Date of Award

Fall 2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)


Barnett College of Ministry & Theology


Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Dr. Chris Owen

Second Advisor

Dr. Mike Cuckler

Third Advisor

Dr. Kenneth J. Archer


This thesis sought to discover how the use of media for missions developed within the Pentecostal tradition. In order to accomplish this, the historical development of the print medium and the introduction of radio will be analyzed. Additionally, methods of visual media will be introduced by discussing televangelism, media and theology, and the ethics of missions photojournalism. From there, the thesis transitions to the current use of digital media. Digital media today includes, but is not limited to, electronic newsletters, photos, videos, and social media. For the sake of this paper, only those for digital media mediums/platforms will be discussed. The use of digital media will also be discussed in regard to visual storytelling and media marketing. Lastly, today’s digital media will be applied to missions by discussing the role of digital media within the missional fundraising process for current and coming generations of missionaries.