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Process Management Nightmares in Your Parish 

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Time to get organized and say goodbye to process nightmares 

Pathways in Realm® lets you define and oversee the steps, activities, and outcomes for all of your parish’s processes. Having a process management tool allows staff, leaders, and volunteers to follow a formalized, documented, and trackable plan of action.  This will result in reducing training time and ensure outcomes are consistent and accurate. 

By establishing pathways in Realm you can view the overview dashboard, assign tasks, trigger next steps, and track the completion of activities. Additionally, notifications can be triggered to remind leaders when an action is due or overdue. Use these examples to start managing your own processes.  Tweak them where needed.  Add or delete steps depending on what works best for your parish.

Below are examples of 5 tasks common in many churches just like yours:

  • Volunteer Onboarding

    • Step 1: Expresses an interest in volunteering
    • Step 2: Follow up and meet with Volunteer Coordinator
    • Step 3: Assess skills and interests and record in parishioner profile within Realm
    • Step 4: Submit background check to Verified First
    • Step 5: Completed background check auto-populates in parishioner profile within Realm
    • Step 6: Train volunteer
    • Step 7: Record relevant licenses and certifications in Realm
    • Step 8: Add to serving teams and groups as appropriate
    • Step 9: Add to schedule in Volunteer Management
  • Hiring New Staff

    • Step 1: Review submitted resume/application
    • Step 2: Interview with hiring administrator
    • Step 3: Contact references
    • Step 4: Complete background check using Verified First, which will auto-populate parishioner profile within Realm
    • Step 5: Extend employment offer
    • Step 6: Complete payroll paperwork, copy IDs, share with the diocese
    • Step 7: Train new employee
    • Step 8: Add to staff birthday calendar
  • Visitation (Example: Hospital)

    • Step 1: Receive request for priest visitation from hospital or family member
    • Step 2: Visit from a priest
    • Step 3: Administer Anointing of the Sick and Communion
    • Step 4: Add anointing to Registry and a note of the visit to parishioner profile in Realm
    • Step 5: Check to see if an additional visit is desired and schedule if necessary
    • Step 6: Post prayer request to the newsfeed and make an entry in the weekly bulletin
  • Baptism 

    • Step 1: Register for the Sacrament of Baptism 
    • Step 2: Verify family registered in the church and completed forms are submitted
    • Step 3: Discuss the Sacrament of Baptism and review requirements with family
    • Step 4: Attend Baptismal Prep Class
    • Step 5: Schedule Baptism
    • Step 6: Perform the Baptism ceremony
    • Step 7: Update information in Sacramental Registry and in Realm
    • Step 8: Print baptismal certificate
    • Step 9: Schedule new Mom Outreach
  • Marriage

    • Step 1: Register for the Sacrament of Marriage
    • Step 2: Verify couple registered in the church and completed forms (including baptismal certificates) are submitted
    • Step 3: Discuss the Sacrament of Marriage and review requirements with prospective bride and groom
    • Step 4: Schedule wedding
    • Step 5: Consult with the celebrant
    • Step 6: Consult with the liturgy coordinator
    • Step 7: Consult with the wedding coordinator
    • Step 8: Attend Engaged Encounter weekend
    • Step 9: Perform wedding rehearsal
    • Step 10: Perform wedding ceremony
    • Step 11: Update information in Sacramental Registry and within Realm
    • Step 12: Print marriage certificate
    • Step 13: Send notification letter to the church(es) of baptism
    • Step 14: Schedule new couple outreach

Now that you get the idea of how you can set up your own processes with Pathways in Realm, share your ideas on other creative ways to utilize this tool.


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