I am of Generation X. I grew up in a home where our phone was located on the wall of the kitchen. The cord was about 30 feet long, enabling us to talk in the other room if we stretched it far enough. I was sometimes caught passing written notes to friends in class. When it was time for dinner, my mom yelled my name out the front door and I came home. I went to college with a word processor and checked my mailbox in the campus mailroom every day for letters from my family and friends. I listened to my favorite songs when the DJ was kind enough to play them on the radio, and watched my dad read the newspaper each night for the news. These were the ways people communicated.
Today, I communicate via email, text message, cell phone, my ipod, and Facebook. For my children, this is as normal to them as the telephone with the ridiculously long cord was to me.
Communicating with people from multiple generations can be difficult. Is there one sure-fire way to communicate with our children, youth, adults, and elders? Do we need to transmit important information in a variety of ways?
What has been your experience? What has worked for you or your congregation in an effort to reach all of our members, with their varied connection to technology. Please share!!