Faithlife Sermons Review at ChurchTechToday

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Kevin A. Purcell | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Sep 19 2018 5:07 AM

I wrote a review of Faithlife Sermons over at ChurchTechToday.

https://churchtechtoday.com/2018/09/19/faithlife-sermons-review/

Its a pretty nice solution especially if you already use Logos.

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Lew Worthington | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 19 2018 9:25 AM

Thanks for sharing, Kevin!

Lew

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 19 2018 9:28 AM

Kevin A. Purcell:
I wrote a review of Faithlife Sermons over at ChurchTechToday.

Kevin, thanks for your honest evaluation. I've been a fan of your reviews for many years.

I was using Sermon Editor, but have recently gone to writing my sermon in Word, pasting it into Sermon Editor to create the text and headline slides (and archive the sermon for later searching in Logos) then exporting to PowerPoint for final editing and presentation.

I find that Proclaim's greatest (IMHO) strength is that it is hosted on the cloud. I also find that it's greatest weakness is that it is hosted on the cloud.

We are in a rural setting and our internet and cellular connections are not always dependable. In my last church (a Megachurch in the KC area) I found that we had so many users sucking up bandwidth on a Sunday morning that I couldn't depend upon using Proclaim in my S.S. class because of lag and failure to connect with the web.

As you wrote in your reviews, you personally are using Facebook Live for streaming. Just last Sunday my Live connection was so bad that I had to abandon the streaming option and record to my device and later upload to our social media. I'm thinking this could be a problem with proclaim if I am using the Proclaim Remote App to advance the presentation from the pulpit. I assume running Proclaim locally from the tech booth would minimize this risk (does the record audio and linking to slides happen locally so that I could upload after the service if/when internet connection was stable?). Assuming that connectivity at the church on Sunday morning before service (to get all the Sat night edits from our collaborators) is reliable.

My understanding is that there are no removable memory (e.g. thumbdrive) options to merge last minute edits in Proclaim.

Do you have any opinions on the cloud-based nature of Proclaim (as it is integral to the Logos-Proclaim-Soundfaith triad)?

Making Disciples!  Logos Ecosystem = Logos8 on Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Win10), Android app on tablet, FSB on iPhone, [deprecated] Windows App, Proclaim, Faithlife.com, FaithlifeTV via Connect subscription.

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Kevin A. Purcell | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 19 2018 9:44 AM

David Thomas:
Kevin, thanks for your honest evaluation. I've been a fan of your reviews for many years.

Thanks a bunch!! You're why I do it.

David Thomas:
Do you have any opinions on the cloud-based nature of Proclaim (as it is integral to the Logos-Proclaim-Soundfaith triad)?

I think the cloud based feature is great if you have a good connection at the locations where you'll edit and present. The sermons/soundfaith part has to be since that's the whole point of its existence. Logos syncing is cloud based and is a big strength if you use more than one device.

However, it's a huge weakness for people who don't have good internet connection. So it's great when it's possible and terrible when it's not. For me that's the former. I am almost always in a fast connection. When I can't I leave ASAP. :-)

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Mike Binks | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 19 2018 12:33 PM

David Thomas:
My understanding is that there are no removable memory (e.g. thumbdrive) options to merge last minute edits in Proclaim.

Not quite accurate...

Can be used to save to a thumb drive and move to another computer if required.

I find it easier to pick up the laptop and take it with me.

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 19 2018 2:22 PM

Mike Binks:
Can be used to save to a thumb drive and move to another computer if required.

Thanks!! This is good to know.

Making Disciples!  Logos Ecosystem = Logos8 on Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Win10), Android app on tablet, FSB on iPhone, [deprecated] Windows App, Proclaim, Faithlife.com, FaithlifeTV via Connect subscription.

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