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Tim Brunk | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Mar 16 2018 10:49 AM

I'm new to Logos and just got started with the Bronze package. I was wondering if there was anyway to structure a sermon template that would load automatically in the sermon editor. I use a template in my sermon writing that follows a set pattern. That way all my sermons follow basically the same format week to week. The pattern is based on Andy Stanley's book "Communicating for a Change".

I have this template set up in Libre Office. Looks something like this:

ME - Orientation
WE - Identification
GOD - Illumination
YOU - Application
WE - Inspiration
(There is more to my template, but this is the basic idea)

I then fill in the blanks (the actual sermon) - this gives a consistency week to week, month to month. 

I would like to set this into Logos sermon editor so that each week it pops up automatically. I do not see a way to do this. Anyone here have a suggestion? I don't want to type the format each week. 

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 16 2018 11:13 AM

I don't use the sermon editor, but I love that you are using the outline. 

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Richard Villanueva | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 16 2018 1:01 PM

Tim Brunk:
I would like to set this into Logos sermon editor so that each week it pops up automatically. I do not see a way to do this. Anyone here have a suggestion? I don't want to type the format each week. 

First off, that would be an interesting feature to add - Sermon Templates. There are several ways to write and format a sermon (From Three Points and a Poem on through to Andy's Outline here, maybe MP's I-Beam sermon format?) Makes an easy way to help jump-start one's writing, like the Sermon Outline Resources.

Secondly, one workaround way you could do this is by creating a Sermon Document that serves as a template.

  • You could insert it into a Study or Writing Layout you like for your Sermon Writing.
  • Save it as a Saved layout named something like "Andy Stanley Layout" or "Communicating for a Change Layout" or whatever.
  • Open the Layout from the Layouts Menu or make a Shortcut icon up top and it will pop up (just like the attached picture.)
  • Open an Unnamed Sermon File, copy and paste the Template body tot he Unnamed Document and go from there.

I tried saving an "Unnamed Sermon" to the layout, but as soon as you change the body and title, the next time you open the layout the updated Sermon will appear instead of the "Unnamed Sermon." I have a Sermon Doc icon saved in shortcuts, so it's one easy click.

This would make your workflow:

  1. Open Saved Layout
  2. Open New Sermon Doc
  3. Copy Template Body
  4. Paste Template Body to the new Untitled Sermon
  5. Close Template Sermon Doc
  6. Study/Write!

Any better ideas out there??

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PJ | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 22 2018 2:16 AM

Tim, welcome to the Logos Forum.

There are only workarounds for what you try to do. The way I do it is to create a Personal Book with sermon outlines or templates. Then using a custom Highlight with a Label I Highlight each template in the Personal Book as a Sermin Outline. You can then rightclick in the Personal Book and select "send to Sermon"

I do not have internet access on my computer at this stage. If you are interested I'll try to type instructions on how to do this on my phone.

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Keith Pang | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 22 2018 2:32 AM

Good ol' Andy Stanley outline...nice

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PJ | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 22 2018 2:46 AM

Sample Image

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PJ | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 22 2018 6:55 AM

Detailed Instructions and some Templates (Personal Book)7633.Sermon Templates.docx

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Tim Brunk | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 31 2018 4:33 PM

Thanks everyone! Very helpful!!!

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 31 2018 7:31 PM

Here is an expanded "Classic Expository Preaching" that I picked up from a Homiletics I teacher at Moody Bible Institute (Mr. Oldham) who retired Spring 1984. This template merges your "Classic Expository" with your "Practical"

INTRODUCTION:

  • Attention Getter

  • Main Idea of the text stated as a Homiletic Thesis (Complete Sentence with an Action Verb)

Supporting Principle from the text #1

  • Principle stated (complete sentence with an action verb)

  • Principle explained (What?)

  • Principle illustrated (So What?)

  • Principle Applied (Now What?)

Supporting Principle from the text #2

  • Principle stated

  • Principle explained

  • Principle illustrated

  • Principle Applied

Number of supporting principles determined by the Biblical Text

CONCLUSION:

  • Homiletic Thesis/Big Idea restated

  • The "Big Ask" - tell the congregation that you expect a response to the truth of the text.

By ensuring that each Main Point comes from the text and supports the pericope's big idea it helps the preacher do something that Walt Kaiser exhorts: "Keep your finger on the text!!"

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Hector | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 15 2020 7:49 PM

Hello Tim,

I am learning Logos 8 and I just found a workaround of your issue as I was facing it also. here it is:

  1. I just started creating my layout in a new Sermon Document, I can predefine all the styles for my titles and headings (h1, h2, illustration, prompt, etc.)
  2. Then gave the document a generic name as "Sermon Template Layout"
  3. With your faithlife account, you can access the repository of all your documents using https://documents.logos.com/
  4. Once you log in, you should find your sermon "Sermon Template Layout" in the list, and from the action button on the right just click on Duplicate document.
  5. Go back to the actual logos software and click on the Sync button that you have.
  6. After the synchronization, you should have a "Sermon Template Layout (2)" with all the styles like the original one. which you could edit and use as your new layout, leaving the first doc intact as a template for your future sermons.

This approach worked for me pretty well, because from just copying and pasting my layout over a new sermon doc would not keep the styles of my headings beyond the h1 and h2.

Hope this helps,

Hector

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Sean Crow | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 11 2020 1:54 AM

Hi Hector,

Thanks for the response.  I've been following and struggling with the same and appreciate your suggestion, since it seems there's not much "inter-connection" thinking between Logos notes, workflows, and sermon editor.  

At least in my opinion, they should include a styles dropdown for notes (and better yet, mirror the dropdown list already in sermon editor), then usefulness of notes and inter-optimization of staying within Logos instead of using Word is even stronger.   Plus, some of us who like to not duplicate our work in different parts of the same software can justify its expense even more easily...

Grace and peace,

Sean 

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