From smoke signals to social media, communication tools sure have changed a lot over the years. It can be tough to try and keep up when technology has forced so many changes, at such a rapid pace. At the end of the day, getting your message across to your audience still remains a challenge, however, we have more tools at our fingertips as church communicators than ever before.

While smoke signals are still used today by the College of Cardinals to indicate the selection of a new Pope during a papal conclave, most of the world uses more advanced technologies. The printing press changed the world as did the fax machine, the pager, email and mobile phones. The wired era gave way to what we now call the wireless era where cloud-based technologies dominate almost every industry worldwide.

What technologies your church chooses to employ largely depends on the people it serves. However, most Americans do have mobile phones and access to email, so most churches do use these tools to reach their members effectively.

Here is a brief history of communication: