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

  • Facebook and the elderly in the church

    Posted Aug 31, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Robert Saler, guest blogger | My two years spent serving a wonderful, small congregation in Gary, IN, were instructive in a number of ways. The entire situation was rife with opportunities for my assumptions and stereotypes to be challenged. If I were to pinpoint the assumption that was most thoroughly debunked by experience, though, it would have to be my expectations around who in the congregation would make the most use of social media.

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  • "Oversharing:" The new confessional?

    Posted Aug 24, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Robert Saler, guest blogger | Concerns about privacy in the Internet age are as old as the Internet itself; however, initial concerns about individual privacy centered upon Orwellian fears of the power that the Internet gives to entities (corporations, governments, etc.) to find out details about a person’s life that that person would rather not share.

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