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

  • Connecting with teens one digital mustard seed at a time

    Posted Nov 30, 2011 | New Media Project

    By Elizabeth Drescher, guest blogger | If the past decade points to changes in the next, it looks like something in the neighborhood of 15 percent of people raised as Christians will become Nones (people who answer “none” when asked with what religion they identify) as adults. Certain Christian traditions do particularly heavy lifting in the formation of Nones, with Episcopalians and Congregationalists contributing some 20 percent of their children to the Nones cohort.

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  • What is progress today?

    Posted Nov 28, 2011 | New Media Project

    By Jason Byassee | Working now at a church in a college town, I’m struck by how quickly the best way to communicate with students changes. When I was in college it was email. Still is for lots of people my age. Then cell phones and text messaging took over. Then Facebook and its messaging. As for phone calls, no one takes them, and fewer people check their voicemails.

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