Realm Features

Realm

Community-focused online church management system

4.42/5 (252 reviews)

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API
Accounting Integration
Accounts Payable
Accounts Receivable
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts/Notifications
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Bank Reconciliation
Budgeting/Forecasting
Built-in Accounting
Calendar Management
Child Check-in
Compliance Management
Contact Database
Credit Card Processing
Customizable Branding
Customizable Fields
Customizable Reports
Customizable Templates
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Donation Tracking
Donor Management
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Fund Accounting
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Member Communication
Member Directory
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Membership Management
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Online Calendar
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API
Accounting Integration
Accounts Payable
Accounts Receivable
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts/Notifications
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Bank Reconciliation
Budgeting/Forecasting
Built-in Accounting
Calendar Management
Child Check-in
Compliance Management
Contact Database
Credit Card Processing
Customizable Branding
Customizable Fields
Customizable Reports
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Donation Management
Donation Tracking
Donor Management
Electronic Payments
Email Management
Event Calendar
Event Management
Financial Reporting
For Religious Organizations
Fund Accounting
General Ledger
Member Communication
Member Directory
Member Portal
Membership Management
Mobile Access
Multi-Location
Online Calendar
Online Giving
Payroll Management
Personalization
Pledge Management
Recurring/Subscription Billing
Reporting & Statistics
Role-Based Permissions
Small Group Management
Visitor Tracking
Volunteer Management
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Realm Feature Reviews

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

Alex H.

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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Sandra D.

The Church at College Station

2021-11-09

The year end reporting for giving is very simple.

Pros

very easy to manage giving reports.

Cons

Since we only use the people management part of Realm.

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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James C.

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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Amjad S.

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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Derek G.

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

2017-10-24

Everything in one place. 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). Also, account management has been challenging at times (e.g., changing account email, uninviting accounts where maybe a family email addressed was used twice for a couple, etc.).

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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Shelby P.

Using Realm for People and Accounting

2016-06-27

ACS partners with Vanco for processing gifts and registration payments. Vanco is great to work with.

Pros

Plus the Overview can provide quick insights to your database.

Cons

Built-in reports have a ways to go.

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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.

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Matthew G.

Pretty Great System

2021-11-02

Pros

We appreciate the integration with online giving and book keeping.

Cons

The administration is a little clunky, difficult to negotiate different groups. While it has huge potential, getting things off the ground can be a intimidating.

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Sue P.

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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Brandylyn L.

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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Miriam C.

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.

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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 J.

Realm Review

2018-08-03

We are using Realm for both Accounting and the data management of our parish.

Pros

Ease of Use Fabulous support by phone Integrated online giving Continuous build out and enhancement Relevant to our work in the church Extremely beneficial User Conference annually

Cons

Unlike our use of the ACS On Demand software, it doesn't differentiate between pledge payments and general giving when we post the contributions to the GL.

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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Charles S.

Realm

2021-10-21

I like having all our data in one spot.

Pros

Whole Church management. Everything in one place

Cons

Still a few holes to fill, but they update it about twice a month

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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Robbie F.

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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Judy G.

Great tool for church

2021-11-10

It’s great and so much easier than other systems we’ve used.

Pros

Love the interface with our website for payment processing.

Cons

Difficult to get parishioners to use online although online payments have been better since COVID.

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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Susan K.

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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Matt T.

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

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.

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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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Amy F.

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 T.

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

It is a good membership listing but offers no analytics or graphical capabilities to the end user and really no ability to interact with the church.

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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Diane M.

Realm is easy to use and provides a lot of functionality.

2018-07-25

We were able to consolidate member information, financial information, and other important church data into a single system.

Pros

The Dashboard, the ability to enter and track pledges, and the ability for parishioners to use online giving.

Cons

I would like to see more features added to Realm Accounting. For example, we really need the ability to download our banking transactions into Realm Accounting.

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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Bethany P.

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
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Pastor Dan W.

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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Steven M.

The software is easy to use and it has a solid platform.

2018-01-30

Simplicity, ease of use.

Pros

The member database is also a plus.

Cons

I wish we could customize the reports more. We also cant get the labels formatted using different labels such as Avery or Xerox.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Michael H.

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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Susan G.

Great church management software

2021-10-29

I have loved using Realm, it's easy to use, the report feature is crucial and it is reasonably priced.

Pros

Our congregation loves the online giving feature, the directory and the communication tools.

Cons

Not all of our congregation members were able to find the communications easy to use.

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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Kathy C.

Easy to use, great pre-set reports!

2018-07-17

easy to track member donations!

Pros

Simple to export data to excel.

Cons

We have not yet tried to use the on-line giving function for this software, but are working on setting that up now.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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