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

  • 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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  • Sharing the gospel and new media: Prosperity posting

    Posted Jan 28, 2016 | New Media Project

    By Patton Dodd | Facebook makes the rich look really rich. It makes the poor feel really poor. And any Facebook user who cares about the poor (whether in spirit or material things) ought to be considering how all this should shape their posting habits. Like many cultural developments, this one presents Christians of all kinds and ministers in particular with a predictable, age-old challenge: Be different.

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Featured News

  • 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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  • Posted Apr 26, 2013 | New Media Project

    Research Fellow Lerone A. Martin joins the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics

    Research Fellow Lerone A. Martin will join the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis as a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the 2013-2014 academic year. The Postdoctoral Research Associate position offers dedicated time for research and writing and full participation in the intellectual life of the Center.

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