Just over a year ago, Greg Monette joined Faithlife as our Canadian market manager. Some of you may have seen him at conferences and events across Canada over the past year, but if you haven’t yet met him, here’s your chance to get to know him and hear about his upcoming events.
1. Tell us about yourself.
Joining the team at Faithlife was a proud moment for me. I knew I was becoming part of a special team of people working to improve the way the Bible is studied around the world. My one-year anniversary was this past October, and my pride in this company has increased drastically since I started.
I’m a passionate Canadian who cares deeply about biblical literacy in my country of origin. I’ve lived in Canada my entire life. Canada is home. My wife, Julie, and I have been married for six years and have a joint mission in helping the Christian community in Canada to become even more relevant in our own lifetime. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has changed our lives and we know the power it has to transform communities. We know about Jesus from the Bible and because of the separation in millennia that separates us from the person of Jesus it is crucial that people are equipped with solid tools to help them go deeper in their study of Scripture than they ever dreamed was possible.
This is what Faithlife’s signature software, Logos Bible Software, is all about. It is a time machine that takes us back close to the time of Jesus so that his message can continue to transform the world. I’m excited when other people discover the true meaning of a particular verse or passage of Scripture for the first time. There is no greater feeling than to know what Jesus’ words really mean!
2. What gets you excited about our products?
As previously mentioned, we are separated from the time of Jesus by more than two millennia. In order to comprehend his message, we need good tools to help us uncover the meaning of Scripture in its original context.
Logos Bible Software is a well-stocked toolbox that provides the student of Scripture with what they need to peel through the multiple layers that separate us from the intricate details of what the Bible really says. From original-language tools, commentaries, background information, archaeological discoveries, maps, and fresh video content describing the Holy Land, there is really no better toolbox that one could own other than living at Oxford, Cambridge, Duke, or any other world-class university full time.
Simply put, Logos Bible Software brings the best of the best of biblical research and study into our own homes and for our convenience. Millions of hours of research and development (by hundreds of employees and sub-contractors) has made this possible.
3. What’s your favorite feature in the software?
My favourite feature in Logos Bible Software is still the fact that I can have thousands of commentaries, theological works, and original-language tools on my laptop wherever I am. My library goes with me. It doesn’t matter if I’m in a coffee shop, in an airplane, at home at my desk, or on vacation. I have a library that rivals many Bible colleges on my MacBook Pro! I still find this jaw-dropping.
I went to seminary and would spend hours in the library checking out commentaries, then would use commentaries to hold open other commentaries so that I could write down quotations. Not any more. I just highlight the section from Logos Bible Software that I want to include in my research and copy and paste it into my document, and the footnote is automatically produced for me! This is my favourite feature. I would purchase the software if this was all it did. But boy does it do a lot more than that!
4. What add-on product can you not live without?
This is a bit of shameless self-promotion, but I won’t be able to live without a copy of my own book, The Wrong Jesus. It’s in Pre-Pub right now, and I’m hoping it will become a Logos resource in the next year!
5. What is your market like? Who do you serve?
My market is Canada. Yes, that’s a big market. Canada is the second largest country in the world in land size (next to Russia), though our population is only one tenth the size of the US.
I present at conferences across the country and introduce Canadians to Faithlife and our signature product, Logos Bible Software. People often think that my target audience is pastors. Although pastors make up a significant segment of the Canadian Logos customer base, the majority of users are actually laypeople. We also have excellent relationships with a number of Canadian seminaries and Bible colleges.
6. What are some goals or plans you have for your market?
My number-one goal for the Canadian market this year is to present Logos at more conferences than ever before. We know that when we introduce people to the power of this software, they will understand what the hype is all about. I can remember when Starbucks first opened up in Nova Scotia where I live. People weren’t quite sure about it. Now, everyone knows about Starbucks and it has made a great impression on Canadian coffee drinkers. I’m totally convinced Logos Bible Software will do the same thing in the Canadian Christian market.
7. What are some upcoming events you’ll be at?
I’m excited to be presenting at the Apologetics Canada Conferences in both Vancouver and Toronto in March and April. I’m also really looking forward to returning to Saskatchewan to the Women’s Journey of Faith conference this Spring. Jodi Kozan (president and founder of WJOF) has created, in my opinion, the model for running a women’s conference in Canada. These are just a couple of the many conferences I will be presenting at this Spring.
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