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 smartphones helping to bridge the digital divide?

    Posted Oct 31, 2011 | New Media Project

    By Rebecca Bowman Woods, guest blogger | My first epiphany about smartphone usage among my congregation’s youth happened last fall. The teens and pre-teens were drawing interpretations of Genesis 1 in colored chalk on the church sidewalk. One of them suggested taking pictures of the drawings. I offered to get my camera, but before I could finish my sentence, they all pulled out smartphones and began snapping photos.

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  • The kids ARE all right

    Posted Oct 28, 2011 | New Media Project

    By Verity A. Jones | A New York Times article about childhood got stuck in my craw this summer; it might still be there. School had just started for my 11-year old daughter. A truly delightful summer of outdoor camps, water-skiing, library reading clubs, family vacations, and Girl Scout adventures was coming to an end. My daughter, excited about beginning fifth grade, her last year in elementary school, was busy making plans to run for treasurer of the student council.

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