My Take After 6 Months of Having an Apple Watch

I just hit the 6 month mark of having an Apple Watch and I've gone through a range of emotions with it. I ordered it on day 1 and still remember getting it and the wow factor of how nice the packaging was (took me a week to throw away the box) and the onboarding experience of a personal call with video showing me how to setup and use it.  

Honestly, I didn't need the video tutorial as the setup was pretty intuitive and the functionality was pretty limited on Day 1.  Here were the range of emotions feelings I've had about the watch:

  • First 30 Days: I feel like a baller/inspector gadget, this things is sweet!
  • 30-90 days: It's kinda cool, but unnecessary and not worth the expense.  
  • 90 days - present: I can't imagine not having it.  I'd love to ditch my phone and just use this!

Honestly, the watch is still not a necessity, but it sure does prove convenient.  For me it is like when I first got a second monitor for my computer. It really didn't seem necessary, but today it's hard for me to imaging functioning without it.  My watch is my second monitor for my iPhone and it's pretty stinkin' amazing!  

Here's what I love:

  • Siri on my wrist - I rarely used Siri before, but now I use it almost daily
  • Notifications on the go - whether in a meeting or driving, getting notifications on my wrist works on the go where my phone doesn't.
  • Time and temperature - it seems strange as I haven't used a watch in years, but being able to instantly check the time and temperature on my wrist is really nice.  

Since it's not really part of the core function of the technology I didn't want to list it, but I do want to say that the size is fantastic. I got the smaller one and still thought it might be too big.  It's not at all!  I've switched between a custom leather band and a sport band and have loved both.  I feel like I have a Swatch watch like I did in middle school :)

Now, here's where I see some improvements available:

  • Louder speaker - answering the phone on my wrist is cool, but currently the speaker is too weak to work when not completely isolated.
  • Video camera - I think video conferencing from the watch is natural (even though it's small) and this functionality will be a great enhancement in the future
  • More native functionality - at this point the watch primarily just functions as a second screen from your phone, but I think as development opens up being able to do more natively on the watch will create even greater value.

If you have an Apple watch, I would love to know what you think!  If you don't I would love to know what's holding you back?

Website Building: Live with Jason Caston

This week on the podcast I was live in Colorado with Jason Caston, Author of talking about how Churches can start building their own websites both on Desktop and Mobile. Jason gives some great tips on how to make it work on a Church’s budget plus the do’s and don'ts of building a website. Check it out below!

Stay in Tune Using Google Trends

Ever wondered what people are searching for on the internet?  Did you know that you don't have to wonder any more?  Simply go to and you can find out exactly what people are searching for.  

It's no secret that Google runs the internet and understanding what people are searching for is incredibly valuable for every organization that I can imagine, ESPECIALLY THE CHURCH.  

As you prepare your next sermon or consider your next series, this information could help you connect with your community in the most relevant way.  You can track Google searches, Youtube searches and even drill it down to Geographic locations.  

Here are two quick tips as you begin to utilize this great FREE resource for church leaders:

  1. Choose Rising - When monitoring trends choose "Rising" so you can see the trends that are growing rather than declining
  2. Setup a Subscription - In order to avoid having to go back to this site weekly or monthly, you can setup easy subscriptions for certain trends.  Simply choose subscriptions and set up 1-5.  

I would love to hear how you have or will be using this tool for ministry!