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Power Academy

We are offering several beginner and intermediate level software training sessions prior to the Ideas to Impact Conference (not included with your conference registration). Registration for the Power Academy sessions is required and an additional fee may apply. Check out the Power Academy sessions. These sessions are great for new staff members or as a refresher for existing staff.

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Our 2020 sessions list is now available!

Check out the list below to see the new excited classes coming to Ideas to Impact this year.

 

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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Realm 101
For Realm rookies, this class will guide your staff building a quality database with solid policies and procedures.Our goal for the day will be preparing a successful implementation of Realm that will allow your Church to enhance community with this new tool of digital communication.Topics included: Administration, Navigation, Org Structure & Groups, Dashboards & Queries.We will also overview other areas of Realm for you to explore further during this year's conference.
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Realm 201
If your Church has used Realm for some time and you feel like you have the basics down, then this class is for you.Topics included: Effective Group Management, Using Pathways, Increasing Engagement, Check-in Strategies, Event Registration and Best Practices for Online/Text Giving.
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Realm Accounting
Realm Accounting is a day-long course that initially addresses user security, and then walks through the setup of account segments and chart of accounts, including recommended layout and demonstration of how restricted accounts are managed through Realm. With chart of accounts established, will cover the entry of bank accounts, giving funds, beginning balances, and projects. Will also cover accounts payable features as well as expense, income, and other general ledger transactions. Finally, will review bank reconciliation procedures, inquiries, and reporting. Bring your laptop so you can reference your Realm account during the training.
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Cleaning Your Data
During this pre-conference workshop, we'll go over data management basics and best practices in the morning session.Then, in the afternoon, we'll work hands-on with structured examples to practice on. Remember to bring your laptops!
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Building an Extraordinary Volunteer Culture
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Ministry Leadership Essentials
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Strategic Planning 101
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | ACS Financials 101
This is a hands on workshop where you'll learn how to setup and use the ACS General Ledger.Laptops are provided.
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Realm First Look
Get a first look into all that Realm can do. This class is a live demonstration that will give you the opportunity to see Realm in action.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Realm First Look
Get a first look into all that Realm can do. This class is a live demonstration that will give you the opportunity to see Realm in action.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Setting Up Realm Accounting
Getting your Realm Accounting tool set up properly is vital to healthy bookkeeping. Join us for a walk through of getting Realm Accounting ready to work for you. Funds, accounts, and budgets...oh my!
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Launching Realm Connect
If you're thinking about how Realm Connect would work with your church, you should join this class. We'll walk through a typical launch timeline and preview how groups can engage easily using web and mobile apps.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Realm Administration: The Basics
Learn the basics of setting up users and managing desired fields in Realm.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Realm Dashboards: Driving Meaningful Ministry Decisions
Ready to impress some committees back home? It's never been easier to get the information you need in an understandable way, and then take action! Come see how you can use Dashboards in Realm to drive meaningful ministry decisions.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | What is Your Realm Data Telling You?
If your information could talk, what would it tell you about how you collect information, why you collect it, and who uses it within your church? Join us as we look at the best practices for collecting and using information to tell stories in your church.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Reporting Solutions: Which One Do You Use?
Realm offers Dashboards, predefined reports, and queries, but which one should your church use? And when? This class will go over all of your options and give you some tips and tricks to using each one.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Background Checks: Policies, Procedures, and Integration
Background Checks are about more than just the report. In this class, we will examine how to write a policy on background checks, best practices for background checks, and look at the integrated tools in Realm.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Realm Product Roadmap
You are invited to attend a comprehensive discussion of the Realm product roadmap. Members of the ACS Technologies product management team will highlight recent product releases, preview upcoming 2020 product enhancements and additions, and discuss areas of focus for 2021.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Access ACS: Ministry Administration
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | ACS Pro Tips: Searches and Filters
This class will share expert level tips in ACS People on how to get the best results from your searches, use filters to make your searching faster, and guarantee better results to help you manage your ACS People information.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | PDS Version 10: What's New
Learn more about the upcoming PDS Version 10 releases. This session is led by the senior developers who have brought you PDS since the beginning: Joe Gordon and Karen Komlos.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | PDS Sacramental Management
Learn how to best manage member Sacramental records in Church and Formation Office, including Sacramental Register and Sacramental Imports.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | So You Have the Data: Now What?
Join Amber as she demonstrates how to make sense of your data. While collecting data is one thing, finding meaning or actionable insights is another endeavor altogether. If your church is drowning in data, the good news is that you can actually learn a lot about your organization with some simple math. We'll look at various common data sets, demonstrate ways to make the data easier to interpret, and share techniques that will help you & your team make data-informed decisions.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Leading Volunteers
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Senior Leadership
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Leadership best Practices
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Communication Best Practices in the Church Today; Discovering Your Voice, Developing Your Style
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Growing Giving
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Clarifying your Message: How to Tell Your Church's Story
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Realm Accounting: Your Chart of Accounts
Realm makes setting up your chart of accounts clean and simple. Come see how the Realm chart of accounts works, and find out how to make it work best for you.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Keys to Success for Realm Connect
Over the years, we've discovered that for a church to be successful, they must have these three things: commitment, communication, and content. In this session you'll learn how to lay a successful foundation for today and in the years to come using Realm.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Realm People Management: Cultivating Meaningful Data
Realm people profiles are an innovative approach to individual and family record management. Come see how to record, manage, and cultivate meaningful people data for real ministry decisions.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Realm Pathways: Processes Made Simple
Pathways can be used for care, volunteers, assimilation, and so much more. In this class, you'll hear from one of our top Pathways users on how they track everything from staff onboarding to bereavement and how you can make sure you never miss a process step again.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | We Are Engaged: Engaging Group Leaders in Realm
Engaging group leaders is a constant cycle. What works? What doesn't work? In this session, we'll look at how real ministries are connecting with group leaders and how you can take those practices back home with you.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Realm Office
Realm Office is designed as a standalone solution for use by dioceses and top level denominational offices or as part of a collaborative data management solution with your parishes as part of Realm Network. Come see how Realm Office can help you manage your constituents, churches, organizations, business, diocesan-wide pledge campaigns, and appeals.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Realm Event Registration: Taking the Effort Out of Events
Events take planning and a great deal of effort. Join us as we go through some of the more advanced ways you can use Event Registration in your church to make events easier with Realm.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Realm Tracking Sacraments
Realm now has the ability to store sacramental details. Find out what is required for setup and see how to print certificates and notification letters. Plus, you'll learn how Sacraments will continue to evolve in Realm.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | ACS People: Graphs, Charts, and More
Your church collects a lot of information, and adding to the database is only one step. The next step includes using your information to see trends in your church. Join us for this class on how you can use graphs, charts, and more in ACS People to find important information, fill in missing information, and use your database effectively.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Access ACS: Your Member Portal
Access ACS offers your church an opportunity to connect members with their information, their groups, and their giving. Join this class as we go over all of the ways Access ACS can be your member portal, connecting members to their information.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | PDS: Printing Perfect Letters and Forms
Learn to create letters that effectively communicate your message. Understand the challenges faced when merging complex data into the body of a letter and how you can overcome those challenges with PDS.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | PDS Church and Formation Office: Creating Financial Reports
Demystify the various financial tables that are available and learn how to use them to create useful and accurate financial reports that anyone in your parish can understand.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | MissionInsite
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Realm Accounting: Using General Ledger
Join us to see how the backbone of Realm Accounting is used. We will explore how the Ledger is used in Realm. From entering transactions, to bank reconciliation, Realm will make it simple.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Realm Groups: Building Effective Groups
Churches need groups. Churches love groups. And it's a snap to organize and manage groups in Realm. Come and discover how to structure and manage group rosters for communicating, reporting, and trending group involvement.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Realm Giving and Pledges
Realm giving provides a single, unified giving experience for members and guests of your church. Discover how easy it is to enter gifts, manage donor records, give online, and manage pledge campaigns.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Realm Events: Best Practices
Events are the lifeblood of any church. Learn how small group and registration events each have their own purpose and how you can effectively use them to help grow your ministries.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | When to Group? When to Pathway?
Groups and Pathways can be very effective in Realm. Join us as we discuss the ins and outs of Groups and Pathways and how you can use them together to manage information in your church.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Effective Communication Tools: Realm and Beyond
With so many tools available for communication, when should your church use Realm tools, outside tools, and social media? Join us as we dissect the best ways to reach your audience and connect with your members.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Moving to eGiving with Realm
You've thought about using eGiving with Realm but want to make sure you know how to plan for the move. In this class, you will see both a demo of eGiving in Realm and hear how to transition your current eGiving solution to Realm. This class is applicable to anyone not currently using Realm eGiving as your main solution.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Access ACS and Facility Scheduler: Events That Work for Your Church
Join us in this class where we will discuss how you can use Access ACS and Facility Scheduler to manage all of the events in your church. Access ACS allows for online registration, but did you know you can use Facility Scheduler and Access ACS to allow reservations for rooms, resources, and people? We will go through all of the options available when you pair these two amazing tools together to manage your events.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | ACS: Custom Report Solutions
There are many ways to build custom reports in ACS. In this class, you'll learn how to use mail merges, exports, and custom reports services. Content will include functionality from the People Module.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | PDS: Tips and Tricks
You know how to use the PDS programs, but did you know there's an easier way to do things? Find out how to move members who are getting married to their own family. Learn keyboard shortcuts to enter dates and other data. Discover what Quick Posting processes are and why you would use them. And much more!
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | PDS Church and Formation Office: Master Contributions and Pledging
Are you responsible for the administration of funds for contributions or pledges? Learn how funds are set up and used in PDS Church and Formation Office.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Change Management
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Who's Your Data: Creating a Ministry Dashbaord
Join Amber as she demonstrates how to visualize data to ask new questions, spot trends, identify ministry opportunities, and make data-informed decisions with confidence. She will walk you through real-world examples that will broaden your perception of what data visualizations can reveal.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Staff management/Team Culture
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | How Your Church Can Use Social Media for Outreach
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Developing Volunteer Media Teams
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Realm First Look
Get a first look into all that Realm can do. This class is a live demonstration that will give you the opportunity to see Realm in action.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Launching Realm Connect
If you're thinking about how Realm Connect would work with your church, you should join this class. We'll walk through a typical launch timeline and preview how groups can engage easily using web and mobile apps.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Using Realm Accounting: Accounts Payable
Everyone has bills to pay. Realm Accounting makes keeping up with your invoices and payments simple. Come see how to handle vendors and payments in Realm Accounting.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Realm Invitation Models: Determining How Congregants Join Realm
How your congregation joins Realm can be open and unrestricted or closed and monitored; both models have their place. During this session, we'll discuss each in detail, and you'll learn which one is best for the culture of your ministries.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Realm Network
With Realm Network, your parish is part of a network with your diocesan office and other parishes within your diocese. Let's take a look at how parishes can take advantage of standardized and shared data to efficiently take on your daily tasks of running a busy parish office.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Relaunch Strategies for Realm
Have you launched Realm? Did you have a successful launch? Join us as we discuss how to relaunch and strategies that work for any size church.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Realm eGiving for Advanced Users
If you've used Ream online giving for a while but feel like you're still missing something, you find yourself thinking that there must be an easier way, or you wonder if there's ever a limit to the number of reports Vanco will email you, then this class is for you. We'll address specific scenarios that you might encounter over time and look at best practices for handling them.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | When to Group? When to Pathway?
Groups and Pathways can be very effective in Realm. Join us as we discuss the ins and outs of Groups and Pathways and how you can use them together to manage information in your church.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Advanced Database Maintenance: Preparing for Conversion to Realm
Learn about important data fields and information that needs to be regularly monitored and maintained to ensure continued data integrity, all while making preparations for conversion to Realm.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Access ACS: Let Your Events Work For You
Many times events with online registration are the only impression someone has of your church. In this class we will look at how to build an event that will not only take the guesswork out of who will be attending but also how to pull reports that will allow you to follow up, follow through, and bring followers.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | PDS: Customizing Reports and Intermediate Additional Selections
Learn how to generate simple selection reports and letters along with more complicated selections.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | PDS: Creating Advanced Reports
Unleash the power of PDS by tapping into the Advanced Report Designer to create sophisticated reports. This class will introduce you to the designer and teach the most commonly used components.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Realm Product Roadmap
You are invited to attend a comprehensive discussion of the Realm product roadmap. Members of the ACS Technologies product management team will highlight recent product releases, preview upcoming 2020 product enhancements and additions, and discuss areas of focus for 2021.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | So You Have the Data: Now What?
Join Amber as she demonstrates how to make sense of your data. While collecting data is one thing, finding meaning or actionable insights is another endeavor altogether. If your church is drowning in data, the good news is that you can actually learn a lot about your organization with some simple math. We'll look at various common data sets, demonstrate ways to make the data easier to interpret, and share techniques that will help you & your team make data-informed decisions.
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Leading Volunteers
Description Coming Soon!
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Senior Leadership
Description Coming Soon!
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Communication Best Practices in the Church Today; Discovering Your Voice, Developing Your Style
Description Coming Soon!
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Growing Giving
Description Coming Soon!
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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Clarifying your Message: How to Tell Your Church's Story
Description Coming Soon!
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Realm Payroll
Payday is just another thing that Realm can help make easier. Come see how to add employees and complete payroll runs with our integrated payroll system.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Realm Event Registration: Taking the Effort Out of Events
Events take planning and a great deal of effort. Join us as we go through some of the more advanced ways you can use Event Registration in your church to make events easier with Realm.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Realm Groups: Increasing Leader Engagement
Communication is extremely important for groups and their leaders. Let's take a look at how Realm Connect and the Connect app can help your leaders stay engaged with their groups.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Effective Communication Tools: Realm and Beyond
With so many tools available for communication, when should your church use Realm tools, outside tools, and social media? Join us as we dissect the best ways to reach your audience and connect with your members.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Realm Promotions: Moving Attendees from One Class to Another
When you're ready to move multiple sets of group members to new classes or levels, it can be helpful to set up promotion tracks. In this class, you'll learn how to effectively use promotions to streamline the process of moving individuals from one class to the next.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Realm Volunteer Management: Skills and Interest
Keeping volunteers is important. A major key to success in keeping volunteers is finding the right people for the right roles. In this class, you will learn how to use the skills and interests feature to recruit volunteers to a serving opportunity that best fits them.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Keys to Success for Realm Connect
Over the years, we've discovered that for a church to be successful, they must have these three things: commitment, communication, and content. In this session you'll learn how to lay a successful foundation for today and in the years to come using Realm.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Effective Use of Groups: Small Groups, Classes, and Activities
Building groups, classes, and activities are all part of how you gather and store information in your church. Join us as we go through when to work with each of these and the benefits of using them in your church.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Giving: Advanced Contributor Statements and Reports
Learn about contribution statement options, including uploading to Access ACS and emailed statements using Constant Contact. Preparing reports to assist in analyzing giving patterns.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | PDS Church and Formation Office: Online Giving & Abundant
PDS has powerful new tools to enable online giving at your parish. Learn how Abundant integrates with PDS and provides your parishioners a convenient and easy way to give on the go!
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | PDS Scheduling: Ministry and Facility Scheduling
Keeping the church calendars up to date is an important job. Learn how the PDS Ministry Scheduler manages the individuals involved at Mass and other special celebrations and generates a schedule. The PDS Facility Scheduler manages the general calendar(s) for the parish - learn how.
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Strategic Planning
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | eGiving & Recurring Gifts
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Realm Shepherd
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Healthy Church Growth
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Reaching Millennials
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Online Church
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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Helping Your Pastor Engage Media and Communications
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | eGiving Communication Strategies
Are you making the most of your online giving solution? Learn about the simple steps you can take to create a successful online giving program.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Realm Attendance: How and Why
Keeping up with who is involved in your groups is important. Here you will learn how to mark attendance for you groups in Realm and how to use that data in a meaningful way.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Realm Pathways: Processes Made Simple
Pathways can be used for care, volunteers, assimilation, and so much more. In this class, you'll hear from one of our top Pathways users on how they track everything from staff onboarding to bereavement and how you can make sure you never miss a process step again.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Realm Ministry Areas: Structure and Setup
Realm Ministry Areas and Groups are the backbone of your church. In this class, we will discuss the best structure for Ministry Areas, important factors to consider when setting up your Ministry Areas, and how Ministry Areas can stay the same for many years.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Realm Volunteer Management: Rolls, Teams, and Scheduling
Volunteers are essential to your success. This class will show you how to use Realm to create roles and teams and manage your schedule.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Background Checks: Policies, Procedures, and Integration
Background Checks are about more than just the report. In this class, we will examine how to write a policy on background checks, best practices for background checks, and look at the integrated tools in Realm.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Access ACS: Group Leader Tools
Group leaders need tools, but you knew that already. Join us as we talk through all of the tools available to your group leaders in Access ACS, including attendance gathering, communication via email, and more.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Giving with the Abundant App
If you use ACS Contributions but havent transitioned to Access ACS or Realm, you have access to an integrated eGiving solution called Abundant. Find out how your church can utilize online, text, and mobile giving through this app program.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Catholic Market and the Future: What's Next for PDS and Realm
ACS Technologies is committed to the Catholic market. Come learn about our future plans for PDS and Realm, where are these programs going, and how will you choose between them.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | PDS: Online Forms and Registrations
Did you know Church Office, Formation Office, Facility Scheduler, and Ministry Scheduler all had online registration forms? Let us show you how to create and use these forms to shorten your data entry.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | MissionInsite
Description Coming Soon!
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Change Management
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Who's Your Data: Creating a Ministry Dashbaord
Join Amber as she demonstrates how to visualize data to ask new questions, spot trends, identify ministry opportunities, and make data-informed decisions with confidence. She will walk you through real-world examples that will broaden your perception of what data visualizations can reveal.
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Staff Management/Team Culture
Description Coming Soon!
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Leadership Best Practices
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Developing Volunteer Media Teams
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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | How Your Church Can Use Social Media for Outreach
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