My Method for Preaching from My iPad
There have been many methods offered for preaching from the iPad. I have profited from what I’ve read about these processes and set-ups. But after experimenting with several, this is the method I have landed on.
First, I use PDF Expert as my app. I have used a couple others, but PDF Expert works best for me. All my sermon prep is done in Microsoft Word in a template I’ve set up for sermons. The size that works best for my eyes is to set the paper size in the template to 6.30 x 8.20 with the following margins:
.8 inches on top,
.3 inches on bottom,
.75 inches on left,
.5 inches on right.
I use a 15-point font (Helvetica). I’ve found that using a hanging indent for my paragraphs aides my eyes in seeing the paragraph separations and also allows me to mark the margins with symbols and notes.
After finishing my sermon notes in Word, I save the document to Dropbox as PDF (you will need a Dropbox account). Be careful, it is really easy to forget to save the document to Dropbox as a PDF.
Then I go to my iPad and open PDF Expert and sync. The rest of the preparation is done on my iPad. The first thing I do is to reverse the colors to “White-on-Black.” I have set up my Triple Click feature to reverse the colors so it is easy to do.
To set this up, go to:
Settings/General/Accessibility/Accessibility Shortcut/Invert Colors
This should enable the “triple-click” option for creating a negative effect. Just hit the home button three times quickly and the colors should invert.
Changing the background to black and the text to white cuts out glare from the lights and prevents the iPad causing my face to glow when speaking from it.
Then I mark up my notes with a stylus and the options in the app. I preach from the PDF Expert app.
Also, when preaching, I use airplane mode so that I don’t get any messages during the sermon and make sure the volume is always all the way down.
I’m sure there are other (perhaps better) ways to prepare sermon notes for the iPad. But this method has served me well for the past few years. Still, I’m always looking for ways to make it better. Let me know if you have any insights!