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

  • Avoiding the social media jeremiad

    Posted Jul 31, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Jason Byassee | Most writing about social media has an all-or-nothing character. Jeff Jarvis tells us how social media is making the world awesome, and Cathy Davidson insists all education is being instantly improved, or else Nicholas Carr tells us the web is making us stupid, and Sherry Turkle tells us our social lives are now garbage. I’m tempted to slide into the jeremiad, bewailing the losses these technologies impose on us without our asking.

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  • Quakers are more than oat-makers

    Posted Jul 27, 2012 | New Media Project

    By J. Brent Bill, guest blogger | One hundred twenty-five people or fewer. That’s the description of a small church. By that definition, I belong to a … um … “micro-church.” Our little band of Quakers usually consists of 25 or 30 of us on a Sunday morning. That’s not unusual for many Friends (our formal name) congregations. We tend toward the small.

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