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Bible Study ComponentModulePluginExtension Specific Addon

Current version: 8.0.8 (Maintenance Version) -

Powerful - flexible - customizable - searchable. Bible Study works in Joomla 3.x and 2.5 (version 8.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 (8.0.8) fixes some bugs in podcasting with special characters and adds a new feature allowing you to set a secondary sort order after a user has arrived at your listing page and clicks on a drop down. See our site for more details.

1.5. Version 8.x is for Joomla 2.5 and 3.x. 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.

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Reviews: 1
This extension does more than anybody might need, or you can tweak it every way possible and use all of the features. I don't believe this extension lacks any feature you could want or need. Tom has been a blessing converting 750 sermons from sermonspeaker to JBS. Going from Joomla 1.5 to 3.xx was not an easy task but Tom made it easy. I'm sure I could have made it easier on myself if I read some instructions but I needed to get it up and running and once that happened, I could go back and experiment with the features. Thank you Tom.
Reviews: 2
I cannot say enough about how great this extension is. I was using another extension for our sermons, we decided we wanted to try doing podcasts. The extension we had did not easily support podcasts so I went looking for something that did. I found JBS and I'm glad I did. It's a very powerful tool that can really enhance your church website. The support is top notch and to top it all off, IT'S FREE! Tom and Brent have done a terrific job with not only the extension but with the support too. They get my vote!
Reviews: 1
When I first set about building the new website here at St John there were some basic tenants that I wanted to be sure an adhere too.

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 @ .

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.
Reviews: 3
This is an excellent component which will meet all your sermon listing requirements.
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!
Reviews: 2
Bibly Study is the first and only sermon component i used, so i cant speak about the others. But i can say, i never thought one minute about searching for an alternate.

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!
Reviews: 2
We have been using this plugin for years and it has become a very important part of our church's outreach.

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
Reviews: 1
Have been using this for over a year - works really well for managing & publishing a very large database of sermons. I've been using the Joomla 1.5 version of the software.

Don't be put off by the lack of recent reviews.

Great support if required in the JoomlaOregon forums.

Reviews: 2
We have been using this component now for 8 months and must say that it is fabulous. It has plenty of features for our needs. When I had a suggestion for a small improvement it appeared as a revision in the next release. When I found a bug, Tom squashed it in a matter of hours for us, and the next release included a permanent fix. The support for this component is very very good - and support for a newbie (like me) is as important as the qualities of the component.
Reviews: 7
found this and it was a toss up between this and sermonspeaker. I am happy to have chosen this as it works well, is so configurable, I had very few issues with it and the support is really brilliant. Thanks for a great component!
Reviews: 1
This component has streamlined our Sermon interface on our website and has helped immensely in organizing and distributing how we get out God's Word over the web.

Thanks for the wonderful component!
Reviews: 3
I looked at a couple of extensions before selecting this one. Other extensions were too simple - this has the necessary capabailities to allow more than simple list of messages. You can filter by preacher, year, subject, Bible book etc. and can easily create links to specific series for example. May take a bit of thinking through to get your head around it, but once you invest a little time it really enables you to reap the reward.

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.
Reviews: 1
Every now and then a component comes along that is so well thought out, so well done that you just have to applaud -- and when it is a non-commercial component you just have to shout: THANK YOU!

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.
Reviews: 1
I'm using this extension in Portuguese to our Brazillian Church (Igreja Batista do Brooklin, São Paulo-SP) it's very usefull, and Tom is very kind in interaction on the doubts.

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.
Reviews: 2
I appreciate the work the author has put into this component and will likely use it for my church. It deserves five stars for effort. I dropped down to three stars because of the extensive use of tables. Most Joomla templates are tableless - and for good reason. It's better for SEF, provides more flexibility and makes it easier for the implementer. Also, I would imagine it would be easier the author to code. I would suggest just providing the data elements as a list and the ability to order them using the administration screen. Then provide a style sheet that creates the table view from the list. Users could then easily modify the stylesheet to integrate the component into their site.
Owner's reply

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.

Reviews: 2
I am currently switching our church site to Joomla 1.5. The old way I handled our sermon casting wasn't going to work. So I experimented with several options and finally tried Bible Study. The features are amazing. There is a lot to learn only because of the menu parameters contain so many options! This will make our text and audio lessons much more usable by the end user. I couldn't be happier. You need to register to view the forum but Tom seems to be on top of things and they component is regularly updated and improved.
Reviews: 1
Thank you Tom for your efforts! We pray that GOD continue to bless you!.

I'm using this component and it is very friendly, easy and so on...

Thanks again!
Reviews: 1
If your church needs a good-looking, flexible way to offer sermon audios and videos, religion lessons and textual studies, Bible Study does it better than any competing Joomla component available today.

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.
Reviews: 1
I do not know how to say this in a more reserved matter. This is the best component, module that you can get to present Sermons. Here is why.

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!
Reviews: 1
Bible Study is hands down the best media manager for Joomla. As if that wasn't enough, the features are perfectly designed for a church or ministry of any size. The back end flexibility and the front end sorting tools are unparalleled. The author provides wonderful support through his site. Bible Study is so good, I actually WANT to pay for it.
Reviews: 3
I cannot give Bible Study high enough praise.

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.
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