The W-2 & 1099 recipient reporting deadline is coming up quickly. Did you know that you can file electronically directly from Shelby and have copies automatically sent to recipients? It’s completely paperless, and right now you can save 10% on e-filing services by entering promo code BA4 when submitting your forms. To visit the web reporting site, click here or on the screenshot below.



2015 is officially here and it’s time to start thinking about ISC 2015. Events Manager Karen Bishop has just returned from San Antonio with everything you need to know about this year’s conference! Discover a few of the many reasons you should attend. Learn what to expect during praise and worship time with Sidewalk Prophets. Find out why former Marine Captain and actor turned pastor, Ken Bevel, was chosen as our keynote speaker. Janea Hancox drops by with an update from our conference exhibitors. Make sure you watch the end of the video to see a preview of the 2015 keynote address and enjoy a short video clip from a Sidewalk Prophets hit song.

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We at Shelby Systems are so grateful for all the many years of business (since 1976!) in the church management software market and for all of our customers that have made those years possible. Our 39 years in business compounded by the number of Shelby customers over those years adds up to a mind-blowing amount of ministry time that we are blessed to have played a small part in. Our Mission Statement says it best: 

Shelby Systems exists to supply the software and services needed to help ministries and organizations around the world thrive.

Our friends at Capterra created this infographic to put the history of software in perspective, and were gracious enough to include Shelby in that timeline as the first church management software company in existence. We hope you enjoy reading through it and feel free to share it as well!

The History of Software



The movie Unbroken tells the story of Louis Zamperini, a World War II prisoner of war survivor who spent 47 days on a raft in the shark-infested waters of the Pacific Ocean. And while the film details much of Zamperini’s life, including his Olympic career as a distance runner, it only shines a light on part of Zamperini’s gripping story.

Louis Zamperini: Captured By Grace tells the story of life after returning home a hero. Through the power of the Gospel, and his experience at the 1949 Billy Graham Crusade in Los Angeles, Zamperini overcame alcoholism, night terrors and a failing marriage to live a full and joyous Christ-centered life until his passing at age 97 (07/02/2014), inspiring millions along the way.

You can watch the preview and own this amazing new DVD (produced by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association) by clicking the link below:


In the US, 90% of adults own a mobile phone and 56% have a smart phone (Pew Report, 2013). People are migrating away from home PC use and are moving toward mobile devices. You can respond to this change with mobileAxept.

Technology is easy for the donor
     • 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 the system administrator
     • Integrates with Shelby v5 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 within 24 hours

Implementation and On-going Support
     • Rollout and Launch Support included for small, medium and large churches
     • Customer Support 7 days a week 8am-10pm (Live people!)
     • No contract term required

For a demonstration of the product in action, check out this pre-recorded Webinar.


There was a funny article on Yahoo! Parenting the other day about a young girl’s frustrated confrontation with the tooth fairy who had forgotten to pick up her tooth and leave money.  It was really a cute article and touched briefly on how children react when coming to terms about what is fantasy and what is real. Parents often go to great lengths to keep fantasies going in an effort to prolong the magic of childhood.  I remember the Christmas I was about 10 years old and was beginning to doubt the existence of Santa. We had a tradition of celebrating Christmas Eve with extended family and opening one or two gifts at midnight. Sometimes if my mom was really in the Christmas spirit we could even open gifts when we got home.  This particular Christmas she let us open everything under the tree. I remember being so excited going to bed that night with all my new stuff.  On Christmas morning, my mother woke us up bright and early for breakfast. Imagine our surprise when we passed the Christmas tree that morning and saw that it was overflowing with gifts.  Yes, my belief in Santa was strengthened.  It was one of my best Christmases ever. I believed in Santa for several years after that Christmas.


Looking back on that in adult eyes, I am glad to know the real reason behind why we celebrate at this time of year.  I am even more excited to know that the true magic of Christmas is not attached to any gift I could ever give or receive, but the love God has for mankind. 


Do you have any Christmas memories you would like to share?


“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21


There is no shortage of articles on maintaining weight, health or sanity during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. It is not difficult to get caught up in the stress of the season as we search for the perfect gift or recipe, as we prepare our home for visitors or our families for travel. 
Here are some tips we wanted to pass along to help you deal with holiday stress:

- Be sure to get enough rest. Not just sleep, but actual downtime where you disconnect and take a

  moment to breathe.

- Organize your supplies and materials so they can be easily located when you need them.

- Remember that you cannot do everything. Delegate whenever possible.

- Make a list of what needs to be done. This will help keep you on track.

- Do not fall in to the “this (insert word here) has to be perfect” trap. Just do your best.

- Take a moment to reflect on the reason for all of the hustle and bustle – spending time with family and

  friends as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.


Merry Christmas from our family to yours!


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