We are excited to get started with REALM, our new Cave Spring connection tool! Realm will give you an opportunity to receive targeted communication in areas that pertain to you, interact with members in your small group or class, access a membership directory, and check your giving.
What are the benefits of moving from our current system into Realm?
Realm is a web-based application from ACS Technologies that informs our staff and connects our congregation. All of our Realm data is safely stored and backed up in the cloud, making it available 24/7 from anywhere using a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Here are the benefits for Cave Spring moving into this new system…
- Efficiency – Realm is a single, comprehensive database for pastors and ministry leaders. No more parallel, incomplete systems and lists!
- Targeted Messaging – You receive the “good of the order” items and targeted announcements for ministries and groups that pertain to you.
- Choose How to Stay Informed – Receive email, go to onrealm.com on your computer, use notifications on your phone, or use the app for your phone (see below).
- Online Photo Directory – Look up phone numbers, addresses, and see a picture of fellow congregants.
- Control Privacy – You can set who sees your phone number, address, and email. Nobody outside of the system can see anything.
Do you want to connect to Cave Spring with Realm?
Request an invitation… From our previous systems, we have email addresses for most congregants already, and will automatically invite and support those folks. It’s possible that some people fall through the cracks! Didn’t get an invitation? Click on the realm button above or click on THIS LINK and complete the form. This will notify our staff that you want an invitation to Realm.
Once you get your Realm Invitation… You will receive a Realm invitation in your email. Click on the link in your invitation (either on a computer or a smart phone), follow the directions, and you’re on! CLICK HERE for a video on how to navigate the REALM setup on a computer.
Accessing Realm Access Realm on your Laptop or Desktop Computer
Bookmark this link to access Realm on your computer.
Desktop Link – https://onrealm.org
Download the App
Of course, you can always access Realm on your computer. For those of you who prefer accessing Realm on your smart phone, there is also a very nice mobile app available.
Contact your small groups, coordinate group activities, RSVP to church events and meetings, manage your giving, update your information, and more.
Go to your app store (iOS or Android) and search for “Connect our church community” or use the links below.
iOS Link (iPhone App Store)
Android Link (Google Play Store)
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 see your giving history through your profile.
Groups: Realm’s “Groups” feature simplifies interacting with others in the church, including committees and small group ministries. When you activate your profile, you are automatically part of a group called Cave Spring United Methodist Church.
Throughout the next months, committees, small groups, and classes will be added.
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 “Cave Spring United Methodist Church.” Follow these steps to activate your profile:
1. Open the e-mail and create a password. Your will then be sent a verification e-mail.
2. Open verification e-mail and click on the link to verify your account. Your profile is now activated!
3. To log in to Realm, click on the Realm login button.
4. Enter your e-mail address and the password that your 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 Jill-Marie .
If you did not receive an email invitation and you don’t have an e-mail address on file with the church, you will need to give the church office your e-mail address. Why? Each profile is linked to a separate e-mail address; multiple profiles in one household can’t be linked to a single address. Contact the office by sending an e-mail to Jill-Marie or by calling the church office during business hours at 540.989.3673
How do I get to Realm on my computer?
You must first respond to the invitation e-mail and activate your profile. After you have activated your profile, go to Realm through the church website or use the address www.onrealm.org/CaveSpringUMC. Then click on the login button 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 e-mail and activate your profile. To download the iOS or Android app, search for “Realm Connect.”
Help! I’m not getting any email from the church and my committees!
After you have activated your Realm profile, you need to change your e-mail 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. 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 (not birth year), 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 now be able to see your profile information. 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. Headshots are best! To upload a photo from your computer, click on the circle containing your initials.
Can I register my children for Cave Kids programs and classes in Realm?
Yes. Watch for communication from Pastor Tim with instructions for how to register for classes and events.
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 make a pledge or donate to the church online? Can I see what I’ve given?
Not yet- but that is coming soon. You can donate through the church website. However, you can view your personal giving history. To see your giving history, you must log in to Realm.
How will Ministry Teams and committees use Realm?
Ministry Teams and committees are encouraged to use Realm for their communication. Leaders and members within the group are encourage to post updates, 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.
Committee chairs will be set up as “Group Leaders” in Realm. Group leaders have these additional privileges:
- Creating events: Leaders can create a date-specific meeting, gathering, or event by clicking on the calendar. These are automatically added to the Realm church calendar.
- Adding and removing group members: Leaders keep their committee rosters up to date. To add and remove group members, go to “Participants” and “Manage Roster.”
How will small group ministries use Realm?
Small groups using e-mail for communication are encouraged to use Realm as their platform for their communication. To have your group set up on Realm, contact Jill-Marie Weaver.
I’m a small group leader, and I communicate with my group via e-mail. 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 Jill-Marie Weaver either by phone or e-mail to have your group set up on Realm. She will designate the leader(s). To add and remove group members, go to “Participants” and “Manage Roster.”
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 e-mail. It’s our hope that eventually all small groups will shift from e-mail 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.
Why did the church buy Realm?
The church purchased Realm this summer to replace a database program that was no longer being supported.