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

  • Where’s the line? Using social media to screen potential hires and monitor employees

    Posted Mar 30, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Verity A. Jones | The question is playing out in church circles as well. At least one United Methodist Church Annual Conference requires access to social media accounts for all ordination candidates, and a named committee is responsible for monitoring the accounts. Although the policy is now four years old, controversy around it flares up every once in a while.

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  • Paperless and distracted

    Posted Mar 27, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Jason Byassee | I had the odd experience recently of lecturing for no audience—only a video camera. I didn’t enjoy it. How could I gauge their reaction? How could I tell if I’d perplexed them or blessed them? Of course this has been done before. Every lecture I’ve ever viewed on video or online was likely delivered in a studio as mine was. It’s not new for the world; just new for me.

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