Get the “Big Picture” of Logos 7’s Sermon Editor

big-picture-sermon-editorLogos 7 launched with a number of exciting and powerful new features, but the one that’s generating the most interest and questions is the Sermon Editor. You can get an overview of what Sermon Editor can do in this introductory blog post, and this dedicated training page.

With this blog post I’d like to continue the discussion about this very practical tool. While it’s outside the scope of any one post to fully explore the Sermon Editor, I’d like to provide an overview in the form of a “big picture.”

Seeing the big picture on the box top of a jigsaw puzzle is helpful as you work with individual pieces. Likewise, this “big picture” of Sermon Editor will hopefully help make sense of all the constituent parts and aspects of this versatile tool.

Sermon Editor was designed to help pastors and churches with so much more than just the Sunday message. Because each week, the average church actually prepares and provides numerous documents:

  • Sermon manuscript/detailed outline
  • Presentation slides
  • Fill in the blank outline
  • Small group questions

These various files are usually prepared in multiple programs like Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher.

But now you can create all of the above, right inside Logos! The Sermon Editor tool in Logos 7 allows you to create a manuscript/outline for the message, a handout for the listeners, questions for small groups, and slides for the congregation, all in one place. How does it work?

The Sermon Editor is 1. Yet 4. Yet many.

The Sermon Editor is a user-created file on the Documents menu just like a Passage List or Reading Plan. So for each sermon you preach or lesson you teach you will create 1 Sermon document.

Each Sermon document then contains 4 units:

  • Text: typically a sermon outline and/or manuscript
  • Handout: typically a bulletin insert with fill in the blank options
  • Questions: typically a bulletin insert with suggested application or small group questions
  • Slides: typically presentation slides to be shown to the congregation through a presentation software like Proclaim

Units then are crafted by any combination from these many elements:

A. Heading 1
B. Heading 2
C. Heading 3
D. Heading 4
E. Heading 5
F. Normal Text Box
G. Blockquote
H. Prompt
I. Scripture Verse
J. Resource Quote

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So for each message you have 1 document comprised of 4 units made up of many elements.

With all that versatility, it’s no wonder the Sermon Editor menu has so many options; here’s a helpful breakdown of what each of the menu options does:

A. Panel Menu. Access normal panel features like text size and Print/Export.
B. All. Display all of the units in the Sermon file: Text, Handout, Questions, and Slides. All edits take place in the All view.
C. Text. Only display the text unit.
D. Handout. Only display the Handout unit.
E. Questions. Only display the Questions unit.
F. Export. Access the Print and Export options for what is visible in the viewing area.
G. Word Count. Number of words in the document.
H. Bold. Italics. Underline. Make the selected text bold, italicized, or underlined.
I. Fill-In. Create “hidden” or fill in the blank text for the selected text.
J. Headings 1-5. Create heading levels 1-5 in the text.
K. Blockquote. Create a block quote for from the selected text.
L. Prompt. Insert a prompt in the message which is visible in the content area, but is not automatically exported or printed.
M. Bullets/List. Create a bulleted list/numbered list.
N. Decrease Indent/Increase Indent. Move selected text to the left/right.
O. Handout. Make text part of the Handout unit.
P. Question. Make text part of the Question unit.
Q. Slide from Text. Make a slide from selected text.
R. Slide from Reference. Make verse slides from selected text containing biblical references.
S. Sermon Info. General information or meta-data about the sermon.
T. Done with Sermon Info. Hide the general sermon information.
U. Content Area. Add, view, and edit content for the file in this “word processing” area. 

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Once you understand the “big picture” of the Sermon Editor, working with the bits and pieces will come quite easily. And in no time, you’ll be creating your own multi-part sermon documents like a Pro!

To get familiar with the many aspects of the Sermon Editor please check out the What’s New in Logos 7 Training Manual (available both in print and digital) which contains a lengthy chapter on this new feature.

Also, the new Akron, OH Camp Logos Combo seminar offers live, hands-on training for this and many new Logos 7 features.

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Morris Proctor
is a certified trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

Comments

  1. Carl Hildebrant says:

    I was pleased to see the Sermon Editor as a new feature, I certainly like the concept. However it appears to be missing a critical feature, or perhaps I don’t know how to invoke it, but there does not appear to be a spell checker. That seems to be a very basic element of any type of editor. Perhaps it exists and I don’t know how to activate it. It seems to be a feature in the other notes files available in Logos.

  2. Love this idea; but it needs to be developed more to be useful. At the very least it needs:

    1) Spell check (I’m glad to know this is on the way)
    2) Mass-editing of slide templates
    3) Custom graphics import for slides
    4) The ability to use templates so we’re not always typing the same info again and again if we use the same sermon/lesson structure each week

    • This is all under active development, though I must follow that statement with the standard boilerplate: I cannot say at this moment when it will be available. I can say that Sermon Editor improvements are one of our top priorities. We’re very excited about our new tool and are listening closely to user feedback.

  3. Will there be a way to selectively choose which Bible version that is used to copy into the Sermon Editor? I get that it uses your preferred translation, but often I like to use several different ones and haven’t figured out how to get that to work – I suspect that capability isn’t there yet.

  4. Calix Furus says:

    Yes, very many thanks for this feature. I would also like to add my bit of feedback:

    – could we have richer text editing added? I mean for instance the ability to change the colours of the fonts used (something I heavily use in OneNote, where I currently have my sermons);
    – it would be very important for me that I reach the sermon documents in the Logos mobile apps, since I use my iPad mini when I preach.
    – It’s good to have an export feature, but it doesn’t export the same look and feel (at least on a Mac) as you see it in the Sermon Editor. Also, could we have export to Keynote added, please?

    Again, many thanks for this feature, looking forward to seeing the improvements coming soon!

  5. John Sheeley says:

    I’d like the ability to edit the Scripture when it gets put in. I know the verse and chapter numbers are necessarily “inspired” but I’d like to be able to format the Scripture text like I can when I export to Word.

  6. Weston Root says:

    I often write my sermons in Spanish since I live and work in Mexico. Will the spell checker work in Spanish as well?

  7. Claude White says:

    what about being able to access Sermon Editor in documents on the iPad as we do with notes?

  8. I can honestly say that this is the ONE feature that has caused me to start using Logos again. I’ve had it but did not use it consistently until this feature was added. Now it makes Sermon and Bible Study writing so much easier than before. Looking forward to the addition of spell check.

  9. Luke Kefford says:

    can you make it so we can change the colure of the text and circle or box the text like Brian chapel was saying on his mobile ed course he circles for illustrations and put’s arrows beside application. can you make it so it can in-port to the app just the same as it is done on a pc.

    can you have it so there’s a place on the paper on each page were you can see the Big idea or the one thing you want to stick.

    • Tyler Smith says:

      Luke,

      These are all great suggestions. I know the team is looking into adding some richer formatting options. I haven’t heard anything about incorporating Chappell’s methodology into the tool, but since it’s such a popular method, it makes sense! I’ll pass your suggestions on.

      Thanks!

      Tyler

  10. Eric Simpson says:

    Can it export to Keynote? I know Keynote can import PPT but some formatting is lost.

    • Tyler Smith says:

      It doesn’t support Keynote right now, but you’re not the first to ask. We’ll keep this need in mind for future updates. Thanks!

  11. Frédéric Mondin says:

    Hi, sorry, I can the sermon starter guid but can’t see the Sermon editor feature. I’ve just bought Logos 7. Can’t find it in documents and nowhere else . :( Thanks.

    • Tyler Smith says:

      Hi, Frederic.

      It should be under Documents>Sermon. (For me, it shows up as the eighth option down on the drop down menu.)If you’re not finding it there, I recommend giving Customer Support a call: 800-875-6467.

      Hope that helps,

      Tyler

  12. Spell Checker can’t come fast enough. I like the idea and have used Sermon Editor for a couple of weeks. It is very frustrating not having spell checker. It seems like that should have been included from day 1!

  13. Gaius Wilkinson says:

    The two things I miss the most about the new “Sermon Editor” versus a “Note” document, which is what I have been using for almost a year to do sermon prep, is two things. Hyperlinked Bible text and Hyperlinks to sections highlighted in my other books. I know that you can add the Bible text using “Sermon Editor” but it is so much easier to just type a Bible reference anywhere in your notes or outline and then on the iPad using your split screen you can touch the reference and wala! your congregation thinks your a Bible master! You can do the same thing hyperlinking a quote from your commentaries and viewing it in split screen as well. If Logos can’t give us these features….I guess I’ll stick with using “Note” documents.

    • Tyler Smith says:

      Thanks, Gaius. Passing your suggestions onto our team. We really appreciate the feedback!