We're excited about what the future holds!
We want to continue to walk this path together. We know ministry is hard. That's why we think you will love our new ministry tool, Realm®.
Realm is designed as an all-in-one ministry solution, so you'll find all the things you loved about The City™, plus administration and accounting.
Using technology to enhance real world community is what The City was all about. We've made that even easier in Realm with fresh apps and a cleaner user experience.
The City cared about providing data to church staff to highlight ministry opportunities. It just wasn't very good at it. Realm makes it a whole lot easier.
The Realm community is already twice as large as The City ever was!
Thank you for allowing us to be your partner in ministry! We have a special message just for you and hope you'll take a few short minutes to watch this video.
"Our people are finding Realm easy to use and easier to navigate than The City. Adding people to groups is so incredibly easy and the reporting is a dream. Online payments is also easy and the Realm Connect app experience is excellent."
– Jonathan, Small Groups Pastor, TX
"We were using The City for engagement in our church. But with Realm, we now have the ability to control the administrative functions too. We’re excited to enhance our communication within our church family with a 21st century tool."
– Dave, Pastor of Ministry Leadership, IA
“Our transition from The City to Realm was smooth. Realm itself is extremely user friendly, and allows us to empower our ministry volunteers and leaders with more resources."
– Dina, Office Manager, OH
“We love that all of our systems are now in one place. Moving from The City to Realm has created efficiency. Realm has allowed better care of our large congregation and opportunities for closing the back door."
– Jenn, Director of Ministry Process Development, PA
+ 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 City client, do I have to move to Realm now?
No. If you like using The City and it meets your needs, you can keep using it.
+ Is The City going away?
There are no plans to sunset The City. However, Realm already has four times more churches on it, and more are being added daily. It is built on newer technology, and is significantly more robust than The City. We expect City customers moving to Realm will tell us if and when it’s ever appropriate to sunset The City.
+ What are the advantages of moving to Realm?
Realm is a more robust product than The City because it has been designed from the beginning to be both a database and engagement tool. While The City does a great job helping people connect with each other, it didn’t always do a great job giving you the data underneath that engagement. Realm meets both needs. To see it in action compared to The City, check out this video.
+ What features does Realm have that The City doesn’t?
- Native paid events
- Native text giving
- Check-in for more than just kids
- Stronger reporting
- Custom Queries
- Enhanced Dashboards
- Native Accounting
- Check scanning
- 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. In general, it’s pretty close to the price of The City. Contact us and we’ll get you specific numbers.
+ Will our data convert? Is there a charge?
Yes, we can convert the data from The City to Realm. There is no charge for that. We are still working on a strategy for converting content from The City to Realm (topics, needs, etc.) but the data, including people, groups, families, giving history etc., online giving information (including recurring gifts) will all transfer.
+ How do we transition our church to Realm? Do we have to re-launch?
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 mobile apps), 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 this video, 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.
Because you love The City, we think you'll love Realm too.
Simply fill out the form and our Ministry Solutions Consultant
will contact you to go over all the exciting benefits of Realm.
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