Plan and Store Sermons All in One Place with Sermon Manager

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As a busy pastor, you work hard at managing day-to-day demands and planning for the future. Even before Christmas arrives, you’re thinking about Easter—and how to plan and store sermons amid all the other demands can be challenging.

But in just a few clicks, Sermon Manager in Logos can help you streamline that process by queuing up an entire sermon series at once.

Sermon Manager integrates your sermon documents and templates with other sermon preparation tools in Logos, like Sermon Builder. These integrations reduce the time it takes to plan and store sermons—and frees you up for the countless other tasks you’re likely juggling. 

How to add sermons to the radial calendar

Start by adding up to 100 sermons to your calendar with a few clicks:

  1. At the top of the sermon manager panel, click on the number 1, and select the number of sermons you want to add.
  2. Click Blank Sermon(s), and choose whether your new sermons will be blank documents or based on a template you’ve created.
  3. Click No Date and pick your date(s) from the calendar, or select Next empty week to add your sermon(s) beginning with the next week without any scheduled sermons.
  4. Select Next empty week, and choose the frequency and day of the week for your sermons by clicking Weekly on Sunday.

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And because your preaching shouldn’t be isolated from the rest of church life, with a single click, you can view events from your Faithlife group in Sermon Manager, too.

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How to add sermons based on a lectionary

If you’re preaching based on lectionary readings, Sermon Manager can handle that, too. When you’re adding new sermons to your calendar, click Blank Sermons, and expand the Lectionaries field at the bottom of the dropdown. From there, you can select one of the lectionaries in your library, and Logos will create the number of sermons you selected with the passages field pre-populated based on the lectionary readings for that day.

Watch how:


Get the Sermon Manager in Logos 9 Silver and above. During the launch period, you can save 15% on Logos packages, so make sure you add it to your Christmas list!

Learn more about the Sermon Manager—or if you need more help with your sermons in Logos, check out the Logos 9 Sermon and Bible Study Prep Video Series on the Logos Help Center.

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Adam B. Shaeffer

Adam B. Shaeffer (PhD, Durham University) rarely had time for books until he discovered the fantasy novels on his dad's shelf at age 12; the rest is history. His primary research interests revolve around the interplay between theology and literature, attending to fiction's power to narrate theological insights through the thoughts and lives of imagined people and places. His poetry and fiction have appeared in *Jabberwocky*, *Resident Aliens*, and *This Mutant Life*.

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  • This is a great feature! Our church in non-English speaking Europe follows the lectionary of the national Lutheran Church. Since this lectionary is not available from Logos, is there a way to create the lectionary document for use with the sermon manager etc.? If so, this could be worth a tutorial.

    • Hello Hans. Thank you for your suggestion! The first thought I had was to use a personal book with the lectionary type, but I just confirmed that Sermon Manager can’t access personal books. That would have been the simplest solution.

      The way I’m reading your question, you’re looking for a lectionary where the readings match what your church uses, not necessarily a lectionary written in the language spoken and read in your church. Is that correct? If so, we can try to find a lectionary with matching readings since the week’s readings are the main information brought in from the lectionary. I’d be happy to help you with this if you’d like.

      If you’re looking for a resource in a particular language, it would have to be added as a Logos resource, and you can make a book suggestion here.

      Let me know how else I can help.

      • Hi and thanks for your reply. We are using the Lutheran lectionary in our country, but since we are an international church, English is our language. There are distinct differences with the lectionary of the ELCA or Missoury Synod, to mention a couple, and we celebrate a few church holidays that are national in character and therefore unique. The lectionary is a three-year cycle. It would be great to have a lectionary template that could be filled with the right Bible readings, but I guess that would be treated as a personal book and therefore incompatible with the Sermon Manager. I am sure that there are not enough international (logos-using) churches here to justify making a logos book for this.

        • I see. I’ve been brainstorming potential workarounds, but I haven’t come up with anything helpful. Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you, Hans!

  • One of the advantages of this is you can view all of your sermons in a weekly grid or radial view to get a quick glimpse of where you’ve been and where you’re going. Thank you very much for sharing!

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