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Ministry Brands and Shelby Systems have just returned from the second annual Vision Trip to El Salvador. Three Shelby employees were a part of this life-changing adventure (pictured above). Carl Bishop is Shelby Systems’ Senior Software Development Manager for Arena. Connie Bartemus is Shelby’s Events Coordinator, and Regina Sharpe is the Finance Coordinator for Shelby’s Accounting Department. From March 6 – 10, the team visited the Child Development Center that Ministry Brands is helping to sponsor, visited the Child Survival Center, met their sponsor kids for a day of fun at the water park and visited the Compassion International Headquarters in San Salvador. If you would like to see a scrapbook of their incredible journey with stories, pictures, and video, just click the link below. We hope that their experiences inspire you to be a part of changing the world one life at a time.


See a SCRAPBOOK of the El Salvador Vision Trip that Brad Hill put together.

Learn how to SPONSOR A CHILD or other ways you can get involved.


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On March 9, 2017, The Rocket Company hosted a webinar entitled The Church Safety Summit. This summit is loaded with valuable information that your ministry should know about. Ben Crawshaw, Director of Content for The Rocket Company, has two decades of ministry experience, loves small churches and is passionate about helping to make a difference. Ben’s goal in this webinar is to turn hard-to-understand into easy-to-implement when it comes to the hot-topic issue of Church Safety. A Question and Answer session is included in the presentation. Stay to the end and Ben will share some great procedures to put in place around your church. If you missed the live event, you can watch it on-demand by clicking the image above. Take advantage of this free on-line training.

 

Download the FREE PDF with all of the slides used in this presentation.


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In this bonus Q&A, Greg Koukl (President and Founder of Stand to Reason) shares a conversation that he had with his physical therapist about Relativism using the Columbo Tactic to illustrate the problems with this world-view in a winsome manner. Enjoy this easy lesson, and see if you can find a way to use The Columbo Tactic in a conversation this weekend.


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Are you using the Columbo Tactic? As a Christian, you should be! The Columbo Tactic is a way to discuss your convictions with non-Christians so they look more like diplomacy than D-Day. It’s a gracious, simple way to be engaging and more persuasive. And, it will keep you out of the hot seat! Greg Koukl, the Founder and President of Stand to Reason, will quickly show you how to use the Columbo Tactic in Shelby Systems’ latest podcast. Shelby Systems’ goal is to provide the most efficient cutting edge software so that you have more time to focus on real ministry work!


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How would you like to accomplish all of your ministry goals with one integrated software suite that includes adjustable support options? Bundle and Save now with the ShelbyNext Total Ministry Package! This bundle combines all of our most popular cloud-based software applications along with our powerful integrated partner solutions. The Total Ministry Package provides the most value for growing churches, all starting at $179/month. Pick and choose the support options that work best for you. Save hours of work with our next generation Church Management Software, and make sure to ask about our current, limited time offer which results in significant savings for you.

 

The Total Ministry Package includes:

  • ShelbyNext Membership
  • ShelbyNext Financials
  • ShelbyNext Giving
  • ShelbyNext Websites
  • Background Checks
  • Text Messaging
  • Pick and Choose Support Options

Contact your Shelby Sales Consultant for a price quote, and visit our new Total Ministry Package web page for more details.


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As we close out the month of February, we would like to offer another helpful video that continues with the theme of Mobile Apps and Websites. Please click the image above to view a brief lesson on setting up ShelbyNext to receive Mobile App Push Alerts. Maggie Emerson, Web/Mobile Account Manager for Shelby Systems, leads you through this simple process in less than 4 minutes. We hope you enjoy this brief tutorial and that you start using this powerful tool. And here’s one final reminder to sign up for the What Your Website Says About Your Church webinar scheduled for Thursday March 2, 2017 at 2 pm CDT. We look forward to your participation and questions. See you then!


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Shelby Systems had the honor of interviewing best-selling author, Lee Strobel, this month. On April 7, 2017 (just before Easter) Lee’s most popular book will be turned into a major motion picture. The Case for Christ has sold 5.8 million copies and it won the prestigious Gold Medallion Book Award. The film tells the story of an award-winning journalist for the Chicago Tribune who is enraged when his wife becomes a Christian. Lee sets out on a two-year investigation to try to prove that the Gospels are false. But a funny thing happens during his quest. Lee discovers that there is reliable evidence for the Bible, and he eventually receives Christ as his personal Lord and Savior.

Click the image above to watch a short invitation from Lee Strobel to attend the upcoming movie.


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Your ministry’s website is your digital front door. It should be physically appealing, leveraging and engaging. These days there are thousands of ways to set up a website. We are going to go back to the basics in this webinar and talk about the 3 things your website should accomplish and how you can use some of Shelby’s Website and ChMS tools to help you do that.

• Create a modern and physically appealing site
• Establish a reputation of valuable content
• Engage visitors through ministry-focused tools

Sign-up for this helpful webinar by clicking the image above, and join us on March 2nd at 2 pm CDT to learn how to make your website a more effective ministry tool.


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As Shelby Systems continues to focus on Mobile Apps and Websites this month, we encourage you to learn more about the mobile tools that your ministry may want to consider implementing. In less than one minute, you can learn about ShelbyNext Mobile, the app specifically created with your church in mind. Our advanced design team will create a beautiful custom app with your church logo, graphics, videos, links and more in both the Apple and Google Play app stores. Just click the image above to see the brief video.