Understanding Prayer Lists on Faithlife.com

Prayer lists add unique functionality to Faithlife.com. Here’s a quick primer on what they can do, and how to get the most out of them.

Setting user permissions

Faithlife offers five levels of access, and empowers you to set privacy settings for each that suite your group’s unique needs. In the group settings panel, determine which members will be permitted to connect to group prayer lists, create and share new prayer lists, and remove requests.

Regarding prayer lists, you have three decisions to make:

  1. Connect to prayer lists—That is, follow prayer lists. Anyone connected to a prayer list will be able to add requests of their own, see details on other added requests, and receive notifications about prayer requests inside their Faithlife Study Bible app.
  2. Create/Share new prayer lists—New prayer lists are created from inside Logos 5 (more on that later), and shared to a Faithlife group, but you may wish to limit access to only certain people, like administrators or moderators.
  3. Remove prayer lists—Prayer lists can be deleted easily, so guard this permission a little more cautiously to prevent inadvertent deletion.

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For a more detailed explanation of all privacy controls and user permissions on Faithlife.com, check out the post “Understanding the Privacy Settings on Faithlife.com.”

Creating new prayer lists in Logos 5

It’s easy. Select “Prayer lists” from the documents menu, give your list a title and start adding requests right away. You can set frequency and duration for each request and add tags so that your prayer requests so you can find them again later.

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Then, visit Documents.Logos.com to share it with a group. The “Collaborate” option will give a group ownership of your prayer list, so that members can add their own requests to it.

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You could, for example, create a prayer list about a missions trip that your small group plans to make together. You would create the list in Logos 5, seeding it with some general requests like “financial support” and “safe travels.” After announcing the trip, you could share the list with your group at Documents.Logos.com, and then members could connect to it and add their own more specific prayer requests.

Add a prayer list to the group’s sidebar

Though a prayer list may belong to a group, it may still not appear on the group’s page. A group administrator or moderator can add group lists to the sidebar for all to see. Tab over to the “Sidebar” section of the group settings menu, and drag a prayer-list widget to make shared prayer requests visible to all group members.

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Faithlife.com is the digital home for your faith community. It’s free to join and invite others. Tools like prayer lists, reading plans, Community Notes, and a group newsletter make it easier than ever to communicate, collaborate, and fellowship around the Word of God. Join today at Faithlife.com.

4 Faithlife Features You Forgot About

Faithlife communityFaithlife.com is a superb home for your digital faith community. We’ve been adding lots of new bells and whistles over the last few months. Some of the most useful features, though, have been around for a while.

Here are four features you might have forgotten about:

Custom URLs

Set your group’s URL so it’s easy for everyone to find. By default, the address will be your group’s name. But change it to Faithlife.com/Whatever-You-Want in group settings.

Fine-grained privacy controls

You have a lot of control over your Faithlife group’s privacy settings. You can set the overall level of visibility for your group, choosing between open, closed, and secret. And you can set permissions for each member, defining the amount of access available at each level. There are a lot of choices to make here, so I made some recommendations about privacy settings in a previous post.

Expiring groups

Limited-time groups are common in church life. Small groups often meet weekly through the fall, disband over the holidays, and then reform after the dust settles in January. New groups start up all the time. When you form a seasonal group, you can also set an expiration date for it, saving you the trouble of deactivating it later.

Duplicate this group

If you need to create a new group much like one of your existing groups, use the “duplicate this group” button to save time. You can then change the name and group photo. Think about all the time you’ll save when you don’t have to create brand-new groups for each new Bible study series or small group that pops up.

What are your favorite Faithlife.com features? Tell us in the comments.

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Faithlife.com is the digital home for your faith community. It’s free to join and invite others. Tools like prayer lists, reading plans, Community Notes, and group newsletters make it easier than ever to communicate, collaborate, and fellowship around the Word of God. Join today at Faithlife.com.

How to Enjoy Logos.com Resources in Your Faithlife Study Bible App

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetLogos.com is home to more than 46,000 Bible study resources, like commentaries, Bible dictionaries, systematic theologies, collected works, sermon archives, journals, lexicons, handbooks, devotionals, lectionaries, and more. And many of them can be enjoyed inside your Faithlife Study Bible. Here’s a quick explanation of how to do it.

Pick out a resource from Logos.com

On Logos.com, you can read a brief overview of the book in question and even see inside it. At the bottom of each product page, you can browse through customer reviews and ratings. Return here after you’ve used the book for a while to post a rating and review of your own to guide others.

When you see a resource that you’d like to own, look for the note “Runs on Windows, Mac and mobile.” It’s listed just below the star rating. If you see this, you know the resource is available inside your Faithlife Study Bible app.

Checkout using your Logos account

The account you created when you downloaded the Faithlife Study Bible is the same account you want to use when you check out with a new book on Logos.com. This is important! If you check out with a different account, your books won’t be available in your FSB, because they’re connected to a different account. If you ever have questions about your Logos and Faithlife account, email us at customerservice@logos.com. We’d love to help you sort it out.

Open it in your Faithlife Study Bible

After purchasing a mobile-ready book on Logos.com, it will be waiting for you in your FSB’s “Resources” menu. Just tap “Resources” and then “Library” to browse or search through all the digital books you own. Some resources, especially Bible dictionaries, may also display in-line links as you’re reading Scripture, making your study notes even more thorough and powerful.

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You can also access your books through a computer at Bible.Faithlife.com. In either reading pane, click on the book title to scroll or search through your library.

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Shop for study new study resources today at Logos.com.

Understanding the Privacy Settings on Faithlife.com

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You have a lot of control over your Faithlife group’s privacy settings. Use this guide to get your group’s privacy settings tuned exactly right.

Group privacy levels

When you create a new Faithlife group, you can choose between three different privacy levels. At any time, group administrators or moderators (more on what those roles entail in a minute) may change the group’s status.

Open—Anyone can find the group. New members can join immediately. Best used for churches or other groups that are open to new members at all times.

Closed—Anyone can find the group. New members must be approved before joining. Best used for small/home/community/connection/cell groups (or whatever else you might call them) that are only open to new members at certain times of the year.

Secret—Only members can find the group. New members must be invited. Best for groups that are not open to new membership like support or addiction-recovery groups. I also recommend that the church leadership team collaborate inside a secret group.

User permissions

Faithlife groups offer five levels of accessibility that you can adjust to suite your needs.

  • Administrators create the group and promote moderators to manage the group details.
  • Moderators maintain the group. Moderators must first join as members, and then be promoted by an administrator.
  • Members are invited specifically in secret groups, but otherwise anyone can join at this level.
  • Followers are interested in the group, but aren’t members. Many groups only allow followers to reply to posts, not create entirely new posts.
  • Observers are like followers, except they maintain anonymity. Observer identities are not revealed, even to the group administrator.

You can also disable the lowest two permission levels using check boxes if you don’t expect to use them.

Recommended settings

Notice the vertical black line on each slider. These are the default privacy settings, marked so that you can return to them should you wish. You can, of course, drag the slider left or right to tune the privacy settings to suit your group’s needs and culture. I administrate several Faithlife groups, and here’s how I prefer to set the user permissions:

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Faithlife.com is the digital home for your faith community. It’s free to join and invite others. Tools like prayer lists, reading plans, Community Notes, and group newsletters make it easier than ever to communicate, collaborate, and fellowship around the Word of God. Join today at Faithlife.com.

45 Topical Reading Plans

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetThe Bible is a big book. So big that fully understanding it remains a lifelong goal. Rather than trying to read it through in a few sittings, like most of us do with many smaller books, many people instead read a small amount every day.

The slow-and-steady approach has a lot of benefits, and one major challenge—knowing what to read in what order. Enter: Faithlife reading plans.

A reading plan organizes your daily reading around a theme, so you can quickly get an overview of what Scripture says about a given topic without investing any time searching. We have a huge variety to choose from—57 unique plans to be exact.

Some are seasonal, five of them are geared for more advanced study, and these 45 are based on a variety of topics:

10 Days on Discipleship
14 Days on Sin
10 Days on Worry
14 Kinds of Psalms
14 Days on Generosity
10 Days on Baptism
14 Days on Doubt
14 Days on Humility
14 Days on Glory
14 Days on Work
6 Days on Light
14 Days on the Kingdom of God
10 Days on Freedom
21 Days on Prayer
21 Days on Faith
10 Days on the Second Coming
10 Days on Friendship
7 Days on Forgiveness
21 Days on Government and Citizenship
14 Days on Holiness
14 Days on Grace
10 Days on Lust
14 Days on Grief
5 Days on Spiritual Growth
10 Days on Wisdom
10 Days on Patience
14 Days on Prophecy
14 Days on Speech
10 Days on Suffering
7 Days on Fasting
14 Days on Justice
30 Days on Money
14 Days on Pride
10 Days on Truth
14 Days on the Holy Spirit
10 Days on Encouragement
14 Days on Worship
30 Days on Marriage
7 Days on Perseverance
10 Days on Guilt
14 Days on the Poor
14 Days on Hope
10 Days on Hospitality
21 Days on Love
7 Days on Covenant

January is a perfect time to launch a new study. Start a new reading plan from the homepage of your Faithlife Study Bible. Tap the plus sign, select Bible Reading Plan, choose to read privately or with a Faithlife group, and then select one of our done-for-you reading plans.

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Which of the topical plans resonates with your life right now? Tell us in the comments.

7 Seasonal Reading Plans

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Faithlife Reading Plans take the guesswork out of daily Bible reading—no more wondering what you should read next. Choose a reading plan and save time for the important part—reading, understanding, and living out the Scriptures.

The Bible is a big book. Rather than trying to read it through in a few sittings, like most of us do with smaller books, many people instead read a small amount every day. The slow-and-steady approach has a lot of benefits and one major challenge—knowing what to read in what order. Enter: Faithlife Reading Plans.

A Reading Plan organizes your daily reading around a theme, so you can quickly get an overview of what Scripture says about a given topic without investing any time searching. We have a huge variety to choose from—55 unique plans to be exact. Here are a few examples:

  • 10 Psalms of Thanksgiving
  • Advent Reading Plan
  • Luke 1 Month
  • Luke 1 Week
  • Luke 2 Month
  • 7 Days on Jesus’ Birth
  • 14 Days on Resurrection

The Thanksgiving season is fast approaching—in fact our Canadian friends celebrated on Monday. The 10 Psalms of Thanksgiving plan is a great way to get in the spirit. You can find it and 54 others on Faithlife.com. Click Add in either Today’s Readings (to read alone) or Group Readings (to read with others).

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Which Faithlife Reading Plan looks intrigues you most? Tell us in comments.