Steve Hewitt has a long track record of being consistently accurate about the future of technology. Don’t miss his last interview before he retires. Join us as Steve discusses What’s Hot and What’s Coming. Topics include: the Internet of Things, Cyber Wars, Drones, Self-Driving Cars, an Update on the American Church, and learn about Steve’s upcoming Free Pastor's Retreat! What is the next vital issue for the church? Listen to Steve’s parting advice for building attendance and community within a ministry. Make sure you watch the end of the video to see a brief tribute to Steve’s eight guest appearances on Shelby Podcast. And for the first time ever, a link is provided to view Steve’s What’s Hot class notes from ISC 2015 in San Antonio, TX!

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We have some new and exciting enhancements to the ShelbyNext Giving solution that will increase generosity even more than before. And we want nothing more than to show them to you!

Tomorrow, we will host a live demo, sharing these core feature updates. Here’s what you can expect to see:

  • Multiple new features in the mobile app (iOS and Android) interface
  • Brand new resources section that will help to encourage generosity
We love making your lives and the lives of your donors easier. Let us show you how our new enhancements will increase tithes and offerings!

See the new features for yourself.

We have an upcoming LIVE session so that you and your staff can experience the enhanced ShelbyNext Giving, see a demo, and ask questions. Join us:

RSVP Now – space is limited! Click on the link above to reserve your spot.



The new Kendrick Brothers film War Room is in theaters all across America beginning today. The makers of Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof and Courageous say: “the stronger that it does, especially during the opening weekend, the more likely it is to expand and to reach more people.” Shelby Systems would like to encourage everyone to see this wonderful new film. Here’s a quote from director Alex Kendrick: “This is certainly a movie that will resonate with any audience. Anyone would be blessed and insprired to watch the jouney of this family and hopefully they will leave the theater inspired to increase their own prayer life.”

Rated PG for thematic elements throughout. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all-great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan’s world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony’s hidden struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends to his family and prove Miss Clara’s wisdom that victories don’t come by accident.



“I’m excited about the new film WAR ROOM. Join me in praying for those who see WAR ROOM, that God would touch their hearts.” Franklin Graham


“WAR ROOM … truly has the potential to change your life. It’s that powerful and that important.” Tony Evans, Pastor


“WAR ROOM is a gift from God to the Body of Christ …” Bishop Neil C. Ellis, Presiding Bishop, Global United Fellowship


“WAR ROOM emphasizes the real power of prayer …” Tony Dungy, All Pro Dad Spokesman


“WAR ROOM is one of the best and most impactful movies I have ever seen!” Thom S. Rainer, President and CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources


“Once in a while a film is made that strikes a nerve of society. … This is a must-see film.” Darrel Billups Th.D., Executive Director, National Coalition of Ministries to Men


“The Kendrick Brothers have done it again!” Dr. Dennis Rainey, President, FamilyLife


“WAR ROOM made us laugh, cry and walk out in victory and in encouragement.” Lauren and Brooke DeLeary, LoveCollide



WAR ROOM film review from the Christian Post:

‘War Room” Is Better Than ‘Courageous’ and ‘Fireproof’



We here at Shelby Systems had the priviledge to interview actor, writer, producer and director Alex Kendrick about his new film. Just click the image below to see his thoughts about War Room:




Group Tickets are available.


This post first appeared on LifeWay Church Tech.

by Brad Hill

The work of ministry depends on a dedicated and passionate group of paid AND unpaid people. God created us all with different skills and gifts, so it’s worth exploring a handful of characteristics that you should strive for in your IT team.

  1. They have solid skills and experience

From system design to accounting to tech/media to external communications, the work of church IT can be demanding. It’s important that your IT volunteer has an understanding of tools and technologies so that your systems support your ministry goals. While intimate knowledge of obscure networking topics may not be necessary, a good understanding of a wide range of software and hardware will be an invaluable tool in this role. Many times, the effective church IT volunteer is also immersed in technology as part of his or her Monday-Friday vocation.

  1. They have time

We’re all busy, and that includes your volunteers! Your time requirements should be realistic, but it’s also important to set realistic expectations. What kind of response time do you need from your IT volunteer? When you set deadlines on projects, are those fixed? Perhaps the most common phrase uttered by disheartened executive pastors about their IT volunteers is “we just couldn’t consistently get his help/he was too busy.”

  1. They are passionate

In today’s digital ministry climate, IT must have a seat at the ministry strategy table. In order for this to work, your IT volunteers need to have full buy-in and passion for your ministry goals. When they do, they’ll use creativity and fresh ideas to execute the goals with the best technology solutions available. When they don’t, they’ll simply be going through the motions, and they may even become an impediment to forward progress.

  1. They have disciplines and patterns of spiritual growth and maturity in their life

Technology is not evil. However, it can be an idol. It can also be the source of pride, bitterness and self-righteousness. (So basically, the same sins that we all face on a daily basis!) Ensure that your IT volunteer is on a solid path spiritually and takes the time to grow, hold him/herself accountable, and regularly submits to a check-in (just as you would require with any of your other ministry staff).

  1. They are teachable and open to other ideas

More about pride. It’s easy to develop tunnel vision in IT. After all… my way works and I can hold it all together, so why do I need to consider or listen to someone else’s input? This thinking is dangerous. Just as in life, having a humble and teachable spirit is a critical part of succeeding as an IT volunteer. This doesn’t mean that you are a doormat or that you never have your own ideas. It means that you are open and genuinely interested in considering the input of your users, your leaders and other stakeholders in order to arrive at the best solution.

  1. They have a proven track record of success

Over time, an IT volunteer should have a great record of “wins”. Sometimes a “win” is simply going six months without a serious outage. (Boring is sometimes good when it comes to IT.) We don’t expect perfection, but we do want to see that our IT volunteer is adding value and moving us forward. Pointing to these successes is helpful in planning future projects and convincing leadership that the IT budget is being spent wisely.

  1. They show a willingness to delegate

“I want it done right, so I have to do it myself.” Nearly every leader has struggled with this one. In IT, this is all too common because the issues can be complex, training takes a while, and systems are often poorly documented. When all of the key knowledge is stored between the ears of your IT volunteer, it elevates your risk and limits your growth potential. An effective IT volunteer is continually looking for ways to share the load, delegate tasks with others, and transfer knowledge. This ensures continuity, enables growth, and makes your IT infrastructure more scalable.

  1. They share the spotlight

Generally speaking, the best IT volunteers work in the background. You’ll know they’re doing a great job when things are just working well and you don’t even have to think about your technology. Major technology projects (e.g. switching to a new database, implementing giving kiosks, connecting campuses, etc.,) are run in a collaborative, team-based manner. The needs of users and stakeholders are considered early and often, and key success factors are used to gauge success.

  1. They compare notes with other church IT folks and glean best practices

What are other churches doing with technology? How have they solved challenges similar to the ones we are facing? These questions (and more) are the reasons that church tech communities exist. You should encourage, or even require, that your IT volunteers participate in one or more of these groups. Pay for their membership, if necessary. Some of these groups meet physically, and nearly all of them have an online community to share ideas and best practices. Check sources like Church IT Roundtable, or your church database vendor for user community groups, regional workshops or other ways to connect with IT minds from other congregations. The ideas and wisdom shared here will benefit your church and the Kingdom.


What other things do you look for in your IT volunteers?


The motion pictures Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous were huge hits and have inspired millions around the world. The new Kendrick Brothers film, War Room, will be in theaters soon and you will not want to miss it. Writer, Actor, Producer, and Director, Alex Kendrick joins us for an in depth conversation. He explains why he decided to make films for a living, the behind-the-scenes stories for each of his previous movies, and why his new film War Room is so important for our nation (and especially Christians) to see today. Make sure you watch the end of the video to enjoy a sneak preview of the upcoming film, and then learn how your church group can attend for a discounted rate!

Bonus Q/A with Alex Kendrick: Where Did You Find The Actors? (90 seconds)
Watch the War Room Clip: Luke Warm Coffee (2:30)
See the Extended Trailer (6:00)
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Guest post by Shelby’s own, Don Alsup…


I just returned from a week-long mission trip to Spearfish, South Dakota. It was a life-changing experience. A mission trip is one of those things that I have always wanted to do but never got around to it. Instead of traveling to South America or all the way overseas, I thought that I might start off a little closer to home. As it turned out, there are plenty of mission fields right here in our own country. 90% of the Dakotas are unchurched. When you share the Gospel with one of them, it is likely that they are hearing it for the very first time. My church (Faith Baptist Bartlett, TN) sent a group of 20 volunteers to help Connection Church (Spearfish, SD) host 3 free block parties on three consecutive evenings. We handed out flyers to every home within walking distance of the park and waited for everyone to show up. Over 100 the first night, over 120 the second night and over 160 the third evening. Everyone had a great time, there were plenty of meaningful conversations and a decision for Christ was made at each event. Connection Church has tripled in size over the past 3 years. Much of the growth has come by way of the block party ministry. It was a wonderful time of spiritual growth, and I am so glad that I finally did it. Warning: it’s addictive. Now I am looking forward to going again next year.


Please take time to watch the short video of this recent mission trip to the Dakotas. Perhaps you have considered signing up for one of those summer mission trips at your church but never followed through. We hope that this slide-show (with music) will inspire you to make the commitment. I can tell you from personal experience, you will not regret it.


You will see:

  • our trip to Spearfish, SD
  • stay at Foothills Community Church (Piedmont, SD)
  • meet Steve Warren (only living Pearl Harbor survivor in SD)
  • worship with Pastor Steve Hixson at Connection Church (Spearfish)
  • road trip to Wyoming to see Devil’s Tower
  • morning meeting at the church office
  • delivering flyers for the free block party
  • lunch at the park
  • three block parties in 3 days – serving hundreds
  • late night Uno and other games
  • road trip to Mount Rushmore
  • visit to nearby Belle Fourche (center of the US)
  • lighting of the harvest candle
  • 3 souls saved
  • Overwhelmed


Several hundred Shelby customers and staff recently gathered in San Antonio, TX for ISC 2015, and it was a huge success! Relive some of the finest moments of this year’s conference by watching this brief video. We started with local music and culture provided by an authentic southwestern Mariachi band. Then we proudly introduced ShelbyNext, Shelby Systems’ new fully integrated, cloud-based software solution. Later that morning, keynote speaker Ken Bevel took the stage, and everyone was inspired by his amazing, life-changing testimony. Finally at the Thursday morning general assembly Sidewalk Prophets led us in a wonderful time of worship and praise. Be sure you watch the end of the video to see Shelby customer Erin Stevens as she shows off some of her best dance moves on stage during the concert. And catch a glimpse of the excitement of Orlando, FL in a preview of ISC 2016!.

See the extended version of ISC 2015 Attendee Comments (3 mintues)!
Watch and Learn Erin Stevens' favorite dance move (30 seconds)!
See the full ShelbyNext video (90 seconds)!
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Almost 700 Shelby customers and staff recently gathered in San Antonio, TX for ISC 2015, and it was a huge success! What did the Shelby Conference attendees enjoy most about the conference? Watch this short video and find out. They cover everything from new product offerings to presenters to tips and tricks to data migration to networking to praise and worship. Discover why so many Shelby customers love ISC, and then visit for more details about next year’s conference in Orlando, FL.

You can relive some of the best moments of this year’s conference by watching our upcoming ISC 2015 Highlights podcast. We will post the show on 7/7/2015 here:


Shelby Cares is a group of volunteers working with Shelby Systems to assist worthy organizations that are making the world a better place through Christian principles. The new Executive Director for JIFF (Juvenile Intervention and Faith-Based Follow-Up), Richard Graham, is visiting with us today here at the Shelby World Headquarters. He will explain what JIFF’s goals are, how many youth they have served and how effective they have been, what they have accomplished in the past year, and how you can get involved with JIFF to change a young person’s life forever. Make sure you watch the end of the video to see some of the volunteer work that Shelby Cares is doing this year with JIFF and OMOM (Orange Mound Outreach Ministries).

Visit the JIFF Facebook page to learn more!
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