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Keeping engagement front and center.

Newsfeed

Posts to keep your church informed.

Keep your members engaged by posting to their newsfeed. Group leaders can post prayer requests, encouragement, or announcements to their groups and members can comment. Leaders can post to multiple groups they lead at the same time to create multiple conversations, and choose whether to allow comments.

Photo Posts

Share memories to create connections.

Being able to post photos from group events reminds your group members of the wonderful bonds they are creating through your church and Christ. Using photo posts in Realm, you can also share images of encouragement like scripture readings or devotionals.

Events

Empower groups to organize, plan, and engage.

Realm gives your group leaders the opportunity to share events with their group members. Group leaders can attach files to the events for members to see ahead of time such as a meeting agenda or menu. Plus, leaders can add items for group members to sign up to bring when they RSVP.

Chat

Communicate with anyone in the moment.

Checking in on a member and family or planning a surprise event with just a few members within a group means communicating with the whole group isn’t necessary. And thanks to Chat in Realm, you can contact just one or a few members at a time without having to message an entire group.

Inbox

One place for all communications.

We all know the routine of searching through texts, emails, and direct messages trying to find a conversation. With Realm’s inbox, all of your communications are saved in one place. Your members can see their messages in their Inbox, even if they choose to receive messages as emails or texts.

Texting

Instantly reach your audience.

Identify your groups that would prefer receiving messages through text and enable Realm Texting for their group leaders. Each group will receive its own unique number. And even though you may delete the text from your phone, it will be saved in your Inbox history in Realm.

Email

Reach the right audience.

Easily connect with all those in a group or pathway, those in your custom query, or those in a dashboard filter through email. Simply select those you would like to reach and send an email to share information with the right people.

Notification Preferences

Reach them where they prefer.

Realm gives you the opportunity to connect with your members in the way they choose is best. If they prefer email, your Inbox messages and posts will reach their email inbox. Enable texting for groups who are always on the go to reach them quickly. Push notifications keep those using the Realm Connect app informed of new messages, posts.

Realm

Detailed insights into your ministry.

Predefined Reports

Generate detailed reports.

When more details are needed, staff can utilize Realm’s predefined reports. From giving and accounting to groups and events, one of the nearly 30 reports in Realm will serve up answers to questions you have about your ministry.

Custom Queries

Access all your data.

Attention administrators: Realm’s custom queries were built for you. Unlike a prebuilt report, custom queries let you search, sort, and output your data in any way needed.

Saved Reports

Make better use of your time.

Building reports over and over shouldn’t be how you spend your time. Save your custom queries in Realm and access them from “My Saved Reports” anytime you want to re-run, edit, or output your data again.

Shared Reports

Teamwork just got easier.

Working together in Realm is easy with shared reports. Create your report and share it with others directly in Realm so they can see the results and take action as needed.

Recent Report History

Don’t lose your work.

Run a report but forget to save it? Realm gives you recent report history so you can see your history and download a recent report you may have lost.

Realm

Access ministry insights when
you need them most.

Streaming

Have a pulse on your ministry

From demographics about your congregation to statistics for church health, the Overview Dashboard is out-of-the-box ready and provides church leaders needed insight into their ministry.

videos

Remove the guesswork of giving

Realm’s giving and pledge dashboards provide church leaders with important information like campaign progress, breakdowns by fund or payment type and year-over-year giving totals.

mobile

See attendance trends

Realm understands that different people in your church should have access to different information about people. Assign roles to staff and lay leaders to give the access they need without compromising confidential information.

branding

Take action on your ministry insights

Dashboards serve you valuable information about your ministry, but it doesn’t stop there. Take action on the information you’re given by communicating with lists, adding them to groups or discipleship tracks, or even inviting them to take part in your ministry on Realm.

Realm

Reach, engage, and disciple your congregation and online community virtually with unlimited streaming and video content.

Streaming

Expand your reach to an online community.

Realm Streaming allows your members who are unable to attend services or events to worship with you. 

You can also bring new people into your church by providing a virtual experience for visitors to learn about  your church’s culture, style, and programs.

videos

Share content to connect with your congregation throughout the week.

Publish recordings of services or events for people who couldn’t attend. Connect with your congregation by sharing content tailored to programs like children’s ministry, missions and outreach, or small groups.

mobile

Meet your viewers where they are.

All streaming and videos are mobile friendly, allowing your congregants and visitors to watch on their mobile devices or computers.

branding

Maintain your church’s identity online.

Customize the look and feel of your streamed content and videos to match the branding and style of your church. Keep the focus on your message with an ad-free experience and the ability to add a special video to the beginning of your streaming or videos.

analytics

Understand how your online community is engaging with your ministry.

Get a comprehensive understanding of who your viewers are and how they’re interacting with your church with viewership and utilization analytics.

Feature Highlights

For Churches
  • Unlimited streaming and video storage
  • Unlimited administrators
  • Customizable look and feel
  • Create personalized videos to begin your streaming sessions
  • Schedule content in advance
  • Basic editing capabilities
  • Viewership and utilization analytics
For Viewers
  • Unlimited viewers and viewings
  • Mobile-friendly
  • Ad-free experience
  • View content on multiple platforms

Connect Mobile App

Church doesn't always happen at church.

Realm feature - Messages

Messages

Connect Like Never Before

Messages makes it easy for you to get in touch with people in your church. You can quickly communicate with members of a group or start conversations with one person or multiple people–just by searching for them by name. When you send a message, people will be notified by the app and can respond right away.

Posts

Share Life Together

Life happens between Sundays. The news screen contains a personalized feed of posts, photos, and events from the groups you’re in. People in your church will see messages from their group leaders and other group members. They can respond with comments or showing their support by tapping on the heart. People can share something with their group by posting a message, uploading a photo, or inviting people to an event.

Realm feature - Posts
Realm feature - Church News

Church News

Keep People in the Loop

Communicate what’s happening across your church—anytime. People can browse through the app to read church-wide posts, check out upcoming church events, and more. They can double-check their group meeting schedule or find another opportunity to participate in a new church event. Whatever’s going on, it’s all right there in the palm of their hand.

Directory

Look People Up

Good news! Everyone can recycle their outdated directory now. The next time you need to look someone up, you can pull out your phone and search for them in the Realm app. You can also browse through the list of your entire church and look up someone’s family members. And similar rules apply from your printed directory—people can opt out of being listed if that’s their preference. It’s a great way to put names to faces and learn more about the people in your church.

Realm feature - Directory
Realm feature - Giving

Giving

Grow Personal Giving

Give people the tools they need to keep their giving more consistent. Anyone who has given can open the app to review their total giving year-to-date or check if a recent gift has been processed. People can also set up recurring gifts or make progress toward any pledge goals. It’s a new way for your church family to manage their giving from the convenience of their mobile phone.

Events

Capture RSVPs to Events

Know who will be there (and what they’ll bring). Open up the app to get details about an upcoming event and see who has RSVP-ed. As part of their response, they can note any number of guests or items they have signed up to bring. People can also register for events that requires payment, like a youth camp or adult retreat. Your church family can see who else is coming and post comments about the event.

Realm feature - Events
Realm feature - Profiles

Profiles

Self-manage Profiles

Can we get an “Amen?” Yay, no more bottlenecks! Give people the ability to keep their own family information and photos current. It’s super simple and a great way to start people off using the app. (It also means you don’t have to struggle to read someone’s handwriting on those contact cards.) People can set their own preferences about who else—besides staff—can see their information. They can make contact information visible to anyone in the church or restrict it to people in their groups, their group leaders, or just the church staff.

Communication

Contact People

Connect with those who need it most. Realm’s mobile app makes possible to go one step beyond looking information up. When you find the person you want to contact, you can simply tap on his or her contact information to initiate contact immediately, whether that’s a phone call, a text or an email. It’s super convenient and you don’t have to try to memorize phone numbers and email addresses.

Realm feature - Communication

Everything you need to to engage your whole parish.

  • Push Notifications
  • Mobile Giving
  • Event RSVP
  • Recurring Gifts
  • Event Registration
  • Event Payments
  • Shared Photos
  • Post Comments
  • Profile Photos
  • Group Feeds
  • Tap to Call
  • Tap to Email
  • Personalized News
  • Church Calendar
  • Church Directory
  • Addresses Open Maps
  • Group Rosters
  • Group Events
  • Meeting Schedules
  • File Sharing
  • Attendance
  • Pledge Progress
  • Contact Preferences
  • Giving History

Stay connected to each other and to the ministry of your church.

Deepen relationships, celebrate milestones, boost giving, and participate in the work of the Lord. Download “Connect – Our Church Community” app for iOS or Android devices. With Realm, it’s freely available to anyone in your church. 

holding iPhone Connect App

Realm

Background Checks

Trust, but verify.

It’s never been more important to know exactly who is volunteering, serving, working, and caring for your parish family. That’s why we have partnered with Verified First to provide your parish with the most comprehensive background checks available. This service integrates seamlessly into Realm® and makes it super simple to run thorough background checks on anyone in your parish or whom you may be considering for your staff.

Everything you ever wanted to know about background checks.

A 42-minute recorded Background Check Webinar

Massive impact with minimal effort.

  • Get peace of mind knowing you can easily process robust background checks whenever needed.
  • Gain confidence that you’ve taken steps to protect your parishioners.
  • Significantly reduce the risk of potential offenders causing people harm.
  • Produce results that are compliant with federal and local background screening laws.
  • Avoid significant consequences of improperly staffing your parish and volunteer positions.
  • Maintain the integrity of your parish.

Fully integrates into Realm and your daily routine.

  • Maintain history of background checks in Realm.
  • Search for cases where follow-up is needed or when it’s time for a renewal.
  • Track the date background checks were processed.
  • Send background check requests to volunteers and applicants to complete.
  • Never ask for or store sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Screen for critical information in the top worldwide databases.

Packages

Serving Volunteer

Best used for volunteers in greeting or hospitality roles.

$ 11
per person searched*
  • This is the most basic package and includes all of the below.
*Plus county access fees, if applicable.

Child/Youth Volunteer

Best used for volunteers whose duties include contact with minors.

$ 29
per person searched*
  • Everything in the previous package:
  • Unlimited County Criminal Search for all filings over at least the last 7 years
  • Nationwide Sex Offender Registry Search
*Plus county access fees, if applicable.

Staff and Leadership

Best used for clergy and other parish leaders.

$ 45
per person searched*
  • Everything in the previous package:
  • Education Verification
  • Employment Verification
*Plus county access fees and state pass-through fees, if applicable.
Get It All
All packages include:

We offer a special Child/Youth Volunteer package that meets the standards of Pennsylvania ACT 153. It includes our basic package, plus:

  • PA child abuse clearance check
  • PA statewide criminal search

The cost is $37 per person searched, plus any state access fees, if applicable. Please note, fingerprinting is not available with this package.

Additional Details:

The difference between the National Sex Offender Registry and the Nationwide Sex Offender Database is the timing of the products. The Database contains static data and is not considered a system of record as it is not live. The states maintain the Registry, and our access to it is real-time.

The Registry will have states unavailable, and when that occurs, our team waits to finish the processing until that state is back up and has been searched. With the Database, if a state is down when the Database is updated, that state’s information is missing until the next time the Database is updated.

Add-ons

Nationwide Sex Offender Registry Search

$ 3 added to package*
  • Best used for anyone working with children.

Motor Vehicle Registration

(MVR)
$ 4 added to package*
  • Best used for anyone driving a parish vehicle.

Credit Check

$ 6 added to package*
  • Best used for anyone handling money.

Canadian Searches

Canadian National Criminal Check (CPIC)

$ 35
per person searched*
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police Search

Canadian Employment Verification

$ 39
per person searched*
  • Includes:
  • Job title
  • Tenure
  • Reasons for leaving
  • Rehire eligibility

Canadian Education Verification

$ 39
per person searched*
  • Includes:
  • Education history
  • Degree

Canadian Credit Report

$ 35
per person searched*
  • Includes:
  • Bankruptcies
  • Collections
  • Other credit trade lines

Canadian MVR

$ 28
per person searched*
  • Includes:
  • License class
  • Status
  • Violations
  • Accidents

*Search Access Fees – In addition to the cost of the background check, your reports may be subject to various third-party access fees, including county and state court access fees, DMV access fees, and employment/education verification fees. ACS Technologies does not mark up any of these fees; instead we include them on your invoice at cost. Pricing listed in US dollars.

Background checks are already part of Realm.

Getting started is super simple:

  1. Sign in with administrative permissions.
  2. Under the Admin menu, click “Manage Realm Account.”
  3. Click the “Additional Features” tab.
  4.  In the Background Checks section, click “Learn more.”
  5. Click “Sign up for background checks.”
  6. Complete the provided application form.

Realm

It's as much about efficiency as it is about safety.

Automatic Attendance

Attendance that makes its own mark.

There’s no need mark attendance when your check-in system does it for you, reducing manual tasks while increasing accuracy and giving you powerful insights that help you care for families.

Realm feature - Attendance
Realm feature - Self Check In

Self-Serve Check-In

Eliminate the line.

Optimized for accuracy and speed with minimal staff involvement, parents use a touch-screen optimized interface to indicate which children they’re checking in and quickly print name tags.

Customizable Kiosks

Create a welcoming environment.

Making a great first impression with families is easy with Realm’s customizable check-in kiosks, helping you set a tone of trust and security while enabling quick, seamless check-in.

Realm features - Check In Kiosks

Realm

It's about more than filling seats.

Administration

Provide opportunities for ministry.

Getting together should be simple. All you need is a time, place, and purpose. Realm makes it easy for your church to schedule events and organize the important details that go with them.

Realm feature - Registration Events
Realm feature - Church Calendar

Church Calendar

Share what’s going on.

Make sure everyone in your church knows what events are available to them. Realm displays a personalized event list with a mixture of church-wide events and any events for the groups you’re in.

Registration

Stop counting heads.

Give your church the ability to register for the events they plan to attend. You can get an anticipated headcount, know better how to plan, capture additional registrant information, collect payments, and more.

Realm feature - Registration
Realm feature - Payments

Payments

Accept payments online.

Collect payment for events like camps, retreats, kids programs, and more. You can offer partial payments, track balances, require deposits, and enter payments details for any offline transactions.

Recurring Events

Same time. Same place.

Easily set up recurring events for small groups, elder teams, boards, staff, and more. Recurring meetings are displayed with your group’s details and show up in your personalized church events screen.

Realm feature - Recurring Events
Realm feature - RSVPs

RSVPs

Make your presence known.

Give people the opportunity to let others know whether or not they will be there. As people respond, they can also sign up to bring things, add guests, reply to comments, or add the event to their phone’s calendar.

What to Bring

Coordinate who is bringing what.

Organize what items people can sign up to bring to your next event. You can set the quantity of items you need and let people choose what they want to bring and how many.

Realm feature - What to Bring
Realm feature - Contact Lists

Contact Lists

Follow up with registrants anytime.

Whether you want to send communication prior to an event or after it, you can look up an event’s registrant list to email individuals or send something to everyone. You can also print the list any time.

Custom Questions

Capture information prior to events.

Sometimes you need to know something about the people who’ll be at your event like t-shirt size or meal preference. Realm helps you gather the information you need using custom registration form questions.

Realm feature - Custom Questions

Make it easy to get together.

Handle all of the important information around your events.

Realm

Create more ways to connect and build relationships across your parish.

Realm feature - Group Communication

Group Communication

Find the right audience.

Communicating with groups can be a struggle, especially when you need to get information out quickly. However, Realm lets you do that effortlessly, while enabling group members to communicate with ease. Group members can be notified via email, in-app notifications, and even texts, allowing them to stay in contact with their groups.

Ministry Areas

Simple setup, powerful structure.

Realm makes it easy to setup your group structure according to ministry areas, letting you quickly create groups that meet specific ministry objectives and assign responsibilities to the appropriate people.

Realm feature - Ministry Areas
Realm feature - Leader Tools

Leadership Delegation

Give leaders the tools to lead.

Create groups with profiles, meetings, rosters, and resources, then delegate group management to the people best suited to keep everything up to date— the group leaders.

Group Search

Help people find what they’re looking for.

Anyone in your church can use Realm’s group search capabilities to find a group that fits their interest, needs, or ministry affinity, and get involved. Realm’s public group directory extends that reach even further.

Realm feature - Group Search
Realm feature - Attendance Dashboard

Attendance Dashboard

Know who’s connected and who’s not.

Realm’s attendance dashboard gives you immediate insight into attendance patterns, with the ability to pivot on date ranges, campuses, ministry areas, demographic attributes, and much more.

Connect groups throughout the week with Realm's mobile app.

Deepen relationships, celebrate milestones, boost giving, and participate in the work of the Lord. Download “Connect – Our Church Community” app for iOS or Android devices. With Realm, it’s freely available to anyone in your church. 

holding iPhone Connect App

Realm

Establish pathways towards spiritual formations.

Custom Pathways

Create paths to growth.

Whether it’s visitor follow-up, new member education, personalized discipleship, or volunteer training, Realm lets you define and oversee the steps, activities, and outcomes of any process.

Realm feature - custom pathways
Realm feature - Follow Up Triggers

Follow-up Triggers

Never miss an opportunity.

Set automated triggers for following up at predefined process steps and create system-initiated actions at activity completion to make sure people are never left waiting, but keep moving forward.

Granular Delegation

Share the work. Increase the impact.

Realm enables you to assign Pathway oversight at granular levels, allowing you to distribute specific roles to the right people, while maintaining overall control, management, and insight.

Realm feature - Delegation