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


Giving Made Easy

In the US, 90% of adults own a mobile phone and 56% have a smart phone.*

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

Call Now at 800.500.1997


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


[Guest Post by our partner, NELCO]

With the Christmas season approaching quickly, and the additional time required to prepare for added services, offerings, decorating, etc., it can be easy to forget to plan ahead for W-2 & 1099 reporting by the February 2nd deadline. You’re not alone; more and more churches are embracing the option to go paperless, so this season you can spend more time focusing on the things that matter, and less time on ordering paper forms to prepare for the January rush of year-end reporting. Benefits of e-filing include:


Easy Federal and State Filing

  • You don’t have to download or upload any data to multiple government websites or keep up-to-date with various state filing requirements. Shelby Systems E-file allows you to send your W-2 & 1099 data directly to the IRS or SSA as well as any of the states in whatever format is required by that state, and it’s all secure and submission status information is provided.

Recipient Delivery

  • Imagine not having to buy tax forms, print and stuff envelopes and mail this January. With Shelby Systems E-File this can be a reality. All completed filings can be remotely printed and mailed directly to recipients. Recipients can also retrieve their W-2 & 1099 forms securely online, eliminating wait time. Overall turnaround time is faster for everyone.


  • February 2, 2015 is the deadline to submit W-2 & 1099 copies to recipients/employees. Penalties for failing to file by the due date range from $30 per form to $100 per form depending on when the forms are filed. The deadline for e-filing Form W-2 with the Social Security Administration (SSA) is March 31, 2015 versus the paper filing deadline which is March 2, 2015. E-filing provides peace of mind that you won’t miss the deadline by providing filing status on all services, confirming whether it has been filed, printed, etc. and guarantees required postmark by the deadline date, even up to 8:00pm Eastern on the deadline date.  If the tax filing season snuck up on you, e-filing may be the best option for reporting and filing on time and avoiding paying penalties.


  • When filing W-2 forms you must adhere to a long list of do’s and don’ts to accurately file. When filing on paper, forms must be filed alphabetically by employees’ last names or numerically by Social Security Number and things like staples, tape, folds and tears can interfere with machine reading. These are just a few examples of how tedious paper filing can be. Filing electronically has the advantage of automatic compliance and identifying errors before submitting.


The Social Security Administration actually encourages e-filing as the preferred method of filing W-2s and 1099s. Luckily Shelby Systems has this capability built right into the software. To learn more about easy and complete e-filing visit


If you still prefer to file using paper forms, Shelby Systems has partnered with Nelco to also provide authorized W-2 & 1099 forms, guaranteed to work with your software. And to make paper filing as simple as possible, Nelco offers Shelby Systems users the universal 4-up blank W-2 & 1099 form which can be used for printing various forms including W-2 and 1099-MISC. You can easily purchase the correct forms and compatible envelopes by visiting


About Nelco:

Nelco is the chosen provider of checks, tax and business forms for Shelby Systems. Nelco has been in the tax and business forms industry for over 60 years and works closely with Shelby developers to ensure that their products will work seamlessly with your software. Visit Nelco online at or call 800.266.4669. 


One size DOES NOT fit all!

Background Screening Policies Are a MUST for Churches.

When I talk or visit with a church, one of the first things I ask is whether or not they have a background screening “policy” in place.  I often receive a look of bemusement and an, “Of course!” response.  As we talk further, I find that they really have some type of Child Protection Policy but not necessarily a Background Screening Policy.  There is a difference.

My goal today is to lend some advice on creating a background screening policy that everyone in your organization can utilize and share. Let’s start by considering the key elements in the policy or strategy for effective screening.

WHO to screen is always the first criterion.  Many churches think in silos when thinking about who to screen. An example of this would be to only screen the nursery, children’s ministry and student/youth ministry volunteers. My recommendation is much broader in nature.

Screen everyone that represents your organization in any capacity.

Right now many of you are thinking about the cost, resistance from staff and volunteers and possibly scoffing at the suggestion because you’ve known everyone forever!  My suggestion comes not from distrust of those that work with you, but of protection of your organization in a legal sense.  One misstep by any staff member or volunteer can result in a huge financial impact on your church when you can’t prove you’ve conducted your due diligence.   There are many ways to offset the cost of background screening and overcoming objections, however if screening everyone is not supported, consider the impact of those that have a position of trust or power with a child, student or any vulnerable adults:

Pastors, greeters at the front door, anyone with a name tag or “uniform” of any kind (i.e. flower, cloak, button, etc.), janitorial staff, along with the worship/music members and team (critical and exploited opening for sex offenders). You should also include minors working with children and outside contractors/vendors.

WHAT is the second criterion. What should be considered diligent in terms of a proper background screening for each person? That really depends on their roles and responsibilities. Do they work with children? Do they handle money? Do they have keys to the building? Do they travel as a chaperone? One size does not fit all! You must tailor your screening program to their roles. You may need to order a driving history (MVR) for chaperones that drive; or a credit report on those that handle finances.  Consider Federal Court searches for crimes like embezzlement, trafficking, drug charges, and kidnapping to name a few.  Consider the responsibilities for each title, thinking about each area of your organization they will be involved in to decide on the appropriate services for each.  A company with a sound reputation and knowledgeable staff, such as SecureSearch, will have recommendations to provide.

HOW often? I have always recommended that churches run annual searches on their staff and volunteers and now many insurance companies are making it mandatory for coverage. Many things can happen in a 12 month period, at home or away.  It is your responsibility to ensure the staff and volunteers are always clear of potential risk to your church. The only way to ensure your volunteer is still “clear” is to re-screen on a consistent basis.  If budget is a concern, think about asking your members to contribute to the cost of screening, many would eagerly write you a check to ensure their child is safe while in your care.

The last thing to consider when creating your policy is a screening provider.  One Size Does Not Fit All also applies to background screening providers and their services.  For the last 11 years SecureSearch has been partnering with churches to help them effectively screen their volunteers and staff.  Now serving over 7000 churches, schools and non-profits, we have become the go to source for background checks and child abuse awareness training programs.


Our holistic approach to background screening promotes confidence and peace of mind. Our integration with Arena streamlines your screening process.  Our approach to customer service, screening services and technology is not a One Size Fits All.


Author: Steve Durie, President & CEO, SecureSearch Integrated background Checks