The New and Improved Shelby Community is online and available now! Today we will meet with some of the people who helped to update and consolidate this incredible resource. We’ll find out what it is and why you should sign up. Listen as Steve Pruitt lists all of the advantages of joining the community. Todd Brotzman explains who has permission to use this valuable yet free tool. Randy Turner gives additional benefits and tells us where to find helpful written documentation. Make sure you watch the end of the video to meet Shelby Team Member Bryan Lawton (featured on the community home page).

Shelby Podcast: The New Shelby Community from Shelby Systems Media on Vimeo.



There  is power in the name of Jesus! John 20:31 tell us that these are written that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you have life by the power of his name. Acts 4:30 says stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.


I was taught to conclude my prayers by saying “in Jesus’ name, Amen”. I don’t remember being told the significance of praying my requests in the name of Jesus and the power that this unleashes. That is not to say I was not told, some things you can be told a thousand times as a child and they never sink in. Yet this stands to be repeated. There is power in the name of Jesus!! So when we go before the King and present our requests in faith let us remember the magnitude of the power in the name of JESUS!


Watch this music video by The Digital Age and take a break to ask the Lord for a greater understanding of himself and the power that is in His name. 



That’s right, it’s here. The New Shelby Community is up and running. The Community is your main source for self-help information and an avenue to communicate with other Shelby users to help you and your staff to be more efficient in your ministry.

Benefits of Being a Member:

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  • Free access to the SSTips for How-To procedures and helpful tips and tricks.
  • Free access to the v.5 Shelby Professor interactive online training courses.
  • Quickly find what you are looking for in the Documentation and Videos Pages.
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Steve Hewitt, Editor-in-Chief of Christian Computing, Christian Video and American Church Magazines, joins us for our annual What’s Hot podcast. Find out why Steve looks so different this year. Learn what VIC stands for and why it will change everything you know about technology. Discover what Calico is doing to make the lives of older Americans easier and why today’s seniors will be the last generation that becomes too old to drive. Listen as Steve forecasts a massive communications breakdown in the next couple of years. One of this year’s predictions has already come true. See which one it is. Find out what a small town church is doing to grow and attract new members, and make sure you watch the end of the video to hear Steve’s yearly rant.

Shelby Podcast: Steve Hewitt – What’s Hot in Technology? from Shelby Systems Media on Vimeo.


One clever bank had the idea to show gratitude to their regular customers by turning their ATM (Automated Teller Machine) into an “Automated Thanking Machine”. These customers were expecting the ATM machine to simply give them cash from their account but instead it gave them personalized gifts to show them that were appreciated. It is quite comical to see how people react when an ATM machine calls their name out loud. Watch this video and be encouraged. Hope this inspires you to come up with your own creative ways to show gratitude!!



A few weekends ago I received a call from my roommate; she had locked herself out of the house while leaving in a hurry. When you leave without your keys in Memphis, TN you don’t get very far without your car. I wasn’t too far across town so I made a detour and rescued her. It happens. We are all forgetful at times, some of us more often than others, but we all have our days.


We lock and bolt most aspects of our lives. Our houses, cars, bikes, computers, bank accounts, most everything has some type of lock and key whether it be a physical lock or electronic code. We lock everything because we cannot trust the actions of the other members of this human race. The invention of lock and key has been a great help in setting boundaries and averting theft. However the craftiest of thieves do not rest until they have found a way into forbidden barriers.


An article on recently reported that a new smartphone application makes locked areas easier to access. Writer Andy Greenberg tested the app and proved that he could break into his neighbor’s apartment without much effort. The good news is his motives were not malicious but merely for testing purposes. He told his neighbor he was going to conduct this test but did not explain how or when he would complete the act. The only element Greenberg needed to ensure his plan would succeed was to gain access to his neighbor’s apartment key for a few moments. One day Greenberg called his neighbor to let him into their building because he had “conveniently” forgotten his key. The neighbor simply tossed down his keys instead of walking down to open the door. It was during this time that Greenberg quickly snapped pictures of the neighbor’s keys with his smartphone in the stairwell; these pictures would later be the “key” he needed to complete his plan.


The application used was called Key Me. This app, along with other apps like it, were created with the intent of making life easier by allowing key duplicates to be made from the pictures taken within the app. Greenberg noticed that this application was intended for good but it could very easily be used for sabotage. The pictures were uploaded onto the company’s server and sent to a nearby key cutting kiosk. Once the key was in hand it was no challenge to turn the lock and enter his neighbor’s apartment, as promised.


Now that I know such an application exists I will probably be more careful with where I leave my keys, especially at public events. One good aspect about these apps a record is created when a key is cut and it can be traced back if fraud is suspected.


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I have been blessed to sit under many great teachers in my 10 years of walking with the Lord. In this digital age I have been impacted by many teachers that I would not have access to otherwise. I have noticed there are many resounding truths or a common foundation in these teachings over the years. Mainly, and most importantly, the truth that Jesus Christ was God in the form of man, perfect, holy, sinless, blameless. Christ died on the cross to take the punishment we deserve because we have personally sinned against God. Christ defeated death and He offers true life freely to all who repent and believe.


Another topic I have heard repeated over the years is the importance of spending time with the Lord. I feel the Lord has been telling me to reevaluate this spiritual discipline lately. The act of spending time with the Lord is referred to in many different terms in the American Christian culture. T.A.W.G., is the acronym the college ministry that I participated in used. This stands for “time alone with God”. I heard it referred to as “quite time” growing up and I have heard many other coined phrases along the way. These terms refer to the act of a believer setting aside a time to be still and be with the Lord. No matter the nickname, one thing I’ve noticed constantly encouraged by teachers and scripture is to carve out a specific time slot in your schedule. Get up early in the morning and seek the Lord.


Psalm 5:3 says, Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. Another verse is Psalms 143:9, Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.


I know we can spend time with Lord throughout the day no matter the hour. If we do not get up early it is not like we missed out on our all-access pass. I actually know a good amount of people that spend time with the Lord at night. The great thing is there is so much freedom. Our time with the Lord does not have to look any specific way and doesn’t require a specific time frame. Yet, since scripture repeats it and wise followers of Christ recommend it then I feel like it is worth considering.


Why rise early in the morning to meet the Lord? You are rested and refreshed in the a.m. There are less distractions and demands in comparison to the rest of the day. Spending this time with the Lord starts your day of like adding fuel to a fire that needs to last for many hours. Reminding our forgetful brains of our purpose in the morning will set us up for success. And my favorite, His mercies are renewed every morning!! I literally said to myself this morning before I got up, thank the Lord it’s a new day. It is so great to be reminded that our previous failures from the day before are gone!!


Now it is a struggle for many people to get up and spend time with the Lord. I know it is for me. Yet, I do believe the effort will far outweigh the struggle so it is at least worth a try!!


May we be faithful in the small things so that we can be entrusted with far greater things! 


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The church dynamic is constantly changing.  There was a time when you would never see a cell phone out during worship service.  Can you remember the embarrassment seen on the face of the member whose cell phone went off during service at the start of altar call?  Today, members bring their cell phones in place of a bible.  It is a lot easier to find the book, chapter and exact verse you are looking for with that handy little app.  What if the cell phone could replace your checkbook?  mobileAxept makes this a possibility by allowing members to process donations of any amount via text messages.  Below are some examples of how mobileAxept can benefit your church.



Ways mobileAxept Benefits Your Church:

-          When mobileAxept is used to its full potential, churches experience an increase in revenue.

-          mobileAxept’s record keeping ability allows you to easily capture donor information – name, address, cell phone, amount and purpose.

-          mobileAxept is integrated with Shelby v5 and Arena making importing gifts virtually painless.

-          mobileAxept uses keywords that are associated with specific purposes in Contributions. You can text “mission 100” to donate $100 directly to the mission trip fundraising account.

-          mobileAxept was inspired by a pastor who noticed that church-goers carry cash less frequently than in the past. Think about it; when running out the door to make it to church on time it’s more likely that you might forget your wallet before you forget to grab your cell phone. Consider this, based on the Pew Internet Project research, 90% of all American adults have a cell phone and 81% of cell phone owners use their cell phone to send or receive text messages.

-          mobileAxept makes giving easy and convenient.  Members can give whenever, wherever and how much they choose.


Never again will you miss the opportunity to help your church as long as you have your cell with you. Studies and surveys show that the easier it is to give, the more frequently we do it!



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Monthly Maintenance Fee:  $50 / month for all new clients

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Tourist on holiday using mobile cell phone

Ever wish you had a stronger phone signal? It is frustrating when you try to send texts and for some reason they are not able to be delivered. So, you try to send the text again, to no avail. There is an new product that has been designed to improve your wireless network. It is actually a “do-it-yourself” wireless network.  Bloomberg reports that this hand held antenna, known as a GoTenna allows phones to communicate when networks are down “via public, unlicensed airwaves.”


The GoTenna allows communication by way of text message and GPS location. In an emergency, these two tools are of great importance. It was actually an emergency that inspired GoTenna’s creation. Creator Daniela Perdomo came up with the idea for this product after the damage of super storm Sandy made communication impossible. This product does not support phone calls at this time but who knows what the next model will include.

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How similar are songs between pop idol Katy Perry and American Christian hip hop artist FLAME? When It comes to content I’d say they couldn’t be more different; however there has been a connection made between these two artists recently. FLAME’s song, ‘Joyful Noise’, and Perry’s hit, ‘Dark Horse’, are similar in rhythm/beat and therefore a lawsuit has developed regarding copyright infringement.


On top of copyright there is also the issue of possible negative reputation occurring due to their combating subjects. Perry’s 2014 hit, ‘Dark Horse’, is about a man falling in love with a witch. FLAME’s song, ‘Joyful Noise’, declares that the Lord lives forever therefore make a joyful noise. Two topics could not be more different; yet the average ear can pick up on the similarities in rhythm/beat.


Only the Lord knows how this one will turn out. With a lawsuit like this one it feels like it’s the world versus Christians. People quickly pick a side and back their stance with strong opinions. The reason being, nothing gets people fired up more than threatening their gods. Katy Perry is worshiped by many people in this world for her beauty, talent and riches. Yet there is only one true God and He does not need anyone to defend Him. He will not share His throne with another. He is extremely gracious to all, even to those who denounce Him. (The wages of sin is death. [Romans 6:23] Therefore the fact that we are alive for a time on this earth is an act of grace.) Scenarios like this should serve as a reminder of the spiritual battle that is at hand.  


I feel we should pray for FLAME during this time. Pray that FLAME would seek the Lord and represent Christ well. Pray that he would patiently wait on the Lord for guidance and that he would be obedient to the Spirit.  Pray that the Lord would be exalted and honored through this matter. Pray God would change many hearts along the way so that they would know the true life given only through Jesus. The Lord changing hearts is a reason to make a joyful noise indeed!! 

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