Proclaim is Cloud connected software that equips teams in churches of every size with the integrated media tools necessary to enhance the Sunday worship experience. Proclaim is a product of Faithlife which is owned and operated by the same folks that develop Logos Bible Software. In 2012, Logos jumped into the church presentation market offering a tool they hoped would fill the gaps left open in existing software offerings. You can brush up on some of the competition HERE, but below let me point out some of the features that make Proclaim worth your consideration.
Unlimited use on any number of computers with just one subscription.
Mac and Windows compatible.
Purchase comes with $1,000 worth of media in a growing database of resources.
Conveniently connects to CCLI SongSelect, Planning Center Online, Graceway Media, and Logos Bible Software.
Proclaim Signals allow for interactive services from people on mobile devices.
Control presentations from a mobile device or tablet with the Proclaim Remote.
In addition to the many useful features listed above, there are a few unique features worth mentioning.
As a church planter, I know first-hand that getting the right tools and the people trained is a challenge. In most cases, to create a podcast or get the sermon audio on your website typically means purchasing a series of separate programs for recording and editing along with additional hardware.
In this recent video, I outline some of the best audio/video recording hardware and software options for creating a studio for under $500.
And once you get all your tools together, you still have to hope your sound team remembers to start the recording on time. And once everything is recorded, it still takes a few hours for a volunteer to edit and upload the sermon. Proclaim aims to solve this set of problems by integrating recording into their software using “Sermon Audio Cues.” What this means is that the computer tech. tells the software when to start recording and as soon as the corresponding slide is displayed, the software begins to do the work. You can set up multiple start and stop cues with relative ease.
Once the sermon is over, you can add all the details right inside Proclaim, trim the audio and publish directly to the Faithlife server which synchronizes all of your sermon slides for viewing. You can even export the audio for your iTunes podcast. All-in-all, Proclaim is a relatively simple solution for a church that does not have a large technical volunteer or support staff.
The only caution I offer is that when you put all your technology eggs in one basket, one glitch means everything is impacted. So if Proclaim crashes and your slides go down, it also means your sermon recording goes down as well. So depending on your situation, you may want to set up a redundant recording system.
Proclaim can be purchased through a monthly plan that is scaled based on the size of your church’s congregation. This is a great benefit to church plants and smaller churches who may not have the upfront money to pay for everything upfront.
1-99 = $19.95/month or $199.95/yr
100-199 = $24.95/month or $224.95/yr
200-499 = $29.95/month or $249.95/yr
500-999 = $34.95/month or $274.95/yr
1000-1499 = $39.95/month or $299.95/yr
1500-2499 = $44.95/month or $324.95/yr
2500+ = $49.95/month or $349.95/yr
I wont classify this as a negative, but just a cation to any church meeting in a place without internet or WiFi connectivity. One of the convenient features of Proclaim is outlined on their website as follows,
“Your team can arrange song lyrics, announcement slides, and sermon notes from anywhere. One On Air license allows you to install Proclaim on as many computers as you want (Mac or PC).”
The Cloud connected solution is a fabulous solution to a common problem for keeping multiple volunteers coordinated, but the live broadcast of the services means that Proclaim works best in a building that has a strong and reliable WiFi network.
While an internet connection is needed to sync presentations between computers, once synced, presentations are stored locally and will not be disrupted if the internet goes out mid-service. That being said, for a church plant like mine, which meets in a building that does not have any Wifi, some features such as remote control, are not available. If you are in this situation, you definitely want to try it out first to ensure you can live with these inherent limitations.
Overall, I give Proclaim 4 out of 5 stars. Try Proclaim using their 30-day free trial and judge for yourself if ti is the right solution for your church.
Dr. Miller was a former Logos Employee from 2010 through 2011. He was provided a free copy of the product for review purposes. Dr. Miller is also a published author with Logos Bible Software.
For the past couple months I have had the chance to work with the new Logos 6.
Logos 6 offers a host of new features and tools for language study, Bible study, research into ancient cultures, and literature. However, the most amazing part of Logos 6 are the host of new visual tools that help teachers of the Bible better communicate the content to a broader audience.
I could write a lot on this, but instead of reading about it, watch this short video which shows a lot of the new features in Logos 6.
If you are new to Logos, you may be overwhelmed with all the options, books and features. You can check out each package for yourself at anytime, but to make it simple, here is my recommendation for which package is right for you.
Personal Study and Devotion = Bronze
If you are someone who wants to dig deeper into the Bible and sites like Bible Gateway just don’t provide enough, then I recommend starting with Bronze. Some of the important features here are listed below.
Atlas (first set of maps)
Before and After: Ancient and Modern Biblical Archaeological Sites
Virtual Tours: Narrative Character Maps
Beitzel Photo Library
Logos 6 Maps, vol. 1 (English)
Logos Stock Media
Logos Media Archive
Faithlife Study Bible Media
Bible Teacher (pastor or professor) = Silver
For anyone who regularly teaches the Scripture in either a Sunday School or college/university, the Silver package offers some tools beyond the Bronze that you will come to rely on.
Ancient Literature tool
Atlas (2 volumes)
Clause Participants Section
Propositional Flow Outline
Logos 6 Maps, vol. 2 (English)
Artifacts from the British Museum
Preaching Theme Slide Art
The Cultural Context of the Bible
Bible Student and Language Study = Gold
If you are a Seminary student or professor with an interest in ancient languages, then Gold is the best package for you.
Atlas (includes all 3 volumes)
Logos 6 Maps, vol. 3 (English)
Lexham Textual Notes on the Bible
Online Textual Variants Manuscripts
Textual Analysis Tools: Form and Structure of the Psalms (Psalms Browser)
Textual Analysis Tools: Proverbs in the Hebrew Bible (Proverbs Browser)
Lexham Glossary of Semantic Roles
Also, be aware that Logos offers a 30% academic discount to anyone who is a student or professor so be sure to call and get the best price when you order.
This short 9 minute video gives a first look at some of the more impressive features of the new Logos 5.0 for Mac. Based on my use of 5.0, I am super excited to finally see some major speed improvements and feature parity with Windows. This is a tremendous leap forward and what Mac users have been waiting to see. Kudos to the Logos team of developers. This is also visually impressive with much sharper graphics and text. Again, another area showing tremendous improvement from 4.0.
All-in-all.. Logos 5.0 is a welcome upgrade that will certainly please most every Mac user!
The specs on my computer running in the video above are as follows:
Model: MacBook Pro (2007)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.2 GHz
L2 Cache: 4 MB
Memory: 6 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Bus Speed: 800 MHz
New in 5.0
Here is also a list of the new features. I will try to get more info out on these in the near future.
See it all, from Genesis to the present—biblical, church, and world history. Timeline events link to more information, so you can go deeper.
Logos 5 knows what words mean and how they’re used. Search the Bible by part of clause, and Logos brings back exactly what you’re looking for.
Get instant information on any biblical person, place, thing, or event. When you come across an unfamiliar person or word, Bible Facts gets you up to speed.
Sermon Starter Guide
Brainstorm sermon ideas in seconds. Type in a passage or topic and get a smart list of related Scriptures, commentaries, outline suggestions, sermon illustrations, and visual aids.
See what the Bible says about important issues. The Topic Guide connects biblical topics to key passages, scholarly articles, and profiles of related people, places, things, and events.
Bible Sense Lexicon
Go beyond biblical words—see how meanings relate. The Bible Sense Lexicon connects Greek, Hebrew, and English word senses, so you can discover how specific or general a given term is.
Logos 5 builds your bibliography for you. When you’re done studying, Logos instantly creates a bibliography you can annotate and export to your word processor.
Run smarter searches, whether simple or complex. Logos 5 suggests specific queries, so you can find precisely what you’re looking for.
Scripture Memory Tool
Learn your favorite passages by heart. Logos 5’s tools make it easy to memorize any portion of Scripture.
Creating Collections in Logos Bible Software is a powerful way to manage your library and refine your searches for key words and phrases. The Logos website has some simple instructions on how to do this HERE and the user-created wiki-page has some more detailed instructions along with graphical illustrations HERE.
When I am training, I usually have several people ask about the rules I used to create the collections in my videos, so at long last I decided to post them here for your use.
In each box below I have shown you 3 specific items:
“MyTags” I added to selected books to ensure they are included in a collection.
“Collection” is the title I used.
“Criteria” is the actual rule I created to make the collection.
“Minus Collection” Some of my collections are used to help refine other collections and reduce duplication of search results.
Please feel free to leave suggestions for improvement in the comments section.
Collection: Apologetics Resources
Criteria: title:(apologetics, mormon, reincarnation, defending, horoscope, “jehovah’s witness”) OR subject:apologetics OR eugenics OR “social problems” OR author:chesterton OR mytag:Apologetics
Criteria: title:(archaeolog, archeolog, excavation) OR subject:(archaeolog, archeolog, excavation, pottery) OR mytag:(archaeolog, archeolog)
MyTag: Bible Studies
Collection: Bible Studies
Criteria: mytag:”bible studies” OR subject:(“Bible Study”, “Study Guides”)
Collection: Biography (Bible)
Criteria: (subject:(autobiography, biography) OR mytag:Biography000) ANDNOT subject:(paul, bible, jesus, apostles)
Criteria: mytag:counseling OR subject:(counseling, psychology) OR title:(counseling, psychology)
Collection: Favorite Devotional Bibles
Criteria: type:bible AND lang:english AND rating:>2 mytag:devotional
Collection: Dogmatics & Sytematics
Criteria: title:systematic OR title:dogmatics OR title:doctrine OR mytag:Dogmatics ANDNOT introduction
Collection: Exegetical Commentaries
Collection: Favorite Expanded Bibles
Criteria: type:bible AND lang:english AND rating:>2 mytag:expanded
Collection: Expository Commentaries
Collection: Grammars & Lexicons
Criteria: (type:(grammar, lexicon) OR mytag:gramlex) AND rating:>1
Collection: Biblical Hermeneutics
Criteria: mytag:hermeneutics OR title:hermeneutics OR subject:hermeneutics
Collection: History: Church
Collection: Homiletical Commentaries
Collection: All Journals
Criteria: type:(magazine, journal) OR subject:periodicals OR mytag:journal
– Minus Collection: Spanish Language
Collection: Outline Commentaries
Collection: All Reference Works
Criteria: ((type:(dictionary, encyclopedia) AND rating:>1) OR mytag:RefWork) ANDNOT (type:lexicon OR title:(cascadia, lexham, syntactic, illustrations) OR lang:spanish))
MyTag: Roman Catholic
Collection: Roman Catholic Spirituality
Criteria: mytag:”Roman Catholic”
Collection: Creation Science
Criteria: subject:(creationism, science, cosmological, evolution, biology, astronomy) OR title:(science, evolution, space, astronomy) OR author:”hugh ross” OR mytag:science
Criteria: (title:preaching ANDNOT illustrations OR title:sermon OR title:homiletical OR title:homiletics OR subject:homiletics) ANDNOT mytag:sermons
MyTag: Single Volume Commentary
Collection: Single Volume Commentaries
Criteria: mytag:”Single Volume Commentary”
Collection: Favorite Study Bibles
Criteria: type:bible AND lang:english AND rating:>2 mytag:study
MyTag: Untagged Commentary
Collection: Untagged Commentary
Criteria: mytag:”Untagged Commentary”
MyTag: Wesleyan Studies
Collection: Wesleyan Studies
Criteria: publisher:wesleyan OR collection:holiness OR title:wesley* OR author:(“John Wesley”, “Adam Clarke”) OR mytag:”Wesleyan Studies”