Service Description - Minister's Perspective
MinisterScheduling.com provides a means for ministers to express their scheduling constraints and preferences. Using the minister's console, every minister can block dates on their personal calendar to prohibit being scheduled on those dates. In addition, ministers can select up to three masses at which they prefer to be scheduled, limit the number of times per month that they are scheduled, and coordinate their scheduling with that of other parish ministers. Through the use of our proprietary multi-pass scheduling engine, your parish can produce a schedule that reflects all of the preferences and constraints that ministers have entered.
If a conflict develops after the schedule is produced, a minister can use the minister's console to request assistance from other parish ministers in filling the conflicting assignment. A minister who is available to take the assignment can easily do so using the features of this service.
The sections below describe some key features available through the minister's console.
Context sensitive help messages guide ministers in entering information. To access the help messages a minister merely needs to place the cursor over the field label.
Should a minister forget his/her login credentials, an "I Forget" button is available for assistance. Completing a form containing the minister's name and email address will result in an email with a link to a page used for restoring access to the account.
The calendar also shows dates on which the minister is scheduled to serve via a highlight for that date. The minister can check his/her assignments to see the specifics of the scheduled dates.
Up to a few days prior to the scheduled assignment, if a conflict develops, a minister can use the Find Sub button next to the assignment listing to get help from the service in transferring the assignment to another minister who is willing to assume it. The service will contact all eligible ministers and request their help in resolving the conflict. When another minister accepts the assignment, it is transferred to him/her and the originally scheduled minister is relieved of the commitment to serve.
Ministers can also use this section of their accounts to change their login information.
When a parish uses ministerscheduling.com to prepare its schedule, the ministers in that parish have confidence that the schedule will reflect their individual requirements and preferences. Ministers have direct control over their calendars, preferences and other scheduling parameters so that the schedules produced comply with these restrictions.
Minister data, including scheduled assignments are available to ministers at any time from any place where the minister has access to a computer with an Internet connection. This data is available through the minister's personal account so that privacy is maintained.