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Part 2 of a 2 part series on the value of using biometric technology with Shelby Systems’, written by John Trader, Communications Specialist with M2SYS Technology. Quick Recap Of Biometric Technology’s Value In the first post of our series, we discussed the value of using biometric technology with Shelby’s church management software. We talked about how biometrics can:
  • Increase speed of check-in
  • Tighten security
  • Boost productivity of staff
  • Reduce waste and conserve resources by eliminating paper or barcode cards
  • Establish a tracking mechanism to keep accurate records
We made the case that using biometric technology for check-in is something to think about. However, you may be wondering, “Who is currently using biometrics for check-in and is it really paying dividends?” Glad you asked. Let’s take a closer look at a Shelby customer who is currently using it with their ARENA software and how it has helped with check-in for the Student Ministry program. New Covenant Baptist Church – Cedar Rapids, IA Austin Spooner, from New Covenant Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids, IA, recently began using Shelby’s ARENA check-in software (which includes biometric technology) for check-in at their Student Ministry. Prior to using ARENA, Austin and his staff spent a lot of effort printing name tags and looking up students manually in their system, a procedure that was resource draining and time consuming. Since implementing ARENA and establishing fingerprint check-in for the Student Ministry, Austin observed that, “…our attendance data is more accurate and we have reduced waste by not printing name tags for students that do not attend for the night. Our staff no longer needs to manually enter attendance data after the event.” Austin has been so impressed with the biometric technology’s ability to save resources and staff time that he plans to expand the deployment to New Covenant’s new facility with additional Student Ministry check-in and family registration kiosks. Now Is the Time To Take A Closer Look At Biometric Technology Biometric technology is becoming ubiquitous as the trusted identification resource for churches all over the country. The value of including it as part of your check-in procedure and the fact that the Shelby staff is always happy to provide you with additional information and resources for understanding this unique technology is second to none!

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There are not enough words to explain how truly amazing it is to look back and see how Shelby Systems has grown in the last 35 years. With the early, uncommon use of computers, the internet not having been invented yet, and the nonexistence of church software altogether, Shelby Systems was started with an idea all its own. Frank Canady (President and CEO) started working at Shelby at the ripe old age of 17, when he was asked by founder Ernie Hamilton to be his software developer. Since 1976, Frank has worked hard to build Shelby to a 100+ employee company that serves about 9,000 churches and non-profits in more than 40 countries. The goal of Shelby Systems has been to advance and support churches and non-profit organizations so that we can provide smart and innovative software to help them thrive. We are so honored to have the clients that we have, and if you haven’t tried Shelby’s software yet, we hope you will check us out!

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Part I of a 2 part series on the value of using biometric technology with Shelby Systems’ church management software, written by John Trader, Communications Specialist with M2SYS Technology. Most Church Check-In Software Doesn’t Cut The Mustard “Fee-fi-fo-fum, my current check-in procedure is making me glum.” Ever catch yourself muttering this phrase? Ok, so maybe you don’t say these exact words, but something to that effect. In a day and age when successful church management software is defined by its ability to combine speed and precision with enhanced security and waste reduction, churches across the country are seeking the perfect melting pot of all these characteristics at an affordable price. Presto! That’s where Shelby’s innovative biometric identification option comes in. Why Is Biometric Technology Becoming The Check-In Procedure Of Choice? As Shelby has evolved, they have added biometric identification technology to their optional check-in/check-out features, which offers churches an opportunity to take advantage of all the distinct benefits that biometric identification presents. What are some of those benefits? Let’s take a look:
  • Speed – In less time that it takes to write down a person’s name, a child or young adult can be accounted for and verified using biometric identification at check-in. Currently using a PIN system for check-in? Ever had someone forget their PIN and clog up the flow? No PIN’s to forget when you are using biometric technology. Biometrics makes check-in faster and eliminates lines.
  • Security – Parents can rest assured that their children are leaving with the correct person. Sometimes check-in staff and check-out staff may not be familiar with the faces of all parents or guardians so biometrics offers a level of security which leaves no doubt that the identity of an adult picking up a child is accurate. Biometrics boosts security.
  • Productivity – The time that biometric check-in and check-out saves for staff can allow them to refocus on more productive tasks. Biometrics increases productivity.
  • Reduces Waste/Saves Resources – How much do you spend each year on paper for check-in? How about barcode cards? Perhaps you pre-print name tags prior to a Student Ministry meeting? Do you end up throwing labels away for students who don’t attend? Biometric check-in can be customized to only print a child or student’s name tag that actually attends a service or meeting. In addition, the technology eliminates purchasing and replacing barcode cards. Biometrics reduces waste and saves resources.
  • Tracking – Biometrics establishes concrete tracking mechanisms to keep accurate records of parishioners coming and going to map out peak times and make staff adjustments. Biometric technology can help accurately track a child’s meal choices, allergies, activity choices, etc. so the proper child receives the proper care. Biometrics improves tracking.
These are all compelling reasons to consider biometric technology as part of your Shelby software. In part 2 of 2 in our series, we will turn the spotlight on a church in Iowa that is successfully using biometric identification. We will discuss the reasons they decided to use biometrics and what benefits they have found with it.

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Have you ever heard something as simple as one sentence or one question and had it make a huge impact on your perspective of something? You know when someone does a card trick and you are completely mystified by it until they finally show you how it’s done? Like that “Ah hah!” moment? That happened to me recently when my Sunday School leader asked us something about the impact of prayer. I’m paraphrasing a little, but this was how it went… He asked, “Think about the prayers that you usually pray. Who would be most affected by your prayers? The poor? The sick? The unreached?’ One girl responded, “I hate to say this, but I guess my typical prayers would really only affect my family members.” Another said, “I try to think of others, but I’d say that I don’t think of strangers nearly as often as I should.” His point? “Imagine if all of your prayers that you pray every day suddenly came true. Imagine those prayers never had to be made again. Now… think about how that would make an impact on the world.” The room was quiet. Funny how a question as simple as that made such a large impact on the people in that room, including myself. I knew I could relate to the two girls’ statements and I realized that my prayers for the world are far less common than my own selfish prayers. He had asked this question during a message about global missions and the many unreached people around the world that have never heard the Word of God. Don’t they need prayer as much, if not more than we do? How would your prayers impact the world?

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Our Events Team recently visited the site of the 2011 International Shelby Conference (ISC)in San Antonio, TX where we were very impressed by what we saw. The purpose of the trip was to review the venue and make preparations for the conference that is quickly approaching. The Hyatt Regency River Walk looked great after its recently completed renovations, and we knew right away that we had made the right decision for our conference hotel. The hotel staff was very attentive and helpful in our conference planning. Also, the exciting River Walk was alive with festive activity, and the scenery was just amazing. ISC 2011 is going to be another great Shelby event where our current and prospective customers can come learn more about our company and our products. The atmosphere and the abundance of helpful information that you will experience at ISC 2011 will provide you with a fulfilling three-day trip to San Antonio, TX. We invite all our customers to benefit by attending our national user conference and discover new solutions, share ideas, learn new skills, and worship together. We hope that you will make plans to join us June 15 – 17! Please visit our website at www.shelbyinc.com/isc for more information/to register. See you there!

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Find out more today about ShelbyTELLER, Shelby Systems’ complete Check-21 compatible, electronic, check processing software. The webinar is happening today at 1:00 PM CT. ShelbyTELLER works with Shelby v.5 and Arena Contributions and will scan and capture the front and back of check images, tithing envelopes, or other financial documents. Check out the webinar by clicking here! 866-244-8528 PIN 894263 pw: profitstars1

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How can your church appeal to everyone? Unfortunately, that answer is quite simply, “It can’t”. Are you part of a large church or a small church? Maybe a medium or mega-sized church? There are many reasons why all sizes exist. It’s a new church. It’s an old church. It’s formal and traditional. It’s fun and contemporary. The music is loud and catchy. The music is slow and hymnal. Just like with Goldilocks and the three bears, Goldilocks had to find the bed that was most comfortable and the porridge with the perfect temperature before she was satisfied. The three bears all had different preferences for what they liked, and Goldilocks was no different. People are just like that with churches. I’m sure most people consider the larger churches of the world to be “more successful” in terms of what people like, but that all depends on how you define “success”. I went to a church from the time I was eight until I was about 21, and the reason I left was not because it went from a medium-sized church to one of the largest churches in the country, but because it no longer felt as personal or relevant to me. It is a popular church for a reason though, and because of that reason, it has fulfilled a great number of people. When I switched to the church that I currently attend, I was dating my husband who had grown up going there. I found that as I visited more and more, it became obvious that the smaller, more traditional way of things were what I wanted. It doesn’t matter how your church does it and it doesn’t make it any more or any less holy the bigger or smaller that it is. My point? Every Christian needs a church that will fulfill them. The small one down the street or the large one around the corner might not work for Goldilocks, but yours might. Just keep God as the main focus and you will find “success” in your church.