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We have a special message from our
President Marvin Owen for all ACS clients.
We hope you'll take a few short minutes
to watch it. It’s about our future together.
We're excited about what the future holds
And we want to continue to walk this path together. We know ministry is hard. That's why we think you will love our new real ministry tool, Realm®.
Realm is designed as an all-in-one ministry solution, so you'll find the best of ACS™, Access ACS, ACS ChurchLife and ACS Financials plus many new things to do ministry in new better ways.
Realm is not ACS. It is very different. Realm is the future. All things reinvented, renewed and inspired by your use of ACS.
Yes we are very excited and you should be too!
Here's what ACS clients are saying about Realm.
"Realm has given us the opportunity to invite more people into our ministry's conversation. No longer is information available
to only a select few. Staff, congregants, and lay leaders can use Realm anytime, anywhere. One of our deacons recently
commented. 'I don't know how we did ministry before Realm!'"
- Vanessa, First Presbyerian Church, IL
+ What is Realm?
Realm is a new 100% web-based application from ACS Technologies that informs your staff, connects your congregation, and multiplies your ministry across a broader community. It helps church staff manage daily tasks like church contributions, tracking member involvement and contribution trends, sending group emails, managing small groups, and more. It encourages your church body to connect and share experiences together, and it coordinates information, communication, resources, and administration across multiple campuses. All of your data is safely stored and backed up in the cloud, making it available 24/7 from anywhere using a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Realm is already in use by more than 4500 churches, even while it continues to advance and grow in functionality.
+ As an ACS client, do I have to move to Realm now?
No. If you like using ACS People, ACS Financials, Access ACS and ACS ChurchLife and it meets your needs, you can keep using it. Although we are continuing to add features, they will be smaller and less frequent than updates in the past.
+ Is ACS going away?
There are no plans to sunset any of the ACS suite of products. However, Realm already has more than 4500 churches on it, and more are being added daily. It is built on newer technology, and is significantly more robust than ACS. We expect ACS customers moving to Realm will tell us if and when it’s ever appropriate to sunset the ACS suite.
+ What are the advantages of moving to Realm?
Realm is a product built to capitalize fulfilling ministry vision for churches through a robust administrative, financial and engagement platform in a single solution. Realm is a true, cloud-based solution that can be accessed from any device. And we’ve introduced new features, such as Pathways, which allow you to help people grow spiritually and take next steps in serving in your church. We’re simplifying reporting with dashboards and easy to use queries. And finally, Realm is built to serve your ministry by helping drive actions your church would naturally perform in connecting with your community.
+ What features does Realm have that ACS doesn’t?
- Multi-list profile fields
- Enhanced family management
- Enhanced paid event functionality
- Enhanced Dashboards
- Seamless, integrated online giving/text giving
- Better attendance tracking (and it’s in the mobile apps, too!)
- Group member engagement and communication (Realm Connect & Multiply)
- Easy to use check in
- Customizable check in kiosks
- Singular, simple group structures (no more classes, activities and small groups)
- Singular login for Realm and Realm Accounting
- New core account structure in Realm Accounting
+ Do we have to change from ACS People and Financials to Realm at the same time?
No. We have customers now who have transitioned to Realm and are currently using ACS Financials. We’ve built an export for donations from Realm to import into ACS Financials. The two main reasons customers choose this path is if they run payroll or they are an accrual basis in ACS. We are working on developing both payroll and accrual accounting and customers can convert their financials to Realm Accounting when they are ready.
+ How much does Realm cost?
Realm pricing is based on typical weekly attendance and the package you prefer (Inform, Connect or Multiply). No more pricing on number of records, users or modules. Contact us and we’ll get you specific numbers.
+ Will our data convert? Is there a charge?
Yes, we can convert the data from ACS to Realm. There is no charge for that. For ACS People, we convert profiles, comments, and groups. We can convert up to 10 years attendance and giving history. For ACS Financials, we convert the GL chart of accounts, up to 10 years transaction history, Accounts Payable vendors and invoices. We are working on a strategy for converting Access ACS online gifts and recurring gifts.
+ How do we transition our church to Realm? Do we have to re-launch?
A move to Realm from ACS is a transition. It can be a bit different, depending on the ACS solutions you have in place currently. If you only use ACS People suite, without using Access ACS, there would be a launch process designed to involved members. We can help and provide resources for success.
If you have launched Access ACS to your congregation, it would involve a re-launch to your congregation. However, we believe the new tools in Realm will create excitement and anticipation, and we are working on tools to help you transition accounts from Access ACS to Realm.
While a move to Realm is a transition, it’s not a full re-launch because an individual’s data is already there. They’ll need to enter a new password (and download a different app if they use the ACS ChurchLife app), but their groups, personal information, family information, giving information, and even their barcodes for check-in will already be there.
+ How do I know if Realm is right for our church?
We’d love to help you explore if Realm is right for your church. You can watch these videos, join us for a webinar, or simply contact us and one of our team members will answer any questions you have.
+ What’s the future of Realm?
Realm is already a powerful tool, but we’re adding more to it everyday. We have a team of over 80 people just working on its development. There is a release every two weeks, and major features are released quarterly. Thousands of churches are using it to manage their ministries and operations.
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