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Another Reason Logos Is the Coolest Place to Work

No doubt you’re familiar with Logos Bible Software—a cutting edge Bible study library and array of powerful tools.  But behind “Logos the product” is an equally cutting edge “Logos the company”—a bona fide incredible place to work.

Right along with the outstanding health benefits, a culture that encourages personal growth (e.g., an annual “Read for Cash” program), and various annual cook-offs (see pics), one of the coolest things about working at Logos is the Outdoor Recreation Center.

Outdoor Center

So that I could give you a better idea what the Outdoor Center really is, I recently sat down with the guy behind the idea: IT director Jim Straatman.

Stephen: First off, what exactly is the Outdoor Center?

Jim: Well, when you walk into the Outdoor Center, the first thing you see is a bike shop with professional grade tools and tuning equipment. There’s also equipment for tuning skis and snowboards, as well as an inventory of outdoor equipment for employees to checkout and use whenever they want.

Stephen: What’s the background story? How did it start?

Jim: I regularly send hardware acquisition requests for developers and IT to Bob. One time, only half seriously, I sent in a request for a bike shop. To its core, Logos is all about being the best place on the planet to work, and part of that vision includes encouraging employees to pursue outdoor hobbies. In fact, that’s the whole reason why we moved to Bellingham in the first place—for quality of life. A bike shop seemed to fit really well with that vision.

Bob looked the request and said, “Make it happen.” And things have just developed from there.

Stephen: What’s Logos ultimate goal for the outdoor center? An emphasis on certain niche sports or something more broad and comprehensive?

Jim: Some of both, really. Since it exists to supports employees’ lifestyles and interests, we want it to be whatever Logos employees make of it. Whether that means it caters to a few sports or many activities is really up to Logos employees. In fact, if people got into water polo we’d help them with that, too!

It’s similar to our free beverages (editor’s note: this includes espresso machines, sodas and juice of all types, milk, etc.), and believe it or not, the Outdoor Center costs way less than free drinks but the benefits are obviously huge!

Stephen: What kind of equipment does the Outdoor Center have?

Jim: So far there’s a racing canoe, tents, sleeping pads, snowshoes, a full bike mechanic tool set, bike tubes and valve stems, ski waxing equipment, and ground floor bike parking. But there’s a lot more in the works.

Stephen: Do people tend to use the equipment on their own, or has the outdoor center helped Logos employees build better relationships with one another outside of work?

Jim: The latter. For instance, many people have started riding together. And several employees have lost substantial amounts of weight—some as much as 40 pounds!

Aerial view

Needless to say, the Outdoor Center is a pretty sweet perk for working at Logos Bible Software. And really, it’s just one of many. In fact, the Logos Music Center is in the works as you read this.

If Logos sounds like the kind of place you’d like to work, you’re in luck! We’re hiring. Why not take a look at the positions we have available. Then hit the Tweet and Like buttons above to tell your friends. The key to even better software is more great employees, so help us spread the word!

Calling All Worship Leaders!

As we get closer to releasing Proclaim, we’re already working to make the most intuitive church presentation software even better! Of course, one of the keys to doing this is getting insights straight from worship leaders themselves.

If you’re a worship leader, please take this quick survey. Not only will you help make a great tool better, you’ll also be able to try Proclaim free for a month.

As an added incentive, one worship leader who responds will win a year of Proclaim for their church—absolutely free! 

If you’re not a worship leader, make sure you tell your worship team or pastor about this opportunity. They don’t want to miss this opportunity to help shape the future of church presentation software, and they’ll be blown away when they experience what Proclaim can do for their worship services! Share this post with any worship leaders you know by tweeting it, “Liking” it, or sending them the link in a quick email.

Take the survey, then leave us a comment and let us know what excites you most about Proclaim Church Presentation Software!

Forum Week Round-Up

In case you’ve missed it, the Logos forum community is in its final few days of Forum Week, a week of celebrating reaching the 50,000-user milestone. It’s been a unique week of great sales and tons of fun!

If you’re thinking, “The words forums and fun can’t possibly go together,” you probably not be too familiar with the Logos forum community in general and you’ve definitely missed out on Forum Week in specific.

So far this week, we’ve:

  • played some games,
  • gotten a glimpse into the lives of other forum users (marble collectors, collapsed-parachute survivors, et. al.),
  • given away hundreds of dollars in prizes,
  • offered tens of thousands of dollars in deals,
  • hid an as-of-yet-undiscovered Easter egg,
  • and more!

Don’t miss out on all the action! Head over to the Forum Week forum and look around before it’s over. The festivities end midnight Sunday!

Here’s all you need to do to take part:

  1. Sign in to your Logos.com account. (If you don’t already have your free account, get one here!)
  2. Visit the forums.
  3. Click on the forum at the top called “***Forum Week***”.
    Note: If you’re not logged in, this forum won’t be visible.
  4. Browse the top few posts to get up to speed.

If you’ve already been enjoying Forum Week, what’s been your favorite thing (or “random user fact”) about the forums so far? Let us know in the comment section.

Celebrating 50,000 Forum Users

Considering how popular Facebook and Twitter are, it may surprise you to discover that there’s another social community growing about nine times faster than either of these—the Logos Forums. (You read that right: Nine times faster than the ubiquitous, über-popular Facebook and Twitter!)

In fact, one member calculated that the forum community has grown at the rate of 66 users a day and nearly 2,000 new users a month for the past year!

What makes the forums so popular?

Simply put, the forums are one of the best ways to learn about Logos the software and Logos the company.

In the forums you’ll find all sorts of helpful and exciting things. You’ll find:

  • tips, tricks and workarounds to tackle Bible study problems
  • advice on which resources will help you the most from people who already own the them
  • screenshots and videos explaining about how to do things with Logos 4 you didn’t even know where possible
  • a community that likes to share encouragement and insights from their own study
  • tips on what great deals are available at any give time
  • a group of users more than ready to help you push an exciting Community Pricing or Pre-Pub title into production
  • comments straight from Logos about what our plans are and why we do things the way we do
  • opportunities to give feedback to Logos that helps direct the future of the software and company
  • much, much more!

And if you can’t find any of the above in the forums already, all you have to do is ask. With other users in literally every time zone around the world, the odds are pretty good you can get an answer in a couple hours if not in mere minutes.

No wonder the forums are growing so fast! They’re better able to handle all things Logos than any other social channel.

Cause to Celebrate

Just this past week we reached 50,000 forum users. To celebrate, we put together Forum Week—a week of great deals and fun “events” to show new users what this community is all about.

Since this is Forum Week, we decided the best place to post the deals and events (there will be prizes) is right in the forums themselves.

To take part, simply head over http://community.logos.com and look for the forum called “***Forum Week***” at the top of the page. But note, you must be logged in to your free www.logos.com account in order to be able to see this special forum and take part in the festivities.

A Landmark Event Deserves a Great Deal!

To kick things off, we’re offering an incredible discount on Camp Logos Live. Since much of the forum conversation is learning oriented, there couldn’t be a more fitting title to discount in honor of the community than the #1 tool for getting more out of Logos Bible Software 4. For the forum-exclusive price, be sure to check out Forum Week.

Make sure you check in early and often! Some of the deals and events are time sensitive and will be announced without warning.

The #1 Tool for Getting the Most out of Logos Bible Software

ForumHave you ever wondered how to set up a reading plan in Logos Bible Software? Or how to do a syntax search? Or how to compare different Bible translations? Or how to . . . .

Chances are, you’re not alone.

But did you know there’s a whole community of Logos users who have either already answered your questions or are literally available to help 24/7? And we’re not talking about vague help that leaves you more confused than you were before. We’re talking step-by-step instructions, screenshots, and creative tips. One user has even made a series of tutorial videos!

I’m not exaggerating in the slightest when I say you can get immediate help in the forums with just about anything.

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Making a Case for Your Favorite Resource

Like Us

Don’t you hate it when you get excited about a new resource on Pre-Pub or Community Pricing only to watch it languish just short of production for weeks or even months?

If you’ve been watching the Pre-Pubs or Community Pricing titles for any amount of time, you’ve seen some great resources that just don’t seem to get the attention or traction they deserve. As much as you want to add them to your library, it may not seem like you can do a whole lot do to help them into production.

That all changed when we added the Facebook “LIKE” buttons to Logos.com.

We do our best to get Logos users the titles they’re looking for. But when these resources stall in the Community Pricing or Pre-Pub phases there’s not much we can do to get them out the door.

That’s why we integrated different social buttons into Logos.com. Every product page now has a “share,” “tweet,” and “email” button. But the easiest to use is the LIKE. No pop-ups or new windows.* Just hit the button to spread the word. The more people that hit “like,” the more Facebook tells other people that it exists.

So take the production process into your own hands. You’ve no doubt had your eye on several Pre-Pub and Community pricing titles that you think everyone should own. So go ahead and make your case to your friends. Just hit the LIKE button to spread the word.

Try it out right now. Let’s see how quickly we can get these titles into production for everyone to take advantage of. Just hit “like.”

See how easy that was? If you think all your friends should take advantage of Logos resources, just head over to our product page and “like” whatever you like.

* You will be prompted to log into your Facebook account if you haven’t done so already.