Realm Features

Realm

Community-focused online church management system

4.41/5 (216 reviews)

Realm Feature Summary

  • Self-service check-in
  • Volunteer check-in
  • Serving opportunity listings
  • Invite-only events
  • Attendance tracking
  • Direct messaging
  • Group pages
  • Name badge printing
  • Group resource sharing
  • Mobile giving
  • Online giving
  • Donor statements
  • Fund management
  • Check scanning
  • Automated emails
  • Executive dashboards
  • Self-managed profiles
  • Email list targeting
  • Follow-up triggers
  • Event registration
  • Automatic data backups
  • Personal notifications
  • Automatic address correction
  • Custom report builder
  • Batch entry
  • Multiple payment types
  • Group calendars
  • Group discussion threads
  • Scheduled and recurring donations
  • Skill and interest tracking
  • Custom fields
  • Controlled user access

Competitor Feature Comparison

Access Control
Attendance Management
Automatic Backup
Automatic Notifications
Calendar Management
Contact Database
Corrective Actions
Credit Card Integration
Credit Card Processing
Custom Fields
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Data Import
Data Import/Export
Electronic Payments
Email Distribution
Multi-Location
Online Forums
Recurring Billing
Skills Tracking
Visitor Tracking
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Access Control
Attendance Management
Automatic Backup
Automatic Notifications
Calendar Management
Contact Database
Corrective Actions
Credit Card Integration
Credit Card Processing
Custom Fields
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Data Import
Data Import/Export
Electronic Payments
Email Distribution
Multi-Location
Online Forums
Recurring Billing
Skills Tracking
Visitor Tracking
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Access Control
Attendance Management
Automatic Backup
Automatic Notifications
Calendar Management
Contact Database
Corrective Actions
Credit Card Integration
Credit Card Processing
Custom Fields
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Data Import
Data Import/Export
Electronic Payments
Email Distribution
Multi-Location
Online Forums
Recurring Billing
Skills Tracking
Visitor Tracking
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Realm Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Realm's features:

Alex Houser

Glitchy, unrefined, and lacking major Groups Functionality.

2017-09-07

Cross-church communication, mobile messaging, church management and admin.

Pros

User interface is clean, crisp and easy enough to use.

Cons

This Church Management Software feels like a Beta-version, and you can tell that it hasn't been tested.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Shelby Pratt

Using Realm for People and Accounting

2016-06-27

I have been using Realm to manage people (contributions, attendance, etc.) for about 8 months.

Pros

I like being able to verify attendance with a tablet during service.

Cons

Built-in reports have a ways to go.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Realm

I have worked with ACS software, in various capacities, for over 16 years. They are a great company to work with. They provide excellent support. They are privately owned and plan to stay that way. As others have said or may say: Any software is only as good as the data that goes into. Moreover, every software is completely useless, if those tasked with using it are not given training to learn it. If you can make the investment of time, to go along with the financial investment, you won't be disappointed.

Source: Capterra
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Brandylyn Landers

Strong Product

2018-12-03

Realm checks all the boxes for me when running a small church and needing confidence in the financial documentation.

Pros

Great financial controls, easy searching, great data collection, and top-notch reports.

Cons

Churches that need check-in and worship service management would still need additional software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Derek Griz

Realm has been very helpful and seems to be a the forefront of what's best next.

2017-10-24

Giving, attendance, directory...and all with mobility.

Pros

Generally, the look and feel of the online and mobile experience are modern and nice.

Cons

., allowing public registration for paid events).

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Amjad Samuel

Good option for Church management and Community building

2019-08-17

It has been a good experience so far. Helped us manage the church much better than before.

Pros

One window church management tool that brings all aspects of church life together -- well almost all.

Cons

Sometimes confusing for users when it comes to privacy management and notifications.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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James Cutter

INCREDIBLE and rewarding! The ultimate value for small-scale ministries

2018-06-23

Immense and lasting one that help to manage our ministry government and membership needs at reasonable costs for a very small fellowship

Pros

Simple to use, powerful ministry management feature "out of the box," and robust analysis/reporting tools where the entire package allows users easy web/internet access and usage.

Cons

The challenge presented is some members do not have internet/web/smartdevice access and cannot use the Realm account.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Sue Piper

Realm Church Management

2018-11-20

Pros

I can do mailings, emails, attendance, group tracking, contributions and pledge campaigns, reporting and many, many other features.

Cons

That is a feature I would like to see added.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Robbie Forkish

Good, but all my users can't use it

2020-01-17

Pros

Many features for group management, communication, online directory

Cons

Realm has a *very* tight browser restriction. For example, on Firefox it only supports the current and second most recent releases. If one has an older version of a browser that can't use the system. I have a member of my church who doesn't own a computer but uses one at work. Her work system is "locked down" so she cannot update her browser. The value of Realm is when everyone in the church uses it, because of this restriction our utility is severely compromised. I can't recommend Realm.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

3/10
Source: Capterra
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Susan Kauffman

Realm has worked well for us for more than 5 years.

2018-07-18

Nice printouts, accurate recordkeeping.

Pros

I use it for entering offerings and printing annual contribution reports. I also especially like the customer support that comes with the software: always helpful and gracious.

Cons

It's set up for some kind of megachurch with child care check-ins, group management, etc, and those are not functions we use.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Amy Frick

Church Management Made Easy!

2019-07-18

It makes church management easy!

Pros

The best thing about Realm is that it is user-friendly! Our congregants love that. Also, they are constantly changing and updating the software, so it is becoming more and more useful in day to day church business!

Cons

Sometimes an aspect hasn't been developed or developed fully, but we do know the developers are working on it.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Tim Thurston

Engagement/ministry portion of software only

2020-06-15

While I am disappointed in its current messaging/ministry/engagement portion I cannot speak to the entire program. Since it is touted as a software that addresses all these church needs, I find it lacking on the ministry side. It seems more like this was added on rather than being an integral and integrated portion. My hope and expectation is that this capability will improve with time as the concept of a single system is very much needed.

Pros

The most favorable thing about this software is it intended as a single system for Church Management as well as ministry and group support.

Cons

There is a chat portion which is a nice idea but it tends to draw the user away from the program. The event posting has an RSVP but you can’t see all the names of those responding, only 1 or 2, and then the number of responders.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

3/10
Source: Capterra
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Miriam CHAMPION

Realm is Great!

2020-09-27

We have been able to run much better reports for our Executive Committees and we absolutely love the dashboard feature!

Pros

Also, if there is a problem I cannot solve, the helpdesk is super easy to contact, right from the app, and they are always very knowledgeable and helpful.

Cons

The integration for membership was outstanding, because Realm was able to pull our membership in from our previous software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Lily Oliver

Very happy we chose Realm!

2018-04-17

Pros

Communication Feature within Groups - our group leaders are loving this feature and are engaging more and more with participants in their groups. Attendance marking has also increased since converting to Realm 3.

Cons

Our church does A LOT of events throughout any given month - currently we've experienced some limitations within Event Registrations (i.e. being able to search for a specific event using keywords/tags).

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Brandon Verderber

Realm is a new and growing software and works great for every area of our ministry.

2017-09-07

Pros

I love the integration between all different areas such as financials, attendance, and groups.

Cons

There are a couple features such as people being able to sign up for and see events without an account that are still missing.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Pastor Dan Walker

Great Modern Church Management for All Kinds of Churches

2016-12-31

There are still a few features in development that we are waiting for, including enhanced communication and volunteer capabilities.

Pros

The ease of use for church leaders and administrators, as well as church members.

Cons

The Communications and Volunteer capabilities are still under development.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Realm

Check out their free live demos to see the features of Realm.

Source: Capterra
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Michael Harris

Switched to Realm

2016-11-18

We in the past year have switched to using Realm as our management software.

Pros

It is easy to learn the basics, and hit the ground running.

Cons

It can be confusing in transferring over data from previous software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Jill Marie

We find realm most helpful for all we do and await it's full capacity!

2018-01-23

All our separate systems are now combined into one!

Pros

* Accounting and people data in one * Report building * Event registration * Charts, graphs and info queries * Accounting inquiries

Cons

*Software errors *Doesn't store data *Not always user friendly *No email trail *Can't enter a gift for a year prior

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Karen Sprague

REALM is Easy

2020-03-05

We enjoy the products ability for us to track giving, children/youth that are registered to track for attendance. We track worship service attendance that is required by our Diocese and of course giving is imperative and the system allows us to do this an efficient matter.

Pros

We use the product for event registration and that process has been easy as well, it is intuitive and provides a lot of options for tailoring to particular event needs.

Cons

We also would like more customizable features when it comes to background color and newsletter type communications.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Matt Tolbert

Increase your church's interactivity and productivity

2018-07-12

With this software, I was able to integrate and inform members of our church body with critical information.

Pros

This is way more effective than email, text messaging, and website management. It also gives us an opportunity to facilitate real discussions, prayer concerns, announcements, etc. without advertising to those outside of the church.

Cons

There is also no way to copy and paste onto the mobile software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Denise Brown

Realm Database

2019-09-05

Getting the whole staff on board was a process but moving along with excitement and anticipation of getting the group leaders using it as well.

Pros

Getting the staff to all work in one database and one software program instead of having multiple sites is so much better.

Cons

Reports are not as easily customized as they were in ACS People.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Judy Jackson

Realm - Excellent Church Software

2019-07-20

This is probably the greatest strength of Realm: its function as a staff tool (database management and financial accounting) as well as ability to create engagement, connection and community within the parish.

Pros

The bonus is how the functionality also supports how we operate our ministries (managing volunteers, coordinating education opportunities, communication and engagement)

Cons

Not sure I've found anything I don't like. At this point, Realm continues to amaze me.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Bethany Palmer

Love working with the staff. Easy way to connect the church family.

2018-02-06

Contribution summary reports.

Pros

Thankful it has an app as well as desktop access. Reports are great to work with as far as contributions.

Cons

Events can be tricky to set up as well as the payment reports lay out.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Lisa Loseke

We are happy with the product but looking forward to enhancements.

2017-10-18

Pros

Reporting is very easy and I like that the pastors can see reports real-time and not have to ask assistants for all information.

Cons

Some of the features are still somewhat primitive. Event registration is nowhere near as robust as Event Registration in Access ACS.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Heidi Thomas

Point Person Review

2016-07-14

I am the point person at our church for all things Realm (aka Administrator). I've been using the program for a while and have enjoyed how user friendly it is. The support folks are sharp and quick to respond to our needs... especially during our transition to this program! They were great!

Pros

; great support staff; pre-defined reports; dashboard; Data base and finances are linked in same system; great easy to understand on-line search/help.

Cons

I'm still working on figuring out/getting used to how to run custom reports.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Realm

Many of our constituents are not using email regularly, so that component of connectivity is virtually untapped for groups. The ones who are using it regularly have said it is a great help.

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Carol Miller

Realm at Life Church

2016-09-02

I've found Realm to be very user friendly and can usually figure out how to do things without contacting customer support.

Pros

I also love the Custom Report functionality.

Cons

Sometimes when I click the back arrow a pop up box appears where I have to click the ALLOW box to continue. It is an extra step and I don't see the value.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Realm

Not at this time.

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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