March was an extremely busy month. Not only did I start at a new church but I renovated my office (painted it and learned how to install hardwood flooring) and had to start commuting with/into Toronto traffic.
Along with all this, I’m learning what it means to be an associate pastor and to also oversee the worship and young adult ministries.
Those who know me know that I love technology and that I like to find ways to use it to make work and life much easier. Lately I’ve been playing with a few new tools that I wanted to share with you.
1. The New iPad
When I turned the big Three-0 back in December, I received a boatload of Apple gift cards for the express purpose of purchasing my first iPad. Being the Apple geek that I am, I asked for gift cards so I could wait for the new iPad. So as you would know, I picked up the New iPad a day after its release.
This past Sunday I prepared to preach from my notes on my iPad. However, being a little cautious, I also printed my notes out. When the time came to put it to the test, out of habit, I placed the printed notes over my iPad and began to preach – never to look at my iPad again until I was done.
Did my plan fail? Yes, but I will get there one day. I am loving the possibilities that my iPad affords and I am just skimming the surface.
Here are some apps that I am loving for worship/ministry purposes: Planning Center Online, SoundCue, GarageBand, Pages and Evernote.
2. Planning Center
Because so many of my friends already have been using Planning Center for so many year, I feel like a loser revealing that I’m only starting to dig into it now, but I am so happy that I started. We are currently using the free plan (good for up to 10 volunteers and 1 plan) to explore a little and I know for a fact (when the budget gets approved) that we will be moving to a paid plan and will make this the brain of our worship/weekend planning.
3. ProPresenter 5
I am not new to ProPresenter but we just upgraded to ProPresenter 5. All I’ll say is that it’s a no-brainer! It integrates incredibly well with Planning Center and I love how I can train someone on it in less than 20 minutes.
I used ScreenFlow a while ago here and there, and now I am starting to use it to record tutorials/workflows for our volunteers who use Planning Center and ProPresenter. They can watch how I do it and then can use it as a reference as they learn the ropes. As a blogger, you can also use ScreenFlow to record tutorials to post on your blog. So who knows, you may see a couple pop up here. If you want you can order it here from Telestream.
So there you go. Some tools I’ve been learning to use lately.
Also, my friend Chris has a helpful blog series called Worship Leader’s Toolkit where he shares some valuable tools he’s using in worship ministry. Check it out!
What techie-tools are you using? I’d love to check some of them out!