Top 5 Blog Posts From 2012

top-5I’m a few days late in posting this, but I wanted to share the top five blog posts that I wrote last year. These posts where all written last year and received the most views here on my blog. I’d encourage you to check a few of them out.

My Favorite iPhone Apps for Student Ministry. I use my iPhone for almost everything and when it comes to student ministry I use it a ton! In this post I share some of the apps I have on my iPhone that I use almost everyday when it comes to student ministry.

3 Leadership Lessons from Jeremiah. I love talking leadership and one of my favorite things to do is talk about leadership principles that come from Scripture. In this post I share three leadership principles I believe we can apply to our own leadership from the life of the prophet Jeremiah.

Teens, Movies, and SexThis was one of my favorite posts to write last year. I wrote this post in response to a news article I ran across online that said that research found that teens that are exposed to sex in movies are more likely to engage in sexual activity in their teen years. I shared my thoughts on that statement and gave some guiding principles for parents.

Tips for Preaching From an iPadWhen I preach, I preach from my iPad. This is becoming more and more popular among church leaders who teach and preach. In this post I share a few practical tips for preaching from an iPad.

3 Things Student Pastors MUST NOT Do. This post was kind of part two of a post I wrote a few months before it called 3 Things Every Student Pastors MUST Do. As the title suggests, I share three things I believe students pastors should not every do.

It’s a new year and there are many posts to be written, but I hope people still find these posts from last year helpful. Many of these posts come out of my passion for student ministry and leadership.

Tips for Preaching From an iPad

I’ll be honest, one of the reasons I wanted an iPad was to preach from it. Preaching from my iPad is probably the main thing I use my iPad for on a weekly basis. It seems this trend is becoming more popular and you see more and more pastors preaching from an iPad or a tablet. With this new trend comes some opposition as well as much support. At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter if you preach from an iPad or not. What you preach with or from is not a big deal, it’s the actual preaching itself that is important. But if you do decide to preach from an iPad, here are a few tips that I have learned along the way that may help you:

Don’t make a big deal about it. If you preach from an iPad, don’t make it a point to flash your iPad and make sure everyone in the audience knows you have an iPad. I recommend keeping it on the pulpit or podium so no one sees it while you are preaching. Your iPad is just a tool you are using to share God’s Word, keep your focus on the right thing.Try and keep it out of the audience view as much as possible. More than likely there will be people out there that will get distracted and maybe even jealous when they see you have an iPad.

Use a physical copy of the Bible. If you preach from an iPad, please DO NOT use a Bible app, such as YouVersion, instead of a physical copy of God’s Word. Call me old school, but I think it’s important to preach from an actual copy of the Bible. Use your iPad for your notes, not your Bible. Plus, switching from your notes to a Bible app will be extremely distracting to you and your audience.

Use a good app for your sermon notes. Make sure you have a reliable, easy to use app to have your sermon notes on when you preach. When I preach, I have my sermons on the Dropbox app on my iPad. For me, Dropbox works the best and is easy to get my sermon notes to. After I write my sermon manuscript as a Word doc, I simply drop that Word doc into my Dropbox on my Macbook and then open it up in the Dropbox app on my iPad right before I go up to preach. There are other apps you can use, but I recommend Dropbox.

Try not to look at your iPad too much. This doesn’t just apply to your iPad, but your notes in general. Be so familiar with your sermon content that you don’t need to look at them much as you preach. Stay engaged with your audience and don’t be glued to your notes on your iPad. I try to run through my sermon two times or more before I preach so I will be able to preach and not look down at my notes that much.

These are just a few tips I would share with anyone who is or is thinking about preaching from an iPad. Every good gift comes from God (James 1:17) so use your iPad as a good tool He has given us to expand His kingdom. Use it as a tool to help you preach His Word better and more effectively.

[Question] Do you use an iPad or a tablet when you preach?