new media because the church’s practices (and its fame) are deeply evident in and widely shared via their use of social media. And yet at the same time, the church is so heavily involved in the Millennial generation’s way of being in the world that they hardly think about their use of social media. It’s just what they do. It’s like the “wallpaper,” Jason reports.
This and the other five descriptive case studies
conducted by the New Media Project will be key sources for our next phase of writing—theological reflection on the changing patterns and tools of communication today. Three of the additional case studies focus on congregations—Quest Church in Seattle; Darkwood Brew, a ministry of Countryside Community Church in Omaha; and Community of Hope AME Church in the Washington, D.C. area. One case study explores the Mobile Learning Initiative at Abilene Christian University in Texas. Another describes the unique ministry of The Young Clergy Women’s Project.
We share these stories and ponderings with you now, hoping you will join us in the ongoing conversation around how to help religious leaders become theologically savvy about technology.
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