Author: purringpigeon

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,

Text messaging option added to My Ministry

Several people have requested the option to send a text message to their secretary rather than sending an email.  The new version of My Ministry has been submitted today with that feature.

A couple of minor UI tweaks were also included, some spacing and changing the highlight color of the switches to match the selected text colors.

Again I welcome any feedback and appreciate any reviews.



Track return visits & calls?


I have seen several comments in iTunes asking for a call book feature.  My purpose of My Ministry was to provide a simple Time & Placement tracker without the need to delve into call management.  I am working on a second app which will be a call book replacement.  However that will be a ways out, as I am still working out what I consider to be a simple and intuitive UI to navigate to make the app feel like a paper replacement.  Secondly I am still working on iCloud integration on My Ministry which I want to have completed before moving on to a new app.

Thanks again for all the comments.

Version 1.1.0 now available


The latest version on My Ministry is now available for download in the App Store.

I recommend updating right away to have the following updates:

1- track your tracts
2- mark a month reported without emailing it if that is your preference.
3- works in any time zone.

I hope you are finding this app useful and as always I welcome any comments or questions.


Ps. I’d appreciate a review in the App Store if you feel so inclined.

Are you tracking your tracts?

The newest version of My Ministry is in final testing and I am hoping to get it to the App Store today for review. 

This new release will fix the time zone bug I’ve been commenting about. However it will add two new features. 


1.  In accord with the new direction you’ll be able to record tracts 

2.  For those who do not wish to email their report an option will allow you to turn that off and just mark the month reported. 

I hope you are finding My Ministry easy to use. If so I would really appreciate a review in the App Store. 


Time Zone Bug – Update


First I want to apologize for the inconvenience encountered with the time zone bug if you have been affected.  I am currently working on a fix for the issue.  Without getting too technical, I will need to restructure how My Ministry stores the data so that it will work correctly in any timezone.

The actual data structure change is rather straightforward, however ensuring I don’t lose any of the data already stored in your app is a little more challenging.

What essentially needs to happen if you have opened the app in more than one time zone is to merge the two record sets where possible.  I believe I have a solution that will work and result in the best possible solution, with little to no data loss.  The real challenge comes in if you actually entered data in both data sets – if not, then the migration will be trivial.

The testing is taking a little longer than anticipated, and I hope to have an update submitted to the app store later this week.

If you have experienced this bug, please feel free to let me know.

As noted before, the data isn’t lost, the app just can’t find the data in the wrong time zone.

Thanks for your patience and understanding of the issue.  Once this is corrected, the app will work no matter where you are.

The one thing that might happen if you are in multiple time zones, is some records may move a day, since they were logged at midnight.  So if you went from Boise to LA, and updated in LA, you would likely see data move a day.

Since 11/11/2013 midnight MST is 11/10/2013 11:00:00pm PST.  Since I don’t know what your home Time Zone is, I need to just flatten to the date stored.

Hope that makes sense.

If you haven’t traveled time zones, you will not notice any differences.

Time zone bug!


I  am traveling today and noticed a nasty bug. the calendar will show empty in the new time zone. 

Be assured the data is not lost. I show the values based on the date selected. The issue is the way ios handles time zone. I hadn’t taken that into account. My assumption was that since I simply stored the date it would still find it. However that is not the case. 

i will be working on a fix as soon as I return home. Hopefully will be In the App Store in the next week or so. 

If you do travel, please be aware of this bug. if you don’t change your time zone on your phone there will be no issues. 

i really apologize for th inconvenience.