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
Cross-Platform Use: 5/5 (Android, iPad, Mac)
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:
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:
All in all, I really love this whole format! It's incredibly easy to use, and the options are endless.
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.
I'll go ahead and list what I believe to be the cons:
Really, I don't think there are any cons for this product. It was well thought through and designed intentionally for, and by, practitioners.
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.
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!