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Overview

Church Windows is a church management software for modern churches to manage memberships, donations, church receipts, budget...

ShelbyNext Financials is a cloud-based accounting and financial management software designed for churches, non-profits, ministries,...

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Pros

Later, we added the Donation module and this was the greatest asset for the software. First in importance was the accuracy of the entry and the availability of almost instant reports.
I love that this program is very user friendly. Coming from an accounting background I appreciate the similarities.
I would rate it very well. Adequate support makes all the difference in helping to apply a good experience in working with any kind of software uses.

Pros

The customer service representatives are all very nice, courteous, helpful and professional.
This software is exactly like V5 with a few awesome upgrades. We love the new report formats that can be ran as well as the charts and graphs that come with them.
For a church our size it helps with keeping track of individuals information. I am not an accountant by trade so I appreciate the user friendliness of this software.

Cons

When trying to correct mistakes or errors it can sometimes be tricky to do. I think this software requires more training than one would expect.
The scheduler program is used by our church, but must be handled separately from all our other calendars due to lack of integration with other programs.
If I were to chose a negative, I suppose it would be the learning curve.

Cons

Having to hit the accept button is frustrating. Sometimes I get interrupted in the office with other issues and lose all my input because the program cuts you off the software.
I hate that this "world" doesn't connect to the Shelby Membership "world. Having to input demographic information into both is such a time-consuming thing.
I only use this once a month to pull my department reports. It has been a little confusing understanding where I can find what I need.
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Key features

  • Total features50
  • API
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Asset Tracking
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Built-in Accounting
  • Calendar Management
  • Check Printing
  • Child Check-in
  • Compliance Management
  • Contact Database
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Donation Management
  • Donation Tracking
  • Donor Management
  • Email Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Fixed Asset Management
  • For Nonprofits
  • For Religious Organizations
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Member Directory
  • Member Portal
  • Membership Management
  • Multi-Location
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Giving
  • Payroll Management
  • Personalization
  • Pledge Management
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • Recurring Giving
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Small Group Management
  • Transaction History
  • Visitor Tracking
  • Volunteer Management
  • Website Management
  • Total features26
  • API
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Asset Tracking
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Built-in Accounting
  • Calendar Management
  • Check Printing
  • Child Check-in
  • Compliance Management
  • Contact Database
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Donation Management
  • Donation Tracking
  • Donor Management
  • Email Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Fixed Asset Management
  • For Nonprofits
  • For Religious Organizations
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Member Directory
  • Member Portal
  • Membership Management
  • Multi-Location
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Giving
  • Payroll Management
  • Personalization
  • Pledge Management
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • Recurring Giving
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Small Group Management
  • Transaction History
  • Visitor Tracking
  • Volunteer Management
  • Website Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations5
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  • Total integrations5
  • Authorize.Net
  • Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT
  • ChMS
  • Constant Contact
  • Eventbrite
  • Gmail
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • PayPal
  • Planning Center
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Salesforce.org Nonprofit Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Vanco Faith
  • Zapier

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Church Windows - Great Church Software!

Reviewed 4 years ago

I've been working in Church Windows for 14 years and have loved how much it has improved since I first started working with it. They have revamped the accounting and donations modules to make them more useful and user friendly.

Pros

Ability to enter and pay bills; ease at writing journal entries and looking up transactions

Cons

Inability to create custom reports for analyzing financials

Vendor response

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to submit a review of Church Windows Software. Your input is truly appreciated and helps make Church Windows better software. Please let us know if you have questions by calling us at 800-533-5227 or email us at support@churchwindows.com Thanks again, Church Windows Support

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Reviewed 3 years ago

My review is not a good one to use, we are at least 5 Releases behind on the software. Would like to upgrade but not sure what changes the new releases would make to the software we are used to using. We use the membership and the financial areas of the software.

Pros

Tracking information on members and financials.

Cons

Cannot delete dead members without loosing spouse information.

Vendor response

Coralie, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to submit a review of Church Windows Software. Your input is truly appreciated and helps make Church Windows better. Please let us know if you have questions by calling us at 800-533-5227 or email us at support@churchwindows.com Thanks again, Church Windows

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My experience using church windows

Reviewed 3 years ago

I use the program only to track donations and submit reports. I was also able to adapt the program to a capital campaign for a related non-profit. Great support from your staff...prompt and courteous.

Pros

It does everything I need for tracking church financials.

Cons

I am at the age where I don't like change. The new software requires using new steps that just have a learning curve attached. I am sure the tutorials would help if I used them!

Vendor response

Dan, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to submit a review of Church Windows Software. Your input is truly appreciated and helps make Church Windows better. Please let us know if you have questions by calling us at 800-533-5227 or email us at support@churchwindows.com Thanks again, Church Windows

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Small church usage

Reviewed 3 years ago

This program allows several users to post under their own log in so that if I have to fix anything I know who to go to with questions on why they did something. It has greatly streamlined the financials for monthly meetings.

Pros

This program is easy to use. Customer service rocks. I like the way donations interact with the financial reports.

Cons

It is cumbersome to add or change accounts and vendor information.

Vendor response

Meg, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to submit a review of Church Windows Software. Your input is truly appreciated and helps make Church Windows better. Please let us know if you have questions by calling us at 800-533-5227 or email us at support@churchwindows.com Thanks again, Church Windows

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Perfect for small to mid sized churches

Reviewed 4 months ago

Our team loves Church Windows. It's perfect for our church, and we haven't had any payday hiccups since we adopted the software. So that makes everyone happy!

Pros

I love the option of one time payments. Although we do pay monthly for certain services, it's so nice to know if we needed to cut back on the monthly options, we would still have a working product for running the church financials. The customer support is amazingly helpful.

Cons

No mac support. This is a little limiting since all of my design programs are running through my macbook.

Vendor response

Thank you for taking the time to share your kind words. It is an easy process for your church to switch to Church Windows Web to use Church Windows on your Mac devices. As you already own the software, the only change is the cost of regular monthly hosting. Feel free to check the website or call 800.533.5227 and we can talk with you about the process. Thanks for choosing Church Windows Software. We appreciate you!

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Church Windows

Reviewed 3 years ago

This is actually the only church software I have ever used, so I don't have a qualified opinion of other programs to compare it to Church Windows. I love CW though and the information it provides and the maintenance of our membership database, financials, and donations.

Pros

Church WIndows is great with having several modules that we use all in one software package. And it has so many reports and features, I am probably not using nearly all I could be, but it is what makes our office function.

Cons

Some of the reports/labels features are not user friendly. I hate to have to create a new label in this program.

Vendor response

Sherri, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to submit a review of Church Windows Software. Your input is truly appreciated and helps make Church Windows better software. Please call support, or visit the Support Center page at our website for help producing labels. Please let us know if you have questions by calling us at 800-533-5227 or email us at support@churchwindows.com Thanks again, Church Windows Support

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Overall Happy client

Reviewed 4 years ago

We really like the program. It helps us with membership options, stewardship mailings, label printing for holiday mailings. Very helpful with financials, donations, paying bills etc. Everyone can log into the server from home and do their perspective tasks and still maintain security . Customer services is great too for those challenging moments!

Pros

It stores the data very efficiently and it's easy to look up members etc. to find the data. There are many options for clustering members into groups, many options for directories and reports and basically touches on any aspect you might need. Awesome when sending e-mails in a mass- mailing to a specific group or just everyone! The Webinars are very helpful

Cons

Difficulty in setting up the directory print options-- it seems like programing and It can be frustrating finding the right template or just plain setting one up. Too many updates..

Vendor response

Donna, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to submit a review of Church Windows Software. Your input is truly appreciated and helps make Church Windows better software. Please let us know if you have questions by calling us at 800-533-5227 or email us at support@churchwindows.com Thanks again, Church Windows Support

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Great Customer Support - Works for what we need

Reviewed 3 years ago

At one point we had switched all of our financials over to Quickbooks, but we quickly realized that software did not do what we needed for tracking donations and providing the kinds of donor statements we needed. Church Windows works really well for that, and we have switched back. I really appreciate the customer support we've received, and the product is affordable for us.

Pros

Customer support is really helpful in solving problems, talking me through things, and even sharing my screen so they can fix things for me. We use the software for keeping track of our membership and donations, which work well in a nonprofit setting.

Cons

We got behind in upgrading, and when we finally upgraded to the latest version, I found that the report generator was a little less intuitive, especially when it comes to creating custom reports.

Vendor response

Hannah, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to submit a review of Church Windows Software. Your input is truly appreciated and helps make Church Windows better. Please let us know if you have questions by calling us at 800-533-5227 or email us at support@churchwindows.com Thanks again, Church Windows

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Mostly, it is ok to use. See cons. It is fund accounting oriented. The reports are good.

Cons

I dislike in a big way, the way financials are down loaded in Excel. Way too many columns and lines. Too many merged cells. This has been a huge thing with me. Way too much work to make changes and in my case a presentable statement to my trustees. Quick Books down loads statements without all that merging and lines. I find the paying of bills somewhat confusing. There are times it will not let me go back to add a description or something I may have missed. I don't find it user friendly in this regard. I get bills to pay that I thought were paid. It just doesn't seem to beas easy as it should. The system does not let me back up to a previous screen to make a changes.

Vendor response

Vern, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to submit a review of Church Windows Software. Your input is truly appreciated and helps make Church Windows better software. Please let us know if you have questions by calling us at 800-533-5227 or email us at support@churchwindows.com Thanks again, Church Windows Support

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Rather keep using what we have than to try to learn something "better."

Reviewed 3 years ago

I dont know if we have solved anything but it does seem to make us feel the finances are correct by using this program. I feel for the ones that use nothing like in small Churches.

Pros

I like that we can call for support and almost all the time they are very helpful even for those of us that are very basic in knowledge. I like that membership, finances , receipts etc are all intertwined together. Not sure if there is anything better for a Church or not but Im not willing to relearn a system. It took our team awhile to get switched from Financial to Accounting and we struggled but like anything we adjusted - dont know how to compare as far as other systems but this seems to be fine. When someone suggested we try a spreadsheet we all said NO.

Cons

I dont like that i have to manually enter my figures from payroll when i go to Pay Bills With Outstanding Balance - with Financials those figures were automatically brought over and there was no chance of making a typo each month. It worries me every month i will make a mistake. Some of the processes seem repetitious to get to the end result but we have gotten used to it now. It takes 4 steps to...

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Maureen, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to submit a review of Church Windows Software. Your input is truly appreciated and helps make Church Windows better. Please let us know if you have questions by calling us at 800-533-5227 or email us at support@churchwindows.com Thanks again, Church Windows

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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ShelbyNext Financials

Not the best...

Reviewed 2 months ago
Pros

Generating reports and financial statements

Cons

We used to use this software and after several years, we changed programs and now use something else which works so much better with our church database (Church Community Builder) and is much more user friendly.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great church financial software

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

It integrates with our church management software/database

Cons

Setting it up to function for multi-campus churches

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Fairly easy to use but sometimes have problems with the search option

Reviewed 4 years ago

First and foremost, it allows me to provide good customer service to the ministers and churches that need information. This new version of Shelby requires fewer keystrokes to obtain data.

Pros

Generating mailing lists is much easier than the old version of Shelby. Only have to make a couple of keystrokes to get updated sorts.

Cons

Difficult to search for churches - have to know the actual church name, which requires looking it up with a hard copy directory.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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ShelbyNext Financial

Reviewed 3 years ago

ShelbyNext Financials are meeting our needs in our church environment.

Pros

I like that we can track projects within each department. You can create reports as you need them.

Cons

The software is not always user friendly.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Very helpful software

Reviewed 3 years ago

Over all experience is very good. Great support, our area representative, is awesome!!

Pros

I like that the software handles many of the accounting tasks necessary for our church and academy.

Cons

The ease of customizing the reports could be improved. Also, it would be very helpful if the system allowed for identifying sales tax paid on purchases more easily. The system allows for splitting the payment between item price and sales tax but no reporting feature is available that will show what tax has been entered.

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Excellent Church Accounting Program

Reviewed 3 years ago

We do bookkeeping for 75+ churches in Illinois and it adapts for our smallest churches to our very largest ones. Good payroll management is always a challenge for churches. The ShelbyNext Financials payroll module does a very complete job of handling all the aspects of payroll and payroll reporting.

Pros

Very easy to learn to use the software. Focused for the unique needs of a church.

Cons

More flexibility in designing reports. This would include text edits, data selection, and formatting.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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ShelbyNext Financials

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

I love that the software is cloud based and can be accessed away form a church server.

Cons

Drastically different from the old Shelby v5 platform.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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ShelbyNext Financials is solid for handling church finances.

Reviewed 4 years ago

This software is very capable of handling all of our church financial accounting needs.

Pros

ShellbyNext Financials is a robust program for handling church finances. It manages everything that we need, and it includes an audit trail for financial accountability.

Cons

My least favorite part is the back end stuff like creating new budget categories. I also wish the reports were more user-friendly without having to purchase a third-party app.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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It's the best, but it's expensive

Reviewed 3 years ago

My Business Administrator has had nothing but a great experience with data migration and setup and the reports it generates are fantastic. This software is clearly a revolution. I like that it is also deeply connected to the membership module.

Pros

Church financial software like no other, able to easily handle many funds and generate reports that are ready to go.

Cons

ShelbyNext is so expensive as to be cost prohibitive to many, if not most, churches. It may be the best, but I feel bad so few have access to it for this reason

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Reviewed 3 years ago

We are able to process our normal transactions in a timely manner.

Pros

It allows us to process transactions (payroll/ap/general ledger) for our multi-campus church in a fairly simple manner.

Cons

1) I am not aware of any "ticket/notification" process to notify Shelby of a need we have/special report request. There are a couple of routine processes that we do not get good reports from Shelby. 2) The change from Shelby V5 to Shelby Next resulted in a general ledger report filter process that is more difficult.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Small church perspective

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

I find paying the bills to be really easy with the Financials software. Click - click - and done!

Cons

I don't have any dislikes - our church is small and the parts we use (paying bills, payroll, bank account management) are relatively easy to learn and maneuver through.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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ShelbyNext Review

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Internet based allowing multiple windows including the same program. Ease of use.

Cons

Frustrating little bugs. Customizing reports. Lack of a "store" option. No partial return option.

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Reviewed 3 years ago

SN Financials helps us to track both receipts and expenditures in such a way that is easy for our congregation to understand. Basic reports generated have created a consistent reporting of church finances.

Pros

I like that all of our church management software is through Shelby. The transition to ShelbyNext from the v.5 product was challenging, and yet, Shelby was something of a “known” product for us. Not all church management packages have a financial component, and yet, Shelby did. It is fairly easy to use with basic accounting knowledge.

Cons

Some of the “fixes” for glitches in the software have taken considerable time to resolve. Have never been confident enough in the syncing process to sync up on-line gifts to the GL. Creating special reports is not user friendly.

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Shelby Next - not for small staff church

Reviewed 4 years ago

My overall experience is that the financials section had too many shortfalls. I will be submitting a second review on the membership piece. v5 had it's limitations but was very disappointed in ShelbyNext | Financials.

Pros

I liked the ability to add departments and funds easily. We were sold on the complete financials, giving, and membership solution.

Cons

Our church is a good sized church, almost 2k members, but the accounting staff is small and the remainder of our support is overworked volunteers. After coming from Shelby v5 we were thinking that this was more robust. After trying to implement over a year, we pulled the went with another membership solution and went back with Shelby v5. It didnt integrate well with the giving piece, funds coming in electronically, nor membership, which is where the membership sits.

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I have been working with ShelbyNext Financial about a year. It is a friendly user software.

Reviewed 4 years ago

I am able to run all the report needed for my organization. Friendly user software for any church or not-for-profit organization.

Pros

I get every report I want and I can get anywhere I am located as long as have internet. Mostly I like excellent Customer Service I receive. They re always there when we have a concern.

Cons

Nothing I don't like so far. They just need to keep up with a great work and improving more as new technology evolve each moment.

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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I use daily for two churches after switching from v-5 for about a year

Reviewed 4 years ago

It keeps pretty good records when and it is in the cloud so can use away from my desk at work.

Pros

It is pretty easy to get around in and mostly does what we need it to do for our church. I like that you can easily change the month amd payables seem easier that V5.

Cons

There are way too many glitches that haven't been worked out and lots of things we still have to do manually or fix because of the glitches. I don't like that financials and membership aren't connected. I don't like how you have to tell it how many lines to add in payables. I don't like that you can delete people it they have a giving record and it throws their giving into anonymous.

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This is an alright product. It is not great, it is not terrible.

Reviewed 5 years ago

It is a basically good software. Better then a lot of the competition, but could still be better.

Pros

It does have a lot of features and we are able to financially manage our entire 1500 person church with 50 staff members on it. It integrates well with other software we use.

Cons

It is not user friendly. Customer Service can be slow. We occasionally come across glitches in the system that they need to fix.

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Not user friendly

Reviewed 4 years ago

Overall, I would not recommend this system to anything other than a church. As a religous, non-profit educational facility, it doesn't really meet our needs.

Pros

The optional reports you can print are great, as well as, the way the system is set up to double check your input before you finalize in the ledger.

Cons

It's not very user friendly. I have used it for at least 5 years, and there are still areas that I'm not sure about. Also, the reports don't always show what they are suppose to show.

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We appreciate your feedback. We can't fulfill the needs of our customers without user feedback. We have continued to grow the system to meet the needs of thousands of customers needs over 40+ years. We if you haven't done so, please utilize our superior customer support team at Shelby. We are here to help.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Love the updates

Reviewed 3 years ago

I think that ShelbyNext does a great job implementing the financials with the rest of the membership program.

Pros

Creating custom forms for events and activities at the church has been very helpful. Especially after switching recently to the new forms. They do a great job of making the forms easy to use.

Cons

I think that there could be a little more customization with the layout, design and graphics involved with forms; but, honestly, I'm not sure if I would have the time to use any more features than I already use.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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ShelbyNext Financials-Good Experience

Reviewed 3 years ago

We operate a preschool and medium size church with the Financials. The software supports multiple companies, multiple funds and multiple fiscal year ends. It is very user friendly and intuitive.

Pros

Financials has been easy to adapt to and easy to teach others on staff. It integrates smoothly with SN Membership. The Shelby support team has been great to work with and always responsive.

Cons

When we hosted the software on our server, we never seemed to have the latest updates. Once we moved to hosted operations, we are always up to date and have the latest fixes.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Extremely satisfied with ShelbyNext Financials

Reviewed 3 years ago

We use ShelbyNext to provide administrative support to many Assembly of God churches throughout the state of Illinois so they can focus on ministry and we can do the administrative work that is extremely necessary but not always at the forefront of the priority list. ShelbyNext Financials provides the software to enable us to remove the stress of church administration and finances so the church can dedicate their time to reaching others through Christ.

Pros

ShelbyNext is an extremely efficient, effective software that is able to provide very detailed information while still being user friendly and easy to learn.

Cons

There are a few idiosyncrasies throughout the software that I feel are unnecessary and often time consuming. For example, requiring the user to enter a description for every AP transaction, or requiring a confirmation number for each EFT AP transaction is often not necessary information that the church needs.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Great All in One for Churches

Reviewed a year ago

Shelby is a great system for a church looking for a one stop shop for a financial system. While some of the software is cumbersome and not intuitive, it still offers everything you would need in one stop.

Pros

While it was definitely a step back from QBO, what I admired the most about Shelby is that offers so many services in one without having to bounce back and forth between various platforms. I have everything working together right there in one service. It is relatively easy to pick up and learn all the tasks you would need to know. Having the PO Management system has been one of the most cost beneficial additions to our organization.

Cons

There are several features that are less than intuitive. I will say the biggest area that is lacking in Shelby is a better credit card management system. I would love to have organization users be able to submit and code their own expenses. Their often times where updates don’t get made properly because of the excessive amount of click throughout.

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Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. Your feedback is critical. We will be sure to share this with our product leaders.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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It's Been Around a Long Time - Still Serves Its Purpose

Reviewed 10 months ago

Guess I should have written here first than listed pros and cons separately. See above.

Pros

Lots of capability to manipulate record track church financial activity. Not so easy to use as it does have a steep learning curve. Customer support is nearly always sterling and most reps know their software. Lot's of features if you want the, but you do pay for what you get.

Cons

Module sales approach. "Oh, you want that feature, then you need to get the xxxx module too." Deployment can be a bit ion a challenge.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great software for our church

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall, the software is pretty flexible. There are a few reporting limitations regarding different formats but nothing significant. I would recommend this software.

Pros

The software was easy to learn and financial statement setup was pretty straightforward. I also liked the ability to customize the dashboard. We have a church and school that are set up as separate companies but under the same tax ID. The software allows for combined payroll tax reports, W-2s and 1099s.

Cons

The software doesn't allow a correction to a journal entry - you have to enter a completely new entry to correct it. There is no automation when entering entries that affect more than one fund - it doesn't automatically create a due to/due from.

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Thank you for taking the time to review our software. We are pleased to have you as our customer. If you ever have any questions related to functionality please don't hesitate in contacting our support group who is always happy to help! Thanks again.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Reviewed 3 years ago

I like it overall. I really like the over lap between Shelby and Arena. For a church our size it helps with keeping track of individuals information. I am not an accountant by trade so I appreciate the user friendliness of this software. For me, it was very easy to pick up and learn.

Pros

I like the user friendliness of the software overall. I like that it helps guide you in the correct accounting procedures.

Cons

The glitchiness of it. Sometimes it does not work properly and I have to go back and un-post transactions.