At Church Executive, Rich Tatum provides a detailed list of things to consider when selecting Bible study software. Personal libraries can be bulky and cumbersome and it can take too much valuable time searching for specific passages or topics. Bible Study software gives you the ability to do electronic searches and save your notes and sermons for future research.
Following are some examples of questions that Tatum suggests you consider.
- Do you need a tool that will allow you to access commentaries, sermon archives and the latest offerings from major publishers?
- Do you need tools that will help you translate, parse and exegete a passage?
- Do you need access to the software from multiple locations, such as your office, your home or church meeting rooms? If so you should look for an online solution.
You should view your decision to purcahse Bible study software as an investment. There are a number of free options, but free isn’t necessarily better. Tatum suggest that free tools “rely mainly on public-domain material and won’t help you arrive at the depth of insight you can get by accessing a broader conversation and a more robust body of modern material.”
If you have a budget in place, the author provides another series of questions to consider how to spend your budget. You should also ask about ownership, end-user-license agreements and licensing options. In addition to pre-configured content, suppliers also may provide addition features or content at an additional cost. You should also evaluate the stability of the supplier because you a making a long-term decision.
Click here to read all of Tatum’s Bible study software evaluation suggestions and questions.
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