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Shelby Systems just announced the launch of Arena Select, a new line of its Arena church management software.  Arena Select is loaded with the most commonly requested features optimized for medium to large-sized churches. “Arena Select provides churches with a powerful toolset that helps connect with their members and grow their ministries.  The easy-to-use interface allows new users and volunteers to quickly make an impact in their work,” said Frank Canady, President of Shelby Systems.  “Shelby Systems has a strong history of developing quality software products that support faith-based organizations in serving the Kingdom, and the introduction of Arena Select certainly continues this trend.” Arena Select is ideal for the church that wants an intuitive, powerful way of expanding its ministry. Key elements include membership and contact management, superior reporting tools, and simple grouping and search options – all accessible via the internet.  With connectivity from virtually anywhere, an Arena user has all the tools needed to work from the office, home, or on the road. The addition of items such as Mission Trip Management, as well as Check-In and Contributions, round out a thorough set of features.  Both staff and members will appreciate the convenience of features such as Online Giving and Event Registration. “Since Arena was launched in 2007, we have continually enhanced the feature set based on feedback from our customers and prospective customers”, explained Mark White, Product Manager of Arena.  “Increasingly, we’ve seen interest from a large number of churches who are impressed with the feature set of Arena, but don’t quite require the full-blown version for their organization.  We listened to this feedback and designed Arena Select to be the perfect fit for their needs.” The original Arena product will now be known as Arena Premium – and contains features not included in Arena Select.  Web Publishing, Assignments and the ability to add Community-created modules are the most notable of these. Further details about Arena Select are available at www.arenachms.com.

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Shelby Systems has expanded its partnership with ProfitStars®, a Jack Henry Company, to provide churches and non-profit organizations with broader functionality within the ShelbyTELLER module, an integrated Check 21 processing solution. A new relationship with Enterprise Payment Solutions (EPS), a division of ProfitStars, will offer ACH/Check 21 conversion services through ShelbyTeller. The new partnership with EPS enables ShelbyTELLER users to convert payments received by check into ACH/Check 21 transactions for processing, reducing check processing and related payment acceptance costs. This also enables churches whose banks are not yet image-enabled to take advantage of ShelbyTeller’s remote deposit capture. “We are very excited to further our partnership with Shelby Systems to help provide their customers with ACH/Check 21 service through EPS, an added benefit for check processing in ShelbyTELLER,” said Chris Brammer, EPS Sales Executive. ShelbyTELLER is a complete Check 21-compatible, electronic check processing software that fully integrates with Shelby v.5 and Arena data. This unique system scans and captures both front and back of check images, tithing envelopes, or other financial documents for remote deposit.


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Shelby Systems announces three new guest speakers for International Shelby Conference in Atlanta, GA, June 16-18, 2010. Authors Jennifer Schuchmann and Dan Busby and blogger Jon Acuff will be speaking at general sessions and hosting breakouts at ISC throughout the 2010 conference.  International Shelby Conference invites Shelby v.5 and Arena customers to come together for a time of learning and fellowship. With a nod to celebrating the past 20 years of conferences, ISC 2010 looks boldly ahead to software development with the theme, “Future Unleashed.” ISC exists to educate, inspire, and connect with customers across the country and around the world through learning, networking, information sharing, worship, and entertainment. Dan Busby is recognized as one of the nation’s top experts in tax and finance issues for clergy, the church, and other non-profit organizations. He currently serves as the President of Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) which provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, fund-raising, and board governance. Busby will speak at the general session on Thursday morning and host lectures “Fraud Awareness,” “Donor-restricted Gifts,” and “Update from Capitol Hill.” Author and speaker Jennifer Schuchmann will be signing copies of her most recent book, First Things First, about Kurt and Brenda Warner, which hit number ten on the New York Times hardcover non-fiction best seller list. Jennifer has written two books (co-authored with Mark Herringshaw) about prayer. The first, Six Prayers God Always Answers, is about how we talk to God; the second, Nine Ways God Always Speaks, is about how God talks to us. Her first book, Your Unforgettable Life (co-authored with Craig Chapin), discusses how the seemingly insignificant things we do add up to be the legacy we leave. Schuchmann will be speaking at the opening general session and Dessert with Jennifer on Wednesday. She will be hosting lectures “Tweet Hour of Prayer” (how to start a twitter ministry at your church), “Personal Ministry with Facebook,” and “Where Do I Go from Here?” For the last 10 years Jonathan Acuff has helped a variety of organizations tell their story including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples, Chick-fil-A, and North Point Community Church. In addition to his many day jobs, he also writes a blog called Stuff Christians Like (www.stuffchristianslike.net). This has become one of the most widely read Christian blogs with readership in more than 98% of the countries in the world. In addition to speaking at the closing general session on Friday, Acuff will be hosting the lecture “Art of Ideas.” “We are extremely excited to welcome these wonderful speakers to ISC 2010,” said Karen Bishop, Shelby Systems’ Events Manager. “I believe they will be both inspiring and entertaining for our attendees.”