It’s the first Christmas I can remember. It arrived just seven weeks after the deaths of my father and baby sister. To make matters worse, it was in the heart of the Great Depression. Things were tough. All of us children who were older made what income contributions we could, but the truth was my mother had eight of her eleven remaining children still living at home, and six were too young to work. Understandably, the Ziglar kids were concerned about what kind of Christmas it would be!

The good news is that though our grief was fresh, we still celebrated Christmas. We received no toys that year, but much to my delight in my gift box I found three English walnuts and something I had never tasted before—raisins! They were absolutely delicious. Mama prepared her wonderful molasses candy and we had a small cedar tree. And my mother read the Christmas story, like she always did.

My sixth Christmas will always have great meaning to me. We celebrated the birth of Christ even in hard times because we believed in Christmas.

With all of the rush and stress associated with the Christmas season, Shelby Systems would like to encourage everyone to find the same joy of Christmas that the Ziglar family did by taking time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, this Christmas day.

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21


How much do you know about your Shelby Sales Guy? What are his interests, hobbies and favorite teams? How has his background equipped him to deal with the needs of ministries today? What would he say is the best part of being a Shelby sales guy? And most importantly, how can he help you and your ministry to be more fruitful in your mission work? Discover the answers to all of these questions and much more. Just look for your state listed below, and then click the corresponding picture to see a quick video. Have fun getting to know your Shelby Sales Guy!


Weldon Doherty – AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, NV, OR, UT, WA

Jerry Foster – AL, FL, GA, MS, SC

Kenny Winfrey – CT, DC, DE, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NH, NJ, OH, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV

Mike Martin – AR, IA, KS, LA, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, OK, SD, TN, WI, WY

Ron McClarty – LA, NM, TX

Learn even more about your Shelby Sales Guy at


Everyone here at Shelby Systems would like to take a minute to express our heartfelt appreciation for each of our customers, partners and employees.

We hope you enjoy our 2014 Shelby Christmas Video – just click below to watch.

From our family to yours, we hope that you have a rich and joy-filled Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

-Your Shelby Team


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Your church members expect convenience. We are here to help you respond.

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Join us for a Webinar hosted by Shelby and mobileAxept
on Thursday, December 11 from 1:30-2:30 pm (CST)

Technology is easy for your members and ministry partners

  • Donors send a text to a secure 5 digit number
  • First donation takes less time than writing a check
  • Follow-up donations take only 7 seconds 

Technology is easy for your system administrator

  • Integrates with Shelby v.5 and Arena
  • Provides real-time information on donations including name, address, mobile phone number, email address, purpose of gift, and amount

Technology is secure

  • Encrypted with Secure Socket Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS)
  • PCI Security Compliant through Bluefin Payment Systems
  • Funds are in church’s bank account the next business day

*Pew Technology Report, 2013



Many years ago legendary motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar created this graph to help promote a more balanced lifestyle. Mr. Ziglar states: “you must master some degree of success in each area of life before you can experience the true satisfaction of total success.”  In his book “Born to Win,” Zig Ziglar gives us a list of life choices that may be popular, but in the end, do not lead to success.


What Success Isn’t:

1. Success isn’t missing dinner with the family several times a week because of working excessively.

2. Success isn’t rushing home from work and hiding out with the TV thinking, “After the day I’ve had, I need my space!”

3. Success isn’t about how to make more money when you already have more money than you can spend.

4. Success isn’t about going to church and ignoring everything you hear.

5. Success isn’t all work and no play.

6. Success isn’t about being so busy that you live on unhealthy fast food, served to you through little windows.

7. Success isn’t spending mental energy worrying about late projects, being home on time, your health, missing your child’s school play, being able to pay your bills, or finding joy in your life.

8. Success isn’t texting while you drive to catch up on your overloaded schedule.”


Shelby Systems wants to help you experience total success in your wheel of life. We provide the tools to help you do your work efficiently so that you can minister to others.


“Success is not measured by what you do compared to what others do, it is measured by what you do with the ability God gave you.” – Zig Ziglar


Shelby Interview with Zig Ziglar:


The late great Zig Ziglar (a past keynote speaker for our International Shelby Conference) would have celebrated his 88th birthday this month. To commemorate the occasion, the Ziglar ministry gave away free copies of his last published ebook “Born to Win.” In chapter two, Begin to Win, here is how the most effective motivational speaker of all time defined Success.


What Success Is:

  1. Success is knowing that you did a great job when you close the door to your office at the end of each workday and head for home.
  2. Success is having a home and people to love who love you in return.
  3. Success is having the financial security to meet your obligations each month and the knowledge that you have provided that security for your family in the event of your demise.
  4. Success is having the kind of faith that lets you know where to turn when there seems to be no place to turn.
  5. Success is having an interest or hobby that gives you joy and peace.
  6. Success is knowing who you are, and Whose you are.
  7. Success is taking good care of you and waking up healthy each day.
  8. Success is slipping under the covers at the end of the day and realizing with gratitude that, “It just doesn’t get much better than this!”


Shelby Systems exists to help make you and your ministry a success. We especially desire to assist you with accomplishing goal number one from Mr. Ziglar’s list.




“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar


Shelby Interview with Zig Ziglar:


Here at Shelby we are so blessed to have such amazing churches and ministries to work with and to have such a great bunch of people supporting those churches from our home office here in Memphis. We just want to give a quick shout out to two of those today: Ozella Bailey (Shelby Support tech) and Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, TN (Awesome Shelby church). Thanks so much for all that both of you do! 

Ozella Bailey