Shelby Systems Inc. held its annual International Shelby Conference (ISC) in San Antonio, Texas, this past June. The conference brings together current and potential customers who want to learn more about using Shelby’s software at their churches or nonprofit organizations 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 a huge success for Shelby Systems. While there, customers could benefit 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, about 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, Texas.

Ryan Fonseca, a worship leader at Wayside Chapel in San Antonio, Texas, 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, 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, Kan., 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, Tenn., at the Memphis Marriott Downtown. Anyone working with a church or nonprofit organization who is interested in learning more about Shelby Systems and its products is encouraged to attend. 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

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