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

  • Ask and learn

    Posted Jun 29, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Verity A. Jones | Here are few of my favorite recommendations from the New Media Project. From “how to use social media well:” Learn from the practitioners. Studies, including our own, reveal pervasive use of social media among young clergy and young people. Not all of them love social media, but many do. If they don’t love it, they use the tools anyway. If you are not young, talk about social media with people who are. And regardless of your age, or theirs, talk to people who really understand social media and can help you.

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  • Tennessee restaurants and the power of the personal

    Posted Jun 26, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Jason Byassee | New media at its best (and maybe worst) can be a fast-paced, snarky, aggressive way to communicate. I saw this recently in a webspat between two (quite secular!) humor sites, The Oatmeal and FunnyJunk (note: you can’t show these to the youth group!). The Oatmeal has pilloried FunnyJunk for allegedly reposting its comics without attribution.

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