How does Realm work?
- Profiles: Your profile is your starting point. It contains your contact information, household members, email preferences, giving history, groups you belong to, and more.
- Giving: You can pledge, contribute, and see your giving history through your profile.
- Groups: Realm’s “Groups” feature simplifies interacting with others in the church, including teams, committees, and groups. When you activate your profile, you are automatically part of a group called Active Members.
How do I get started with Realm?
If you have an email address on file with the church, you have a profile waiting to be activated. To activate your profile and get started with Realm, you need to open an email invitation from “Mt Carmel Baptist Church.” Follow these steps to activate your profile:
Open the email and create a password. You will then be sent a verification email.
- Open the verification email and click on the link to verify your account. Your profile is activated!
- To log in to Realm, click on the Realm login.
- Enter your email address and the password you created.
I didn’t receive an email invitation. What do I do?
If you did not receive an email invitation and you know you have a valid email address on file with the church, first please check your spam/junk folder. If the email invitation isn’t there, please contact the church office.
If you did not receive an email invitation and you don’t have an email address on file with the church, you will need to give the church office your email address. Why? Each profile is linked to a separate email address; multiple profiles in one household can’t be linked to a single address.
Contact the office by sending an email or by calling the church office during business hours at (615) 654-3846.
How do I get to Realm on my computer?
You must first respond to the invitation email and activate your profile. After you have activated your profile, go to Realm through the church website. Then click on the login and enter your email address and password.
Is there a mobile app for smartphones and tablets?
Yes. To use the app, you must first respond to the invitation email and activate your profile. (If you did not receive an email, contact the church office.) To download the iOS or Android app, search for “Realm Connect.” (The full name of the app is “Connect – Our Church Community” from ACS Technologies.)
Help! I’m not getting any email from the church and my groups!
After you have activated your Realm profile, you need to change your email settings for Realm. Click on the arrow next to your name in the upper right corner of your profile. Select “Email Settings.” Select “All posts and replies.” In the app, go to “More” and “Settings.”
What about privacy? Who can see my personal and contact information? Who can see my children’s personal information?
Realm is a private, password-protected system for members of our church community only.
To check your privacy settings, Depending on the privacy settings you choose, other Realm users in the church will be able to see your email address, phone number, mailing address, birthday (month and day), marital status, groups, and household members.
To check your privacy settings, click on the arrow next to your name in the upper right corner of your screen (or “More” in the app). Then click on “Manage Privacy.” We urge everyone over 18 to choose “Everyone in our church.” Other Realm users in the church will be able to see your email and home address, phone number, birthday (month and day, not year), marital status, and the names of members of your household. If you prefer to keep certain information private, you can choose one of the other options.
Can I make changes to my personal and contact information?
Yes! We encourage everyone to update their profiles. To see your personal and contact information, click on the arrow next to your name in the upper right corner of your screen (or “More” in the app). Select “My Profile” to check the information about you. Click on “Edit Profile” to change any of this information.
Should I upload a photo to my profile?
Yes, please! In a church as large as ours, it’s helpful to connect names and faces. Head-shots are best! To upload a photo from your computer, click on the circle containing your initials.
Can I register for events and classes in Realm?
Yes. Watch for communication about how to register for events and take payments for class books, etc.
Does Realm replace the church website?
No. The church website is the church’s public and welcoming online presence to people who may be unfamiliar with our church. The website will continue to provide key information about church programs.
Can I tithe or give to the church online? Can I see what I’ve given?
Yes. You can donate through the church website, the Realm website, and Realm app. To see your giving history, you must log in to Realm.
How will groups, teams, committees, and ministries use Realm?
Each of these groups are encouraged to use Realm for their communication. Leaders and members within the group and post files and photos. Posting is as simple as clicking on the pen icon, writing a message, and clicking “Post.” You can also create a photo post by clicking on the camera.
I’m a small group leader, and I communicate with my group via email. Why would I want to use Realm instead of email?
Realm offers several advantages for small group leaders:
- Realm has a dedicated space for your group, so all the messages, responses, and uploaded files are stored together. No more searching your email inbox for past communication!
- Your ministry expands: People in the congregation can easily find and join your group.
- Every message and all replies go to everyone in the group. No more out-of-date email mailing lists or “Reply All” requirements.
As the leader of a small group, how do I set up my group on Realm?
Contact the office to have your group set up on Realm.
As a leader of a small group, how do I post on Realm?
Posting is as simple as clicking on the pen icon, writing a message, and clicking “Post.” You can also create a photo post (click on the camera) and a date-specific meeting, gathering, or event (click on the calendar). Events are automatically added to the Realm church calendar.
Although only leaders can create events, any group member can post messages and photos.
As a leader of a small group, what should I post on Realm?
Your group will likely communicate on Realm the way it has via email. It’s our hope that eventually all small groups will shift from email to Realm.
What you post depends on you and your group. Some leaders may want to post questions, Bible verses, photos, and links to prompt reflection and discussion among the group. Leaders of task-oriented groups may prefer who’s-bringing-what types of posts. As you consider what to post, think about your long-time group members and what might make newer members feel welcome.
Above all, be yourself! Add a photo of yourself and encourage others in your group to do so.