April 9, 2012

7 Ways to Use Your iPad at Your Gatherings

 

I’ve never been as impressed with my iPad as I was this past weekend. I had two major gatherings that I was the point person on:

1) Our weekly worship gathering, and
2) A missions team meeting.

My iPad was able to control the entire programmatic elements of each night. It was hot. Here’s how I used it.

  1. Speaking/Notes: This is the ‘of course’ application of the iPad. I use GoodReader exclusively for preaching/teaching/meeting outlines.
     
  2. Music: Using the Remote app I was able to wirelessly control my entire iTunes library through our sound system. Easy peasy.
     
  3. ProPresenter: We use ProPresenter 5 as our worship presentation software of choice. The iPhone/iPad app for ProPresenter is incredible. The app’s UI makes it clear to see and wirelessly control the media line-up of the night (worship lyrics, videos, presentations, announcements, etc.).
     
  4. Keynote: Using the Keynote remote I was able to wirelessly change slides and view my presenter notes while I was speaking.
     
  5. Remote Mouse: During our missions meeting I needed to navigate around the web. Instead of doing it from the back of the room, I downloaded an app called Remote mouse which turned my iPad into a wireless trackpad and keyboard for the computer at the back of the room. Worked flawlessly.
     
  6. Games: You can wirelessly connect the iPad (version 2 and the new iPad) to your projector through an Apple TV. For crowdbreakers and downtime we had people playing some Temple Run/Angry Birds/Fruit Ninja. If you were at SYMC this year you would have saw the game “Facebook Hack” running on this system. Super fun.
     
  7. Gathering Info: If you’re familiar with this blog your are probably tired of hearing about Wufoo. We’ve created an online form to gather new student’s info (see here). By adding this webpage to the homescreen for quick reference, our welcome team goes around on the iPad/iPhone and gathers info (students get a $1 to our cafe if they give us their info). Based on grade and gender, the appropriate small group leader is emailed the new student's info for follow up.

Here’s my suggestion for using multiple apps at a gathering:

  1. Shutdown all apps that aren’t needed. It just causes confusion.
     
  2. Don’t use the four finger swipe gesture to switch between apps. I love doing this between 2-3 apps. However, if you are running more than 3 apps I would double-tap the home button or use the four finger swipe up to bring up all open apps. I find it easier to navigate.

There is 7 great ways to use the iPad in your ministry, but I know there’s more!

What are some other ways you use your iPad in your ministry?

Ken McIntyre runs kenmcintyre.org, a website designed to help church leaders leverage technology for ministry. He loves to see students dream and live big!

Originally Published: April 9, 2012
Category: Technology
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Sele Mitchell
Great article. I will have to check out GoodReader. I use mine for notes while teaching an Adult class at our church. This past Sunday I had a little extra time and had the iPad plugged into the projector to show a youtube video, so I took that time to pull up FaithVillage.com and showed it to the class. One member joined first thing this
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Brad Russell
I teach using Apple Pages synchronized with my Word docs through iTunes. I also run video illustrations off ipad Video app, sometimes using SnapX Pro to capture YouTube or other online video for when I don't have WiFi access.
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Sele Mitchell
SnapX Pro is a good idea too, I was using my phone tethered to my iPad this past Sunday, but that isn't always reliable.
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Blake Atwood
Dropbox ( http://db.tt/MjciuinZ ) is a great cloud-based app to store and access your files from your phone, tablet, or desktop. I just ran across Dripps ( http://drip.ps ) as well, which uses Dropbox but provides some added functionality for easier sharing of your files with others.
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Sele Mitchell
I use dropbox all the time too. I also use box.net. I got in on a promo when they released their iOS app that gave me 50gigs free. Can't beat that. I am using box.net to store all of my lesson notes for the past 15 years organized in folders by year.
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Blake Atwood
Wish I would have seen that deal when it happened Sele. I would've jumped ship too for 50 GBs
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