Case Study

Church Finds Tool to Help Spread Their Love for Community

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.