Resource Review: Sermonary

First of all, I'm so excited to review a resource that hit FULLY FUNDED in Kickstarter in a couple of hours! Incredible! Hats off to the Sermonary team!

Okay, let's get down to the nitty gritty!

Overall Rating: 5/5
Ease of Use: 5/5
Practicality: 5/5
Cross-Platform Use: 5/5 (Android, iPad, Mac)

Summary:

Sermonary is "a revolutionary new way for pastors to build their sermons. Write, present, and store your sermons in a single platform." And I will be an advocate for this new platform and say it is just that: revolutionary. I've already written that I think this is something that should have existed ten years ago. I know I would have benefited from it, and I can think of thousands of other pastors who wish something like this would have existed, too.

The use of technological tools, outside of Bible Software and Presentation Software, isn't exactly pushed in Seminary or Bible College programs. Some are just now getting to preaching from an iPad for the first time, while others are making quick use of touchscreen technology for on-stage props.

So, as a result, you've got pastors who use way too many resources:

Microsoft Word
Pages
Evernote
Google Keep
Scrivener

And I'm sure there are 20 other processing/storage/note-taking programs that I've not even considered. That doesn't even take into consideration the barrage of other software the Pastors use (Logos, Accordance, BibleWorks, ProPresenter, PowerPoint, Proclaim), and across multiple platforms (Windows, Mac OS, Unix, Linux, Pen and Paper, Stone Tablet, etc...).

Sermonary is a God send for pastors with too many options.

Here are a bunch of screenshots and examples of what Pastors can look forward to:

Here's the basic premise of what you're going to get with the Block Formatting. Here's a sermon I'm working on for this coming Sunday. This is just the "Basic" template with Block Formatting.

Here's the basic premise of what you're going to get with the Block Formatting. Here's a sermon I'm working on for this coming Sunday. This is just the "Basic" template with Block Formatting.

You can add multiple sermon series or add it to your arsenal of "Individual Sermons" if it is a standalone message. As you can see, I've added 2 Peter 3 for my preaching text.

You can add multiple sermon series or add it to your arsenal of "Individual Sermons" if it is a standalone message. As you can see, I've added 2 Peter 3 for my preaching text.

I use a pretty simple outline for messages. Opening Thought, Dominating Thought, and Closing Thought. This is just a simple mind-mapping formula for me as I teach the text. I like the ease and ability of adding points. I chose to put OT, DT, and CT. You can also number them for your convenience, or the convenience of your Tech Team or congregation.

I use a pretty simple outline for messages. Opening Thought, Dominating Thought, and Closing Thought. This is just a simple mind-mapping formula for me as I teach the text. I like the ease and ability of adding points. I chose to put OT, DT, and CT. You can also number them for your convenience, or the convenience of your Tech Team or congregation.

Want to add an illustration? Application? Quote?  No problem! Click the plus on the screen and add anywhere you want!

Want to add an illustration? Application? Quote?  No problem! Click the plus on the screen and add anywhere you want!

This is my preferred template style and so I decided to make it a new template. You can do so by clicking the gear near the title of the sermon.

This is my preferred template style and so I decided to make it a new template. You can do so by clicking the gear near the title of the sermon.

Maybe you're not as fancy as I am with your formatting and just want a nice manuscript opportunity. Here you are!

Maybe you're not as fancy as I am with your formatting and just want a nice manuscript opportunity. Here you are!

Another shot of your text box!

Another shot of your text box!

Here's an example of "Podium Mode" on my iPad Mini!

Here's an example of "Podium Mode" on my iPad Mini!

Another example of Podium Mode on an iPad Mini. Anyone who has ever used Preview, Word, or Evernote while delivering a sermon on an iPad will appreciate the Podium Mode. No more "accidental" touches messing up the whole document.

Another example of Podium Mode on an iPad Mini. Anyone who has ever used Preview, Word, or Evernote while delivering a sermon on an iPad will appreciate the Podium Mode. No more "accidental" touches messing up the whole document.

Don't like my template? No problem! When you're creating a sermon you can pick any pre-existing template! Lots of great options!

Don't like my template? No problem! When you're creating a sermon you can pick any pre-existing template! Lots of great options!

All in all, I really love this whole format! It's incredibly easy to use, and the options are endless.

Pros:

I'll go ahead and weight what I believe to be the pros of the resource:

Ease of use! So easy to use!
Incredibly pragmatic! I mean, we're going to preach, might as well use this resource.
Formats (Print, iPad, Phone, Computer)! Fits whatever you use for preaching!
Storage options included (everything you need is in your sermon library)! You never have to worry about a hard-drive failure, or a low-battery, or lost pages ever again. You can access it from anywhere.

Cons:

I'll go ahead and list what I believe to be the cons:

*crickets*

Really, I don't think there are any cons for this product. It was well thought through and designed intentionally for, and by, practitioners.

Wants: 

Because this is a NEW product, it doesn't come with all of the bells and whistles you might want. Here's what I hope to see in the next couple of years:

Applications (Mac, Android, Windows, etc...). I want an app version for my phone and iPad.
Read-Along Technology -- This is a self-scrolling option used by some public speaking apps, that as you say specific phrases or words, the page scrolls with you. This is great for your manuscript-heavy preachers.

Conclusion:

Again, this is incredible. There aren't enough adjectives to describe the totality of this world-class preaching resource! 

They've already tripled their Kickstarter campaign, but keep giving and keep getting the word out! Check out their Kickstarter Page!

A special thanks to Justin Trapp on the invitation to review! I'm looking forward to this exciting new resource!