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I have talked about using a Chromebook for ministry. I think for many of us that is still a great option. But, today I am going to explore a more expensive option, but one that could be valuable to you if you prize portability and flexibility.

See, a Chromebook or even a laptop or desktop only helps you with the content creation side of ministry: preparing sermons, writing lessons, writing blog posts etc. Whereas an iPad Pro can do both sides: content creation as well as presentation. What I am saying is many of us use a MacBook or a Windows PC to create the content and then an iPad to present the content. In my current setup I am using an iPad Pro for both creating the content and presenting the content.

Now there are some big caveats here so stick with me. First, the iPad Pro has a pretty steep cost. I use the brand new 10.5 inch version which I was able to score for $100 off the listing price at Staples. If you want the Apple branded accessories such as the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil you are going to be on the hook for another $250. For obvious reasons I did not buy those accessories and instead I am using the very functional Moko Keyboard Case and no stylus. This brings me to another caveat. While there is great keyboard compatibility there is no mouse support or trackpad support. These sometimes leads to frustrating experiences when a finger just is not as precise as I need it to be.

How I Use One

Right now the iPad Pro is fully functioning as my main device. I use it to research and write my sermons and lessons with full Microsoft Office or Google Docs support along with great apps such as Evernote. I have it hooked up to my 27inch monitor in my office, it prints nicely to our Ricoh office copier/printer. The multitasking is great and with the next update of iOS it will get even better. There are some great apps that let you scan with great results. In other words I have not run into any day to day office tasks that the iPad Pro cannot handle. Sometimes I wish I had a mouse or trackpad for more precise clicking but those moments are few.

The presentation side of using my iPad Pro is also great. With the big and clear screen I have easy access to my notes and Bible passages for messages. Whether you use Office, Evernote, Google Docs, Pages, or just a notes app to present from you will be more than fine here.

So this is what it came down to for me: My trusty 5 year old HP laptop’s video card went out. So I was looking for a computer in the $500-$700 range. I could have gone the traditional laptop route but I think the iPad Pro is offering me more bang for my buck. It has allowed my to pass my Nexus 9 tablet onto my wife and use one device for two: a computer for creating ministry content and a tablet for presenting that content.

 

Joe Hoagland is the preaching pastor at Pleasant View Church of Christ in Jeffersonville, Ohio. He is newly married to his awesome wife Jenna, and together they have a spoiled little Chihuahua-Cocker Spaniel puppy named Yoda. Joe loves to lead people to Jesus and preach God's word. You can oftentimes find Joe hiking, camping, writing or enjoying technology (Android over iOS, Windows over OS X).

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Jai Reid

commented on Sep 5, 2017

Another option is any of the Microsoft Surface products (or any other Windows tablet device for that matter) which can also can be used for both preparation and presentation notes, and is able to run much more powerful applications (like the Bible Study software Logos from Faithlife; while there is an iPad app, it has nowhere near the power of the Windows/OSX application). It can also be used for 3 purposes - preparation, presentation notes and the actual video presentation to the audience (whether in powerpoint or other presentation software that allows speakers to include their notes).

Fred Becker

commented on Sep 5, 2017

I used an android tablet for several years. Did main research and writing on desktop and then final last minute notes on tablet with the keyboard. and then used it for presentation. Unfortunately the tablet is now too outdated and I had to retire it. Really miss using it and had to go back to paper.

Sean Crow

commented on Sep 6, 2017

A little more detail needed in the article as I feel that it was just a teaser. I just got an iPAD pro myself and have Evernote, Logos7, and am trying to figure out the best way to use it during my preaching. Slides usually are put on a separate machine to the projector, so I'm not sure if I can have it synched with my iPAD pro so I can go along with my slide notes. Have downloaded a prompter to help with an autoscroll of notes, but have not tried it yet. Logos is good for research but not for presentation. Haven't tried Proclaim yet. Any suggestions?

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