Preaching with a mini-iPad: My First Experience

I’ve been a fan of the iPad since it came out. I’ve owned the original and the iPad 2 and I began to use it over two years ago when I preached. I even wrote an e-book, Maximizing Ministry with your iPad that you can download free  by clicking this link: ipad ebook final. However, I experienced a few limitations so I purchased a mini-iPad that I thought might address those issues. I preached for the first time with it recently. I loved it. Here are some highlights from that first experience.

  • The smaller size made it easier to hold while I preached. With the regular sized one I had to leave it on the lectern or the table and had to return to it for my next point. However, I was able to hold the mini the entire time and my hand never tired. It’s like holding a slim Bible.
  • Since the back of the iPads are quite slick, I needed to improve the grip. I bought a Poetic ThinShell Back Smart Cover Partner Case that worked great with just the extra tackiness I needed. At $8, you can’t beat the price.
  • I also purchased a new stylus. I paid a bit more, but this one is great. It’s more responsive to my writing. It’s called the amPen New Hybrid Stylus.
  • Finally, I now use a new PDF markup app that is superb. It’s called Notability and as of March 18 it was only $1.99 in the iTunes store, a steal.I create my sermon in MS Word, save the doc as a PDF, transfer to DROPBOX, and open it in Notability. I then can easily highlight and mark up as needed. Simple. One pointer: play with the font size until it’s large enough in the PDF for your eyes. Since the real estate is smaller on the mini, I had to make my font larger for my eyes.

If you use a mini for preaching, any apps or tricks you recommend?


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  • Charles, I tried using the iPad but as I moved around the lights in our church reflected off the screen and caused distracting reflections on the wall. I switched over to the Kindle Paperwhite for that reason. Have you had an issue with reflections with the iPad Mini?

  • dcj

    Thanks for sharing your experience and research. The link to your PDF book was dead, but I found it through a Google search. It was helpful. I started using an iPad mini about two years ago. Now I use an iPad Air 1. I just leave it on the podium and glance down at it like I would a piece of paper. I type the sermon on my laptop and then save it as a PDF in Dropbox and then read it right from the Dropbox PDF viewer. I use 18 point font. This is about as close to having a piece of paper in front of me I have found. I like the Dropbox PDF viewer because I can just scroll up with my finger and see the half of the page I am on and half of the next page. This process is very fluid and has really helped me as a communicator. I love to preach the Word, but I have always had issues with my presentation. Using the iPad has really helped me stay more focused on what I am preaching at that moment and not get lost on the paper or forget a key point.

    One other helpful tool has been using Proclaim presentation software instead of Powerpoint or Keynote. This has saved me and our worship leader hours of time each week.

    • Great insight, sorry about the dead link. I will look into it.

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