For the last seven months or so, I have been trying to work only from my iPad.
Now, to let you know up front, I have not been able to completely do everything yet, but I can pretty much accomplish my basic requirements from my iPad.
As a pastor, this involves a lot. So, here is what I do each week and how I do it:
1) Sermon prep
Many hours of my week are devoted to sermon prep (and/or teaching prep). In order to do this, I use many books. What I have found, is that many of the commentaries I own, are already online. Take a quick look at www.studylight.org. There you will find Greek/Hebrew helps, dictionaries, encyclopedias, commentaries, and much more. It is a one stop shop ya’ll! How neat is that? That’s pretty neat!
I usually begin by opening up my YouVersion Bible app to my preaching/teaching passage, then open up Safari windows with all my helps. Finally, I open my word processor. For writing, I use Documents To Go Premium. I am sure there are better ones out there. Heck, I know there is. But, as a creature of habit, it is my go-to. It is for several reasons: it makes .doc files and syncs with Dropbox and other cloud apps. I have all my sermon files in Dropbox and sync to my desktop computer and iPhone. That’s when the magic takes place!
2) Sermon slides
I also make my own sermon slides each week. For this, I use several programs. First, I make my series graphics. I usually do this by finding a sweet background on Creation Swap, then pull it into my Over app or Phonto app to add titling. I save those and head on over to Keynote. There, I put my sermon points onto a Keynote presentation and take a screen shot of each slide. Finally, I upload those bad boys to a Dropbox folder I have synced with the iMac at the church that will play the slides in Pro Presenter. Voila! It is that simple, right? Sure…
3) Social Media/Blogging
I am probably too much into social media. I am kind of nerdy that way. I am on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest, Foursquare, now Pressgram and more! Crazy! My two biggest are Twitter and Facebook. For these, I use Tweetbot for iPad (and iPhone) and Facebook for my personal accounts. I also use Facebook Pages app to manage our church Facebook page and other pages.
I pretty much only blog from the iPad and iPhone now. I have tried apps, even paid for some, but still find myself back in the basic WordPress app. It works for me, and I have learned an itsy-bity bit of code, so I can get by. However, many times I will go to my desktop to proofread my posts. Who doesn’t love a good spell check, am I right? That saves us some embarrassment.
I LOVE teaching from my iPad. This is one big reason I wanted to switch to iPad only. I asked the church to purchase AppleTV (which they graciously agreed), and since then my life has changed! It’s like the first time you pumped up your Reebok pumps or beat Super Mario 3. It was just that good. Most of my teaching is now done with a projector, WiFi, Keynote app, and my iPad. It really has changed so much for me. I do not preach from my iPad (I try not to use notes when I preach), but all my teaching is done on it.
Runner up: Music and Video
I listen to music constantly. I’m very close to wearing suspenders, skinny jeans, and black plastic rim glasses so I can look down my nose at you and tell you how refined I am. Kidding ya’ll. I have a Spotify Premium account and that is my go-to for all my music needs. I stream it all the time on my iPad!
I also enjoy making videos from time to time. They may be videos to use for youth talks, sermon starters, or most likely a sermon preview during the week to post to Youtube or Facebook. To do this I either use Instagram or iMovie. Both work well, it simply depends on what I need to do. This is all easily and quickly done on my iPad.
The iPad may be one of the greatest tools out there for pastors and ministers. I highly suggest thinking about investing in one, or begging the church to buy you one. Put one in your budget. It will help streamline many tasks you and I have each and every single week.
What about you?
Do you use your iPad in ministry?
Any thing you would add to the list?