Accordance Blog
Mar 24, 2017 Richard Mansfield

FREE Accordance Training Seminar in Orlando, Florida


Asbury Dunnam (Orlando)

Rule #3 of "How to Become an Accordance Expert" is to attend a free all-day Accordance Training Seminar.  And fortunately, we have one coming up for you! If you live within driving distance of the Orlando area, you will want to come join us on the Florida Dunnam Campus of Asbury Theological Seminary on Thursday, April 6.

Check out the details below:

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 9 AM to 6 PM

Florida Dunnam Campus
Asbury Theological Seminary

8401 Valencia College Ln.
Orlando, FL 32825

Room: #208

Maps & Directions

As always, the seminar is free, but we do ask you to register at [email protected] so that we'll have a headcount. For more information about other upcoming events, please see our Seminars & Shows page.


Mar 15, 2017 Richard Mansfield

FREE Accordance Training Seminar in Eatonville, Florida




If you're within driving distance of the Orlando area, don't miss this opportunity to hone your Accordance skills--or even check out Accordance for the first time! On Saturday, March 18, we will be offering a FREE all-day Accordance Training Seminar at The Life Center Church in Eatonville, Florida.

Accordance Training Seminar (Free)

Saturday, March 18, 2017
10 AM to 5 PM

The Life Center Church
63 East Kennedy Boulevard
Eatonville, Florida 32751
Meeting room: Multipurpose Building

Although the seminar is free, we do ask that you register by emailing [email protected].

For more information about this seminar or other upcoming events, please see our Seminars & Shows page.


Feb 2, 2017 Wes Allen

Studying the Bible in a New Way

Note: this blog post by Wesley Allen originally appeared January 30, 2017, on the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey website and is reproduced here with permission. Photos were also taken by Wesley Allen.

On January 28 the ABCNJ Academy sponsored a training seminar for Accordance Bible Software at New Brunswick Theological Seminary.  Roughly fifty people attended the event, about half of whom were ABCNJ pastors and leaders. While Accordance provides the training for free, ABCNJ registrants received the Accordance starter bundle and Academy credit with their paid registration. It was an incredible deal, and impressed Pastor Gregory McMillan of Hamilton Square Baptist Church, "Because of the exceptional insight of [Accordance's Rick Mansfield], I now feel better equipped to educate the church and its people. We are fortunate to have access to such a resource of information at a reasonable cost." Associate Regional Pastor, Rev. Dr. Elmo Familiaran, was equally as impressed, "The interface between Greek, Hebrew, lexicons and Atlas with my preferred English translation is just truly amazing. Reading and studying the Bible will never be the same for me."


Rick Mansfield leading the Accordance Training Seminar.

The training moved through Accordance's interface, walked though setting up highlights, demonstrated the speed and power of its search capabilities, and explored user created content like user tools and user verse notes. Two features which were just released in the most recent update, Stacks and Papers, were also demonstrated. These function as a digital stack of notecards and a structured text editor for sermons or lesson plans, respectively.


While the training was rapid Rev. Martha Bevacqua, Interim Pastor at First Baptist Lambertville, believed it was helpful for getting started with the new tool, "Any resource that helps me be a better preacher is always helpful, but learning how to use new software can be time consuming as well as challenging. The training gave me sufficient knowledge and confidence to get started using Accordance."


Accordance support professional Jay Baker helping a seminar attendee.

The session was an expression of ABCNJ's continued committment to helping pastors use the incredible tools at their disposal, and fitting them into their workflow. Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor of ABCNJ, was pleased with what was accomplished, "ABCNJ was proud to sponsor the Accordance training event at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. We live and serve in a computer-based era, and it is vital for our clergy to utilize the best and most cutting-edge tools to grow in ministry effectiveness and faithfulness. I have been using Accordance since 2008, but I must admit I learned a great deal from the seminar and will use this software to greater effect going forward."


Wesley Allen is the pastor of Central Baptist Church in Palmyra, New Jersey and an Accordance user since 2008.


Aug 18, 2016 Richard Mansfield

Upcoming Accordance Events in Boston

Boston Public Library
Accordance representatives will be in Boston in the coming weeks, and if you're going to be in the area, we hope to see you there.
We will be participating in Gordon-Conwell's National Preaching Conference on September 8-9, followed by a free all-day Accordance Training Seminar on September 10. The training seminar is open to anyone, and if you would like more information about the preaching conference, follow the link below:
National Preaching Conference
Thursday and Friday, September 8-9, 2016
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
South Hamilton, MA Campus
Accordance Training Seminar
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9 AM to 6 PM
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 
130 Essex St., South Hamilton, MA 01982
Room: Pending


May 12, 2016 Richard Mansfield

Upcoming Accordance Seminars and Shows: Summer 2016

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Since Accordance has an international customer base, this summer we are going to have an international presence with our training seminars and other events.

Please visit our Seminars and Shows page for more information, and to register for any event below, please email register in advance at [email protected]

Here are all of our events coming up this summer. Check the dates and locations to see if we will be anywhere near you!

Sydney, Australia

Thursday, 19 May 2016
1 PM to 5 PM

Accordance Training: From Software to Sermon
(A seminar that aims to help pastors use Accordance Bible Software to prepare and present sermons.)

51 Druitt Street
Sydney, Australia
CMS Meeting Room
Level 5

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Saturday, June 4, 2016
9 AM to 6 PM

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
14542 Choate Circle
Charlotte, NC 28273
Room: 122A

St. Louis, Missouri

Southern Baptist Convention
Tuesday and Wednesday
June 14-15, 2016

America’s Center
Booth #421
701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63101

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary
Monday, June 20
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

All-day training seminar

Download promo poster in Chinese or English.

Manila, Philippines

Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary, Taytay
Saturday, June 25
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

All-day training seminar

Download promo poster.

Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Silang
Wednesday June 29 - Friday July 1

Seminar and sessions with faculty

Wednesday 2-5 PM (Introduction)
Thursday 8-11 AM (Sermon Preparation and Applied Studies)
Thursday 2-5 PM (Biblical Studies)
Friday 2-5 PM (Consultation)

Download promo poster.

Seoul, S Korea

ISBL Annual Meetings in Seoul
Sunday, July 3 - Thursday, July 7

Visit our booth in the exhibit area and attend our sessions during the meetings

Tuesday, July 5
Yonsei University - Location Pending
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Introduction to Accordance Bible Software

Wednesday, July 6
Yonsel University - Location Pending
1:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Accordance Bible Software Demo and Training

Saturday July 9
Torch Trinity Graduate University
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

All-day training seminar, open to all

Download promo poster.

Tokyo, Japan

Japan Bible Seminary Pastors' Conference
Monday, July 11 - Wednesday, July 13

Tuesday July 12 afternoon
One hour presentation and 2.5 hour training session

Open to all conference participants

Japan Bible Seminary
Wednesday, July 13

2.5 hour afternoon seminar for students

Ochanomizu Christian Center
Downtown Tokyo
Thursday, July 14
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

All-day training seminar

Download promo poster.

How to Register

The training seminars are free to all attendees. However, it greatly aids our planning if attendees do let us know as soon as possible if you plan to come, and inform us if your plans change.

To register, send an email to [email protected]. Please reference the name of the seminar location(s) you wish to attend. You can also use this address for any questions about the seminars.

See you this summer!


Mar 16, 2016 Accordance Bible Software

Accordance Training Seminar in Florida: March 19

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Accordance will holding a FREE 4 Hour Training Workshop on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Please tell your family, friends and colleagues about this opportunity. See details below.

4 Hour Training Workshop
Saturday, March 19, 2016


9am to 1pm

(For beginners or those wanting a review of the basics of Accordance)

Hosted By:
First Baptist Church
of Winter Garden
125 East Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Room: TBD

Map & Directions

Learn About Accordance

Training seminar Accordance training seminars are here to help you! We have been equipping people to use Accordance to its maximum potential for 20 years. Whether you use Accordance for your personal devotion time, classwork, sermon preparation, research or ministerial work, our seminars are suited just for you. New user or longtime aficionado, our talented instructors will revolutionize how you use the program, or at least teach you a few new tricks!

The training workshop is open to anyone who would like to observe, review and learn more about the Accordance Basics. Users of Accordance should have completed the interactive Accordance Basics online course so that they can follow the sessions. The Podcasts series Lighting the Lamp is also helpful. Non-users are welcome to come for all three Introductory sessions and stay as long as they want. Users of Accordance can refresh their basics of Accordance.

Workshop Details

Training seminar The 4 Hour Training Workshop will be from 9am to 1pm and will demonstrate Accordance running on Mac and Windows.

You are encouraged to bring a computer loaded with Accordance so that you can follow along, but it is not essential, as the trainer's computer will be projected.

Introductory 4-Hour Training Schedule (subject to adjustment):

9:00-10:15 Introduction to the Accordance Interface
10:30-11:45 Searching Basics
12:00-1:00 Using Atlas and Timeline

Be sure to upgrade to the latest Accordance vs11 before attending the workshop, as this will be the version used during the training. This will make it much easier to follow along throughout the training.

Those who take the time to come are often very grateful to learn all the things that they never knew they were missing. Please share this seminar information with the staff and students at any institution in the area, as well as with any users you know.

How to Register

The 4-Hour Workshop is free to all attendees. However, it greatly aids our planning if attendees do let us know as soon as possible if they plan to come, and inform us if their plans change.

To register, send an email to [email protected]. Please reference the name of the workshop location you would like to attend. You can also use this address for any questions about the workshop. 

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 18, 2016


Jan 28, 2016 Richard Mansfield

Accordance in Chicago! [UPDATED]


Chicago skyline

The Accordance Team will be in Chicago for three events during the first week of February!

Moody Global Ministries We will have an exhibit at the Moody Bible Institute Founder's Week Conference from February 1-5. If you're attending Founder's Week, come by our booth for a personal Accordance demo or just to see what's new for the Accordance Library!

Plus, the Exhibitor Hall will be open to the public. If you would like to come see us, we will be set up in The Moody Church, 1630 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610. Exhibit hours are from 5 to 10 PM.

There are two free Accordance Traning Seminars taking place during the week that anyone may attend:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 (12 PM to 3 PM) 
(Special Focus on Greek and Hebrew)

The University of Chicago Divinity School
1025 East 58th Street
Swift Hall ~ Room 106
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Map and Directions

Saturday, February 6 (9 AM to 6 PM)
Community Fellowship Church
28 W 240 North Ave.
West Chicago, IL 60185
Room: #209 
Map & Directions

Note that anyone can come to our Training Seminars. You do not have to be attending Moody's conference to join us for our free Accordance Training Seminar.

If you plan to attend either of our seminars, please email us at [email protected] to register. And bookmark the Accordance Seminars and Shows page to keep up with Accordance events all year long!

We hope to see you soon in the Windy City!


Jan 6, 2016 Richard Mansfield

Upcoming January Accordance Training Seminars


seminar photo

In my blog post last year, "7 Ways to Become an Accordance Expert," #3 on the list was to attend an Accordance Training Seminar. We already have a number of these free seminars planned for 2016, but I wanted to let you know about three coming up right away for locations in California and Minnesota.

  • Los Angeles, CA
    Saturday, January 16, 2016 (9am to 6pm)
    Talbot School of Theology at Biola Univ.
    13800 Biola Ave., La Mirada, CA 90639
  • Minneapolis, MN
    Friday, January 22, 2016 (1pm to 5pm) Special Focus on Greek and Hebrew
    Bethlehem College & Seminary
    720 13th Ave S., Minneapolis MN 55415
  • Plymouth, MN
    Saturday, January 23, 2016 (9am to 6pm)
    Fourth Baptist Church and Central Baptist Theological Seminary
    900 Forestview Lane N., Plymouth, MN 55441



Nov 5, 2015 Richard Mansfield

FREE Accordance Training Seminar in Atlanta!


Training seminar

If you're planning to be in Atlanta later this month for the meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society or Society of Biblical Literature, consider joining us for a FREE all-day Accordance Training Seminar.

Our seminar will take place on Friday, November 20, from 9 AM to 5 PM. Whether you are a new user or experienced Accordance veteran, come learn how to take your Bible study and research to the next level.

Location for the meeting:

Candler School of Theology at Emory University
Rita Anne Rollins Building, Room #252
1531 Dickey Dr., Atlanta, GA 30322

For more information, including driving directions, please see our Seminars and Shows page.

Although the seminar is free, we do ask that you register at [email protected]. And if you register by Tuesday, November 17, you will qualify for $20 worth of Accordance credit!

Note also that if you live in the area or within driving distance, you do not have to attend ETS or SBL to join us for our seminar.


Oct 22, 2015 Richard Mansfield

7 Ways to Become an Accordance Expert

Expert definition In the next few days, I will lead two all-day Accordance Training Seminars in Texas. I love leading these events because I get to meet and know other Accordance users in a face-to-face setting. Invariably, I always run into some users who will says something like, “I’ve had Accordance for ___ years, but I really don’t know how to use it very well.” These days, Accordance Bible Software has the most intuitive interface in its history thanks to use and feedback from users and innovation from our design team. Nevertheless, it is a very rich program, capable of a wide variety of uses by very different people and professions. This means that all of its nuances cannot be mastered in one sitting.

Every day, Accordance is used by thousands of people for basic Bible study and devotions, Sunday School lesson and sermon preparation, classroom instruction, and extremely sophisticated biblical language research. Accordance is versatile enough for all these types of scenarios, but how well you put it to use for your needs depends on how well you know how to use the program. Here are a few tips for getting to know Accordance a bit better. With one exception, all of these can be done from the privacy of your home or office.

  1. coffee shopLive in Accordance. I bought my first Accordance CDs (remember those?) in 1998. Since that time, there have probably been fewer than a dozen days when Accordance wasn’t open on my computer—and now, mobile devices—for at least some part or all of the day. What I’m saying is that the most important aspect of knowing something is spending time with it (this works with human relationships, too, by the way!).

    When it comes to Accordance, if you don’t know how to do something, commit to finding out how to do it. You will be surprised that it will have features and capabilities you didn’t even realize. I’m going to show you a few ways to find out the answers to your questions, but making the initial decision to use Accordance as a primary tool for your study, preparation, and research is the most important aspect in all of this.

  2. Use the Help Files. Really. I know, I know—software help can just be the worst. It’s slow, difficult to use, and if you don’t know the right terms to look for, the Help is…well, no help. Trust me on this: the Accordance Help system is much different than what you might be used to experiencing in other software programs.

    Accordance Help is very thorough and well written! In fact, the designer of our help system actually won an award for her work (yes, there are awards for such things!). You will quickly discover how beneficial the Accordance Help system is with a little bit of use. Each topic starts out general to explain the concept and then goes into more detail. Examples with screenshots are provided so that you can practice a particular procedure in your own copy of Accordance.

    Help icon So, when you get stuck in Accordance, or you just want to learn something new about the software, click on the question mark icon with a square around it on your toolbar to the right. Accordance Help is basically a set of thousands of HTML files that will launch in your default web browser. These files already reside on your computer, so there’s no need for an Internet connection. Accordance takes a guess and puts you on a help page that is probably related to what you are doing. If the subject is not what you’re looking for, click the link at the top left that reads, “Open topic with navigation.” This will take you to a view with a Table of Contents and an Index on the left, and a Search Window at the top right.

  3. Attend a Free All-Day Training Seminar. Okay, this is the only suggestion I’m offering that will require leaving the comfort of home, but I promise it’s worth it! Training Seminars are excellent opportunities to learn about Accordance in a concentrated group experience. They start out general in the morning and become more advanced as the day goes. Even if you’ve been using Accordance for a while, I’ve observed that reviewing the basics often allows for picking up a tip or trick or two or seeing a new feature in action that you might not have used much previously.

    seminar photo
    These seminars are also an excellent opportunity to get direct help, in person, from an Accordance expert and to network with other computer users. Check our Seminars page regularly for updates about events that may be in your area. If there’s nothing close by, remember that we often schedule a seminar in conjunction with yearly meetings such as those for ETS and SBL. If you’re going to a conference anyway, why not include an extra day for a Training Seminar?

  4. Webinars - largeJoin in on a Free One-Hour Webinar. If you can’t spend a whole day with us in a seminar, what about one hour at a time? Every week, we offer around five or more one-hour webinars on a variety of topics from beginner level to advanced. You and a few other Accordance users will be connected electronically while an Accordance expert guides you through a demonstration about one focused Accordance topic. You will be able to see the instructor’s computer screen on your own computer, and you can follow examples in your own installation of Accordance.

    Check our schedule every week on the Webinars page or the Accordance Blog (the Webinars post is updated every Friday) to see what subjects are coming up for the week ahead.

  5. Frequent the User Forums. One of our best-kept support secrets is the Accordance User Forums. Have a question in the middle of the night? Accordance users (and staff, too, for that matter) live all around the world. Sometimes the quickest way to get help is to post your question in the Forums. You can also make suggestions about Accordance or titles you’d like to see come available for the Accordance Library.

  6. Read the Accordance Blog & Watch Our Videos. Our Blog is for more than just announcing sale items (although that’s pretty good, too!). Each week we have new tips and tricks for using Accordance. We also have hundreds of videos available demonstrating just about every Accordance feature imaginable. Don’t just watch these videos; use them as guides to perform the same techniques on your device. The Lighting the Lamp Podcast comes out twice a month. We also have archived Webinars, archived Training Seminars, and Mobile Tips. And don't forget our Vimeo and YouTube channels!

  7. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask. When I teach a group—whether in the classroom or at church—I always say, “The only dumb question is the one not asked.” Regardless of whether you are at a Training Seminar, in a Webinar, or in the Forums, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Afraid that your question is too basic? So what? You’ll be amazed at how willing other people are to help you. I’ve been using Accordance for 17 years, and I’m still discovering features of the program. I often find myself beginning a question with “I’m sure there’s a simple way to do this…”

    In keeping with this idea, Accordance Tech Support is there when you need them: email [email protected], call (407) 339-0266 or use Live Chat (M-F from 10 AM-6 PM). Our Tech Support Team is amazing at what they do. If discussion via email, phone, or online chat is not enough, they have often been known to screenshare with users over the Internet to demonstrate how to do something in Accordance.

There’s more that could be added, but the above will get you well on your way to becoming an Accordance expert. Here's one final bit of advice for those who might be coming to Accordance from other Bible software platforms: let Accordance be Accordance. You may have had a particular workflow in other software that doesn’t work the same here (the same would be true if you were going in the other direction, but that seems unimaginable!). Just because Accordance doesn’t work like your old software, don’t assume that it can’t do what you want it to do.

Bible software platforms are unique with their own way of doing things and even their own “philosophy” of how Bible study in a digital age should take place. In fact, if you haven’t done so already, I highly recommend reading the section of the Accordance Help titled “Introduction to Accordance.” Here you will see eight “core values” of Accordance that will serve as the beginning of the path to Accordance expertise.