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

  • Are high school reunions a thing of the past?

    Posted May 31, 2011 | New Media Project

    By Jason Byassee | “Facebook: a way to get back in touch with people from your past whom you were perfectly happy growing out of touch with in the first place.” Not an ad that Mark Zuckerberg is likely to use on his blue-line trimmed social networking empire anytime soon. Zuckerberg is nothing if not a master of marketing his invention.

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  • The logic of online community

    Posted May 27, 2011 | New Media Project

    By Jason Byassee | When trying to make sense of the changes that new media have brought to us, we can use either supplementary or substitutionary logic. With supplementary logic, Facebook et al. extend the range of our embodied relationships; with substitutionary, social media replace them. Those who want to use social media to enhance their churches’ outreach implicitly use supplementary logic.

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