How can I support future development?


Many people have expressed their desire to give a donation to support the development of the Ministry Assistant application, since there are a lot of costs developing an app. So if you want to support with donations, then there’s an opportunity to do so with PayPal using address.

PayPal direct link

UX design support

If you’re a professional UX designer and have ideas how the app can be easier to use or look better, then you’re always welcome to create mockups and send me the ideas.

How to switch between LDC and normal timer?

To switch between timer types, long press on the timer text (the 0:00 text) and you switch between LDC timer and ministry timer. (You need to have LDC enabled as well in the settings.)

Will you make the app for iOS?

I’m sorry, but it takes too much time to support more platforms, so that’s something that I will not do.

How do I sync between devices?


The app uses Google Drive to sync between devices. There are two ways to sync between devices, manual and automatic:

1. Tap the sync button on the first page, top right corner, on device 1 and wait for success.
2. Tap the sync button on device 2 and wait for success.
3. Repeat 1.

You can also turn on automatic syncing in the settings.

Support for multiple publishers

Multiple publishers can be used on the same device if the device is a tablet with Android 4.2 or later and on some phones with Android 5 or later.

In Android settings, add another user and install Ministry Assistant for that user. Then you can switch between the different users and have one user for each publisher.
For more information, see:
Android 4.2+ (tablet)
Android 5+ (phone or tablet)

PDF and other files opens with Ministry Assistant

The problem is that no other app is associated to handle that command. A workaround is to open Ministry Assistant, go to settings, and at the bottom check the option “Disable file association”.

Errors and problems

File error when starting the app

FileErrorIf you get this error, then it means that the internal file has been damaged. To fix the problem:

1. Update the app to latest version
2. Make sure that you’re not running low on disk space, maybe uninstall some apps to free up space.
3. Open Ministry Assistant, backup page, restore tab and select a backup file to restore. If you haven’t made any recent, then select device memory and restore an auto backup file.

Pioneer statistics don’t add up to 840h

99% of the time the problem is that the pioneer profile isn’t set to the correct month. Make sure that it’s set to September of the current service year.

The remaining 1% of the it’s because it correctly calculates LDC hours, that it LDC hours is included for a month, then you can only count 70h meaning that you can’t just take 840h – X ministry hours – Y LDC hours.

65h ministry + 20h LDC = 70h to reduce from the service year.
75h ministry + 20h LDC = 75h to reduce from the service year.

My devices doesn’t sync any more

1. Make sure that both devices are running the latest version of the app.
2. On the device having problem syncing, go to Ministry Assistant settings, and at the bottom remove the connection to the Google account.
3. On the first page, do a manual sync and select the Google account again.
4. Maybe if it still isn’t working, remove the MASyncFile.bin in your Google Drive directory

I have a problem backing up to Google Drive

1. Try rebooting the phone and make sure that you have good Internet connection.
2. Go to Ministry Assistant settings, and at the bottom remove the connection to the Google account.
3. Go to backup page and make a manual backup to Google Drive.


Move the information between an old and a new phone

To move the data between the old and new device, do like this:

1. Open Ministry Assistant and go to backup page.

2. Make a manual backup to either Google Drive or e-mail. (Don’t do a backup to device memory, since that will not work.)

3.  Read, how to restore it on the new device.

How to restore a backup?

It depends where the backups was created to:

Google Drive
Open Ministry Assistant, go to backup page, restore tab and select Google Drive. Select the account in the list if asked and then select the backup file from the list of backups.

Is the backup is attatched to an email, then open that email on your phone/tablet and open the attachment and select Ministry Assistant.
Save the attachment to file, open Ministry Assistant, go to backup page, restore tab and in top right corner use the browse button to find the saved backup file and restore it.

SD card or device memory
Open Ministry Assistant, go to backup page, restore tab and select device memory and restore the file from the list.
Open Ministry Assistant, go to backup page, restore tab and in top right corner, select the browse button and find the backup file to restore.

Is it possible to read a backup file on a computer?

The short answer is no, since the file is a custom file format, that can only be read by Ministry Assistant. But it’s possible to install an app player, like Bluestacks app player, install Ministry Assistant there and restore the backup file (see question about how to restore a backup file).


Pioneer statistics

Remaining hours are 840h – ministry hours – LDC hours, but correctly counting 70h max if LDC hours are included (65h ministry + 20h LDC = 70h to remove from the service year total. 75h ministry + 10h LDC = 75h to remove from the service year total).

Balance and hours/month are calculated the first day each new month.
Hours/month is just remaining hours/number of months left, telling you how much you should do each month for the rest of the service year.
Balance tells you if you’re behind or ahead of 70h per month. If you in September did 65h, then balance for October is -5h. If you did 80h, then the balance is +10h.

How to count studies?

There are two ways of counting studies, manual and automatic.

  1. Manual: If you manually count studies from the Add to report dialog, then you can only add the study once per month or you’ll have too many studies in the report.
  2. Automatically: The best way is to automatically count studies. Mark a person as a study by tapping the icons to the right of the name/avatar in the person dialog an mark that person as a study. Then you can visit that person each day and only one study will automatically be registered in the report that month.

How do I edit my report?

Go to report page and select the daily list tab and tap the day you want to edit.

How does the goal calculation at the first page work?

This card on the first page is calculating how much time you should do today to be in line with your goal. For example if your goal is 30h for the month, then you should do 1h/day. If you don’t do any ministry for 5 days, then it will tell you that you need to do 1h/day * 5 days = 5 hours that day to be on target to reach your goal.


How do I add report for previous months?

prevmonthOpen the slide out menu, and at the top middle, select a date in previous month and add the report for the month to that date. Do the same for the month you want to add report info for.

Reduce time for schools

To reduce time for different schools, like pioneer school, then go to report page and in the top right menu, select “Deduct time” and add a school to deduct time for.


I can’t see my return visits

This is most of the time due to too many filters applied. The more filters applied, the fewer results.

To fix this, go to interested persons page, tap the filter button and deselect all filters so the filter button text changes to “Show all visits, tap to change”.