Realm Features

Realm

Community-focused online church management system

4.48/5 (145 reviews)

Realm Feature Summary

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

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Realm Feature Reviews

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

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
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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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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

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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David Wike

Realm is AWESOME!!!

2018-06-14

Data management is easy.

Pros

Realm is EASY TO USE and allows more functionality and data access than even ACS OnDemand.

Cons

Nothing really, other than the fact that payroll is not quite functional in the financial module. When that becomes available, we will be fully vested in Realm!!

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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

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

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
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 also times that setting up an event or pulling a report can be confusing at first, but their team is awesome at responding quickly and helping you figure out what you need to do.

Rating breakdown

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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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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

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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.

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Steven Moua

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.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
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

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Amy Sandy

Great, user-friendly software and world-class help desk.

2018-06-14

Helps us track everything from giving to attendance, as well as trends.

Pros

I love that they have teamed with Vanco for donations/payments and the payments are recorded directly into the person's record in Realm.

Cons

I can't get all the reports I used to get in ACS People.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Enjoy using the software, however there is a learning curve associated with it.

2018-02-06

Being able to collect information and generate reports on all aspects of the information really easily.

Pros

The reporting module which enables me to manipulate the data we have.

Cons

The inability to use email as a method of communication between group members.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Mary Bentley

I love Realm. It is very easy to use and to learn how to accomplish tasks.

2017-09-12

We are beginning a new discipleship track and Pathways will help us keep this organized.

Pros

Online contributions post automatically when they hit the bank.

Cons

We were used to many reports and many options to customize them.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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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

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Debby Coles

Realm is a great way to communicate with larger and smaller groups in our church

2018-08-01

Pros

Easy to check-in, take attendance, and give online.

Cons

Would like more flexibility in personalizing reports in accounting and giving.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Tammy Shanklin

Realm is AWESOME!

2016-07-13

I was a little weary about switching over to Realm...but I am so glad I did! The change-over was painless and well worth it. Our staff has throughly enjoyed using this program.

Pros

Great pre-defined reports and dashboard reports.

Cons

Some reports still a little improvement.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Amy Scharffe

Realm is a software I use when I volunteer with my church

2017-11-17

I can communicate with them easily and mark attendance for when the groups meet.

Pros

I can track church member contributions, family situation and what activities they are involved with at our church.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Kathy Cl

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

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Rhonda Evans

I set up automatic deductions and don't have to worry. It's great with no hassles.

2018-07-31

I have set up automatic deductions and don't have to worry about carrying money to church or my checkbook.

Pros

The email thanks me for my payment. Awesome!!

Cons

Everything I need it to do, it does. ie. giving statements, batch processing for members not using and notifications.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Donna Young

Everyone is so helpful when I need them. Thank you!

2018-06-14

Print reports that the pastor may ask for.

Pros

Easy Access to program.

Cons

Sometimes it is hard to know how to set up somewhere when you need to get a report. I do not like the overall setting of putting in Family members and children.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Debra Stack

A powerful tool. Longer learning curve but customer support is excellent.

2018-07-19

Relatively easy to use and it gives us most of the features we need as a small church.

Pros

Being available on the cloud. Training videos help in that you can see it actually being done. Customer support is the best.

Cons

Reports need more customizable options.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Gregory Wolff

Relatively easy management of church administrative functions

2018-07-18

Class check-in (and child safety/security). Communication with members on Connect.

Pros

The cloud-based platform is also helpful because 1) our software/interface never need updating and 2) there is no risk of us losing our data. The reporting options are also very flexible: our denomination requires annual reports on numbers and finances, and (I think) we can create enough custom reports to cover these annual reports all within the confines of Realm!

Cons

Coming from a Database Administrator perspective (that's my job), I fully understand the need for such layers, as it keeps things working right, so this is not something that must be fixed.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Matt Tolbert

Increase your church's interactivity and productivity

2018-07-12

This software really facilitated interactivity and consistent communication with almost everyone.

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

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Bev Vost

Love the interface, easy to navigate and intuitive.

2018-04-10

Ability to communicate on mobile devices anytime through the week.

Pros

The layout makes sense and makes it easy to generate reports from relevant screens.

Cons

Haven't used very long but expect there to be a few minor issues. No software is ever perfect. The good news is there are frequent fixes and enhancements being made.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Barbara Porter

Haven't used all the features yet as we are going through some changes in our church.

2018-01-30

Membership is constantly updated, correct and easy to use.

Pros

The Email feature. I can send out information easily and quickly to everyone or just a few.

Cons

Sometimes it seems like I can't "backup" easily; I have to go out of the report and come back in again.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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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

The check scanning makes data entry much easier and is a great way to keep the giving records accurate.

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
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April Yeung

Realm Is Quite Intuitive and User-friendly

2016-08-24

Realm is far prettier and more user-friendly than Peoplesuite, but it still has a long way to go in developing reports and other functionality.

Pros

It is very easy for people who are new to Realm to figure out how to use it.

Cons

The reports are few, and the ability to export a custom report to Excel is not there yet.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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