Jordan Tarwater

The Rev. Jordan Tarwater is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently serving as the Executive Director and Minister of the Urban Outreach Center at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York City.

Digital Deliverables

Research shows that the most active parishioners in our churches attend services about twice a month, so we must begin to find ways to meet people where they are, namely: through social media. The internet is awash with content from the more conservative side of the theological spectrum, but does not have the same kind of multitude of progressive voices that represent what the PC(USA) so deeply believes about our world, about seeking justice and reconciliation, about the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

I think that one way we not only help members of our congregations be engaged in the life of the church during the course of their busy weeks, reach new people who are not currently in church, and stand up against the often hate-filled media discourse of some on the Religious Right is to offer high-quality, engaging online media. 

By having quality, easily shareable forms of new media:

  • We expand our pulpit from those gathered on Sunday morning to hundreds or maybe thousands more people (and if we think the congregation of people we love needs to hear this word, don't other people?)
  • We convey our church's message, or the central point of this week's sermon, in a quick and reviewable way.
  • We give church members who might be hesitant to invite someone to church a new way to say "this is what we are about."

Here are a few examples: