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We have some exciting news for our incredible PDS clients.
It's a new day for Catholic church software.
These days "software" doesn't look like what it used to. Most of it has moved online, but it continues to evolve really fast. The format of traditional software just can't keep up, so we set out to see what could be possible for Catholic parishes using the latest mobile and online technologies. We developed Realm, and we're excited about how we are customizing it to fit the specific needs of our faithful PDS clients and prospective Catholic parishes and Dioceses.
Easy to Use
Pay as You Go
We're moving forward without leaving anyone behind.
Realm serves Catholic parishes now and into the future.
We're excited about what the future holds, and we want to continue to walk this path together. Realm® is designed to be your all-in-one parish ministry solution. It includes essential administrative abilities like you'd find in PDS™, but it also provides the ability to engage your whole parish and share important statistics with your Diocese.
Your parish staff can manage all profile information, define custom fields, associate family members, and track sacraments.
Use Realm's groups, pathways, events, and sacraments to guide and progress the spiritual formation of the people in your parish.
Manage financial data using Realm's integrated chart of account system to track transactions, set budgets, pay invoices, and run reports.
Assigned staff can set up funds, enter batch contributions, view reports, and send out statements via email or mail.
Select which sacraments you want to track, print baptismal certificates, and easily migrate your existing sacramental data to Realm.
People can self-register, RSVP on the Connect mobile app, invite lists of people, and coordinate all the little details.
Define your ministry areas and then create small groups, build teams, and assign leaders under the oversight of a specific ministry area.
Communicate more efficiently with parish-wide announcements, targeted emails, group posts, and direct messages.
Realm provides the data points that matter and gives you flexibility to discover the insights that will impact your ministry.
Realm is ready when you are.
Connect your parish like never before.
PDS is still a solid solution for parishes. We're not trying to talk anyone out of it. But whether you are a PDS client or a prospective church feeling the itch to move to something modern and new, Realm is the natural choice. It's 100% online and offers a handy mobile app for your entire parish to use, from staff to guest.
Shared Mobile Experience
Everyone in your parish can deepen their involvement and build stronger relationships using the mobile app.
The mobile experience connects to Realm's administrative back-end, so everything stays in sync all the time.
New features, updates, and/or improvements are automatically released just about every other week.
Easy to Use
Sure, all apps claim this, but it's what our churches tell us they love most. It's simple, intuitive, and covers what you need.
Pay as You Go
The traditional church management software model has changed. Simply subscribe for what you use, and manage your account at will.
Multiple Security Levels
It's as important to us as it is to you: transactions are secure (e.g. giving, registration payments), staff accounts require special permissions, and important features can be controlled.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ 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 4000 churches, even while it continues to advance and grow in functionality.
+ As a PDS client, do I have to move to Realm now?
No. If you like using PDS and it meets your needs, you can keep using it.
+ Is PDS going away?
There are no plans to sunset PDS. However, Realm is quickly becoming the solution of choice with new clients being added daily. It's built on newer technology and is significantly more accessible, flexible, and whole-parish focused than PDS. We're leaving it up to PDS clients to let us know if and when it’s appropriate to sunset PDS.
+ What are the advantages of moving to Realm?
Realm is a more whole-parish solution than PDS because it has been designed from the beginning to be both a database and engagement tool. While PDS does a fantastic job helping parish staff administer the operations of their church, it does not provide a means for connecting parishioners with each other. Realm meets both administrative and community needs.
+ What features does Realm have that PDS doesn’t?
- Native paid events
- Native text giving
- Event check in for more than just kids
- Enhanced dashboards
- Native online accounting
- Stronger group management
- Better attendance tracking (and it’s in the mobile apps, too!)
+ How much does Realm cost?
Realm pricing is based on typical weekly attendance. Contact us, and we’ll get you specific numbers.
+ Will our data convert? Is there a charge?
Yes, we can convert the data from PDS to Realm. There is no charge for that. You data, including people, groups, families, giving history, etc., and online giving information (including recurring gifts) will all transfer.
+ How do we transition our church to Realm?
We have a team of people who can provide transition services and get your instance of Realm launched as seamlessly as possible. We're happy to have a preliminary conversation to talk you through what we've seen work at thousands of churches.
+ How do I know if Realm is right for our parish?
We’d love to help you explore if Realm is right for your parish. You can 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 new release every two weeks, and major features are released quarterly. Today, thousands of churches are using it to manage their ministries and operations, and we invite you to consider making the move to Realm as well.
"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, River Forest, IL
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