I have been flirting with the concept of a mobile office for a while and creating a truly mobile ministry.
It’s a great concept, and one that I did not come up with myself. Being a ministry worker to a generation that is almost permanently mobile is almost a given at this point.
With our young adults (several of whom are my first graduates from my current youth ministry), there is a need. A few of them go to local colleges, and I figure a good laptop/smartphone, Starbucks wi-fi and a willingness to meet them could take us far. Plus, I figure I could add the uber-cool tag “Digital Gospel Nomad” to my profile.
I know it is cliche, but there is definitely value in meeting people where they are. Having informal meet-ups with informal content to talk God using relevant technology to facilitate the talks might be just the elixir that a tiny ministry aimed at young adults need. And the concept of a roaming office also gives me the flexibility I need to be available to more people more frequently.
The mobile landscape is changing.
Last year, I had no youth on Twitter. This year, they tweet, so much! They may not have a solid strategy, or even know why they do it, but that doesn’t matter. I need to make sure God is presented in the same space. So, in a sense, I am hedging against the future with this experiment today.
Of course, where would I be without the tools? I’d need my trusty Android EVO for the occasional Skype video chat, note-taking and YouVersion Bible (and, hopefully, Evernote gives Android folks some fantastic Hello functionality).
But, how mobile am I while lugging around a laptop?
I am fairly sure I could get away with doing most things on my handheld, but for the heavy lifting, I might want something a bit more powerful.
Is it worth borrowing my wife’s rooted Nook Color?
Nah… back to laptop/smartphone combo.
We all have our burdens.
What does your ideal mobile office look like?