Monday, February 25, 2013
Items in My Pastoral Toolbox
Every pastor needs to be prepared. There are certain tools and items that a pastor needs in order to be effective. Okay, so maybe saying "needs" is a bit strong, but I can promise you, life will be much easier with these tools. Some are pricey, others inexpensive. All of them are very helpful. These are all things that I utilize on a regular and consistent basis.
English Standard Version because I like the feel and flow of the language. Other pastors use the New International Version, the New King James Version, or the King James Version. I would suggest that you choose the Bible that you are most comfortable with or that your church uses. I have preached in churches who knew that I was an ESV guy, but they asked that I use the King James.
A Study Bible A study Bible is a great tool to help you understand the Scriptures. Because I use the ESV, I have an ESV Study Bible. My wife purchased it for me for Christmas a few years ago and I could not have been happier. This Bible is chock full of illustrations, diagrams, and notes. It really helps me to understand the overall context of a passage and the way it connects with other passages as well.
A Writing Utensil I am particularly fond of the four color pen. Maybe it is a thowback to when I was a kid and I thought that a pen that could write in four colors was the coolest thing on the planet. I really like the way the ink looks and the way the pen writes. It is also incredibly handy for marking in my Bible because the ink does not bleed through the pages like other pens do. Regardless of what type of pen you use, always make sure that you have a pen with you. Nothing is worse than needing something to write with and coming up empty-handed. I always carry at least two pens in my pocket everywhere I go.
A Moleskine I always try to have a notebook with me as well. This allows me to write down important thoughts, meeting notes, and upcoming appointments. The one that I use is a combination planner/journal. One side of the book is a calendar and the other side is lined for taking notes on.
An iPad Mini I was originally hesitant to purchase an iPad Mini because it wasn't really much bigger than my Kindle Fire. I saved for several months to purchase an iPad and when the day came to buy it, I realized that the iPad Mini was only a little more expensive and I could get twice the memory. This item has been a game changer for me. I absolutely love it! I do all of my reading on the iPad. I have a Moleskine app that allows me to write directly on the iPad and sync it with my Evernote account. It is a fantastic tool. This one may be optional, but for me, it is vital.
An iPad Stylus A stylus is an optional item, but if you are thinking about doing some serious note-taking on your iPad, you will want to get one. It makes writing so much easier and neater. It takes a little bit of time to get used to writing with it, but now I almost never use my fingers for any kind of drawing or writing. These are just a few of things that I have in my "pastoral toolbox." While none of them are essential (well, except the Bible), it certainly makes the daily routine much easier. I know that pastors have gone hundreds of years without many of these things, but, since they are available, why not make use of them?
What items do you have in your toolbox?
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