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A pastor once joked about what he is paid to do.
He said he is not paid to preach because that is what he loves and is gifted to do.
He said he is not paid to minister to people because God called him and put that heart within him.
He then paused and with a grin said, “I am paid to put up with that daggum staff!”
For the record I love my staff and most of the pastors I know love their own. Many of the pastors who do not yet have staff would give their right arm to have some paid help. So my point is not to pick on church staff. My point is to point out how much we love to preach. We would do it for free.
Every pastor I know loves to preach. This is why WORDsearch is such a blessing. While other Bible study software suites are built for students, WORDsearch is built for preachers who want to study. There is a difference.
One of the features I have verbally thanked God for is called Desktops. Before WORDsearch I would have a couple of different stacks of books on my desk. I would have a stack I was using for the Sunday morning series with a few commentaries and other resources. I would have a stack for the Wednesday evening series that included a few books but also some scholarly articles. If I was in the middle of a discipleship series there would be a stack for that.
When I would head to the coffee shop for study those stacks would come with me. If I needed to do a little reading at home, the stacks would come as well. These stacks plus my laptop, tablet, notebook, pens, wall charger, and Bible would make a simple trip to the coffee shop quite a challenge; keeping them in order, protecting the pages from bends and spills. Not fun at all.
Inevitably I would lessen the load by trying to decide which books I would take. After being at my study location for less than an hour I would have read through what I brought and was wishing I had brought more.
With WORDsearch this is no longer a problem.
First of all my stack are now Desktops. I have a desktop for Sermon Prep, one for Wednesday Study, another for Language Tools (Word Study), and yet another I simply call My Desktop. The latter is the one I open if I am just wanting to look something up quickly or explore a side topic.
Each one is preset to the books and types of books I need for that particular effort. For instance right now on my Sermon Prep Desktop I have 10 complete multi-volume commentary sets, four Bibles (parallel Bibles, cross-reference tools), and four theological dictionaries. Imagine lugging that to the coffee shop. And that is just one desktop.
Second, I am not limited to that one desktop or stack of books. I can easily switch over to the Word Study desktop or Wednesday Study with two clicks and I am ready to go. Not only with the books I stacked on that desktop but also my complete library waiting in the wings.
Not to mention the incredibly convenient way each book can be synced. I turn to a text in my Bible and all of the open resources turn to that same text. Cutting out minutes of page flipping and letting me spend that time on actual research.
I hear friends talk all the time about having print books and loving the nostalgia of the physical text. I get that, however those things are heavy and limited. Take a break from the staff, head to the coffee shop, and take your entire library with you organized in neat stacks ready to be read with WORDsearch.
Josh King is the Lead Pastor at Sachse’s Church (Sax-ee) in North East Dallas County. He has Bible/ministry degrees from Criswell College and Liberty Seminary. He and his wife Jacki have two sons and are expecting the third (from Ethiopia) in the next few months (hopefully).