A question I see often from youth pastor is how can I use an iPad in youth ministry. This question is one I consistently wrestled with until three years ago. I began using an iPad Mini for different ministry tasks. Now a lot of this can be done on other tablets. Not all the same apps but there are plenty of them out there that do similar tasks.
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For the past three weeks, I have been playing with a variety of gaming platforms while I livestream playing on the ChurchMag Minecraft server. Of course, I’ve had my hiccups as children do not want to go to bed at night and so I start later than I intended or I let one of my boys on the stream too and then they disrupt gameplay. That being said, it’s been a fun experiment.
Game Livestreaming is completely different from vlogging or Livestreaming a church service as you, the streamer, record solo for possibly hours at a time while you communicate with those who are watching you live and trying to concentrate on not losing the game.
But I wanted to stream to see what the experience was like and how the platforms differed from each other.
When I was kid, we used to have a time before Sunday School called “opening exercises.” There were no jumping jacks. Just some announcements, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and so on. However, the biggest thing, every week, was the light devotional shared by the Sunday School Superintendent.
These devotionals almost always contained some sort of mortality tale that was forward to the superintendent’s email that week.
It was, to put it mildly, a dreadful routine, and unsurprisingly, so many of these stories weren’t true. Sadly, there wasn’t a Snopes around to help us out.
Storytelling is the crux of evangelism, sermon writing, and teaching. It is how we communicate this message of Jesus from 2,000 years ago to being relevant now. The question is, what makes a story relatable.
If you had to think of one person/company that understood making storytelling better, who/what would you think of? For me, it is absolutely Pixar. Think about their record with films and how well they share stories. Here is a quote from the video below about why Pixar does it so well:
“Pixar’s ability to go beyond the technical and focus on the important element, that is the story.”
If you have serious Photoshop skills, there’s a lot of fun stuff you can do. A friend of mine excels at Photoshopping folks into old pictures for instance, creating a mad mashup of modern day people with, say, Alexander Graham Bell.
Stephen Crowley, a dad from Dublin, Ireland and a creative designer with considerable Photoshop talents, took it a step further. He created pictures where he Photoshopped his young daughter Hannah into dangerous situations.
This week on the podcast we talk about 3 church giving facts you need to know.
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Now…onto the fun: