This morning, I was reading a pastor’s Facebook group. Someone posted a question there asking about people’s experience preaching from an Ipad. It inspired me to write this post. I have used an Ipad for a year. I absolutely love it. Here are the simple steps myself and other use to do this.
Here is what I do.
1) I create a manuscript in Word on my computer using 14 font. I personally create it in such a way that I have a color outline embedded in it so it is easy to find my place. My Bibles Passages are red. Stories / illustrations are blue, Main Points are Green.
2) I use DropBox and store the sermon file in a dropbox folder that I share with my computer and ipad. It is a great free cloud storage system. There are others out that would work just as well (Apple Cloud, Google Drive, etc.).
3) I make sure I have enough battery life Saturday night.
4) I make sure I sync the file Sunday morning and open up the file from there. I have to do this because we are in a school and do not have Wifi access there and I don’t have the 3G data plan either.
5) I preach from the Ipad in Landscape position. I prefer this orientation because it makes the text wider and easier to read. Using this particular system, I scroll down as I preach. I find this works fine for me.
1) I use way less paper this way. I used to save all my sermons and recycle them by printing on the back side of them. I always felt like I had so much paper laying around.
2) Really comfortable: I like having a manuscript even if I am not tied to it. It took me a few weeks to get comfortable with this system. Once I did, I really like it.
3) Pages don’t get out of order: Every once in a while, my sermon notes would get out of order. This was awkward. This definitely doesn’t happen with the Ipad!
1) Passcode: Sometimes my Ipad will go to sleep before I get up to preach and I have to hit the passcode. If I enter the wrong one, I have to look at it and can get distracted. This happens rarely. You can set it not to go to sleep or not use a passcode.
2) Finding Your Place: I don’t rely heavily on the manuscript and sometimes have to scroll down pretty far. I used to have the same problem with paper just had to flip through it so it isn’t that big of a deal.
3) Preaching From Gadget: For a while I wrestled with the idea of preaching on things like taking care of the poor from what I consider a pretty expensive gadget. I felt like it was a bit hypocritical because the Ipad seemed like a toy not a tool at first. What I have found is that my Ipad has become an indispensable tool. I use it for sermon prep (reading books) and other things, so it feels very different to me know. Honestly, most people don’t even know that I am preaching from the Ipad because the music stand (our mobile church pulpit) hides it.
Ipad preaching tips and techniques used by others:
1) Create document on Mac using Pages
2) Save it using Apple Cloud.
3) Open the document on Ipad using Pages app.
1) Others create a manuscript or outline and save it as a pdf.
2) They save this on Dropbox like I mentioned earlier. You could use Apple’s cloud service if you have a Mac.
3) They use Ibooks to open the file. This allows them to tap on it switch pages rather than scroll it.
1) Create document in Google Drive on your computer
2) Open this document on your Ipad.