It’s been a while since my last update. The reason is My Ministry seems to be working well, and with little issues out there.
However because of changes to the Dropbox service I have needed to update my app with new Dropbox extensions. This required a new release of My Ministry with those changes implemented as well as a couple of upgraded iOS calls that have changed with iOS 10. I am not supporting a lower iOS version, so only those on iOS 10 and up will get this upgrade. If you don’t plan to upgrade to iOS 10, please note that in June 2017, Dropbox functionality will no longer work, since Dropbox will no longer support the integration the previous version uses.
As always, if you experience any issues or have any questions, please shoot me an email.
I hope that the updated version of My Ministry has been beneficial to everyone who is using it. I am surprised that several people weren’t aware of the change in reporting field service. However the changes made were based on the latest direction.
I have another update that I am working on. The first fix relates to the Credit Hours field. Seems it was missing the decimal point. I have corrected that and made sure that the totals also reflected the decimal point.
This should help those who use the app for LDC work where they may have partial hours on a given day.
Another request I have received is to provide a reminder to backup My Ministry. I have worked out what I think will be a simple reminder that will provide the functionality, but won’t be cumbersome.
I have added a toggle on the backup screen. Once set, you will be reminded to backup *if* your last backup was more than a week ago. The reminder happens when you launch the app. If you do not backup at that point, you will be reminded again when at least one day has passed since the last reminder.
So if you regularly backup, you might never see the reminder :).
I appreciate all the feedback and the reviews in the App Store. I hope you continue to find My Ministry useful.
Note: This app is solely for tracking time. This is not meant to serve as a Return Visit app. I had thought about writing one, but unfortunately I haven’t had the needed time to focus on that.
I have submitted an update to the Apple Store review process which has the changes for our updated reporting requirements.
Here is an updated look of the new user interface:
These changes will apply retroactively, so your previous placements will show as combined under “placements” once the new build is installed.
Because of this, I have requested the new build to be released on January 6th (if it passes Apple’s review process by then) which should allow you to report Decmeber correctly, then starting in January you can use the new fields.
Don’t worry about recording Magazines, Books, etc when you start the new year, once the new app is installed it will combine them.
Hope you continue to find My Ministry useful, and as always, reviews in the App Store are appreciated.
I wanted to let you know that I am working on a release to keep in harmony with the latest direction. I have completed the slightly new layout, with Placements and Video Showings and have updated the service year at a glance tab.
These changes will go retroactive to keep my ministry simple, and easy to follow. Therefore my plan is to release the new build in the first week of January, so that December reports can be processed with Magazines, Books, Brochures & Tracts.
I am finalizing my testing to ensure everything works as expected with this large change to how we track and report of monthly service.
I am also planning future updates once this one is released around reminding those who have connected to Dropbox, to back up at a regular interval when the app is opened.
Hope you are continuing to find My Ministry useful.
I have had several people confused with the correct way to enter minutes when using My Ministry. I would like to explain how to do it and why I chose this way.
In order to keep My Ministry simple and easy to use, I decided against tracking actual minutes and went with whole and partial hours. This makes tracking time simple and fast. The majority of the publishers I asked tracked at 1/4 hours or 15 minute intervals. Therefore that is how it adds the time. 3/4 of an hour is 45 mintes. So to enter 3/4 of an hour, you need to use that decimal representation of it which is .75.
15 minutes = 1/4 of an hour = .25
30 minutes = 1/2 of an hour = .50
45 minutes = 3/4 of an hour = .75
Therefore, if you have worked 3 hours and 15 minutes, you’d need to enter 3.25 which represents 3 & 1/4 HOURS
If you want to track at a more granular minute level, then you’d need to figure out what your minutes represents as a portion of an hour. For example 40 minutes would be 2/3 of an hour or approximately .66.
I hope this helps explain how to correctly enter time in My Ministry.
I recently noticed that my reminders weren’t popping up in iOS . I needed to request permission to sent alerts, so that you can control these items.
When you install the update, you will see the following prompt:
By selecting allow My Ministry will be allowed to prompt you to turn in your time and to send reminders on service plans. If you choose to not allow, and later change your mind, you can update these settings in Setting-Notifications-My Ministry.
I hope you continue to find My Ministry useful.
Reviews are reset with each update, therefore I would appreciate your continued support with a review if you find the app useful in tracking your Field Ministry.