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

  • Saturday night ecumenism

    Posted Apr 27, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Laura Everett, guest blogger | With the help of the Holy Spirit and a bit of advanced planning, I had finished writing my sermon fairly early on Saturday night. That week, Jesus was flipping tables in the temple and, with significantly less drama, I was guest preaching the next morning at a nearby Lutheran church. I scanned the screen for any last typos and toggled over to Facebook.

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  • Would Jesus have a Facebook page?

    Posted Apr 24, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Lerone A. Martin | Drew Goodmanson, CEO of the web-based solutions firm Monk Development, Inc., told USA Today, "Jesus would not have a Facebook page. He wouldn't be stopping in an Internet café to update his status." To be sure, Goodmanson endorse the ways in which new media allows people to “have a digital Bible in the palm of their hand or connect with others in prayer any time anywhere.”

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