Author: purringpigeon

Notifications – iOS8


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:

iOS Simulator Screen Shot Jun 7, 2015, 2.16.26 PM

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.

iOS Simulator Screen Shot Jun 7, 2015, 2.17.00 PM

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.


Partial Hour Carry Over

One of the most requested items I have had for My Ministry is to roll over partial hours into the following month.

This will be coming in the 1.3.0 update – which is currently in beta testing.

Basically anytime the total hours is over 1 hour any partial hours will roll over into the following month’s report.  It will not change the number of hours recorded for the month when looking at the graphs.

For example:

Recorded time for September is 10.5 hours

Recorded time for October is 10.5 hours

The report mailed to the Group Overseer will be 10 hours for September, but 11 for October.

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Where did my last service year go?


I have had several questions on what happened to my last service year?

The design of My Ministry is to be extremely simple, so that you are able to focus on one thing, entering your time fast and easy. Therefore it shows a single service year at a time, but all your data is still there.

To switch service years click on the Service Year view and use the navigation buttons to go back…

When you open My Ministry and navigate to that tab – it may appear that all your data is gone.

New Service Year

Select the LEFT arrow button to navigate back, and all your information from the previous service year will be present.

Previous Service Year

That’s it!  Now you can see all your data form the previous year.  If you need to report August, simply scroll to the month of August and select a date in August and you will be able to report it.

If you click on the arrow and the service year hasn’t been created yet you will be prompted to create the shell to hold the data.  You can select yes or no – pressing yes will create it, no will keep you on the service year you are currently looking at.

iOS Simulator Screen Shot Sep 1, 2014, 10.07.08 AM

Hope you found this post helpful.  Please note, when you close My Ministry and reopen it, it always selects todays date for quick data entry.

If you find My Ministry helpful, please leave a review in the app store.


Upcoming My Ministry Update


I have noticed that using My Ministry on a 3.5 inch screen caused some formatting issues, this will be corrected in this upcoming release.  

Additionally, I have added a backup/restore solution using Dropbox. I am currently performing final testing on this update and when it’s complete, I will submit it to the AppStore.


This change required a small change to the Settings tab to accommodate the new buttons.


When you click on the back up button, you will be presented with this screen:



If the link is successful you will now how the ability to backup and restore as needed.


When you initiate a backup or restore, the app needs to wait until it’s complete, so you will see a grey progress overlay:



My Ministry will confirm both actions when data is being overwritten:



This feature allows your data to be safely backed up in the event of a catastrophic iDevice failure, and to be able to restore it in the event of a backup from iCloud not being available, or not being usable for what ever reason.

You can only have one backup per Dropbox account, this way you will only have your latest data and there is no way to accidentally use a wrong one.

I hope you enjoy this update, and if you do, would really appreciate a review in the app store since each update clears the old reviews out.

****My Ministry is not affiliated with or otherwise sponsored by Dropbox, Inc.

Dropbox integration coming for backing up your data.


I hope that you are finding My Ministry a useful application, which can help simplify managing your time in service.

One feature I have wanted to implement was an iCloud sync to ensure data isn’t lost if for some reason you are not able to restore from a previous backup.  I have seen several times when I have issues with my iPhone, the first response from the genius bar is to restore the phone as new and not from the iCloud backup (where your data normally would be stored).

However due to the fact of only having a single entry per day, and predetermined service year data structures, it seemed to me that introducing an iCloud two way sync would actually potentially introduce serious issues if you initialized service years on multiple devices when they weren’t attached to the cloud, and preventing data corruption if that happened would be challenging, if not impossible.

Therefore, I have decided to take a simpler approach which will allow you to link My Ministry to your account (if you choose to) and manually backup the data to a special folder in that account, and then if needed, restore it back from there.

This will provide the ability to save data off the phone in the case you need to get it back, without the additional risk of data corruption when sharing across multiple devices in off-line modes.

I have started working on this update and hope to have something out by the end of next month.

Stay tuned.

Monthly Totals Bug (Non English Calendars)


A user from South Korea informed me that My Ministry had a bug, which didn’t correctly display totals for the month, year or averages.  This was a thinker, but was a result of correcting the Timezone bug I fixed earlier.

Thankfully the fix was relatively minor, and most users I expect haven’t noticed this issue, since I only released the app in the US & Canada.  However, other languages would likely present this issue.

Apple is not taking updates until December 28th, at which time I will submit this fix for review, and hopefully it will be available early in the new year.  Most users will not notice anything different in their app.

Thanks for the feedback, and I appreciate your help in finding these issues,