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

  • New Media Project announces changes for next phase

    Posted Apr 15, 2014 | New Media Project

    By Verity A. Jones | I have good news to share. Lilly Endowment Inc. has granted Christian Theological Seminary additional funding to complete a transitional phase of the New Media Project over the next 18 months. The support will enable the New Media Project to further its work of research and interpretation so that we might better help religious leaders think theologically about technology. We are exceedingly grateful for this support.

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  • The digital cathedral: Shifting institutions to networks

    Posted Apr 01, 2014 | New Media Project

    By Keith Anderson, guest blogger | Last month the Pew Research Center released a report called Millennials in adulthood: Detached from institutions, networked with friends, which contains important insights for ministry leadership in the digital age. The report addresses two major interconnected trends that have dramatically affected the church over the last 25 years.

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