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

  • Encountering the good news in your newsfeed

    Posted May 12, 2016 | New Media Project

    By Sister Julie Vieira | Billboards and signs are all around us! On my short 1.7 mile commute each day I pass by a stream of messages advertising everything from hamburgers to deals on car insurance. It’s not always easy to connect with each and every message but once in a while I hit upon one that is exactly what I need! (What? The International Cat Show here in Toledo??) Social media can sometimes feel like driving by billboard after billboard, sign after sign, message after message.

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  • Sharing the gospel and new media: #freethegospel

    Posted Apr 05, 2016 | New Media Project

    By Keith Anderson | As a pastor my primary mission is to share the good news of God’s love in with as many people, in as many ways and in as many platforms as possible: church, coffee shops, pubs, the barber shop, and social media platforms from Facebook, YouTube, to Instagram. To borrow from John Wesley, I try to share the Gospel, “by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

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Featured News

  • Posted Jun 22, 2016 | New Media Project

    New Media Project presents at Wisconsin UCC event

    Nick Buck, Associate Director of the New Media Project, joined the Wisconsin Conference UCC for an all-day digital ministry workshop in April. This digital ministry workshop, organized by local clergy members Rev. Phil Haslanger and Rev. Kerri Parker, was designed to help church leaders better understand the frontier of digital media for ministry.

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  • Posted May 16, 2016 | New Media Project

    Introducing The Storebox

    We are delighted to announce that The Storebox is now live. The New Media Project Storebox is a place to gather as many different “case studies” as we can of what Christians are doing in the vast, expanding, intimate, connected, and interconnected landscape of digital media. It is a repository of Christian “experiments” in new and digital media.

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