The Future of Wordsearch: Important News for Wordsearch Users – – A Letter From Ben Mandrell, LifeWay CEO

At Wordsearch, we honor a responsibility both to our customers and to our mission, “to equip preachers and teachers for a lifetime of ministry with Bible software that is easy to use, affordable, and customizable.” To ensure the long-term success of this mission and protect the investment each of you has made with Wordsearch, we’re happy to announce the acquisition of Wordsearch by Faithlife, the makers of Logos Bible Software.

We recognize Faithlife as a world-class company and the leader in Bible software solutions. We want our customers to have the best user experience in the world when they engage with our content, and Faithlife’s commitment to providing high-quality Bible study software is second to none. Faithlife is in a unique position to protect the investment each customer has made in Wordsearch content and ensure that the resources and tools they rely on remain central to their study and sermon preparation for years to come.

We’re working carefully with our partners and Faithlife with your needs front of mind. We understand how challenging a change like this can be, and we’re proud to let you know that as Wordsearch customers, you will retain the content you’ve purchased from Wordsearch over the years, and you can now access almost all of it using Logos, free of charge.

Later today, you will each be hearing from Faithlife as they share how to access Wordsearch content you’ve already purchased or created using the Logos app. They will also share various ways to learn how to use Logos to do the things you rely on Wordsearch for.

To learn more about Faithlife, Logos Bible Study Software, and how you’ll be supported as a Wordsearch customer, visit this FAQ Page.

Comments

  1. I currently have both programs so will I be able to add my wordsearch resources to my Logos software program?

    • I have both programs also and today my Logos program updated with 640+ new resources that appear to be my Wordsearch books. According to the information i’ve seen almost all if not all will automatically be added as long as you used the same email on both accounts.

      • Hi John! Welcome to Faithlife. And you are correct! Thanks for your post, and let us know if you have questions along the way.

        Karen from Faithlife

    • Hi Kevin! Welcome to Faithlife! And thanks for your question.

      If you head to the FAQs about Wordsearch & Logos page and scroll to My Books and Content section, you’ll find the answer to your question above. But I encourage you to read the page in its entirety for answers to other questions you may have!

      https://www.logos.com/wordsearch-faq

      Glad you are with us and let us know how we can help make your transition to Logos as smooth as possible!

      Karen from Faithlife

  2. While I am surprised at the news that Logos has acquired Wordsearch, especially as a longtime user and owner of Wordsearch, I am pleased that my frustrations as an Apple Macbook owner will soon be coming to a conclusion. In some ways, its a bittersweet parting; however, I believe the change will be positive for pastors like myself who desperately need my Bible software program to be up to date and give me mobility without being shackled to the internet as I have been since January. I hope the transition will be flawless and that all of my purchases will be readily available.

    I do have two questions: The first: I just paid my annual fee for Wordsearch membership. Can I expect a refund? The second: How will you process my $100.00 gift certificate that is with Wordsearch?

    • Hi Pastor Travis,

      Thanks for your comment and questions. Welcome to Faithlife!

      You’ll find answers to many of your questions on the FAQs about Wordsearch & Logos page here, including your question above: https://www.logos.com/wordsearch-faq

      Please let us know if you have additional questions!

      Karen from Faithlife

  3. Rev. Dr. Gary Evans says

    Good afternoon. Will this acquisition afford compatibility with MAC Catalina IOS? I have delayed upgrading until WordSearch now Logos is deemed such. Thank you. GRE

  4. Bill McCaffery says

    Well, I guess this will solve the problem of compatability with Mac OS Catalina then.
    I will be pleased if I am able to access my WordSearch content in Logos.

    • Hi Bill!

      First, welcome to the Faithlife family. We’re excited for you to learn all the things you can do in Logos that you did in Wordsearch, and more!

      Second, check out the FAQ page specific for WS customers, which may answer many of your questions (including your question here). https://www.logos.com/wordsearch-faq

      If existing Logos titles that you already own in Wordsearch are not showing up (most should already be there), licenses may still be processing to your account. Please be patient! This process should be complete within the next few business days. Most of your Wordsearch library should already be available to you in Logos. We will actively migrate remaining Wordsearch titles to Logos through 2020. While we hope to migrate 100% of each user’s library, we may find limited instances where we’re unable to transfer a title. Here’s a list of all Wordsearch titles coming to Logos: https://www.logos.com/wordsearch/upcoming-titles

      Also, we want to make sure you know about training options. Here’s the training page for Wordsearch users: https://support.logos.com/hc/en-us/articles/360049907311

      And don’t miss the free upcoming training webinars with certified Logos trainer Morris Proctor. (They’ll be on-demand, too, if these dates don’t work for you.) https://www.logos.com/wordsearch-webinars

      If you have a question about your Wordsearch account or about a recent Wordsearch purchase:
      Contact Wordsearch support Mon.–Fri. 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (CST):
      Email: wordsearchsales@lifeway.com
      Call: 1-800-888-9898

      I hope that helps answer some of your questions!

  5. Good day to day Brother Mandrell ,

    I have been a WORDSEARCH client over the past years but lost the use of my BASIC +TEACHERS platform a few months ago while on another PC . Now that I am on this present machine I have not bee able to transfer my program because I do not know how; please find my identification , through my email ellenvision1@live.ca & ellenvision1844@gmail.com
    However , when I registered with wordsearch I was usIng , as an email address ellenvision@live.ca (without the number 1) it is after I lost my account temporarely that my difficulties began .
    I do not want to be without this blessed tool of BIBLE studies ay longer ; now that you have taken the helm with your LOGOS , I want to be part of this as I was before and even climb up a level or two within the logos services offers .
    REYNALD MC KIBBIN
    3913 Principale ,
    Saint Cécile de Whitton , Québec
    G0Y 1J0 CANADA

    • Hi Reynald,

      Welcome to Faithlife! We’re glad to have you as part of the Faithlife family, and we’re confident you’ll love how you can do what you did in Wordsearch and more with Logos.

      Make sure to check out the free training options especially for Wordsearch users where you’ll learn how to use the software—and some tips and tricks along the way:

      Logos Training for Wordsearch users: https://support.logos.com/hc/en-us/articles/360049907311
      Free webinars for Wordsearch users with certified Logos trainer Morris Proctor: https://www.logos.com/wordsearch-webinars

      Let us know if you have other questions! We’re here to help.

      Karen from Faithlife

  6. This is awesome!

  7. Patrick Chow says

    I have both and I actually like the functionality of WordSearch much better than LOGOS.
    Hope they can still keep the ways WordSearch works.

  8. This is great as I am already using Logos. When will all my wordsearch books be transferred over to Logos?

    • Hi, Grace!

      First, welcome to the Faithlife family. We’re excited for you to learn all the things you can do in Logos that you did in Wordsearch, and more!

      Second, check out the FAQ page specific for WS customers, which may answer many of your questions (including your question here). https://www.logos.com/wordsearch-faq

      If existing Logos titles that you already own in Wordsearch are not showing up (most should already be there), licenses may still be processing to your account. Please be patient! This process should be complete within the next few business days. Most of your Wordsearch library should already be available to you in Logos. We will actively migrate remaining Wordsearch titles to Logos through 2020. While we hope to migrate 100% of each user’s library, we may find limited instances where we’re unable to transfer a title. Here’s a list of all Wordsearch titles coming to Logos: https://www.logos.com/wordsearch/upcoming-titles

      Also, we want to make sure you know about training options. Here’s the training page for Wordsearch users: https://support.logos.com/hc/en-us/articles/360049907311

      And don’t miss the free upcoming training webinars with certified Logos trainer Morris Proctor. (They’ll be on-demand, too, if these dates don’t work for you.) https://www.logos.com/wordsearch-webinars

      If you have a question about your Wordsearch account or about a recent Wordsearch purchase:
      Contact Wordsearch support Mon.–Fri. 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (CST):
      Email: wordsearchsales@lifeway.com
      Call: 1-800-888-9898

      I hope that helps answer some of your questions!

      Karen from Faithlife

  9. Robert Archer says

    Wonderful! Finally, a real Mac program! Thanks for Wordsearch over the pass many, many years though!

  10. Rev. Robert C. Sapp says

    Well I hate that Wordsearch is going away, or should I say going to LOGOS. Not that I have anything wrong with LOGOS, I actually have an account with them, but I really liked Wordsearch. And it was my goal to acquire a few more libraries from Wordsearch before I stopped adding to my library. Oh well, I started out with Quickverse and it was bought by Wordsearch, now I have another program to learn. Gives me something to do. I certainly enjoyed this program, and recommended it to several people. Thanks

    • Hi Rev. Sapp

      Welcome to Faithlife! We’re glad to have you as part of the Faithlife family. We’re confident you’ll love how you can do what you did in Wordsearch and more with Logos.

      Make sure to check out the free training options especially for Wordsearch users where you’ll learn how to use the software—and some tips and tricks along the way:

      Logos Training for Wordsearch users: https://support.logos.com/hc/en-us/articles/360049907311
      Free webinars for Wordsearch users with certified Logos trainer Morris Proctor: https://www.logos.com/wordsearch-webinars

      Best, Karen

    • Anthony Muckelt says

      Yes I agree. I have both programs and must say I like the way Wordsearch works. I’ll be sorry to see if go and am annoyed that I’ve paid for Wordsearch on the assumption it would be maintained/ Logos although comprehensive and is expensive especially when they do major updates and you lose access to the level you had in previous versions. I was on Anglican Silver before the update to Logos 8 and I’m now on Starter as I can’t afford
      +++++++++ to keep paying for updates to get to to the level I was already on! Beware!

    • agree fully, and it was far more affordable.

  11. Robert Payne says

    Will absolutely all resources transfer over? Are there some that won’t?

    • Hi Robert! Thanks for your question, and welcome to the Faithlife family!

      May I encourage you to check out the FAQ page for Wordsearch users? You’ll find answers to many of your questions there: https://www.logos.com/wordsearch-faq

      But also, check out the free training options where you’ll learn how to use the software and some trips and tricks along the way:

      Logos Training for Wordsearch users: https://support.logos.com/hc/en-us/articles/360049907311
      Free webinars for Wordsearch users with certified Logos trainer Morris Proctor: https://www.logos.com/wordsearch-webinars

      Let us know if you have questions as you dive in to see all the things you can do without investing more money (most of your resources should already be available to you in Logos, and we are actively migrating remaining Wordsearch titles to Logos through 2020).

      Karen from Faithlife

  12. Dean Masters says

    I have Wordsearch and Logos and find wordsearch a lot easier to use for a blind person who uses a screen reader. Logos can do a lot but not if you use a screen reader. but then, searching in either program didn’t work for blind users. so I guess we blind people just need to read books online since that is the only thing we could really do in either program. I used to e-mail the original developers of wordsearch with suggestions which never got anywhere. Anybody know where I can get text versions of all the books I have since all I can really do in either program is read books but can’t do any research.You say you want to make it easier but Logos is actually harder for a blind person to use. I liked the way one could choose a book to read using Wordsearch but find that very hard to do in Logos.

  13. Looks like this is great news for some but I have never used LOGOS and don’t see the need to invest hundreds in it. I will simply lose out>

    • Hi Terry! Thanks for your post, and we sure hope you stay with Logos to find out all the things you can do with this powerful software. May I encourage you to check out the FAQ page for Wordsearch users? You’ll find answers to many of your questions there: https://www.logos.com/wordsearch-faq

      But also, check out the free training options where you’ll learn how to use the software and some trips and tricks along the way:

      Logos Training for Wordsearch users: https://support.logos.com/hc/en-us/articles/360049907311
      Free webinars for Wordsearch users with certified Logos trainer Morris Proctor: https://www.logos.com/wordsearch-webinars

      Let us know if you have questions as you dive in to see all the things you can do without investing more money (most of your resources should already be available to you in Logos, and we are actively migrating remaining Wordsearch titles to Logos through 2020).

      Karen from Faithlife

  14. Greg Schermerhorn says

    This is a significantly disappointing development as Faithlife / Logos has turned away from its conservative biblical grounding to pursue liberal and Catholic seminaries as a source of revenue. I used to host Logos training events in my church for areas pastors. But as the Logos focus has gotten further away from a core biblical focus to be one more ecumenical, the program has gotten less user focused and more designed toward a monthly access fee. Over the past two years and ending with Logos 7, I stopped purchasing books after having many thousands of dollars invested since the end of Logos 3. I made the conscious decision to change over to WordSearch 10 with a Pastor’s Library. I then started adding books and am on WS12 and am a Perks member. I am BEYOND DISAPPOINTED that WordSearch has been purchased by Faithlife / Logos. That eliminates the only real serious competition to Logos in the Bible software arena. Yes, I know there are other Bible software programs out there, but they are no more searchable than eSword. Yes, I’m opinionated, but now it seems I’ve thrown several thousand dollars down the drain of Bible software that is now useless…AGAIN! Thanks for selling us out Lifeway!

    • Hi Greg,

      I’m sorry you feel this way. We’ve chosen to make a wide array for Bible study content available to serve the broader church because we believe it’s useful to read those we disagree with to challenge our own thinking and be fair in how we represent their opinions.

      All the best, Karen

    • I agree with the sellout simply for more economical reasons. As a Bivocational pastor logos is far too expensive, and the platform is harder to search

  15. Jorge Melendez says

    Thank you. Logos uploaded almost all my WS11 book, but I am missing for example Rod Mattoon, Treasures from Scriptures. I hope I will get all my books. Blessings.

  16. I dislike the expensive changes that are coming our way. At least wordsearch had some basics wird processing included. Not sure I’ll be changing. Loved Wordsearch affordability for we working lower income ministers.

  17. Brian Homoleski says

    Some inferior graphics in Logos versions of Wordsearch titles: I have used both Logos and Wordsearch for many years. I have particularly appreciated the care Wordsearch has given in excellent graphics and maps. Logos has yielded inconsistent results with graphics, though they are much easier to use now. I have unfortunately found that some of the graphics in the Logos versions of Wordsearch titles (for instance the Quicksource Atlas) are quite inferior to the originals in Wordsearch. I hope this can be resolved as I use them in PowerPoint, and the Wordsearch graphics have been crisp and legible. The Logos versions are sadly blurry and just not up to par.

  18. I had LOGOS years ago but liked WordSearchBible much better mainly because of the word processor. I paid for LOGOs premium, but quit it because they didn’t have a word processor. I hope Logos has one now! I use the word processor all the time… so will be very disappointed if Logos doesn’t have one. I think Word Search Bible has the best platform for me, and others like me, who use it for Bible studies and such.

    I cannot prove I had purchased Logos premium about a decade or more ago (mid-90’s) when they first came out as I have a different email address, phone# and live in a different city now (although I do remember the address I lived at when I purchased Logos). I no longer have a receipt to prove I paid for premium because I didn’t like their platform as much as WSBible as it was a little complicated for me and had no word processor. I just swallowed the loss because it didn’t have a word processor and WordSearchBible did. Logos was very expensive and I cannot pay that out again. I am a senior now. I am very disappointed as WordSearchBible is affordable when they update. Logos is more for higher incomes. I would like to see WordSearchBible be updated so we can have it back again, even I we have to pay again for the new version as it is affordable for everyone. We have no choice now because of all the money invested in books since the mid-90’s.

    I am hoping they have a word processor now and that we get at least premium, not just the starter.
    I guess it will take some time to get used to it and am hoping I will feel better about it later on than I am feeling right now. At least I know I am not alone. I’m not upset, just very disappointed.

  19. Is there any chance someone else will take over WordSearchBible and update it to version 64 from 32? It appears I am not the only one who isn’t happy with Logos. I want WordSearchBible back. As a senior, my income is basically just getting by now. I want a straight Christian company, not a mixed stew of beliefs and expensive updates. I already have thousands in books invested since the mid-90’s and don’t want to lose my books but do want a platform like WordSearchBible. I didn’t like Logos before, so am not happy about the change. All you had to do was to update the version from 32 to 64. Why was that such a problem? Everyone else has done it.

    If some of us who don’t want Logos, but prefer a platform like WordSearchBible, can find another Bible study platform with a word processor and what we want, will you move our books over to the platform we chose to use? We do not want an expensive platform but one in the range of WordSearchBible. I want to start searching for one and probably others do to. We want one we can afford to keep up to date and to be able to transfer our many books we have spent thousands for.

    Someone else commented on Logos’ mix of books that have other views of Christianity and paths to follow. That reminded me of some of the books Logos had… even at the beginning. I was wondering then, why they carried those books as they were not Christian. I want straight Christianity according to the Bible, in context. It seems we have no choice if we don’t want to lose all the money we have invested in books. It does not feel fair. At least give us the option of choosing which Bible program platform we can choose to use and have our libraries which we purchased over the years sent to the platform of our choice. That would be a more fair option for everyone. I tried a few platforms before WordSearchBible. I quit them all because WSBible had everything I needed. Surely there is someone who will take up the WSBible platform and update to 64 version and give it back to us, or at least make one that is the same.

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