New Media Project

Helping religious leaders become theologically savvy about technology

From 2010 to 2017, the New Media Project aimed 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 aimed to change that. The New Media Project is wrapping up its formal work in the Spring and Summer of 2017. We hope the resources on this site will continue to be helpful into the future. 

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.

Featured Posts

  • Blog comments as theological work

    Posted Aug 30, 2011 | New Media Project

    By Jim Rice | The Comment Code of Conduct for Sojourners’ God’s Politics blog includes familiar commitments to civility, courtesy, and respect, and even connects these pledges to biblical passages. But what if we went a step further in our understanding of blog comments—and, for that matter, all of our online communication? What if we recognized our forays into online commentary as doing theological work?

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  • Book review: Reaching Out in a Networked World by Lynne M. Baab

    Posted Aug 26, 2011 | New Media Project

    By Kenetha J. Stanton | The author of Reaching Out in a Networked World: Expressing Your Congregation’s Heart and Soul, Lynne M. Baab, brings a wide range of relevant experience to the writing of this book. She has worked in publication efforts at the presbytery and synod levels, as an associate pastor developing parish communications, as a person searching for a new church home, and as an academic researcher in the field of communications.

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