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We are excited to welcome all of you to Memphis, TN for International Shelby Conference in less than a month! In addition to the learning, networking, and professional growth opportunities that ISC 2012 has to offer, you will also be able to experience a great American city.
Memphis has a rich heritage as the economic and cultural center of the Mid-South. Although best known for its contributions to the world of popular music, Memphis is also home to venues for fine art, theater, symphony, ballet, and one of the nation’s top zoos. Don’t overlook all of our dining options, either. From award-winning barbecue to haute cuisine, Memphis has a great variety of restaurants to choose from. Shelby staff members will be glad to share with you their list of favorite Memphis places.
There is so much to explore in Memphis, so be sure to schedule some extra time before or after ISC 2012 to see what all this wonderful city has to offer. You can get coupons and more Memphis information at http://www.memphistravel.com.
The Memphis Marriott has extended the conference rate through May 25. If you are thinking of coming to ISC 2012, you can reserve your room before this cutoff to secure the special price. The hotel allows you to cancel by 6:00 PM Central Time on the day of arrival.
Register online for ISC 2012 at www.shelbysystems.com/isc.
We look forward to seeing you June 13-15 in Memphis!
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Hopefully by now you have heard of ISC, or the International Shelby Conference. It is our annual conference that is being held in Memphis, TN this year (shout out to our hometown!) and is full of classes and many special opportunities to meet people who do what you do each and every day.
If this is your first time at ISC, we welcome you to attend our First-Time Attendees meeting on Tuesday, June 12th at 5:30 PM. We will help you navigate the conference and answer any questions you may have.
One-on-Ones. Schedule 30 minutes with a Shelby staff person to discuss issues unique to you and your organization. There is no additional charge to meet face-to-face with a Shelby v.5 or an Arena expert. Sign up online.
Networking. Networking at ISC is so easy! Meet new friends in class or at lunch and continue the conversation during breaks or dinner. There is always someone new to talk to at ISC.
Arena Meet & Greet. Arena customers will have a special time of networking on Tuesday, June 12th beginning at 6:00 PM.
Share & Learn Forums. OK, these do take place in a classroom, but our Share & Learn forums go beyond the standard curriculum. This is the time for our customers to lead the discussion. Share what you’ve learned and gain insight from other users during these Wednesday evening sessions.
Pre-ISC Sessions. These also take place in classrooms, but you get a full three-and-a-half hours of intensive, lab-style training for comprehensive coverage of the topic. Each Pre-ISC session is $150, but if you sign up for both morning and afternoon sessions, you receive a $25 discount.
Hands-On. For a shorter version of lab-style learning, take a Hands-On class during one of our regular breakout sessions. Hands-On classes are $45 each.
Exhibit Hall. Solutions abound from our Exhibitors and Sponsors. You will want to be sure to stop by and meet the representatives from the companies who partner with Shelby to bring you the products and services you need.
Product Demos. See the next generation of Shelby Financial Software and products from our Exhibitors and Sponsors.
Door Prizes. You can win a great prize in one of our drawings. Your name is entered for the Thursday lunch drawing when you complete and turn in your Exhibitor Bingo Card. Your name is entered for the Friday closing session drawing when you complete and turn in your Class Evaluation Booklet.
For more information about any of these special opportunities, visit the ISC website.
Register online TODAY at www.shelbysystems.com/isc and pay just $739 per person. Watch our latest ISC video.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 through Friday, June 15, 2012
Memphis Marriott Downtown
250 North Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103
Questions? Contact Shelby Events at 800-654-1605. We look forward to seeing you June 13-15 in Memphis!
Karen tells us about this year’s exciting keynote speaker, the worship and praise leaders, who should attend the conference, special speakers and classes, and why we chose Memphis. We’ll also discuss the venue and nearby activities and attractions. We can’t wait to see you in June!
Michael Hyatt is the Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers and a keynote speaker at ISC (International Shelby Conference) this year in Memphis, TN. I follow his blog closely because he always has great advice and wisdom to share, while still keeping things interesting.
He recently posted a video that I’ve seen on a number of blogs about a violinist who was interrupted during a performance because of someone’s phone ringing. To me, taking the time to watch the 1:20 minute video didn’t seem appealing, so I had glossed over it with every other post. When I came to Michael’s, though, I realized there was a deeper message than what I had expected.
This violinist doesn’t stop what he’s doing to ridicule or embarrass the cell phone violator, but instead, he incorporates the ringtone into the end of his performance. It adds humor to the situation but also makes you respect the violinist even more.
Michael pointed out that situations like this can be used as an opportunity for good behavior. It also allows you to reflect on what the Bible says about being kind, patient, and understanding. We so often disregard others when something doesn’t seem right or fair.
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32.
Think about what happens when a fire alarm goes off. Or when people go grocery shopping for their Thanksgiving meals. People lose a lot of their inhibitions and all chaos ensues.
My patience is most tested (like this morning when I was humbled in about 30 seconds) when I am late for something (which is my own fault) and someone else slows me down. This morning, someone left their empty lane to get right in front of me (going slower than I wanted to go). My frustration kicked in immediately and within seconds, they had their blinker on to turn right. Into a church parking lot. The church parking lot where I attend church. Yeah.
God has funny ways of putting us in our place. It makes it even more meaningful when someone else shows me grace after I’ve messed up.
Seems like we should all learn something from this violinist’s reaction.
Do you find yourself to be more understanding or more hot-headed when something isn’t fair?
Shelby has been on the road a lot lately and we are soon to be headed to California, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Florida in the next couple of weeks to be able to speak face to face with our potential and current customers, teach you about our software, and answer any of your questions. Be sure to mark your calendars and join us for a free day of learning and discussing our browser-based software, Shelby Arena, as well as our powerful Financials software. Here are the dates for when we will be in your area:
- Tuesday, October 25- Fresno, CA (Peoples Church)
- Wednesday, October 26- Sacramento, CA (Capital Christian Center)
- Tuesday, November 1- Brooklyn Park, MN (Living Word Christian Center)
- Thursday, November 3- Memphis TN (Faith Baptist Church)
- Thursday, November 10- Boca Raton, Florida (Spanish River Church)
- Friday, November 11- Tampa, Florida (South Tampa Fellowship)
How great is it to be in church or reading your Bible and realizing that your way of thinking can be totally reformed? Many of us feel that we know the Bible pretty well, so a lot of us feel that these revelations only come around every once in a while.
I had a revelation in my Bible study group last weekend, when we covered the verses of Jeremiah 29:1-23. You are probably familiar with the famous verse from Jeremiah 29:11 that reads, “”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”" This verse is usually written on the side of your coffee mug, pinned to your wall or on a plaque in your house… but fewer people than you might think actually know the context that it is taken from.
You see, at the beginning of Jeremiah 29, it is explained that Jeremiah is delivering a letter from God to the many leaders who were exiled from Jerusalem. God was explaining why they were uprooted from a comfortable home where they experienced a privileged life, to a city where they were unknown and out of place. God was telling these exiles to settle into Babylon, grow their own food, and have children. He told them that after 70 years, he would take them back to Jerusalem. God stresses that there is a reason that this is happening to them and He is watching over them the entire time. He wants them to know that they need to love their new city and make the best of their situation.
Having been born and raised in Memphis, TN (where Shelby is headquartered), I have grown to love my home and all of its familiar sights and sounds… but it can be easy to see some of the downsides of living here. I’ll admit, when I first heard that we are the poorest city in the country, I had a strong feeling of resentment towards Memphis. My moment of revelation happened just a week later at this Bible study where we talked about loving your home and honoring God wherever he decides to place you.
We aren’t supposed to run from our hurting cities, but need to get involved, give back, and help to make them better places. We can all make a difference no matter where we are, and it’s a great feeling to know that God has a plan for each of us and is trying to use us for His glory.
Do you have any favorite Bible verses that have changed your way of thinking?
“It’s the best conference I have ever attended” -Sally Stanley, Episcopal Diocese of Albany NY
Check out our new podcast highlighting moments from the 2011 HQ Conference in Memphis, TN! You’ll see some of the fun and interesting things that went on, as well as customer feedback and what to look forward to in the future.
A Recap of ISC 2011 and Plans for ISC 2012 in Memphis, TN
Shelby Systems held its annual International Shelby Conference (ISC) in San Antonio, TX this past June. The conference brings together current and potential customers who want to learn more about using our software at their churches and share ideas with Shelby staff members and other users from across the country. Participants not only gain valuable information they can use on the job, but earn CPE and CEU credits in the process.
ISC 2011 was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on San Antonio’s famed River Walk and turned out to be another huge success for us. While there, customers benefitted from a variety of classes, speakers, performers, one-on-one training sessions, vendor demos and more. They also heard an update from Shelby CEO, Frank Canady, on the company’s future plans and direction. “My favorite part was learning how Shelby can take our church into the future,” said Christina Andrews, Office Manager at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, TX.
Ryan Fonseca, a Worship Leader at Wayside Chapel in San Antonio, TX, led a time of praise on Wednesday morning that got everyone on their feet and helped to kick off another great Shelby conference. Multiple Dove Award winner and two-time Grammy nominee, Nicole C. Mullen, gave an electrifying performance during Thursday morning’s assembly.
Session speakers included experienced trainers and staff as well as names recognizable in the not-for-profit industry. Dan Busby, the President of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, addressed several groups, as did Donna Lively, Director of Insurance Solutions and Services at GuideStone Financial Resources. Also participating were Elaine Sommerville, a CPA focusing on nonprofit organizations in areas of tax compliance, and her husband, Attorney Frank Sommerville. Linda Highbarger, Finance Director at Central Christian Church in Wichita, KS, said, “I enjoyed having instructors who know and use Shelby and have practical experience so they understand the issues churches encounter.”
Planning for the 2012 International Shelby Conference (ISC) is already under way. Next year, Shelby brings the conference home to Memphis, TN at the Memphis Marriott Downtown. ISC is an annual event that offers new and experienced users the opportunity to learn more about the software tools they use in their ministries, discover ways to be more effective in what they do, and network with other Shelby users.
For more information, please contact the Shelby Events Department by phone at (800) 654-1605 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shelby’s amazing Media Department put this video podcast together to highlight some of the best moments at ISC 2011. You’ll see performers Ryan Fonseca and Nicole C. Mullen, as well as an interview between Shelby’s Director of Customer Development, Ron Chandler, and Shelby’s CEO, Frank Canady.