Hall of Fame Coach Bobby Bowden holds the record for most wins (410) in the history of major college football (along with 2 national championships and 12 conference championships). But those are not his greatest accomplishments. Coach Bowden is living proof that you can live a life of dignity and follow the highest ethical standards and still achieve the pinnacle of success. Discover how “Woodlawn” was a big part of Bobby Bowden’s decision to go into coaching, his unusual path to Christianity, his favorite biography written about him, and how he spends his time now that he is retired. Several years ago the coach gave a speech that changed my life. That evening he concluded with the story of “the only home run I ever hit in college.” Don’t miss this amazing true lesson that you will remember for the rest of your life. And make sure to invite a teenager to see our bonus question and answer: “How to Become a Success.”

Learn more about the Ministry of Coach Bobby Bowden.
Watch the Bobby Bowden Hall of Fame Speech (13:21).
Watch the Bobby Bowden Scenes from the film We Are Marshall (4:44).
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In a recent Twitter survey, respondents were asked to share a singular event that impressed them in a church worship service. In fact, most of the respondents said they were “delighted” or “surprised,” and that the one event made them desire to return to the church.


A pattern developed around nine factors. Here are some representative quotes around each of the issues:


  1. “Someone had an umbrella waiting for me in inclement weather.” This comment was made for both snowy and rainy weather. Some of the respondents indicated that someone actually stayed next to them so they would not slip or fall.


  1. “A member actually invited me to lunch.” I admit I was surprised by the frequency of this response. This invitation had a huge impact on guests.


  1. “The kids’ area had leaders who were friendly and helpful.” This issue was obviously highly important to young families. More than ever you keep or lose young families at the point you check the kids in or take them to a class.


  1. “There was a time of meaningful prayer.” Prayer is important to guests. They love the times of quiet when people are asked to pray silently. They also love guided prayers.


  1. “Someone walked us where we were supposed to go.” Every place in a church facility is unknown to a first time guest. They love greeters staying with them and taking the fear of the unknown away.


  1. “There was genuine friendliness outside of the stand and greet time.” Church members tend to like the stand and greet time more than guests do. In fact, most guests see the stand and greet time as artificial, especially if members are not friendly outside that time.


  1. “People followed up with my prayer requests the next day.” Many churches have places on guest cards for prayer requests. If leaders in the church emphasize that people will pray for the guests, many are likely to complete the card. The guests are really impressed if they hear from someone the next day.


  1. “I loved having the opportunity to speak with the pastor.” In some churches, this conversation took place in a reception room after the service. In other churches, the pastor called or wrote a personal email that was obviously not a form email. Guests really love hearing from the pastor.


  1. “I received a gift at the end of the service.” Many guests love receiving a gift for their visit. Their favorite gifts are freshly baked cookies or freshly baked bread. But any gift is appreciated.


Keep in mind, those who responded to the survey noted only one of these nine surprises that caused them to return. They considered any of these efforts above and beyond what they expected.


The ShelbyNext Membership (included with ShelbyNext Membership) iPhone app allows you to access all of ShelbyNext Membership’s core features while on the go!

People Features:
– Create People.
– View lists of all members and groups, complete with thumbnails of profile pictures.
– Use as a church directory, if enabled.
– View all information for a person. Including personal, contact, dates, custom fields, and family.
– Tap profile image to add a new one.
– Edit all fields, including custom ones.
– Add/remove people from groups.
– Add/Edit notes.
– Print a summary page, using AirPrint.
– Add a person to your Contacts.

Self Child Check-in.
– Parents can check their kids in when close to church, so the labels are already printed and waiting for them, when they get inside.

– View lists of Completed, Outstanding, and My Outstanding interactions.
– Edit Outstanding Interactions.
– Assign/Log a new interaction.

– Add/edit attendance for a group.
– Add visitors who are currently in the system.
– Create and add visitors.
– Swipe left on a name to see more options.

Mass Contact
– Mass Email a group.
– Mass SMS and Voice message (Requires this to be configured via web)

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We have been producing year-end podcasts for a number of years now, and we thought it would be fun this year to sort of jump into the Shelby time machine to go back and visit some of our favorite moments from the past. We’ll be covering these topics: Free Resources available to you, year-end differences between ShelbyNext and Shelby v.5, our top 3 year-end tips and ACA Reporting. We hope that this review of some of our most helpful year-end podcasts answers many of your biggest questions and gives you a few tips that you can use. In addition learn about the many ways of getting in touch with us (including live chat) for year-end assistance during the month of January. Make sure you watch the end of the video for instructions on downloading and installing the latest software updates so that you are ready for new tax legislation. So hold on as we go back to the future!

Watch Year-End Discussion - (Video from January/2012).
Watch Top 10 Year-End Tips: Part 1 - (Video from December/2012).
Watch Top 10 Year-End Tips: Part 2 - (Video from January/2013).
Watch Year-End Tips for SFO / v.5 Customers - (Video from December/2014).
Listen to Top Ten Year-End Tips: Part 1 - (Audio from December/2009).
Listen to Top Ten Year-End Tips: Part 2 - (Audio from January/2010).

Read the ACA Overview Document.
Nelco is Shelby Systems' preferred forms provider.
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“War Room” is expected to break another industry record as DVD sales of the film are outpacing all other movies. The latest Kendrick brothers faith-based film “War Room” is among the most popular items being sold this holiday season, and according to Provident Films’ Senior Vice President Ben Howard, the film’s DVD sales appear to be following in similar fashion to it’s surprising #1 box office performance.  

“The pre-sales for the ‘War Room’ collector’s edition DVD and Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack outpaced demand for any other DVD title in the industry based on retail reports,” Howard said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. “In fact, we anticipate ‘War Room’ will break another retail record for the Kendricks beating blockbuster first-week sales of previous best-selling DVDs ‘Courageous’ and ‘Fireproof.'”

“War Room” cost about $4 million to make and earned over $70 million at the box office. The Kendrick brothers have made incredible strides in their small town of Albany, Georgia, as their first four movies, “Flywheel,” “Facing the Giants,” “Fireproof” and “Courageous” together grossed over $80 million. With their newest film grossing almost that same amount on its own, it’s apparent that they’ve reached a new level of success.

The DVD and digital download of “War Room” can be purchased at Amazon and other retailers.



Many people set goals for the new year that attempt to improve upon food, fitness or finance. We at Shelby Systems would like to suggest an alternative with eternal rewards.

I Timothy 4:8 states: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”


Just as our bodies need a proper diet and exercise to thrive, our soul needs spiritual nourishment to continue the process of sanctification. Make 2016 the year that you get into the Word of God (on a daily basis) and get the Word of God into you. Reading through the Bible and memorizing scripture will cause you to grow and mature in your faith like never before.


For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of Bible reading plans for you to choose from (with links to the detailed documents).

Whatever it is you’re looking for in a reading plan, you should find it here:



52 Week Bible Reading Plan

Read through the Bible in a year, with each day of the week dedicated to a different genre: Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and Gospels.


5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan

Read through the New Testament in a year, reading Monday to Friday. Weekends are set aside for reflection and other reading. Especially beneficial if you’re new to a daily discipline of Bible reading.


A Bible Reading Chart

Read through the Bible at your own pace. Use this minimalistic, yet beautifully designed, chart to track your reading over 2016.


Chronological Bible Reading Plan

Read through the Bible in the order the events occurred chronologically.


The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan

Four daily readings beginning in Genesis, Psalms, Matthew and Acts.


Every Word in the Bible

Read through the Bible one chapter at a time. Readings alternate between the Old and New Testaments.


Historical Bible Reading Plan

The Old Testament readings are similar to Israel’s Hebrew Bible, and the New Testament readings are an attempt to follow the order in which the books were authored.


The Legacy Reading Plan

This plan does not have set readings for each day. Instead, it has set books for each month, and set number of Proverbs and Psalms to read each week. It aims to give you more flexibility, while grounding you in specific books of the Bible each month.



With the popularity of smartphones, tablets and e-readers, it has never been easier to read through the wisdom of the Bible in one year.

This is the ebook that I recently chose to help me read through God’s word in 2016 (perhaps it will appeal to you as well):


Christmas Scene Here are five facts about Christmas that you may not know about.

Illegal Christmas
Can you imagine being fined for observing Christmas or saying “Merry Christmas”? In fact, in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Puritans or Protestant Christians had a war on Christmas. Any kind of “merrymaking” was out of the question. England helped pass laws making it illegal to observe Christmas, so the Puritans of New England followed suit. For a time, Christmas was outlawed in Boston and the Plymouth Colony.

Tree Hugger
I thought this was funny when I read about it, but President Theodore Roosevelt actually banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1901. Why? Because he was an environmentalist. But we should be glad about that because Teddy Roosevelt is credited with the national parks we have today, having added 5 more parks and 18 national monuments to that list while he was president for the enjoyment of future generations.

The Real Santa Claus
Santa Claus is based on a 14th-century bishop from modern-day Turkey and from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, whose name is a regional pronunciation of Saint Nicholas. At the time, he was known as Bishop of Smyrna and Nikolaos of Bari. He lived during a time of great poverty, so he felt compelled to give away a lot of his wealth, primarily to the poor. If there were children involved, he was even more generous.

The First Decorated Tree?
Reportedly, Martin Luther, was the first to decorate a Christmas tree. Apparently, he was so moved by the beauty of the stars shining between the branches of a fir tree that he brought home an evergreen tree and decorated it with candles to share the image with his children, which they loved.

Recycled Christmas Trees?
One of the most interesting things I discovered was that many zoos feed donated Christmas trees to their animals. Can you think of a better use than to recycle them into feed for animals? There are also a lot of people around the world who take their old Christmas trees to recycling centers, and some turn them into bug-repellant mulch.

The greatest fact of all is that Jesus came to Earth to save us from our sins. The world beheld His glory (God with us) through the birth of a virgin, and He lived a sinless life. By this, He could make His own life the perfect sacrifice to God, which satisfied the wrath that God has for all sin. If you are reading this and you have never repented and trusted in Christ, Christmas is really meaningless; it’s just another commercialized vacation from work with lots of parties and gifts. I strongly suggest to anyone not yet saved to repent today, turn around and go in the other direction and then put your trust in Christ alone. That decision absolutely overwhelms any other fact there is.


We’d like to thank each and every one of you for being a part of the Shelby family. Reading the Christmas story and keeping the focus on the real reason for this season is an integral part of the holidays for all of our families, and we are so thankful to be able to share this tradition with you.

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From all of us at Shelby, we wish each of you and your families a very Merry Christmas!

-Your Shelby Team



YouVersion, launched by Life.Church in 2008, recently announced that the Bible app has now topped 200 million installs. In its third consecutive year of adding 50 million installs, the app now offers the Bible in more than 1,200 versions and 900 languages. This year, the favorite verse for the United States was bookmarked, shared, highlighted, and listened to so much that it beat out every other verse in the app’s history. That verse was Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will”. American users preferred the New International Version. Every second, 112 people open the YouVersion Bible app.


Christmas came early this year for Jeff Louis, a 22-year-old pizza delivery man who received a surprising $700 tip from the congregants at Life Point Church in Mentor, Ohio. Louis was moved to tears in a now viral YouTube video in which he emotionally describes the event as “the most amazing thing” that’s ever happened to him. “I’ve been having such a hard time lately, just struggling to stay clean and everything,” Louis says in the video. “I’m just trying to get my life back and it just really, truly amazes me that people who don’t even know me just wanted to help me out that much.” Pastor Ken Wright sums up his thoughts: “Our motto and our mission is to focus on building one life at a time and this is a great example of how a small act of kindness can make a difference.”