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A History of Communication [Infographic]


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:


Lauren Hunter
Lauren Hunterhttps://laurenhunter.net
Lauren Hunter is a writer who loves the big picture of God’s journey we are all on together. In 2007, she founded ChurchTechToday, a website for pastors and church leaders to harness technology to improve ministry. Married to her high school sweetheart, Lauren lives in Northern California with her husband and their four children. Her latest book is Leaving Christian Science: 10 Stories of New Faith in Jesus Christ. She can be found online at https://laurenhunter.net.


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