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Realm Custom Queries

Mark Thompson April 12, 2017

Did you know that—in mere seconds—you can locate everybody in your church who shares the same marital status, denominational background, or birth month? You can find all your congregants who live in the same zip code area and play the piano or who use Facebook and Twitter. Any combination of characteristics that you record in… Continue Reading »


Moving Your Church to the Cloud

Mark Thompson January 13, 2017

What is the Cloud, and Why Make the Change? Cloud computing is when you store your records on computers that aren’t kept at your church. But you access and update them from any phone or computer that has Internet. “The Cloud” just sounds much cooler than “the Internet”, so the term’s caught on. The software… Continue Reading »


Ideas to Help you Successfully Roll out Realm

Mark Thompson May 19, 2016

Church is about what’s familiar: old friends, ancient traditions. It’s why so many of us love getting together. But, when you introduce a new way of managing church—like Realm—into this comfortable environment, gaining traction among the congregation requires you to have a plan. So we’ve come up with ideas to help you roll out Realm… Continue Reading »


Realm Pathways: Use Automation to Keep your Ministry on Track

Mark Thompson April 22, 2015

I thought I’d take my blog post as a chance to remind Realm users about a sometimes-forgotten feature: Pathways. At some point, all ministers have wished their church was better at coordinating some collective task. New members, for example, need to receive welcome packets from one person, invitations to meetings and groups from others, home… Continue Reading »


Does Your Church Need the Cloud? Part 4

Mark Thompson June 13, 2014

Part Four: The Cloud and Involvement I know a church elder whose impressions of social media were forever ruined when his daughter ran off  with a…well let’s call him a “character”…that she met on Facebook. On the other hand, consider the case of a Lutheran church that was actually saved by its online blog. Like all… Continue Reading »


Does Your Church Need the Cloud? Part 3

Mark Thompson June 12, 2014

Part Three: The Cloud and Mobility Do you want a 24/7 church? That’s not a rhetorical question; it’s a stewardship question. And there’s no shame in answering “no”. For older, smaller, and slow-growing churches, there may be little advantage to giving staff members anytime access to church data or the ability to do their jobs… Continue Reading »


Does Your Church Need the Cloud? Part 1

Mark Thompson June 10, 2014

Part One: Where the “Revolution” Stands Today There’s a lot of hope in cloud technology. And there’s just as much hype, with no end of businesses promising to transform your humble ministry into a bleeding-edge Internet church with ipad orchestras and hip, virtual coffee shop prayer groups. But you know better than anyone who your members are and… Continue Reading »


Windows XP Users: Time is Running Out

Mark Thompson March 12, 2014

If you use Windows® XP, you have to make some decisions over the next month. Microsoft® is putting XP out to pasture on April 8. In computer terms, it will “no longer be supported”. What is “End of Support”? Hackers are constantly at work trying to find weaknesses in operating systems that let them insert… Continue Reading »

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