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VIDEO has become an established portion of today’s worship service. From announcements to lyrics, to sermon notes, to topic introductions and testimonies, video is an effective and popular means of communicating ideas and themes. Many modern ministries have massive resources set aside for video production. But what about the average size church that is on a tight budget? You can pick up some useful tips from Shonda Carter in this month’s Ministry Tech Magazine article (below). To learn more just pre-order her upcoming book “Show Stopper!” from Amazon.




Show Stopper! 

Three secrets for making great video

by Russ McGuire

Show Stopper! is the new book by Shonda Carter that has grown out of her startup company, Shonda Carter Productions. Set to release later this month, it has been a bestseller among Amazon preorders. So: how did a former prison employee become a best-selling author, and what does this have to do with ministry technologies?


Paid to be Mean

Shonda wasn’t raised in the church. When she went to college, she wanted to become a judge; she wanted to have power. She studied Criminal Justice, but unlike high school, she found that it took more than smarts: it took hard work to get good grades. She wasn’t willing to put in the work to pursue a Law

degree so she graduated with her Criminal Justice degree and started her first career. She got a job working for the prison system as a probation officer. She loved that she got paid to be mean. And she was good at it! From there, she moved to a child support enforcement role. Even though these jobs seem to have nothing to do with her current calling, Shonda points out that God never wastes anything—these jobs taught her how to tell people what to do, which has made her a better video director!


God Saves the Mean Lady

Shonda and her husband began attending church, but she just didn’t “get it.” She looked around at all the people that were full of joy in the Lord and she prayed, “God, don’t you want me?” One night, Shonda and her husband took their kids to the local drive-in to see a movie. It was a double feature, and although they didn’t really have any interest in watching the second movie, The Passion of the Christ, they figured they were already there, so they stuck around. Shonda realized that she was a visual learner, and once she saw what Christ did for her, she could finally understand all that she had heard at church. God literally opened her eyes to see and understand the gospel. Not only did God use the film to save Shonda and her husband, it helped her realize the power of video in communicating His deepest truths. As she began studying the Bible, she saw that Jesus is the master storyteller. In gratitude to her pastor, instead of simply writing him a thank you note, she wrote a play for him. A year later he asked her if she would start a drama ministry with live, on-stage monthly productions. Shonda loved applying her creativity in service to God’s people, but the live productions were too unpredictable.


Technology to the Rescue

Thinking back to The Passion of the Christ, Shonda realized that video might be the answer. Her computer had some software called Movie Maker, so what could be so hard about making a movie? “I realized I knew nothing about making videos, but the Holy Ghost and YouTube taught me enough to get started.”

Eventually she went back to school to learn video production, quit her child support enforcement job and took a minimum wage job as an Associate News Producer for the local television station. She felt called by God to spend a year there, but she got promoted to News Producer and overstayed the 12 months before God made it clear that she was to move on. As she continued to make videos for her church, she thought about creating a YouTube channel with spiritual content. Jesus went to where the people were, and video, if it’s engaging, can help people understand the message. To figure out the business side

she plugged into the local startup community. Video marketing on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook was becoming increasingly important to entrepreneurs, so Shonda started helping her new friends with their videos. I asked her what the hardest part of starting her business was and she said it was

believing that she was good enough to get paid for video production. It’s called the imposter syndrome. Everyone told her she was good and her work was valuable, but she didn’t feel comfortable charging for her service. She finally bit the bullet and Shonda Carter Productions was born.


Three Video Tips

I asked Shonda if she could share three tips with us for making great videos. Her best advice boils down to this:


1 Make it short. The shorter the better.

2 Tell a story. People want to feel, not just hear. Jesus used stories to powerful effect.

3 The music matters. Special effects don’t impress anyone anymore, but music helps the audience get in the moment faster.



I asked Shonda how her faith impacts her as an entrepreneur. She said praying for God’s wisdom in all things is her most powerful business tool. When opportunities come her way, she turns to the Lord for direction in who to work with and who to decline. As a startup with limited resources, she also prays constantly for wisdom on spending money, for example, on which conferences to attend. She is thankful that the Lord has been faithful to her.


“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”

(1 Corinthians 1:25 NIV) MT


Shelby Systems has been helping to support the local ministry work of Orange Mound Outreach Ministries (OMOM) for several years now. This year the Shelby Cares Committee really stepped up their game. Sixty kids at OMOM received new bikes for Christmas and they were so excited, but in the end, it was the Shelby employees who received the biggest blessing. Events Manager Karen Bishop explains what the Shelby Cares team has done in the past to support OMOM and why they chose to support them again this year. Marketing and Promotions Manager Hal Hallum gives us the behind the scenes story of what creative ideas were used to reach our donation goal and how that money was used. Watch the joy on the children’s faces as they ride their new Christmas bikes. And make sure to watch the end of the video to see what OMOM is doing to change our city in the name of Jesus.


2015 and 2016 were the years that Faith films went mainstream in the United States. These fairly low-budget, high-profit movies have made a big splash in America over the past couple of years. When the latest Kendrick Brothers film “War Room” reached #1 at the box office, the movement could no longer be ignored. Numerous high-quality “message movies” (Woodlawn, Risen, The Young Messiah, God is Not Dead 2, Miracles from Heaven, etc.) followed over the next few months and peaked into the Top 5 in attendance. It was only a matter of time until the marquee actors and directors decided to join in. Silence, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Liam Neeson, is scheduled to be released later this year. So is this epic drama being produced because faith films are popular and profitable now or are there some passion and principle behind this production?

Here is the story from The Playlist:

                                     Everyone, Including Martin Scorsese,

                                  Worked For Scale To Get ‘Silence’ Made

You might think that a filmmaking legend on the scale of Martin Scorsese wouldn’t have any trouble walking into any studio around town and getting a picture financed and made, but that’s not the case. At 73 years-old, the titan of American filmmaking still has to prove his projects are fiscally responsible investments, and when it comes to his long-gestating dream project “Silence,” it’s easy to see why some executives might not be ready to hand over their cash. A movie we’re (prematurely) predicting to be a contender for the 2017 Oscars in the Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor fields, the adaptation of Shüsaku Endō’s novel starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver, is set in the 17th century and follows two 17th-century Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and spread the gospel of Christianity. In short, no superheroes, no special effects, no four-quadrant appeal. So how did Scorsese finally manage to get it made? He took a pay cut, along with everyone else.

“It was very, very expensive, and it was budgeted, because it takes place in 1670 in Japan. We got lucky and found out about Taipei, and in and around Taipei and Taiwan, we found great, great locations. The prices were very cheap, and we were able to make it for a price,” producer Irwin Winkler told THR about how the movie finally was able to go into production. “And all the actors, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, everybody worked for scale. Marty worked for scale, I worked for under scale. [Laughs] We gave back money.” “…we all really decided, we’re gonna put all the money into the picture, so nobody got paid. So that’s how we got that made,” he added.

Currently in post, Scorsese and (99.9% guaranteed) Thelma Schoonmaker are editing the picture, and Winkler says the movie will “come out at the end of the year.” So get ready, awards season.


Shelby Systems wishes you and your family the hope and the blessings of Christmas this season and throughout the new year!

Shelby’s Holiday Hours:
    December 19 -22: 7 AM – 6 PM
    December 23: Closed
    December 26: Closed
    December 27-28: 7 AM – 6 PM
    December 29: Our Offices will close at noon.
    December 30: Closed
    Our offices will re-open Monday, January 2, 2017, at 7 AM.


Alfred Johnson, ShelbyNext Financials Product Owner, hosted an informative webinar with his suggested checklist for year-end actions on December 14, 2016. He spent a good deal of time covering the steps you need to take and the reports you need to run to get ready for the year-end in ShelbyNext Financials. Hal Hallum takes the time to answer customer questions and includes a Q&A toward the end of the video. If you missed this helpful webinar, you can still see it by clicking the image above.

A helpful ShelbyNext | Financials Year-End Checklist document can be found here.


Jason Jenison, Partner Relationship Manager with Nelco, discusses some of the changes we need to be aware of for successful completion of the 2016 tax forms during this webinar. Click the image above and take a few moments to learn everything you need to know to meet your deadlines and keep you up to date and compliant with government regulations on W-2’s, 1099’s, and 1095-C forms.

NELCO is the chosen provider of checks, tax and business forms for Shelby Systems. This webinar was recorded on Wednesday, December 7th at 11:00AM CST.

If you have any questions after viewing this webinar, please send us an with those questions so they can be addressed.


Five years ago, we had the rare opportunity to interview Pearl Harbor survivor, former TN state senator and author Bill Jim Davis who gave us a riveting eyewitness account of December 7, 1941. In this brief video, Mr. Davis also explains what growing up in the Depression and serving in politics taught him. He will conclude with the ingredients for a happy life. We, as a nation, are indebted to Mr. Davis and others like him who answered the call to duty and performed with valor. Bill Jim Davis is one among many of this country’s living treasures. People who have lived a life of service and integrity and whose legacies light the path for those who follow. Bill Jim (96 years old) resides with his wife Helen in Southwest Tennessee. He has two children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

His book Abandon Ship! is available on Amazon.


What if you could travel to another country without ever leaving home? It’s possible with The Compassion Experience. Discover what it feels like to take a mission trip to an impoverished nation from your own church’s parking lot. Join us as Tour Director, Whitney Gruver, explains how your ministry can have The Compassion Experience visit your home church. Watch as two lives are completely transformed by the power of the Gospel and through the encouragement of their Compassion sponsors. You will be amazed by the true stories of Yannely (from the Dominican Republic) and Jey (from Kenya) as they move from abject poverty to fulfilling lives of service to others. Make sure to watch the end of the video to see Jey as he shares his own personal life-story. This edition of Shelby Podcast is sponsored by Ministry Brands Global Outreach.