Ask just about any church, and they’ll tell you they record sermons. While the process from church to church is a little different, the end result is the same—an audio file posted to the sermon archive on the church website. But what if you could simplify the sermon-recording process, and reach a wider audience with God’s Word?
Over the last decade, media has played a more prevalent role in the church than ever before.
And it shows no sign of slowing down.
By media, I mean everything from websites and worship presentations, to bulletins and podcasts. That flyer your administrator made for VBS? Guess what? It’s media! Your paper bulletin? Media! The accompanying track sister Elizabeth sang to? Media. It’s everywhere, and people can instantly spot sloppy, hastily thrown together work and the kind that shows you care.
Not only can you explore Scripture with exclusive Christmas collections, topical bundles, and special 12 Days of Logos deals this Christmas season, but you can also use this video to turn your focus back to the meaning of it all: Jesus coming as the light of the world.
Check out this video, and share it with your friends and loved ones as a reminder of what the Christmas season is all about:
And if you use Proclaim, you can find this video in your media library to share with your congregation. Proclaim Pro Media subscribers will also receive a second matching video, customized with their church name. This video can be used as a visual sermon illustration, shown as a welcome video for your Christmas Eve service, or shared with your congregation for encouragement throughout the Advent season.
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And Faithlife also built Proclaim Church Presentation Software with the same dedication to the Word. Proclaim allows thousands of churches all over the world to deliver insight with less time and frustration.
You can use Proclaim’s On-Screen Bible to show Bible verses with engaging animations that draw people into the Word. The Scripture is the most important thing to present. With On-Screen Bible, you can quickly insert an engaging animation that presents the Bible in context.
Here’s how easy it is to add an On-Screen Bible item to a presentation:
It’s simple: click “Add Item”, then “On-Screen Bible”. Type in the references you want to display, choose a translation and look of the animation, and include a book introduction if needed. Proclaim does the rest—building a beautiful animation instantly.
Proclaim comes with over $1,000.00 worth of free media, including the popular Verse of the Day series. Professional designers bring the Bible to life with these amazing works of art! Use these to highlight a passage or set the tone for your service.
The Bible Screen motions, taken from the Verse of the Day series, are another beautiful way to show Scripture. Put a group of them together to play before church to draw people into deeper study and reflection. During the offering, show verses about giving or emphasize a particular verse from the sermon. The animations have enough movement to draw your attention without taking away from what is written.
Use Proclaim Signals to easily engage your congregation using their mobile phones. With Proclaim Signals, you can send a link to a mobile device with whatever Bible verse you have on the screen. No more flipping pages back and forth—simply tap the Proclaim Signal and you’ll be taken to the correct verse. People can easily follow you wherever you’re teaching from. Signals don’t stop with Bible verses—you can send calendar invites, contact cards, donation requests, or web links making it easier than ever to connect with your congregation.
Scripture belongs on the screen. Everything we do points to Scripture, so it should take a prominent place in the presentation. Proclaim helps pastors build beautiful presentations, but it does more than that: it’s about engaging people and encouraging them to go deeper in their study of the Bible.
You worked on your sermon all week, and today is the day.
You read countless commentaries, listened to other sermons, and even rewrote the whole sermon Saturday night. It feels like a really great Sunday.
Before the service, you’re welcoming the new family while the media team is frantically gathering USB drives and building the final presentation. It’s 10:01 a.m, the first song starts and everything feels wrong. You are preaching about one attribute of God and the song is about another. Clearly this is going to be a mess! This is not what Sunday should feel like.
Let’s tell this story the Proclaim way:
It’s Sunday morning.
You worked on your sermon all week, and today is the day.
You are able to greet the new family without any stress. No need to make sure all of your notes are on the computer, no need to see what songs the worship leader chose—with Proclaim, you were able to collaborate on Sunday’s service all week long.
In Proclaim, you started a conversation about your sermon and let everyone know the topic. This allowed the worship team to pick songs that complement the sermon and guide people to the corresponding Scripture. The rest of the team joined in, and today the service will focus on a single aspect of God’s character. The music and the graphics on the screen lead everyone to the Scripture while the sermon ties everything together.
Sunday shouldn’t be stressful
Let Proclaim Church Presentation Software help you take back the power. Build your service with Proclaim so all the elements come together seamlessly (and beautifully). Proclaim stores all your presentation media in the cloud, so it will be on the church computer when you need to present.
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Josh McDowell is an apologist, evangelist, and writer recognized by Christians worldwide. Since 1960, McDowell has written or coauthored 138 books. He has also spoken to more than 25 million people, giving over 26,000 talks in 125 countries.
McDowell cares deeply about communicating the power of God’s love to all people. We had the chance to sit down with him and talk about Proclaim Church Presentation Software:
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Proclaim lives in the cloud, so you can collaborate with your team from wherever they work best. No more emailing large files or fumbling with flash drives. Best of all, it connects with many of the tools you already use, like Planning Center Online, CCLI SongSelect, Logos Bible Software, and Graceway Media.
Proclaim also comes loaded with more than $1,000.00 worth of first-class art, so you can start building engaging church presentations today.
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“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” —Hebrews 13:7
As Pastor Appreciation Month continues, so do the savings. The month is halfway through, which means many of the deals are live!
Go to our Pastor Appreciation Month page to see today’s deals.
Deal of the day: sneak peek
Here’s a look at upcoming daily deals:
Day 15 (tomorrow!): J.A. Broadus Preaching Collection (3 vols.)
Broadus was a master of both clarity in communication and sympathy with his audience. In this collection, you’ll discover not only his instructions for effective preaching, but also the text of 21 sermons and addresses he delivered. His History of Preaching is a fascinating guided tour of preaching practices, trends, highlights, and low points, from Old Testament figures through his own contemporaries.
Day 16: NavPress Spiritual Formation Collection (15 vols.)
This collection biblically and practically presents numerous spiritual disciplines that can transform your heart, mind, body, soul, and social life. It’s a comprehensive how-to for changing your complacent behavior, analyzing your heart’s intent, and transforming your life to an intentional pursuit of an authentic relationship with Christ.
Day 17: Welwyn Commentary Series (53 vols.)
Dedicated to the practical exposition and exhortation of Scripture, the 53-volume Welwyn Commentary Series contains over 13,000 pages of commentaries designed for pastoral ministry and preaching. Combining exegesis, hermeneutics, history, and pastoral insight, these scholarly resources are carefully crafted to meet the day-to-day needs of pastors as they grapple with the Word of God.
Day 18: Works of R.A. Torrey Collection (26 vols.)
Find nourishment for your mind and food for your soul as you explore the Bible’s details with the 26-volume Works of R.A. Torrey Collection. Torrey is one the great evangelists of our time, with an eye for exegesis and the practical wisdom of a seasoned servant.
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Download The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 14 for free the entire month!
Thank your leaders
It’s not too late to honor those who labor in the gospel for us. Take time to do something special for them this month—big or small, it makes a difference! Rake their leaves, walk their dogs, make a delicious casserole for their family to enjoy—the possibilities are endless. Pray for and bless those who give their time and energy to you and spreading the gospel.
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What do you most appreciate about your pastor? Tell us in the comments!
Logos 5’s documents menu gives you 11 different document types (and Documents.Logos.com reveals four more). Each one works a little differently, so you’ll always have the right tool for the job.
Last week we explored the first five; this week we’ll tackle the remaining ten.
To see examples of all 15 document types, join the Logos Sample Documents Faithlife group.
6. Reading plan
Logos scores top marks as a research tool. Tagging powers some of the most useful searching available anywhere. Tools like Clause Search and the Bible Word Study eliminate thousands of hours spent flipping pages and scanning book indexes.
But if you’d like to read a book from cover to cover, Logos performs just as admirably, thanks to the reading-plan document type. Construct a reading plan for any book in your library on a schedule that fits your lifestyle. Reading plans are especially helpful on devotionals, like the one below that I built for Lent based on 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers.
7. Sentence diagram
If, like many, you learned sentence diagramming on the first day of your hermeneutics class, you’ll love this document type. Import a passage in either an English translation or its original language, and use a huge set of tools to chart your way through the text. I particularly love the pencil tool, which interprets my squiggles into perfectly straight lines.
8. Word-find puzzle
It’s not all hard work in the documents menu—the word-find puzzle turns a Scripture passage into an brain-expanding mental exercise that’s more a game than a study tool. It’s easy to use, and it’s great for the moments when you need to look up from your study and catch your breath. And if you teach a children’s Sunday school class, these puzzles will be a big hit!
Note: These next two types—syntax search & visual filters—represent the overlap between the documents menu and your search tools. Both are search types that can be saved for later use or shared with others on Documents.Logos.com.
9. Syntax search
Find Syntax Search—a powerful language tool that empowers you to find particular sentence structures in Scripture—under the search menu. But since these searches are complex and take longer than usual to construct, you can also save your search parameters as a document.
10. Visual filter
Perform a real-time search in the text of your Bible using a visual filter. You can create visual filters, then turn them on or off using the display menu (which looks like a Venn diagram) whenever you have a Bible open.
In the example below, I’ve created a visual filter that highlights all the imperative verbs, drawing attention to the call to action at the end of Peter’s sermon in Acts 2. I started with a new filter (created from the documents menu), switched over to “morph” search and typed an “@” in the search box. Logos suggested various parts of speech for me to choose from. I chose verb, and Logos suggested various tenses, voices, moods, and so on. I chose the imperative mood. In the final step, I chose the “On Fire” style for Logos to mark imperative verbs.
11. Word list
Good Bible scholars spend hours tabulating the number of times a word is used in a particular passage. But a word-list document will do that for you in three clicks.
With a Bible and new word list open side by side, just highlight the passage you’re studying, and choose to “add from selected text.” From there, you can drag the various columns up to group the entire list according to that criteria.
NOTE: These last four types do not appear in the documents menu, but you may see them on Documents.Logos.com.
13. Resource collection
Create custom resource collections to quickly search subsections of your library. These subsections are then stored as resource collections on Documents.Logos.com, so you can share them with others.
A team from the Logos forums has created resource collections for virtually every denomination and belief tradition and made them available through their Faithlife group. You can benefit from their hard work right now!
And if you like that, you may also enjoy the Logos Author Collections group.
14. Guide template
Logos comes with five powerful done-for-you guides that search sections of your library with the right tools for the type of study you’re doing.
- The Passage Guide gives an overview of a particular section of Scripture.
- The Exegetical Guide examines a passage’s ancient underlying text.
- The Bible Word Study unlocks the meaning of a specific ancient word.
- The Topic Guide exposes a broad cross-section of your library on a particular topic.
- The Sermon Starter Guide applies key message preparation tools to either the passage or topic of your choosing.
In addition to these five, you can create your own guides, mixing and matching tools suit your study needs. For example, I have a guide that searches all of my collections grouped by author, so I can quickly get an overview of what particular scholars have to say about a subject or passage. I have another guide that searches my collections grouped by denomination, so I can get an overview of how different faith traditions handle a subject or passage.
15. Highlighting palette
Logos comes loaded with several highlighting palettes, but you may prefer to create your own—perhaps matching the colors you’ve used for years in your favorite paper Bible. Your custom highlighting palette becomes a document that you can share with others on Documents.Logos.com.
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Get a Logos 5 base package today and get access to thousands of Bible study resources, plus powerful study tools like these 15 document types.
To see examples of each document type, join the Logos Sample Documents Faithlife group.
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It’s easy for you to start building beautiful church presentations. If you haven’t seen Proclaim in action, now’s a great time to see what it can do for your church.
If you study with Logos, Proclaim is the perfect companion. Send media, Bible references, and text from Logos Bible Software to Proclaim with a simple click. Logos saves you hours of research; Proclaim saves you hours of presentation prep.
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