We are required to get things done in life and we rely on certain tools to accomplish these tasks. For cooking, our tools include knives, pots, pans, heat, dishes, cutlery and so on. If you don't have the right tool for the job, the result can be super frustrating! Ever try to use a wrench as a hammer? I have. It doesn't go so well!
In ministry we also have tools that we use to get things done! In these series of posts, I am going to open up my ministry tool box and show you the tools that I use, WHY I use them and HOW I use them. Hopefully, this will be helpful for you and help you accomplish your tasks with new tools at your disposal! The first looking into my ministry toolbox will be the hardware side.
Macbook Air and iMac
I have only recently moved over to the "dark side" with my computing needs. I have had an iPhone and iPad before, so I wasn't totally new to Apple, but recently I have become a full convert. Keep reading to see how I use them!
For my home computer, I use an iMac. This is our family computer that is in our living room. My wife, Joanne and I, needed to replace a dead laptop that had used through school and we wanted to replace it with something that would serve our family well. We decided on an iMac as our home computer - it has a big screen, can connect to our AppleTV and it isn't portable. Not being portable was a big plus for us.
We wanted a device that could be used in plain view of everyone - both for a security thing with our kids and for an accountability thing for us adults. We didn't want to be able to hide behind a screen ever, so having a really large screen there is helpful.
We splurged on getting an iMac because of some of the following reasons (and yes, I know, there is always a rebuttal to all of them!)
For my work computer, I am using a MacBook Air. With moving to Neepawa and not having a dedicated office space, I needed a computer that was high portability (long battery life, light and dependable) but was also great at content creation. I had used an iPad as a secondary device for about 2 years, but could never get it to be my primary hardware "computer."
There were simply too many things that a mobile device couldn't do that I really needed it to - mainly create documents, webpages and forms and printing. There are ways around this, but I found that doing a blog post, creating a sign up sheet or email through MailChimp just couldn't stack up to the computer experience. Going Mac for work, also allows me to sync things up with my home computer easily - should I need to work from home (something I'll probably do more of as we launch our new site).
I currently use a Nexus 4 as my mobile phone, although I do have plans to replace it with the newest iPhone model that is rumoured to be announced and released later this year. For me, being tied to the ecosystem of Apple makes the most sense.
I am a pastor in rural Manitoba that is passionate about the church, leadership, coffee and bicycles.