International Shelby Conference 2017 in Dallas, TX is coming soon, but there is still time for you to join us. Learn, Network and Worship with hundreds of ministry workers from across the world.
Click the images above to watch three brief testimonials (less than 65 seconds) recorded at last year’s ISC event. Discover how networking is one of the major benefits of attending our annual conference.

Alyssa Hillman / Grace Sincock benefited from the lively discussions before and after class
Sandra Hall / Tina Whitman met for the first time at ISC even though they live in the same town
Cheri Hart / Annette Strange are new friends who love how Arena has cut their work load in half

You can learn more by visiting our ISC 2017 web page today!


A good friend recently shared this video with me, and I would like to share it with you. It is as beautiful as it is profound. It is well-worth your time to watch it. I particularly loved this quote from Brother David Steindl-Rast, a benedictine monk, and the one speaking in the video:

“You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you today…. It’s the only gift that you have right now. And the only appropriate response is gratefulness.”

Here are four ways you can transform today, taking it from ordinary to extraordinary:

1. Notice the gifts around you.
2. Open your heart to receive them.
3. Express your gratitude for them.
4. Bless someone else.

Today will never be repeated. It is unique among all the days of your life. Gratitude can transform it into something to be remembered.


Take just a moment to discover what Arena features our Shelby customers love most.
Click the images above to watch three brief testimonials (less than 60 seconds) recorded at a recent event.

Revoydia Richardson loves Arena’s Event module because it has made the scheduling process seamless
Erik Peteron gets excited about the Arena Grade field
Martha Tauzin explains why the Arena Note Taking feature is her favorite

You can learn more by contacting your Shelby Sales Representative today!



I’m the one who held the nail
It was cold between my fingertips
I’ve hidden in the garden
I’ve denied You with my very lips

God, I fall down to my knees
with a hammer in my hand
You look at me, arms open
Forgiven! Forgiven!

Child there is freedom from all of it
Say goodbye to every sin
You are forgiven!
I’ve done things I wish I hadn’t done
I’ve seen things I wish I hadn’t seen
Just the thought of Your amazing grace
And I cry ”Jesus, forgive me!”

God, I fall down to my knees
with a hammer in my hand
You look at me, arms open

Forgiven! Forgiven!
Child there is freedom from all of it
Say goodbye to every sin
You are forgiven!

I could’ve been six feet under
I could’ve been lost forever
Yeah I should be in that fire
But now there’s fire inside of me
Here I am a dead man walking
No grave gonna hold God’s people
All the weight of all our evil
Lifted away forever free
Who could believe, who could believe?

Forgiven! Forgiven!
You love me even when I don’t deserve it
Forgiven! I’m Forgiven!
Jesus Your blood makes me innocent
So I will say goodbye to every sin
I am forgiven!

Forgiven! Forgiven!
Child there is freedom from all of it
Say goodbye to every sin
You are forgiven!


The United Methodist Church (UMC)
sent the following press release to all UM News Outlets earlier this week…

NASHVILLE, TN — The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) announces a new corporate sponsor. Shelby Systems is a leading provider of full-service church management software (ChMS) to churches of all sizes, denominational headquarters, and other organizations in the faith-based communities around the world. Shelby offers a wide range of integrated technology solutions with a goal to support ministries of The United Methodist Church.

The relationship between Shelby Systems and The United Methodist Church was forged more than 40 years ago with UMC churches and conferences,” said Russell McDaniel, VP/General Manager of Shelby Systems, Inc., “and continues today with Shelby’s selection as a GCFA corporate sponsor. Shelby is a leader in ministry solutions that are affordable and secure. We are excited and grateful to join with GCFA and offer our excellent products and exceptional customer service to UMC organizations worldwide.”

GCFA is proud to announce Shelby Systems as a vetted corporate sponsor. The addition of Shelby Systems enhances the resources GCFA is making available to local churches that improve administrative efficiencies, provide excellent customer service, and support the ministries of local churches,” said Bari Beasley, Chief Officer of Marketing and External Relations.


April 7, 2017 is the national premiere of the new film The Case For Christ. Shelby Systems recently had the honor of interviewing Lee Strobel, the author who inspired the film. The book, with almost 6 million copies sold, was written in response to Lee’s wife announcing that she had become a Christian. In order to convince Leslie that the Jesus narratives are not accurate, Lee conducted a two year investigation into the veracity of the Gospels. But his research revealed surprising results. Results that changed his life forever. Now the award-winning book is a major motion picture. Click the image above to watch highlights from the movie, and listen as Lee explains:

Why he became an atheist as a young person
Where he worked after graduating from Yale Law School
What one word came to mind when his wife announced she had become a follower of Jesus
How his journalism and law background influenced his investigation into the Gospels
What surprised him the most when the book was translated to film
Who he expects the typical audience member will be
What he hopes people talk about on the ride home
The best way for a Christian to help promote the film

Learn more about The Case For Christ and access: study guides and witnessing videos.
Watch a Video Promo that Lee Strobel created exclusively for Shelby Systems.
Listen to the new Case For Christ song by JT Murrell.

Invite your skeptical and questioning friends to an unforgettable evening at the movies and then encourage them to attend church with you on Easter Sunday.


Take just a moment to discover why Shelby customers love our Arena product.
Click the images above to watch three brief testimonials (less than 60 seconds) recorded at a recent event.

Ruth Lash loves Arena because it is an incredibly powerful database with lots of flexibility
Dana Williams loves how Arena Support helps her to make her operations more efficient
Jessica King loves that Arena is so user friendly and well organized

You can learn more by contacting your Shelby Sales Representative today!


This article is an excerpt from Mark MacDonald’s forthcoming book: “Be Known for Something”


There are many studies that track eye movements when people go to a webpage. It helps us to understand what most expect when they go to websites. That’s called the web paradigm. If you break the web paradigm, people won’t understand where things are, and things won’t feel natural to them. Let’s review the website paradigm so you can understand things you shouldn’t seek to alter. Remember, though, this paradigm may shift in the future. Websites are changing regularly, so these ideas are quite broad.


  1. UPPER-LEFT CORNER – Almost everyone looks here in the header when going to a website. They’re looking for a simple confirmation that they’re at the correct website. They’ve input or clicked on a URL address, and now, they’ve arrived. Confirm that they’re at the right place by putting your logo here. It can be small, but it should be there. And because you’ve captured most people’s attention (even for only a fraction of a second), what else should be in this high-priced real estate? Your be-known-for-something thread… as a simple tagline under the logo, perhaps.
  2. HEADER – People look for a header area that runs to the right of the logo at the top of the page. They expect to see a menu to the bottom-right of the header. (Menus can also be down the left side of the page, but most are at the top.) A search area is often found in the upper- right side of the header along with a login area or “contact us” section. Churches often use this space for important information like service times, locations, and directions as most congregation and community members visiting the website would want this information regularly.
  3. MAIN CONTENT AREA – The main content area is where the content is delivered to the reader. It’s typically in the center below the header. Because the average person spends eight to 10 seconds on a page, they want this content to be what they expect, that is, scannable or browsed in a very short time. Approximately 50 words is all that an average American can read in that timeframe (based on the 300-words-per-minute national average).  Remember that headlines are read first. Most people will only read the first few words of the headline because we’re not reading everything, and we’re scared of the right side of the page.
  4. RIGHT SIDE OF THE CONTENT AREA – Thanks to the web paradigm, ads are usually found on the right side of the content area, so people tend to avoid that side to avoid getting tricked into clicking on something unexpected. Only 15-20% of people will ever look at content there. And because of this avoidance, people scan content and value the content on the left as more important than content on the right side.
  5. LONG PAGES WITH MODULES – Thanks to our migration to mobile devices (phone and tablet) to access our web content, websites need to be as easily viewed on a small screen as on a large desktop monitor. This seamless resizing is called responsiveness. On a mobile device, it’s easier to swipe upward than to click on small links with your thumb, so the longer page with many modules is taking over web paradigm. Just remember to treat modules like you would pages. Keep the content short, and create eye interruptions in the design to indicate where to stop and start when scanning the page.


Be Known for Something: Reconnect with Community by Revitalizing Your Church’s Reputation will be available on April 8, 2017.


Take just a moment to discover why Shelby customers love our ShelbyNext product.
Click the images above to watch three brief testimonials (less than 30 seconds) recorded at a recent event.

Mark Szen has seen a huge increase in donations by using ShelbyNext Giving
Candy Vietzke loves how ShelbyNext helps her to streamline day to day operations
Louie Salazar recommends moving to ShelbyNext to anyone who is considering making the change

You can learn more by contacting your Shelby Sales Representative today!


The husband and wife team of Chris Rademaker and Jodi King will be leading International Shelby Conference 2017 in praise and worship this summer in Dallas, TX. Not only will L&TO be singing their most popular songs (The God I Know, He Is With Us, King Of My Heart), but they will also share their amazing story of perseverance through challenging times. It was in 2013 that Love & The Outcome debuted their self-titled album with Word Records, and they soon became a mainstay on Christian radio. They toured all over the U.S. and Canada, sharing the stage with artists such as Newsboys, Switchfoot, Lecrae, TobyMac, Jeremy Camp and Francesca Battistelli. But to get there, Jodi and Chris had to walk through a spiritual desert. For years leading up to their first album, they maintained a grueling touring schedule, sold their house and possessions, said goodbye to Chris’ mother after a battle with cancer, and hit pause on their promising careers. Yet after many painful stops in their journey, they felt the pull to keep going. They relocated to Nashville from Canada, bought a house, had their first child, and got back on the road.

“The Lord had so clearly led us to this land, literally to Nashville,” Jodi says. “I’m sure it’s how Abraham and the Israelites felt. We’ve literally gone through the desert to get to this season of celebration.”

Don’t miss Love and The Outcome as they lead us in a time of worship and praise on Thursday, June 15 at ISC 2017 in Dallas, TX. Register before April first and receive a price advantage.

Take a moment and become more familiar with the music of Love and the Outcome.