Introducing Workflows, a Brand-New Logos Feature

Fresh with the arrival of Logos 8 is Workflows, an exciting new Logos feature that takes you step by step through common Bible study processes.
We were really excited about this one as a company, and we’re thrilled to see that our customers love it, too.
Here are some of the comments that flooded in when Logos 8 launched on Monday:

I LOVE workflows.  I could go on, but all I’d be doing is repeating myself over and over again.  I love workflows, I love workflows, I love workflows . . . — Cynthia

Personally, I think Logos 8 is a quantum leap in Bible study software that takes full advantage of modern interface techniques and allows great personalization options. The new Workflows will be a HUGE help in my studies. . . . Nice job, folks.  — Stephen

So how do workflows work?

Studying the Bible can be an intricate process. Should I do a word study? Should I look up cross-references? Should I compare translations? And when should I take these steps?
Workflows guide that process.
Our team of biblical experts have captured the essential steps of lots of different study types—from devotions to sermon prep to exegesis—and laid them out in a clearly organized way.
All you have to do is enter the passage, topic, person, or word you need to study, and Logos walks you through every step.
And best of all, every book and tool you need along the way is provided for you, right when you need it.

You can also create your own workflows from scratch or by adapting the ones that come standard in Logos 8.

What are the workflows?

Depending on the Logos 8 base package or upgrade you choose, you’ll find up to 11 workflows in Logos.
You can read an overview of all 11 workflows, but here are the basic categories:

Devotional Bible study

Here you’ll find study processes like the Bible Devotional, Lectio Divina, and Praying Scripture workflows.
These help you study the Bible in meditative and devotional ways. They take you into Scripture and guide you in reflecting on your passage before God.

Moderate and topical Bible study

Here you’ll find two- to nine-step study processes that take you a little deeper into the Bible. Choose from Basic Bible Study, Biblical Person, Topical, Biblical Place, and Word Study workflows.
In this level of Workflows, you’ll begin interacting even more with the resources in your Logos library. For example, the Review Commentary Discussions step in the Basic Bible Study workflow kicks up your commentaries so you can open them with a click.

Intensive Bible study

The Inductive Bible Study, Expository Sermon Preparation, and Passage Exegesis workflows are for serious Bible study.
They integrate all the technical steps of original-language-based exegesis to help you arrive at a thorough understanding of a passage and then teach that passage to others.

Other perks of Workflows

One thing I love about Workflows is that Logos saves individual studies I’ve started. So if I’m midway through exegeting Ephesians 6:10–17 but need to come back to it another day, I can with a simple click next time I launch Workflows.

I also like how you can mark steps as complete to see your progress. And if you need to skip a step for any reason, you can easily find it later by looking for a gap in your checkmarks.
There’s even a progress bar at the top of your workflow to show you how close you are to finishing. These visual cues can motivate you and help you estimate how much longer it will take you to finish your study.
And, one more perk: Logos users can share their workflows by making them public. If you found some incredible insights while studying Philippians 2:1–11, why not share them with others? Or if you’re feeling stuck yourself, why not get a hand from other Logos users by consulting public workflows?

How to get Workflows

Workflows are available in all Logos 8 base packages and upgrades.
Starter- and Bronze-level base packages and upgrades contain a limited number of workflows, whereas Silver packages and up, as well as the Full Feature Upgrade, have the full set.
Learn all about Workflows and how to get them in Logos.

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Matthew Boffey

Matthew Boffey (MDiv, Trinity International University) is the pastor of worship at Christ Church Bellingham. He is also editor-in-chief of Ministry Team magazine, has edited several books, and has written for several blogs and publications, including Relevant online, the Logos blog, and the Faithlife blog.

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