A pastor of a congregation finds himself engaged in a wide range of activities throughout the week. Sunday morning preaching and teaching are just the beginning of a long and eventful week. The pastor’s many administrative tasks require him to plan, organize and research. He needs to communicate with members of his congregation, his coworkers on the staff, and the community at large. He may spend hours in his office preparing for Sunday and praying for his flock, but he’s on the road at least as often. Fortunately, the modern-day tablet was designed to be almost as versatile and multifunctional as any pastor needs to be.

So before I start talking about specific apps and uses, I’d like to explore the broader categories of functions that an iPad might have in the ministry. These are the five that I came up with. Perhaps you could think of others.

1. Media.

2. Data collection.

3. Productivity.

4. Research.

5. Communication.

We’ll spend the next posts looking at each one in turn.



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