ChurchTrac is the best Realm alternative.
Here are a few reasons why...
More Affordable
ChurchTrac costs significantly less than Realm. Churches switching from Realm to ChurchTrac save THOUSANDS each year.
Service Planning
ChurchTrac gives you tools to plan services, schedule teams, and manage your song library. Realm does not offer this feature.
Easy Move In
ChurchTrac makes it simple to transfer your existing data. Unlike Realm, we offer this service for free without any setup fees.
Go beyond what Realm can give you.
Realm just can't compete with ChurchTrac.
Affordable, Simple Pricing
Realm only lists pricing for 150 members, but even that is more expensive than ChurchTrac's most expensive plan. Your church could save THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS every year by switching from Realm to ChurchTrac.
All Support and Training Included
Realm ChMS offers expensive courses and webinars through their MinistrySmart platform, BUT it's at an additional recurring cost. ChurchTrac offers training, webinars, and one-on-one workshops...all at no extra charge.
Worship Tools Built In
Realm by ACS does not offer features for service planning, which leads to use of another application outside of Realm. With ChurchTrac's Plus plan, this is included.
Intuitive and Easy to Use
From the beginning, ChurchTrac was designed to be easy to use. Realm's user-interface is more complex, taking longer to complete simple tasks.
Getting Started is FREE and Easy
Since this step is so important to get right, we have made moving to ChurchTrac extremely easy, and FREE. Realm offers the same service, but it's an ADDITIONAL $500 one-time charge.
Church Connect
Stay connected with your people using Church Connect, a free website and app for your church. It enables your people to donate online, view and register for upcoming events, and to stay connected with church leadership. Realm doesn't have anything like this.
Why Choose ChurchTrac over Realm?
Better Price
Realm is significantly more expensive than ChurchTrac. Realm posts their pricing for churches up to 150 people. Realm plans for this size start at $66/month and goes up to $216/month. Even at their low end, Realm costs more than ChurchTrac's most expensive plan. Pricing for ChurchTrac starts at $5/month, but does not exceed $60/month, even for large churches. With ChurchTrac, ministries also have the option to pay for the year, which gives them even more savings. For Realm's extra cost you don't get any extra features. In fact, ChurchTrac has more features than Realm, at a lower cost.

With ChurchTrac, we'll import your data and help you get up and running...for free. Realm offers the same service, but it's an additional $500 one-time charge if you're coming from a platform that is not owned by Realm's parent company ACS. Just one question Realm: Why?
And watch out if you're a medium or large church! Realm prices get RIDICULOUS really fast. We recently spoke to the pastor of a church that runs a little over 1,000 in attendance. Realm quoted him a first-year price of over SEVENTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. That doesn't include the additional third-party products that he would have to purchase to cover things that Realm does not include, like worship planning. With ChurchTrac, his price for EVERYTHING is $600 a year, saving more than $16,400 in just the first twelve months.

Realm's pricing comes at a big expense for churches of all sizes. Choosing Realm means that you're diverting an abundance of limited resources that could be used for other ministry needs. ChurchTrac has always believed that software should be a blessing to your ministry, not a financial burden. On average, mid-sized churches switching from Realm software to ChurchTrac can save at least $130 per month. Small churches save even more, making ChurchTrac the #1 most affordable alternative to Realm Church Management Software.
"ChurchTrac had by far the most options included for the price. And their price is at least half of most companies. The monthly subscription includes not only management tools for people, but also accounting as well (which is a huge bonus)."

-Pastor Jerrod @ Harlowton Faith Chapel (Capterra Review)
Better Support
ChurchTrac's FREE support includes an extensive knowledgebase, blog posts, tutorial videos, live webinars and free one-on-one meetings. Realm offers similar assitance, but at an extra recurring cost.

With ChurchTrac, we take more of a hands-on approach. ChurchTrac is intuitive and super simple to use, but we still offer training videos, live webinars with Q&A, and even one-on-one workshops. Plus you can schedule a call with a member of our team. At ChurchTrac, all our support resources are absolutely free.

Realm ChMS offers support which consists of an online user guide, overview videos, and a number to call during business hours. However, users have noted that their phone support will simply direct you to their user guide. One user mentioned that Realm Support "did not know the features of their own software".
While many companies take a day or more to reply to your questions, our team typically handles most support incidents in less than 1 business hour. Plus, at ChurchTrac, we actually care more about your ministry than your wallet.
Our support goes deeper than software.
We see every church as a ministry partner, not a customer. Any way that we can help your ministry succeed, we're here for you. Whether it's helping you craft a better safety protocol for your Children's Ministry, or simply praying for you and your family...that's what we do.
More Features
Realm has a lot of features. ChurchTrac has more, plus ChurchTrac is easier to use. One big distinction between Realm and ChurchTrac is that ChurchTrac includes worship planning. ChurchTrac is a complete system with all the tools you need.

With Realm, you'll need to pay for another (potentially expensive) service to have access to worship planning tools. This makes Realm's actual cost even higher. Using ChurchTrac for this one thing could save your ministry hundreds of dollars every year.

ChurchTrac gives your worship leader the tools to plan services, schedule teams, and manage their song library. ChurchTrac also features chord transposing, scheduling reminders, and an integration with SongSelect.
Since your worship leader can use ChurchTrac for all their scheduling, they don't have to worry about double scheduling volunteers. Let's say your Children's Pastor scheduled Emily to serve in the nursery next Sunday. If your worship leader tries to schedule Emily on that same Sunday, ChurchTrac will show a scheduling conflict.
ChurchTrac is easy to use. In an independent review by Capterra, ChurchTrac was ranked NUMBER ONE in basic task completion times. Realm made the list too...but way down the list at number 18, taking a whopping average of 20 seconds longer per task than ChurchTrac!

From the beginning, we've designed ChurchTrac to be easy to use. It is simple enough to save you time, but powerful enough to do whatever you need. Realm, on the other hand, was born from ACS, the company's pre-cloud product which was both very expensive and very difficult to use. Back in the day, ACS was one of the few options out there for larger churches, despite its reputation for being overpriced and difficult to use.
Church Connect
ChurchTrac is the only church management solution that includes a church website AND no extra charge! Realm doesn't have anything that compares. Church Connect is the member-facing side of ChurchTrac. Your congregation can install the App on their Apple or Android devices in seconds by simply scanning a QR code.

Best of all, it works seamlessly with ChurchTrac. When people sign in or register for Church Connect, they're automatically linked to the correct person in ChurchTrac (or you can quickly add a new person to ChurchTrac based on their registration information). Members can view and update some elements of their own profile, making it easy to keep your database information current.
Your people will always be up-to-date with the latest announcements, plus they have the ability to submit prayer requests, spiritual decisions, or any other information to your leadership through our custom form builder. Church Connect also has a self-check-in feature, allowing your members to mark themselves and family members present when arriving at church.

Members and contributors can give online through Church Connect, as well as view their giving history, and print their own contribution statements. Your donors can set up ACH giving or text giving too.

Church Connect can display upcoming events for your ministry. Your people can even register for events right from your page, or from the web app. Volunteers and band members can respond to invites to serve when they are scheduled, or they can enter dates they're not available to serve. Musicians can access this week's worship outline, sheet music, or chord charts....all from their mobile devices.
We Love the Local Church
ChurchTrac has been around since 2002, growing to be the preferred choice of most small and mid-sized ministries. We focus on the needs of churches first. While many companies only care about larger churches, we decided to be different.

We're a team of people that have firsthand experience in leading worship, teaching, preaching, church finance, children's ministry, and more. We serve in the local church, so we know the needs of the local church. Our experience helps us to serve you better.

Your ministry is our ministry. Your mission is our mission. We love to help churches, and we often get feedback like this:

And this...
No one beats ChurchTrac
ChurchTrac is the best option for price and performance, beating Realm...and everyone else.
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Your ministry is our ministry.
We go deeper than software. We see every church as a ministry partner, not a customer. Our mission is to help you achieve your mission. Our passion is to serve you. Nobody cares for churches like ChurchTrac.

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