The NEW Logos 7 feature that’s perhaps creating the most interest and generating the most questions is the Sermon Editor. Information about it is already available through an introductory video and blog.
Now in this blog I’d like to continue the discussion about this very practical tool. While it’s certainly outside the scope of this blog to fully investigate the Sermon Editor, I do want to provide an overview for this exciting new feature.
As it relates to weekly messages, in many churches today numerous documents are prepared:
- 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.
Now, however, you can create all of the above in one document in one program! The Sermon Editor 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!
Seeing the big picture on the box top of a jigsaw puzzle is helpful as you work with individual pieces. Likewise, what follows is the “big picture” of Sermon Editor that hopefully will help make sense of all the little aspects of this tool.
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
I. Scripture Verse
J. Resource Quote
So for each message you have 1 document comprised of 4 units made up of many elements.
Please usually the following brief observations to assist you in creating a Sermon document:
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.
Once you understand the “big picture” of the Sermon Editor I think working with the bits and pieces will come quite easily.
To assist you 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 presents live, hands-on training for this and many new Logos 7 features.