Here at RookiePreacher we love to point you in the direction of some great tools to use in your sermon prep. Stewardship is an important part of leading in God’s church. I have seen guys convince their church they need a $1,500 Macbook to prepare and develop sermons and maybe some do need that if they are also editing videos for services and stuff. But, most pastors would be hard pressed to need anything past what a Chromebook provides.
Chromebooks are laptops based on Google’s Chrome OS operating system, which means they are very internet based. So, if you are at a church with no internet access they might not be a good tool for you. But, most of us do have near constant access to good WiFi which does make them a good tool.
Chromebooks are fast: mine boots up in under 10 seconds every time. They have great battery life: mine usually lasts 10 hours even a year and a half of heavy use. They are secure: there is virtually no reasons to worry about annoying viruses. They are inexpensive: most Chromebooks are in the $150-$250 range.
With a Chromebook you can edit documents using Google Docs, or you can edit Microsoft Office Documents from the web based experience they now provide.
Here are some reasons preachers should consider making a Chromebook their next computer, or their first office computer, or an added tool to their toolbox for developing great sermons:
Chromebooks offer an excellent value. The one I currently use is An Acer 11 Amazon Link runs for $170. I have had it for a year and a half and have done everything from research sermons, type sermons, record podcasts, write for RookiePreacher, write a book, even watch Netflix. That $170 has gone a long way. Now, there are newer and better options out there now but for what you pay you get a lot.
Also, I noticed the other day that Google has announced that Android Apps will soon run on Chromebooks. This means you will be able to download Microsoft Office Apps for offline use, use Photoshop, even play more games. This is a great addition to the experience I am excited about!
Good Ease Of Use
Chromebooks are very easy to use and pretty much offer a start up and use experience with no learning curve. Honestly, if my Grandma was asking for a computer suggestion right now I would recommend a Chromebook before anything and I love the experience both Windows and Apple provides, really! The thing is Chromebooks are just so easy to use.
One of the reasons they are so easy to use is how reliable they are. My Chromebook is the device I worry about the least of anything electronic I own. I start it up, it boots in 7 (!) seconds and I am ready to edit my sermon or lesson or blog post. Really, such a great experience on these things.
Kept Up to Date
If you own a PC running Windows you know that the update process can be very annoying. Chromebooks are not like this. Google keeps them up to date with a simple (30 second) process every couple of months. A great way to stay current and secure.
If you are looking for a computer mainly for your sermon prep take a hard look at a Chromebook, the great value makes it a good way to be a good steward and the no nonsense experience will make it a great tool for you.