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Announcing Arena's New Collaboration Platform: The Community

Contact: Rebecca H. Greer, The Arena Division of Shelby Systems, Inc., 888-772-7362, 888-77-ARENA; The Community


MEDIA ADVISORY, May 1 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Arena Division of Shelby Systems, Inc., announces the public introduction to The Community, a development and social environment created to support and further advance the industry leading Arena ChMS (Church Ministry System). The Community's blog, forum and file sharing environment will be used for connecting resources and encouraging communication among all Arena users. Nick Airdo of Central Christian Church of the East Valley said, "For a while now, I've realized that it would be more efficient if each church could pool its developer resources so that their work could contribute to serve the whole Church. With the creation of The Community, this dream will finally become a reality. With Arena, the business risks associated with utilizing a shared-source system are virtually gone."


The Community offers collaborative solutions such as:

  • Integrated tagging and other search options across all Arena blogs and forums

  • Public and private forums that include topics such as feature suggestions and roadmapping, software and hardware integration, and sports and report management

  • Tips and recommendations for branding your Arena intranet, Internet and check-in designs

  • Free downloadables such as themed check-in templates

  • Search engine-friendly permalink structure

  • Extensibility for plug-in modules and file sharing

  • Technical and Communication blogs that discuss timely subjects relevant to the church world


Arena is a browser-based, shared source, web authoring tool that addresses communication as well as church management needs. Arena touts such features as robust metrics and reporting, hosting freedom, integration with ShelbyFINANCIALS, customizable check-in options and a flexible approach to groups. Contact and follow up communications are easy and administratively supervised. Arena's health meter is based on extremely flexible criteria and provides leadership a quick reference if someone is struggling. Simple search features, hover texts and hover pictures, as well as simple drill-downs, help you easily locate and contact people or groups of people. Because Arena is a fully integrated system, it insures your communication methods, content management, and contact management are consistent and connected. In addition to all these features, membership into the shared source community will allow developer level access. "This aspect makes Arena unique," says director of business development, Steve Pruitt. "The members of the Arena community will be able to participate in true customization. We are excited to offer the collaborative environment of The Community."


Arena, a browser-based, shared source ChMS is dedicated to the power of community by encouraging creativity, inspiring connections and enhancing communication. Private demonstrations are available on request.