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Tech watch: Realm

With over 40 years of experience providing services and software to churches of all sizes, ACS Technologies (ACST) offers an amazing church management product, Realm, that is helping Unity Presbyterian Church make real ministry impact every day. As an experienced database manager in my former profession, I was fortunate to have had Realm added to my plate when I became staff at my church. That was seven years ago, and Realm keeps getting better! I believe ACST understands the challenges churches and their congregants face today, developing efficient solutions from group communications to video streaming, volunteer management and online giving. Realm’s technical and product support are top-notch: product documentation, self-paced online learning, and phone support options are readily available. When volunteers became my newest job at Unity, my first resource was “volunteer bootcamp” courses in Realm. To paraphrase a blog from ACST’s website, we learn that God plants into people’s hearts a desire to serve and then drops them into our church family. All we need is a way to identify our needs, reach volunteers with skill-based opportunities to serve, and then pray for them, because the work and the workers are the Lord’s.

— Pamela Frost, director of ministry & mission at Unity Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania