Powerful - flexible - customizable - searchable. Bible Study works in Joomla 2.5 (version 7.1.x) and Joomla 1.5 (6.2.4). Unlimited media files, internal video/audio player, ACL throughout (to control viewing and editing privileges).
You can publish your study notes and multimedia files in nearly as many ways as you can imagine. Views include study lists and details, teachers, series, a landing page - plus podcasting and a module for your latest sermons.
Plugins for automated podcasting, backup, and search. Plus a front end entry system. In short, if you have a church and wish to publish your sermons online, this is the product you need. In addition we offer unmatched support on our user forum.
Bible Study was designed by a pastor with a heart for ministry over the internet and is maintained by a dedicated group of believers.
The current version (7.1.2) is for Joomla 2.5. To upgrade from a previous version, please use the Joomla 1.5 migration tool we have provided first. Version 6.2.4 is for Joomla 1.5 sites.
I wanted to make sure the site was database driven and fully extensible. Having quite a bit of experience with a content management system called Joomla it seemed logical to me to use the Joomla CMS to accomplish this goal.
I wanted everything to be simple for both the St John staff and our visitors. We are always tweaking our menus to make things easier to find and the overall site more intuitive and user friendly.
I also wanted to make sure our online media and study resources were easy to update, easy to navigate and full of information. I searched and tested many extensions. Finally, I found the one that had the most potential, Joomla Bible Study @ http://www.joomlabiblestudy.org .
This components is extremely useful and a little complex. Almost immediately I had questions. Pastor Tom Fuller, and Brent Cordis helped me with questions. To say their support was good is an understatement. These gentlemen really care about what they are doing and it shows in their work.
They offer this component and fantastic support at no cost. That's right folks, free. No catches, strings, no sitting through a timeshare presentation, no credit card needed. Just literally free, to help others spread the glory of Christ.
This component is a major focal point for our website and I wanted to take the time to share my thoughts and gratitude.
There is good documentation guiding one through configuration and there is futher support through the forum which is quick and very helpful!
Suggestions for improvement taken on-board for future versions.
Configuration would be easier if Media Files and Studies were configurable from the same area, but on the whole I can't recommend it highly enough!
This is a really big, good structured component. You'll need a few minutes to get it right and if you raise your limits dont be shy to post on the support forum. No question will be unanswered.
Short: Great Component! Great Support! and all for FREE!
The best thing about the plugin is it's ease of use -- a beginner can get started very quickly, but there are plenty of features for those of us who have more robust websites.
I recently upgraded to Joomla 1.7 from 1.5. Most of my plugins were a nightmare to upgrade, but this one was a very simple and elegant process.
We are exciting by the new ability to embed Ustream and Youtube videos, and to create customized views for our parishoners.
Finally, I have to say that the customer service is quicker and better than I have received from commercial companies that I have had to deal with.
I will be talking to our church about making a donation to this project this week. - A Fenton
Don't be put off by the lack of recent reviews.
Great support if required in the JoomlaOregon forums.
The podcast feature is great and it supports various media types. I like the way in which you can combine textual notes with the media of messages if required.
Highly recommended if you want more than just a basic sermons extension.
This application add-on to Joomla is absolutely one of the best I've ever used.
We have gone from offering a straight table-style list of our sermon history that was a bit of a pain to update - especially at series end, TO having sortable, well-presented, easy to use and update, beautiful method of delivering content to our site members and visitors.
And the support? Unparalleled in the open source community. Just the best, most responsive group of folks I have come across!
Can't say enough good about this application.
This is a great tool helping us to make the studies and preaches available to share the gospel with others.
Gob bless you a lot Tom.
Just an FYI, version 6.1 of Bible Study uses css and richly tagged tables in combination to provide the most flexibility and control over the appearance of the study lists. After much research we decided not to go with a tableless environment as this does not seem to be a best practice.
Having meticulously explored the features, functionality and support offered by this and similar components, I can say unequivocally that only Bible Study met all my church's needs.
The component's administrative and front-end structure is easily understood, although the documentation could use fleshing out for the more advanced functions such as setting up podcasts or streaming audio and video. Nonetheless, the time required for even novice developers to get good results is not particularly long and the results are very satisfying.
As others have noted, Tom Fuller is quick to respond to support questions through the Bible Study forum, and he is eager to help you succeed in the setup you're looking for.
There were some bugs I encountered, but these had more to do with style than functionality. Tom squashed them promptly.
I wish there were more than one good multimedia sermons-and-studies component for most churches, but I firmly believe only this one will not disappoint you in the end.
1. It is Very easy to install.
2. It is Very easy to use
3. It looks very nice
4. It is really very versatile
5. It does not have a lot of overhead. (well written)
6. Tom Fuller treats this like his baby. When it cries he is there. I have NEVER had an issue that TOM was not willing to fix.
Tom Fuller is so dedicated his product and his ministry that he goes far beyond the call of duty
In the christian world of computing there is a great lack in good components out there for churches. I would have to say all that I have tried have had their very unfortunate issues. However the level of depth and professionalism that has went into this component by far outweigh (any) component I have used for sermons or media display and content administration for that matter.
As a man who is working for a church that has great plans to expand rather rapidly new technology and ways to implement it for the user so that is friendly and aesthetic is very key. Longevity is another very important factor. Tom is a great person to work with.
Oregon, Tom Fuller and TEAM --- Great Job and I believe I am not overstating myself in saying you have literally blessed the socks off of every church trying to provide service to their members and the rest of the world. Thank you!
We were looking to simply make sermons available online; then I found Bible Study. This extension helped us get the streaming local and remote content to work but added other functions that our members/visitors have found invaluable. The other features we use are scriptures and secondary resource material, study guide content from the pastoral team, and a full comments feature allowing people to add their 2 cents to a study. Users can see everything they need on one scree and we are even starting to podcast our studies through Bible Study.
The 6.0.9 version installs perfectly and provides 100% control over even the most minute variables without requiring CSS or programming changes. We had Bible Study running in two hours.
This solution does exactly what it says it will do and does it well. The support team answered my only question immediately and they take great pride in making sure you get your deployment right.