Step By Step Guide to Using an iPad For Preaching

Some people prefer paper, some prefer technology. I’m guessing you prefer technology. If you’re deciding to try preaching from your iPad for the first time here are a few tips to help get you started. 

  1. Format
    1. Shrink your margins. When it comes to reading from your iPad margins are wasted space. Leave enough white space to add time stamps and last minute notes, but there is no need to leave an inch of whitespace around the border. 
    2. Increase your font size. You’re not reading a book here so don’t forget to increase your font size by a couple points. If your using an iPad Mini, increase it 1 or 2 more points. 
  2. Settings
    1. Turn "Do Not Disturb" ON. Last thing you want is a text message or email alert popping up in the middle of preaching. Forget to turn that on and you can almost guarantee your Student Ministry Pastor will send you something to throw you off your game. (Support Article)
    2. Turn your “Auto-Lock” off. Nothing worse than your screen going black and stumbling through entering your unlock code. (Support Article)
    3. Turn on “Find My iPhone”. In the event that you misplace your iPad on "Game Day” you will thank me. (Support Article)
    4. Turn down your brightness enough so that you can still clearly read your text, but not so bright that it leaves a glow on your shirt/chin. (Support Article)
  3. App
    1. Use whatever tool you prefer to write your speaking notes but when you’re done, export them to a PDF. Then use an app (next on the list) to finalize your notes. 
    2. The best preaching app so far is GoodReader (paid app) for two important reasons:
      1. First, it includes some fantastic mark up/annotation tools--everything from the ability to add time stamps, to highlighting sentences, to crossing out text. You can add last minute ideas or scratch thoughts that no longer seem to flow. This is a powerful feature. Use it! Highlight important sentences, add reminders, take full advantage of these tools. (Macworld App Review)
      2. Second, GoodReader stands above the rest is it’s ability to get out of the way. Once you are ready to take the stage there is no way to accidentally start marking up your text. Tapping the screen allows you to move the page just as you would any pdf. Because the annotation tools require you to tap multiple times to implement there is not risk of you accidentally modifying the text. Seriously, it’s a great tool. Download it. It's worth every penny. 

And just to make sure you don't miss a step come "Game Day", be sure to download the iPad Preaching checklist by filling out the form below. Let powerful life changing communication be your focus, not the tool you use to make it happen. 

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