Several people have asked lately what software and processes I use currently for creating a message. In this post I will not go into the “spiritual” aspects of study, prayer, etc. This is just about the tools.
First, the hardware: I use an 11″ MacBook Air to create the message and an iPad to present the message. When I bought the iPad, I wanted it to do it all, but it doesn’t…at least not well. It’s just easier to create on a Mac. I use the AIR rather than a MacBook Pro because it’s lighter and I don’t need the extra horsepower. I prefer the 11″ over the 13″ because it fits in tight spaces (think airplanes, such as when the person in front of you is leaning back rocking some serious Z’s).
The software: I use Pages for word processing, Quickverse for the Bible, Dropbox to store everything, and Goodreader on the iPad to present.
So here is the process:
1. On my MacAir I open Dropbox and click on a Pages “Sermon Template” file. I’ve created this so I don’t have to start from scratch every week. It is stored on Dropbox so I can access it from any computer I happen to be working on.
2. I save my new sermon document on Dropbox in a folder with the current series. Since it’s stored in the “cloud”, I can work on it thru out the week on whatever computer I happen to be close too, as long as it is a Mac with Pages installed. (You could do the same thing with Word, I just happen to prefer Pages.)
3. When I finish the message I make sure that I have saved it, then I save a PDF copy of it on Dropbox in the same folder. (To save a PDF, you have to access the PRINT menu, then Save as PDF.)
4. Next I open Goodreader on my iPad and tap on the Dropbox icon in the “Connect to Server” column. I then find the PDF copy of the message I have saved. This imports a copy into my iPad and links it to the Dropbox copy so any changes I make will show up both places.
5. I then use the “Markup” capabilities of Goodreader thru out the weekend to add the “good stuff” to the outline margins. Because it is linked to the Dropbox file, I will have all my spontanious notes to refer to in the future.
That’s about it for me. Just add some Red Bull, a little Mt. Dew, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and you’ve got yourself a message.
Is your process similar?
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