Relationships are the foundation of a strong church family. However, those relationships require you as church leaders and staff to be aware and know what’s going on in the lives of your people. Not to mention reaching new people to bring into your fellowship and connecting with those outside your church walls. And that can be a lot!
With technology like RealmⓇ, you can:
- Manage important life updates to build stronger relationships
- Reach more people to welcome into your church
- Foster connection not just on Sundays but throughout the entire week
Manage important life details.
As a pastor or church leader, you know the importance of knowing what’s happening in the lives of your members. They look to you for spiritual guidance through life’s happiest and toughest times. And while this may be easy for a small church where everyone knows everyone, it can become difficult as your ministry grows.
Utilize Realm as your church database and track important details to better know your people. Decide what’s important, such as birthdays, anniversaries, dates a loved one passed, and so on. Enter these in as custom fields on your Realm profiles, run reports weekly or monthly to know who you should check in on, and write them a card, give them a call, or visit them to show your care.
Realm goes a bit further by adding in notes. These notes can be tagged into categories for easier tracking and can even be made private if they just need to be viewed by pastors or your care staff. And while on the go, your pastors can access these notes and add more notes through the Realm Shepherd mobile app. This means no more calling the church office to ask for important information before speaking with someone they run into while out running errands, and they can also view family members and connections so they can easily put a name to a face.
Reach more to build new relationships.
Growing your church family means reaching out and bringing new people into the fold. Word of mouth is a wonderful way of utilizing existing relationships between your staff and members and those in your community. But what about those without existing connections to your church? How do you reach them?
Enter Refresh Websites and Realm Streaming. When someone in your community is looking for a new church, they go online. They search for churches in their area and take a look at their websites to learn more and see if they think it would be a good fit. Without that virtual front door into your church, they pass it over and may never consider your church as their home.
Refresh Websites starts with multiple professional templates you can choose from and unlimited users, pages, and storage allowing you to build an incredible website that showcases your ministry. Plus, Refresh Websites is integrated with Realm. This means you can add a widget to any page of your website for giving, a single event, a list of events, or a list of groups.
You may be asking…what if they want to see what our worship services are like? Realm Streaming is your answer. Realm Streaming provides a virtual experience for visitors to learn about your church’s culture, style, and programs. Be sure to speak to new viewers during your streamed services and events to make them feel welcomed virtually.
Don’t connect only on Sundays.
Relationships can’t be fostered only on Sundays when your church is physically present with one another. You need a tool that allows you to connect with your people throughout the week and when important life events are happening. You also need tools that equip your group leaders and members to connect with one another, as those relationships are vital within your church family.
The Realm Connect mobile app puts connection and engagement in the palm of your hands. Your staff, group leaders, and members can communicate with one another in groups, or check in on each other through personal chats. Your members choose what personal and contact information they would like to share with their church family and can view a church directory to find other members.
Relationships start by meeting people where they are, and Realm equips you to do just that. Continue connecting with your current members, invite new members in through your virtual front door, and reach your people throughout the week to foster and deepen growing relationships within your church family.
Leigh Ann Shelley joined the ACST team in 2019 as a Product Marketing Manager, overseeing the launch and overall communication of key solutions to support the church’s needs. Prior to joining ACST, she spent several years in communications and graphic design roles, most notably as a Communications Director for a large church in Florence, SC, where she leveraged Realm to help solve key ministry challenges.