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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.

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Reporting

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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.

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Realm

Access ministry insights when
you need them most.

Sacraments

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.

Custom Fields

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.

Security Levels

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.

Data Imports

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.

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Streaming

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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 through viewership and utilization analytics.

Ready to bring in new visitors and engage your members outside of the church’s walls throughout the week?

Realm Streaming is an affordable option for a church of any size and unlike other streaming providers, Realm Streaming does not charge for video storage or restrict the number of streamed events and there is no limit to the number of users or viewers. 

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Church Payroll Software

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Simplify the process of paying your staff.

Payroll Runs

Process and pay U.S. employees automatically.

Once your employee data and timesheets are all set up, Realm® will calculate necessary tax withholdings, process adjustments, communicate status, and post payments.

Realm Payroll
Realm Payroll

Employee Details

Ensure everyone receives a correct paycheck.

Maintain important details about your employees and accommodate special tax requirements and allowances for your ministerial staff.

Time Entry

Process timesheets for individuals or groups of employees.

Split employees into manageable groups for processing pay periods or for structuring compensation for specific jobs. Timesheet groups run separately and give you complete control over how employees are paid.

Realm Payroll
Realm Payroll

Jobs

Define and assign jobs to your employees.

Add all of the jobs available at your church—including full-time, part-time, and one-time positions—and assign these jobs for how your staff is paid.

Adjustments

Track any additions and subtractions to employee wages.

Keep track of employee benefits, additional compensation, employer-paid items, and special situations such as housing and auto allowances, phone reimbursements, retirement plans, insurance, and one-off deductions.

Realm Payroll
Realm Payroll

Print Checks

Print physical checks and post to General Ledger.

After you run payroll, you can print checks and post payroll checks to the general ledger according to the payroll transactions list.

Tax Withholding Settings

Automatically calculate payroll withholding taxes.

Realm Payroll, along with Symmetry Software, calculates payroll withholding taxes for federal, FICA, state, and local taxes. Only taxable jobs and adjustments will be used to calculate taxes.

Realm Payroll

Church Accounting Software

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Demonstrate solid financial discipline to your congregation and vendors.

Realm Accounting Video

One tool within Realm we are most proud of is our accounting software for churches. Using this software, your staff will be able to demonstrate solid financial discipline and management.

Financial management can be a hassle, but with Realm’s church accounting software, it’s easy, simple, and all accessible from one place. There are dozens of features within the general ledger, giving integration, disbursements, and reports and analytics to help. We know how  churches operate so we designed a tool to make it headache free to organize finances. Available through the greatest church management application we have provided yet, Realm, tracking finances is now affordable and available.

Payroll

Manage staff payroll in Realm®.

With Payroll added on to Realm Accounting, you’ll be able to maintain employee information, track time and PTO, process payroll, and print checks. It also includes additional payroll reports, necessary tax forms, and more.

Realm Accounting
Realm Accounting

Giving Integration

Automatically post deposits from contributions.

Realm gives you the option to post batches into General Ledger as deposits. Simply link your Giving Funds to your General Ledger accounts. Of course, you can control which batches to post automatically and which ones to handle yourself anytime.

Fund Accounting

Organize finances by fund.

Your Chart of Accounts is organized by listing core accounts below their account headings: Assets, Liabilities, Net Assets, Revenues, and Expenses. You may add subheadings to specify how each core account is used, and then drag and drop your subheadings into whatever order you prefer.

Realm Accounting
Realm Accounting

Account Segments

Intelligently record greater details.

After you set up core accounts to use across multiple funds, departments, etc., you can create segments to track additional information such as subdepartments and campuses. Account segments are used when entering transactions, entering budget information, performing inquiries, and processing reports.

Transactions

Track income and expenses efficiently.

Transactions record the church’s financial activity, such as paying a vendor and receiving donations. You can enter expenses, income, and other transactions, and you can switch between transaction types within any of these categories, making it quick and easy to enter another type. Reference numbers are automatically assigned to each transaction you enter.

Realm Accounting
Realm Accounting

Disbursements

Pay bills and write checks.

Open checks from the Transactions screen can be placed into a queue and printed as single checks or as a batch. Realm also provides a Printed Checks Log where you can view previous check runs and print a check register report. When printing is complete, any unposted checks that you printed are automatically posted.

Accounts

Reconcile with bank and credit cards.

Bank reconciliation is an auditing process that helps uncover discrepancies in your accounts and prevents future mistakes when recording transactions. To ensure that your account is in balance, you will compare your bank statement to the transactions recorded in your general ledger.

Realm Accounting

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Realm Accounting

Vendors

Track individuals and businesses.

Vendors are businesses and individuals that provide services or supplies for you. Vendors are associated with expenses because you pay for those services or supplies, such as the power company, a landscaper, a government tax agency, or an office supply company.

Budgeting

Money in determines your money out.

Budgets help you plan and measure your fiscal performance. By estimating what your income and expenses will be, you can make plans for how you spend and save. Budgets can live completely in Realm, or they can be exported for revisions or imported from an existing CSV file.

Realm Accounting
Realm Accounting

Reporting

Save time reviewing details.

Reports can be customized with account segments to show only what you need to see. Customize standard accounting reports by selecting all the criteria you want to include in your report, such as specific time periods, funds, core accounts, and departments. Then save your reports to use again at a later time.

Realm houses the best accounting application for churches. Let us help you minister to your community more effectively and with less headache. Our team is willing to find a solution to best fit your needs. Below are all key features of Realm Accounting.

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General Ledger
Giving Integration
Disbursements
Reports & Analytics

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Realm Connect

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 newsfeed 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 show 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 Connect
Realm Connect

Church News

Keep people in the loop.

Communicate what’s happening across your church—anytime. People can browse through the app to read churchwide 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® Connect 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 or choose what information is available for others to see. It’s a great way to put names to faces and learn more about the people in your church.

Realm Connect
Realm Connect

Giving

Encourage consistent personal giving.

Give people the tools they need to make 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 require payment, such as a youth camp or adult retreat. Your church family can see who else is coming and post comments about the event.

Realm Connect
Realm Connect

Profiles

Allow self-maintained 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 it 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 Connect

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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 the “Connect – Our Church Community” app for iOS or Android devices. With Realm, it’s freely available to anyone in your church. 

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Pocket-sized tool for God-sized ministry.

Realm Shepherd

Recents

Quickly access last-touched info.

Shepherd keeps your most relevant information at your fingertips. You can easily jump to any of the last 10 profiles you looked up, and you can see your most recent conversations all on one screen.

Directory

Find anyone in your church.

Just start typing in the search bar and matches will automatically start showing up. The search is even smart enough to recognize nicknames.

Realm Shepherd

Ministry is in your hands.

Take your pastoral care ministry to the next level by giving your pastors and pastoral staff on-the-go mobile access to your church directory, groups, pastoral notes, and messages in messages in the Realm® Shepherd app.

Realm Shepherd
Realm Shepherd

Family Members

View family members.

This is a great way to see everyone in a household. It also gives you a way to look someone up when you can only remember a family member’s name. (It happens to the best of us.)

Activity

See how people are involved.

Now you have a quick and simple way to see how someone is involved in your church. You can see the groups a person has participated in, the sacraments or religious milestones you want to track, and whether or not this person has completed or been part of any pathway.

Realm Shepherd
Realm Shepherd

Notes

Add pastoral notes to profiles.

Pastoral notes help you keep record of your interactions, observations, visitations, and more. You can either add notes for your entire pastoral team to see or you can mark them as private to be the only one who can see them.

Tags

Categorize your notes with tags.

Create your own custom tags to organize your notes. They can be anything you want, and the tags are shared across your entire pastoral team.

Realm Shepherd
Realm Shepherd

Messaging

Communicate directly with people in your church.

Pastors love having a separate inbox dedicated to ministry and discipleship conversations. This keeps life-changing discussions safe from getting lost among day-to-day emails.

Install Shepherd today.

“Realm Shepherd – for Pastors” puts ministry within reach for all pastoral staff. Look up people, view activity, add notes, and send messages. Shepherd works on iOS and Android devices.

Church Background Checks

Trust, but verify.

It’s never been more important to know exactly who is volunteering, serving, working, and caring for your church family. That’s why we have partnered with Verified First to provide your church 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 church 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 churchgoers.
  • 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 church and volunteer positions.
  • Maintain the integrity of your ministry.

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.
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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 assisting with children or youth ministries.

$ 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 when hiring or selecting staff or other church 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 church 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.

Church Volunteer Management Software Solution

People make ministry happen.

Foster a culture of ministry participants, not ministry consumers.

Background Checks

Clear people for ministry roles.

Use our integrated background check services to verify someone’s readiness to serve. Simply select the person you want to verify and choose which kind of background checks you want to run.

Realm Volunteers
Realm Volunteers

Training Pathways

Equip your leaders.

Train your leaders for ministry. Use Pathways to guide them through each step of your volunteer training process, monitor their progress, and assign pastoral staff to follow up with them individually.

Volunteer Groups

Create serving groups based on gifts and talents.

Build ministry teams based on how people serve (e.g. worship team, greeters, youth, etc.) and use your ministry areas to help organize how your volunteer groups are structured.

Realm Volunteers
Realm Volunteers

Volunteer Check-In

Keep track when volunteers show up to serve.

Check-in isn’t just for children. Use a volunteer check-in kiosk to keep track of who is actively serving at any moment. It’s a centralized way to make sure you have people where they’re supposed to be.

Realm Volunteers

Volunteer Emails

Communicate directly to volunteer groups.

Send messages and files to anyone involved in a volunteer group. You can send out general information, distribute important files, and post new service opportunities for people to consider.