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Don't forget to sign up for our upcoming webinars! It is easy to do, simply click on the "Owl" in Realm and navigate to "Catalog" and "Live Events."
Here is what we have planned for this month.
03/02/2021 Ministry Impact Webinar | Beyond Thank You for Attending...Closing the "Sale" of Your Church With Guests
Individuals and families come to your church because of an invitation, being new in town, or feeling the need to connect. They have given you their contact information! That is the green light to reach out and welcome them to your church. We will look at some calls to action to reach, welcome, and have them join your congregation.
03/03/2021 Realm Ask the Experts | Building Virtual Events in Realm
Building a registration event has several components, join us as we lay out the best plan to make your event successful. Bring questions or challenges so we can tackle them together.
03/03/2021 Ministry Impact Webinar | What is vVBS, you ask?
COVID is still here and the church's mission is still clear. As the church continues to go forth and make disciples, events look so much different than ever before. Many churches tried a virtual VBS last year, join us as we discuss what they did, how they did it and what they will change for this year.
03/04/2021 Realm Advanced Webinar | Let's Build a vVBS together
Ok, you asked, and here's our answer. Join us as we build a virtual event together in Realm. We will go over each step in detail to help you plan your next virtual event.
03/09/2021 Ministry Impact Webinar | Developing Leaders Postponed
You have been prepared for a time like this...Now prepare the leaders in your church who are looking to your staff for the answers. Train them to greet, meet and touch each other's lives without being worried about communicable illnesses. Join us as we present options for training, leading and how other churches are handling these challenges.
03/09/2021 Realm Ask the Experts Webinar | Who's on First?
Now that you have converted your data, set up the Staff Users and started getting Realm ready for launch your church needs to think about communication and who will use what tools in Realm and when they should use those tools. Join us as we go through the communication tools and help point your church toward answers.
03/10/2021 Realm Advanced Webinar | Help! I'm in Charge of Children's Ministry
Being in charge of the Children's Ministry can be a challenge! Join this webinar to explore all the tools in Realm has to make this job easier. Learn how to equip group leaders, attendance options, and the communication tools available in Realm to help your ministry stay connected.
03/11/2021 Realm Advanced Webinar | Equipping Volunteers for vVBS
Your church has a plan and now you are ready for a virtual event, what about your volunteers? Are they ready? What steps should you follow for virtual volunteers? What tools are there in Realm to help them be successful? Join us as we show you how to equip volunteers in Realm.
03/16/2021 Realm Accounting Advanced Webinar | Preventing Fraud in Church Accounting
Join us for our monthly Realm Accounting webinar, this month preventing fraud in church accounting. We will discuss steps your church or parish can take, reports to rely on, and share a few best practices with you. Come prepared to ask questions and share ideas.
03/17/2021 Ministry Impact Webinar | Building the foundation for virtual volunteers
Volunteer Management has always been a huge ministry within the church or parish, however, how important is it to do your background checks, reference checks, training on how to work with kids, if everyone is virtual? Join us as we discuss building a solid foundation for volunteers in this era of virtual volunteering.
03/18/2021 Realm Ask The Experts Webinar | Background Checks
Securing and affirming proper credentials for those serving in your ministry should include a background check in today's world. Follow along as we map the steps, processes, and how Realm can help you automate background checks.
03/18/2021 Ministry Impact Webinar | Websites Simplified
Websites are an advertisement, a message, directions, information, and a sample of your church or parish. However resources like budgets, personnel, and time are not always available. Join us as we discuss websites simplified.
03/25/2021 Realm Webinar | Check Out The Latest Realm Release
Join us 1 time per month as we cover the previous month's releases in Realm and discuss the WHY behind the HOW.
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Pastor Appreciation Month is a special time that congregations set aside each year to honor their pastors and pastoral families for the hard work, sacrificial dedication provided by these special people.
Focus on the Family began emphasizing Pastor Appreciation Month in the early 1990s, reminding congregations to honor their clergy staff and families throughout the year, but suggesting a special tribute during October. For churches that wanted a one-time celebration, they also chose its second Sunday as Pastor Appreciation Day.
What are you doing to show appreciation for your pastors? Reply to this post and share your great ideas.
Check out what ACS is doing for your church during pastor appreciation month.
Don't forget to sign up for our upcoming webinars! It is easy to do, simply click on the "Owl" in Realm and navigate to "Catalog" and "Live Events." Here is what we have planned for this month.
Oct-9 11:00:00 AM Realm Advanced Webinar | Group Leader Engagement
- If you build it, they will come. Well, not always! Just because you asked them to do something, doesn't mean they will. Join us for this informative webinar on ways to engage your Group Leaders in all that Realm has to offer.
Oct-14 11:00:00 AM Ministry Impact Webinar | Creating Community while Practicing Social Distancing
- In an environment where we find ourselves social distancing how do we create engagement, community, and connections?
Oct-14 2:00:00 PM Realm Ask the Experts | Reporting: Queries and Predefined Reports
- Queries and Predefined Reports don't live in separate neighborhoods. Join us as show you how to use queries and predefined reports together to tell your ministry stories.
Oct-15 11:00:00 AM Realm Advanced Webinar | Communication Tools
- Communication Tools webinar will go over all of the communications options available to your Group Leaders, Participants, and Staff in Realm. To create real ministry, you have to create community through communication.
Oct-15 2:00:00 PM Realm Accounting Advanced Webinar | Rotating Advanced Topics
Oct-16 11:00:00 AM Ministry Impact Webinar | Data Management Policies and Procedures
- Consistent usage of data is critical to usage and management. Your church should have a document for managing all of your data. From profile fields to system management, how your data is created and stored in Realm.
Oct-20 11:00:00 AM Ministry Impact Webinar | Caring for the Vulnerable
- The recent crisis in the world has introduced us to many new terms in the church. One of those that many ministries already knew was the vulnerable. However, we traditionally called them shut-ins. Now as we adopt a new normal, a new direction for group meetings, is your church meeting the needs of the vulnerable? Are you programming for those that may not be able to return at any occupancy level? Join us as we examine how churches are handling this and share some creative ideas with you on how to include this in your ministry.
Oct-20 2:00:00 PM Realm Advanced Webinar | Administration Strategy
- You have been named Church Database Administrator (your new Job Title). Let’s focus on how to be successful as you develop strategies to guide and build quality processes and procedures on data management for your church.
Oct-22 11:00:00 AM Ministry Impact Webinar | Live Streaming for Churches 101
Oct-22 2:00:00 PM Realm Advanced Webinar | Changing Profiles
- As an Administrator in Realm, when you make changes to an address, communication preferences or privacy settings who receives them, why and what should you prepared to do.
Oct-23 11:00:00 AM Realm Ask The Experts Webinar | Effective Pathways - New Members
- Pathways can be your best friend or worst friend. If you build them correctly they can help your church ensure that no one gets left behind. Join us for this webinar on building effective pathways to track new members through their journey at your church.
Oct-28 11:00:00 AM Ministry Impact Webinar | Virtual Handshake, Connecting People
- For the time being saying hello and welcome just got very "hands-off" so what can you do to extend a hand and welcome a guest or visitor, say hello to friends in the church and community as well as connect people to each other. As humans, we crave connection both physically and emotionally. Now it time to put those together in the virtual world!
Oct-28 2:00:00 PM Realm Webinar | Launching Realm Connect to Your Church
- Whether your church has already launched or your church is just getting started. Join our panel of Experts as they share some of the best of the best launch ideas!
Oct-29 11:00:00 AM Realm Webinar | Check Out The Latest Realm Release
- Join us 1 time per month as we cover the previous month releases in Realm and discuss the WHY behind the HOW.
You may be focused on the overwhelming challenges of opening, not opening, masks, hand sanitizer, giving, virtual church, and all the aspects we are facing with COVID. But it is important for us to celebrate the successes we see during this crisis. Share one of your success stories and let's celebrate together!
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Some have said that church will never be the same after COVID 19. While we cannot predict the future we can impact the present.
MinistrySmart has created a host of resources to help you navigate what many are calling the "New Normal". Simply go to Realm and click on the owl at the top right to access these resources in MinistrySmart!
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