Register for MPower20, Revising Your Budget, How to Prepare for #GivingTuesday, and more!

We hope that you enjoy reading our newsletter each month as we keep you "in the know" regarding our platforms and services. The October edition includes some tips that we hope help you grow your ministry and minister to your congregation. 


In this month's newsletter we’ll cover: 

  • Register NOW for MPower20 (Oct. 13-14, 2020)
  • Auditing your groups in ShelbyNext Membership
  • The NEW Ticketing Functionality in ShelbyForms
  • Tax Forms and eFiling
  • Revising your Budgets
  • Using Relative Dates on Giving Reports
  • How to prepare for #GIVINGTUESDAY

We are here to serve you as you serve in your ministry. Have a blessed day and enjoy the newsletter! 

Steve Pruitt 
General Manager, Shelby Systems 

Join Us For MPower20!


Ready to learn from the experts? It's only $99 to attend the 2-day event!


Our instructors are the very same industry experts that work every day to develop and enhance the technology that you already use to manage and grow your ministry. Not only will these focused sessions give you an in-depth overview of the software you use daily, you'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and get best practice advice from the product-leads themselves.


View the full schedule of Shelby courses here and a list of Arena classes here.


If you can't make the full conference, or you're just interested in too many classes to choose from, don't forget you can add on access to ALL the sessions once the conference is over for just an additional $80! Just be sure to select this option during checkout.

Keeping Groups Up to Date


Groups are used to track membership status, grades, classes, choirs, services, outreach teams and an overabundance of other things.


As policies, focus and priorities change, so do your groups, often leaving you with a collection of outdated and irrelevant information. Routinely auditing your groups is a best practice. Click the link below for ideas that will help you manage your groups.

NEW Ticketing Functionality
Added to ShelbyForms

In-person meeting restrictions mandated by local and state guidelines placed the additional burden of limiting how many attendees could attend Worship Services. The June ShelbyNews provided information on 'Event Registration with Limited Capacity'.


ShelbyForms now includes a NEW ticketing feature that provides your registrants with scannable ticket codes that can be used to check into your event. This feature can be used for both free and paid events!


Click HERE for information on using the new ticket feature in ShelbyForms.

Shelby Financials Tax Forms
and eFiling Provided by Nelco

Many times we aren't aware of all the efficiencies available to us. In the world of maintaining financials for your church or ministry, time and efficiencies are vital. As a "did you know", Shelby Financials provides both eFiling as well as tax forms through an integrated solution in Shelby Financials provided by our longtime partner Nelco.


eFiling is as quick as a click of the button within Shelby Financials to eFile. You can also order your tax forms from our online store located here. Save time and money by utilizing these services this year as we approach end-of-year.


Join us for one of our joint webinars hosted by Nelco to learn more about our eFile services built within Shelby Financials. Click on the date below to register to attend.


October 20 at 2pm Eastern Time / 1pm Central


December 1 at 2pm Easter Time / 1pm Central

Time To Revise Your Budget

With all the changes caused by the COVID-19 crisis, it just might be time for you to revise your budget.


Shelby Financials' budget tool provides a method to do that and keep a copy of your original budget so you can report on the revised or original budget.


Click here for full instructions.

Using Relative Dates
on Giving Reports


Reporting, especially as it relates to financial information, can be used as a health barometer to track trends. Report filters have included a number of common preset date criteria that were intended to save you time (i.e. last month, last six months, last year). 'Relative Dates' takes this a step further.

Let's say, for example, you routinely report on the last 13 weeks, or four months....Relative Dates makes it possible to set up the custom time period your report requires. The trick is to be sure you SAVE the report. You will then be able to use My Reports to run it with a single click.

#GivingTuesday Is Right Around The Corner!


#GivingTuesday, created in 2012, was the brainchild of New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation. This holiday serves to create a global movement of generosity and kindness by inspiring people to donate to nonprofit organizations around the world.


Similar to how Black Friday represents the beginning of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday is the kickoff to the charitable giving season - placing focus on the true meaning of the season.


This holiday is a true social media movement (hence the hashtag). Donors often share information about their favorite cause and organizations on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. – encouraging their friends and family to contribute as well! 

Now is a great time to begin to think about how your church or ministry can leverage the kickoff of the charitable giving season on #GivingTuesday.

Is there an annual holiday initiative that your ministry will re-imagine this year? Is there a new need in your community that your givers can impact? The possibilities are endless! Check out this planning and day-of guide.

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