Update from Bob Pritchett - Faithlife, COVID-19, etc.

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Bob Pritchett | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Mar 18 2020 10:44 PM

It's nice to learn you had the right plan... but a pandemic isn't the way I'd have chosen to prove it!

Our mission statement: We use technology to equip the Church to grow in the light of the Bible.

Of course most of that mission statement isn't particularly unique: it's what churches do!

But the past few weeks have shown everybody how the 'technology' part can be useful too. Churches are streaming their services, taking offering through online giving, and scrambling to keep people informed and connected when they can't meet in person.

I can't wait for the chaos to be over, and for us to be able to gather together again (in person!) as the Body of Christ. I expect, though, that this experience will cause most of us to improve our digital engagement and connection skills. And I hope you'll find that those skills serve the Church well all the time, not just during a pandemic.

We have an incredible team on Logos Bible Software, and so I've been giving a lot of my attention to Faithlife Equip, our Integrated Ministry Platform. (That's why I've been less present in the forums -- which I miss!) If you haven't taken a look recently, I'd encourage you to.

https://equip.faithlife.com/ has all the info on this still maturing platform. Pieces like Faithlife Giving (https://giving.faithlife.com/) are fully deployed and in use by hundreds of churches right now. If you haven't made that move, now is the perfect time!

This week our team scrambled to collect resources and ideas that could be useful right now. Take a look at https://faithlife.com/coronavirus.

We're also working on a lot of new things, some of which are coming _very_ soon (like video live streaming for church services, and more!)

If you want to be ready, make sure you've (or your pastor or admin) claimed your church at https://faithlife.com (and visited the brand new Church Settings tab in the 'Admin' section to enhance your church's digital profile).

(You can even update your own personal profile at https://faithlife.com/account/edit).

Faithlife Groups are FREE. You can claim or create your church's group and use it immediately as an online social platform free of inappropriate Facebook ads, irreverent posts and distractions, etc. And, just this week, there's a super-easy, browser-only, free live video chat feature that your church (or any Faithlife group) can use. You can try it at https://faithlife.com/messages by clicking the video icon in the bottom right, next to 'Send' in the box where you type a message to a group.

I have been reading about how churches across the country are responding to this crisis with prayer, kindness, and acts of service. It's our privilege to be supporting you and your churches through Logos and Faithlife Equip.

-- Bob

P.S. If you've got kids home from school, set up Faithlife TV (https://faithlifetv.com) on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, the web, or an iOS or Android tablet... there's lots of family friendly and biblical content, including our own Bible Agent 7 (https://faithlifetv.com/bible-agent-7). And for older kids (and adults!), there's an adventure film set around the Reformation with really nice production quality: Storm - And Luther’s Forbidden Letter (https://faithlifetv.com/items/504067)

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PetahChristian | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 19 2020 1:48 AM

Thank you for the update, Bob.

We do miss hearing from you on the forums!

Hoping everyone is ok. Are employees able to work from home? Not sure what measures, if any, are happening at your city or state level.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 19 2020 2:34 AM

PetahChristian:
Not sure what measures, if any, are happening at your city or state level.

Think of Faithlife as 90 miles north of the epicenter of the first outbreak in the US. The initial restrictions covered specific counties - including myself but not FL. Now the entire State is on lockdown - no restaurants, groups over 10 (or is it 25?), no pubs, many business closed, hospitals sewing their own masks, dentists open only for emergencies, churches live-streaming, Starbucks only to go and refusing reusable cups . . .

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 19 2020 6:27 AM

Thanks for sharing Bob and for all the work you and your team are doing to equip the church! We are all looking forward to being on the other side of this crisis. May the Lord give us wisdom as we all navigate these challenging times.

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Nord Zootman | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 19 2020 7:14 AM

Thank you Bob! We are a small rural church who have been behind the technology curve and are trying to catch up. As a long-term Logos user I have appreciated and valued your company and am grateful for all you do and are doing.

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Richard Villanueva | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 19 2020 9:22 AM

Thank you! Sharing this in some of my youth pastor/ministry forums.

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Bob Pritchett | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 19 2020 9:46 AM

PetahChristian:
Hoping everyone is ok. Are employees able to work from home? Not sure what measures, if any, are happening at your city or state level.

Most of our team is working remotely from home (though some are going into the office, which we're regularly cleaning thoroughly -- and which is now so empty that you may get more 'social distance' there than at home!). I haven't heard of anyone on our team infected yet, and everyone's been great about adapting to distributed work and video meetings / conference calls.

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 19 2020 5:54 PM

Bob Pritchett:

Most of our team is working remotely from home (though some are going into the office, which we're regularly cleaning thoroughly -- and which is now so empty that you may get more 'social distance' there than at home!). I haven't heard of anyone on our team infected yet, and everyone's been great about adapting to distributed work and video meetings / conference calls.

Yes Very good news.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 19 2020 6:28 PM

Bob Pritchett:
Most of our team is working remotely from home (though some are going into the office, which we're regularly cleaning thoroughly -- and which is now so empty that you may get more 'social distance' there than at home!).

Funny how that works! Glad all you folks at Faithlife are staying safe.

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Friedrich | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 19 2020 7:23 PM

Mark Smith:

Bob Pritchett:

Most of our team is working remotely from home (though some are going into the office, which we're regularly cleaning thoroughly -- and which is now so empty that you may get more 'social distance' there than at home!). I haven't heard of anyone on our team infected yet, and everyone's been great about adapting to distributed work and video meetings / conference calls.

Yes Very good news.

So glad to read, have been thinking of the Bellingham family this week and wondering.

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