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Columbia Baptist Church

Location:

Falls Church, VA

Denomination:

Baptist-SBC

Weekly Attendance:

1,200

Staff Members:

33

Campuses:

2
0 %

of attendees lead a group

0 %

of all gifts given online

0

check-in kiosks

History

Columbia Baptist Church was founded in 1856 by a group of 7 abolitionists, both men and women who wanted to establish a church in support of the newly freed slaves, even when abolition was illegal. They began in a small community and as years passed, the church continued growing eventually developing numerous programs dedicated to cultivating their community. The programs’ goals range from teaching multiple languages, to child development, and worldwide mission trips. Believing strongly in the power of opportunities, their mission is to ignite passion for Jesus Christ from metro Washington to the World.

Challenge

With such a large and diverse group of church members to cater to, Columbia Baptist Church needed a way to keep everyone united and steadily outreaching into their community. Placing a strong emphasis on serving their community, they needed a way to more easily group and communicate among the congregation so that they could branch out and benefit the common good of their community. With two campuses and a weekly attendance of more than 1,000 each Sunday, they wanted to enhance their communication skills within the church so they could maintain a healthy presence, not only in the community, but inside the church, too.

Solution

Realm enabled Columbia Baptist Church to organize their staff in ways they hadn’t been able to before. They’re now able to create groups within the app that help them sort through each church organization and create a place for the members to communicate and share information about upcoming events, prayer requests, church curriculum. The staff at Columbia Baptist Church no longer worries about email distribution lists, or keeping up with correct contact information for their members, because the members are now able to update personal information on their own. Realm opened an entirely new avenue for connection and communication for everyone at Columbia Baptist Church. 

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Newman Catholic Community

Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Denomination:

Catholic

Weekly Attendance:

1,000

Staff Members:

8
0

Groups

0 %

increase in number of attendees active in Realm since launch

0

events hosted since launch

0

ministry areas

History

Newman Catholic Community is a church with a unique style, since it operates as a full Parish and campus ministry center for students at UNC Chapel Hill. Their mission is to spread the word of Jesus Christ and establish faith throughout their community, which includes students, alumni, parents, faculty, and parishioners, through spiritual work and outreach. They always work to find ways that could better serve and reach their entire community both young and young at heart.

Challenge

With Newman Catholic Community Church being a dual-purposed facility, it can be hard effectively serving all of their congregants and achieving unity. Being such a large and diverse church, they knew a tool that could allow them a way to keep growing and fundraising would be vital, in serving their student parish. Newman Catholic Community wanted to find a way that would keep each member, no matter their age, connected and also to find a process to manage the church’s data smoothly.

Solution

Since being introduced to Realm, Newman Catholic Community realized the quality of their data has improved along with the ease of access to information. Members of the church can log into Realm and edit their own information, which is not only quicker, but helps the administration team significantly. Realm also makes fundraising and managing events almost effortless for Newman Catholic Community. They use groups to join groups to make it easier to reach and communicate their goals; they’re able to see how many tickets they have available within the app, too. They have everything they need all in one place. Realm has granted Newman Catholic Community a ministry tool to engage with each other and remain visible to each other, even in such a large church.

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First United Methodist Church of Orlando

Location:

Orlando, FL

Denomination:

Methodist - UMC

Weekly Attendance:

700

Staff Members:

18
0

Community Groups added since launch

0

new group leaders since launch

0

new ministry areas developed

History

First United Methodist Church of Orlando has been a major presence in their community since the 1800’s when there were circuit riders who rode horses throughout rural areas of the South to minister their religious beliefs and morals. In time, believers joined together and began having regular church services. They started small but have now expanded into a grand sanctuary that includes an Early Learning and Family Center that serves their congregation and community. They abide by the plan to make not only their community thrive, but their city, too. Their vision is to seek and love God and to love and serve people.

Challenge

After years of using software that could only help them sort their data, the pastors of the church realized they were not reaching their full potential of ministry. They needed a database that had the power to sift through and manage data but also to connect them to their community and congregation. For years they were only equipped with a tool that helped them do accounting, but now they wanted a way to communicate among groups and track attendance without having to manage a multitude of software programs.

Solution

The switch to Realm offered First United Methodist of Orlando a way to be more accessible to anyone who needs them. Each member is now able to fellowship with each other outside of the church and share their experiences from community care gatherings. Features like Pathways assist them in keeping up with their visits to different areas in the community in addition to welcoming new church members. Realm created a new opportunity for the church to more easily reach out into the community and effect development, while simultaneously giving the members a newfound closeness to each other.

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Grace Baptist Fellowship

Location:

Greenville, SC

Denomination:

Baptist - SBC

Weekly Attendance:

300

Staff Members:

7
0 %

increase in users since launch

0 %

active users

0

events hosted since launch

0 %

increase in Realm online gifts

Grace Baptist Fellowship

History

Grace Baptist Fellowship is a church whose roots were based on being a church plant, moving from facility to facility for 11years, until recently when they acquired a permanent location. Their mission has always been to reach souls and build lives, so settling into a new sanctuary and pairing up with Realm was a perfect combination for them. They’re devoted to ministering to the unchurched as well as ministering and growing their own congregation. Outreach events and building unity within their community are highly held things at Grace Baptist Fellowship.

Challenge

Being unable to communicate and share announcements effectively outside of social media for so long left the church behind on the connecting curve. Members would often feel out of the loop for upcoming events, and staff members were not getting the extra help they needed to effectively minister within the community. They needed a way to connect the dots between their existing members, who needed an easier way to keep up with one another and those who were interested in joining the church.

Solution

Realm created an entirely new method of socializing for the church. They were able to migrate into using specific features, like Groups, that helped them immediately as they created a group for each ministry group, upcoming events, and announcements. Realm empowers them with a way to effectively communicate and encourage each other while connecting with their members in their now-permanent locaion.

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First Baptist Concord

Location:

Knoxville, TN

Denomination:

Baptist - SBC

Weekly Attendance:

2,500

Staff Members:

54

Campuses:

2
0 %

increase in giving

0

Pathways set up

0

ministry areas

First Baptist Concord

History

First Baptist Concord has a long-running history of serving, starting all the way back in 1891. They have fully embedded themselves into their community, creating multiple Christian schools on their campus, a family life center, and a performing arts academy. On top of those opportunities, First Baptist Concord provides numerous care ministries such as counseling and motherhood support groups. They pride themselves in being a blended church with congregants of al generations from infant to senior. Their whole mission is to glorify God and make disciples by inspiring people to follow Jesus.

Challenge

To fulfill their mission, First Baptist Concord sought to free themselves of the older, less versatile software and systems they had been working with. Previous programs felt more like data tools instead of ministry instruments. With aspirations to continue reaching more of their community outside of the church, they knew it was time for a fresh idea. Leaders knew it could be a task to get such a large congregation connected without any help. In order to effect a change within the church’s communication and efforts to outreach, they knew they would have to find a new database that could not only store data but also give them features for connecting their members and visitors.

Solution

Realm sparked a new excitement in First Baptist Concord by giving them a way to directly reach each other, connect with their groups, and handle ministry needs, even outside of the church walls. Through Realm, they found a standard process to use for handling guest follow-ups. Pathways opened a door for them to keep track of new members of the church as well as new staff. Their entire way of guest service grew in efficiency and made it simpler for the staff while also being beneficial for the new members. Church leaders are more secure in making sure no person slips through the cracks and that they feel personally cared for, which is important for a church of their size.

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Location:

Jacksonville, FL

Denomination:

Episcopal

Weekly Attendance:

150

Staff Members:

8
0 %

increase in online giving

0 %

increase in group participation

0

ministry areas added since launch

History

Established in 1957 as a mission in a two-car garage, Redeemer Episcopal Church now serves more than 350 families and continues to grow as they reach their community in Jacksonville, FL. Redeemer directs many of its outreach efforts at being a friendly community where everyone is welcome to seek and be found by God. With a vision to love God and bring people to Christ, Redeemer looks to being a diverse and welcoming family of Christians to fulfill their ultimate goal.

Challenge

With dozens of ways for members to get involved and a ministry team that is continually on the go with their various efforts to serve, Redeemer Episcopal Church needed a reliable, all-in-one tool to keep everyone connected throughout the week. It was vital in the life of the church to have something that will help them get the backend needs completed quickly and accurately so they could focus on sharing the life-giving way of Jesus with the residential communities surrounding them.

Solution

That’s when Redeemer Episcopal turned to Realm. They now depend on the new software solution to help them connect their members any time, any place so the ministry is never put on hold. In their continued efforts to show people the love of God, the Groups feature and the Connect mobile app have been especially helpful in establishing community and regularly helping groups exchange information and stay connected.

Where are they now?

As Redeemer Episcopal Church continues to grow and expand its ministry in the Jacksonville community, the staff and members are excited to have an easy-to-use tool ready to grow with them that will help them connect, communicate, and engage with members and visitors alike.

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Fellowship Bible Church

Location:

Roswell, GA

Denomination:

Non-Denominational

Weekly Attendance:

2,100

Staff Members:

90
0

Community Groups

0

groups guest since launch

0 %

increase in members leading groups

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History

With almost 2,000 members, Fellowship Bible Church makes every effort not to compromise the close family feel that is essential for growth and connection within the Body of Christ. Their mission, to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus who love God passionately and love others unconditionally, is carried out by Senior Pastor, Dr. Crawford Loritts, who has brought biblical truth to the Roswell area for decades.

Challenge

The family aspect is certainly an integral part of Fellowship, as it extends even beyond their immediate congregation. Countless groups and ministries are available to care for the less fortunate and anyone in need of help, and their support groups range from helping those with financial difficulties to hospitalization to different communities for men and women to express their opinions and be heard.

With dozens of programs to volunteer or take part in, Fellowship Bible Church needed an all-inclusive administrative software to organize groups and events and that would be able to develop with them as the church grows. The staff at Fellowship knew one of the greatest challenges would be finding a way to track member involvement, especially with an audience consisting of thousands of people.

Solution

Fellowship Bible Church ultimately turned to Realm to meet the needs of their growing church family. With it, they have been able to trace people’s contributions and participation in ministries or discipleship. Plus, the invaluable web-based tool has helped Fellowship Bible Church provide and track the small groups needed to build real engagement and connection with members and guests alike. They are able to keep up with the large congregation to ensure no one falls by the wayside and that every person is brought into the community and family that is Fellowship Bible Church.

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Spring Hills Baptist Church

Location:

Granville, OH

Denomination:

Baptist - SBC

Weekly Attendance:

1,350

Staff Members:

20

Campuses:

2
0 %

increase in membership

0 %

increase in number of Community Groups

0 %

members using Realm

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History

Founded in 1989, Spring Hills Baptist Church in Granville, Ohio, quickly found their calling when the church grew from 16 people to more than 1,000 in just 10 years. Now, SHBC stands as a beacon of light for the community with their focus on missions, community outreach, and developing connections with people as they strive to fulfill their vision of building generations for Christ.

Challenge

SHBC has more than 44 ministry programs designed to serve all age groups within the church. In addition to all of those programs, SHBC recently opened a second campus in Utica, Ohio, and has a school, a preschool, and more than 1,000 volunteers to manage.

With the ultimate goal of becoming a multi-generational church focused on loving, living, and leading like Jesus, SHBC needed a tool that would enable them to connect and communicate with leaders, members, and visitors throughout the week while tracking discipleship progress and engagement. SHBC needed to unify everyone and to keep them moving forward toward reaching spiritual maturity without letting any of their 1,300+ weekly attendees fall through the cracks.

Solution

Realm helps the SHBC staff keep people progressing on their individual discipleship journeys. Using custom Pathways, staff, leaders, members, and volunteers can easily find their places to serve and grow individually and together as a church regardless of their age or experience with technology. Church leaders are able to view profiles on each member through the Realm Connect app and follow up with their congregants on a regular basis to make sure each person is connected and engaged with the church family.

Where are they now?

SHBC is growing members of the congregation by equipping them to become active disciples who go out into the world and love people like Jesus. They’re connecting with children and adults alike, and their ability to track each attendee’s development is helping them continue to improve their ministries to best reach all ages for the Gospel.

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Friends Church

Location:

Yorba Linda, CA

Denomination:

Friends

Weekly Attendance:

4,800

Staff Members:

37

Campuses:

5
0 %

members engaged in small groups

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History

Over 100 years old, Friends Church in Yorba Linda, CA has spent decades committed to becoming a community of Christ-followers dedicated to changing the world. Their mission is to create a community of authentic Christ-followers committed to reaching the world. That mission comes into practice in their efforts to plant churches to reach lost communities. Friends Church has already planted 2 churches and has set the goal to plant 10 churches total by 2029, five English speaking and five Spanish speaking.

Challenge

The desire to create a community of believers starts with connecting people on a personal level. Friends Church needed to connect members, visitors, and staff in a meaningful way. That would require a reliable church management software that would enable them to build friendships and mentorships within small groups without letting anyone fall through the cracks or become disengaged from their fellow believers. Senior Pastor Matthew Cork says that without good systems in place, congregants very easily get disconnected from the church.

Solution

Realm changes the way Friends Church creates community by providing a simple, quick way for members to be communicated with, connected to, and prayed for through the news feeds, profiles, and groups. With Realm, Friends Church is able to accomplish what they set out to do: connect their people and build a community together. Through the Realm Connect app, it’s become easier for members to connect, find life groups, register, and more in one place.

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Hermitage Hills Baptist Church

Location:

Hermitage, TN

Denomination:

Baptist - SBC

Weekly Attendance:

700

Staff Members:

65

Campuses:

2
0 %

attendees use Realm

0

Community Groups

0

events hosted since launch

Hermitage Hills

History

Hermitage Hills Baptist Church stands as a symbol of hope in its growing community. Their mission is “seeing people experience life change through Jesus Christ” and they’re working hard to fulfill that mission. Just down the road from Nashville, Hermitage Hills Baptist is passionate about what happens outside of their church walls.

Challenge

The people at Hermitage Hills Baptist believe life is better together, and not meant to be experienced alone but in community. They needed a system to help them communicate and continue to invest in each other’s lives when they’re outside the walls of the church. And with such a heavy emphasis on reaching the lost people in their town, Hermitage Hills needed something that would help them manage events, follow up with visitors, and track discipleship processes that wouldn’t take their focus off of ministry.

Solution

When Hermitage Hills began using Realm, they were able to pull people together beyond Sunday morning services. Their LIFE Group Ministry uses Groups within Realm to send messages, share prayer requests, and plan events to help people connect and build relationships on a daily basis. As a church, Hermitage Hills is also able to help their attendees buy into the mission of seeing life change through Jesus as they grow together and reach out to those in their community who need hope with resources that help them engage with the ministries of the church.

With tools specifically designed to manage events, track discipleship journeys, communicate, and connect, Realm has helped Hermitage Hills focus on accomplishing their mission by saving time and effort and giving them one easy place to monitor the health of their church.