Instagram Friday: Preaching From an iPad

There are few things I get more excited about than new Apple products. That’s why when Megan got me an iPad 2 as a wedding present, I was stoked. Not only because I’d wanted one since the first day I saw the commercial, but I knew that since I was going on internship, I’d have a lot of opportunities to use it. Right after I got it, I Googled “Best iPad apps for  Pastors” and found a great blog post about all the different ways to utilize the iPad. One of those opportunities is in preaching.

I use the Goodreader app and have been really impressed with how smoothly it works to just flip to the next page. This picture I took is the sanctuary out at the Gold Canyon campus as I got ready to preach out there a week or so ago. I didn’t receive any negative feedback from the congregation, mainly because it went pretty undetected. That’s the key. As long as it flies under the radar and you don’t make a big deal about it, it can be a great tool for preaching, teaching and a lot of other things.

If you’re going to preach from an iPad, here are a few things to make sure everything goes well.

  • Turn the Mute switch off: You don’t want your alarms or other alerts go off while you’re preaching. It’s just easiest than worrying or waiting for an interruption.
  • Lock the Orientation in Portrait Mode: This isn’t an issue if you’re just setting your iPad on a stand or a pulpit, but if you’re walking around with it, you don’t want the orientation to change mid-sentence. That’s happened to me before, not good.
  • Set the Screen Auto-Lock to 10 Minutes or longer: this way the screen doesn’t turn off on you while you’re preaching (especially awkward if you are going from a manuscript)
  • Turn the Wifi Off: If you have it loaded on there, it can save battery. If you have a full charge, you’ll be fine. But if you’re running low, it’s a good and easy way to save battery.
There you have it. Everything you need to know about preaching from an iPad. For those of you who have experience with it, what are your pros/cons with it? For those who haven’t, what do you see as the pros/cons to using an iPad in the pulpit?


  1. thejstroke says:

    This is awesome! Now if I could only figure out how to sneak one into my deer stand…

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