Welcome to The Salvation Army's NEW Ministry Toolkit!
This website is a groundbreaking database for Salvation Army program resources. Corps Officers, youth leaders, Home League secretaries…all are welcome to download and upload resources to this site!
You can rely on the Ministry Toolkit to have resources. And we hope that we can count on you to upload your own. Have you ever found a really awesome website for your ministry, or created a great youth or Women’s Ministries program? Well, this is the place where you can share that content!
The Ministry Toolkit is a searchable database. Type in a key word or phrase to search. From there you can select which type of media you are looking for (audio files, video files, documents, images, or weblinks) and then you can choose a department to help narrow down your search. Finally, you can sort the search results by newest items, oldest items, or alphabetically.
ANYONE can download! But the Ministry Toolkit will only thrive if you take ownership and upload your OWN content…that means content that you, yourself have the right to upload. To upload content, you’ll need to register. Registering is free, easy, and only requires a valid e-mail address.
The Ministry Toolkit staff sincerely hopes that you will enjoy this site, and that you find resources that will help you in your ministry. After all, that’s why the Ministry Toolkit exists in the first place—we want to help you help your Corps!
A product of DevNext, Inc. Administered by The Salvation Army Southern Territory (USA).
|Q: How do I register with the Ministry Toolkit?|
|A: To register, click on the “Log On” link located at the top right of the home page. Then, click the “register” link and fill in the information. An e-mail will be sent to you with a link to verify your registration.|
|Q: How do I download content?|
|A: To download content, simply search for the item that you want to download. When the search results are populated, click on the file you would like. Then, click on the link that says “Download…” Bundles can be downloaded all together at once. Click on the bundle, and then click on the link that says “Download this Bundle.” Easy peasy.|
|Q: How do I upload content?|
|A: Only registered users can upload content. First, log in with your username and password. Once you’re logged-in, the “Upload” button will appear next to your username. Click on the upload button and fill out the blanks. Click submit. But first, look over your content fields one last time. Make sure everything is spelled correctly, and that you’ve said all that you want to say. When everything appears to your satisfaction, hit submit. This will officially submit your piece of content for approval.|
|Q: How do tags work?|
|A: Tags are words that are used to link pieces of content together. Any and all pieces of content that have the same tag word applied to them will be displayed in the same search results when that tag word is searched.|
|Q: How do bundles work?|
|A: Creating bundles is a great way to keep your content together. Bundles allow you to put pieces of content that are directly associated with each other into one location so that they’re easy to find and download. You can download the entire bundle by clicking on the bundle you wish to download, and then clicking on the “Download this Bundle” link. If the bundle contains too many large files, you will not be able to download the bundle. Also, if there are several bundles inside a large bundle, you'll have to download each bundle inside a bundle individually.|
|Q: Can I edit content details for content that I upload?|
|A: Unfortunately, users are not allowed to update their content once the have submitted it for approval. But, if after submitting the content you find a mistake or a problem, you can report that to us. Currently, the capability of reporting problems via link and automated form isn’t yet available, but will be in the near future. So until then, please just send us an e-mail at email@example.com, and tell us which piece of content needs to be updated, and how to update it.|
|Q: Why am I unable to preview videos?|
|A: Again, the functionality of previewing videos is currently unavailable, but that is one of the things we’re working on. So until that’s added, you’ll have to download the video first before you can see any of the footage. We promise to update you the minute the video previewing function has been added.|
|Q: I’m having trouble finding resources!|
|A: Not really a question, but…okay: When you search for an item, you may not find what you’re looking for right away. That could be because what you’ve searched for doesn’t yet exist. After all, this is a brand new site. It’s also possible that nothing came up because it was not searched for correctly. The first thing you should do if nothing appears in the search results, is to check the spelling of what you’ve typed in. If everything is spelled correctly, check to make sure that all of the little boxes in the content type selection area are unchecked, and that the department status reads: “All Departments.” And if all of that fails, try typing in a similar word to see if anything pops up. If all of these solutions fail to bring up a piece of content, then you’re out of luck. But if you end up creating a piece, upload it to the site and fill in our gap!|
|Q: How do I contact The Ministry Toolkit?|
|A: Send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Q: How do I avoid copyright infringement?|
|A: The test: if you don’t know whether or not you have the right to upload it, then you probably don’t. Chances are, if you didn’t create the piece of content or you don’t know the person who did, then you probably don’t have the right to upload it. If you’ve found a great story or article, etc., that has been helpful to you in your ministry and it can be found online, then upload the website link of the story or article. This is perfectly legal, and will still offer you the ability to share the resource without infringing on the author’s or publisher’s copyrights. Also, with most recorded music, you won’t have the right to upload it. So if you choreographed a dance to a song. Do the choreography without music so that others can learn the steps. Make sure you verbally say which song the choreography was intended for (be specific: artist, song title, record label, etc.)|
|Q: Why would I need to upload a thumbnail image?|
|A: The thumbnail image function is specifically for files, such as PDFs and Word Documents that you would like to be associated with an image. For instance, if you upload a craft idea, you could also upload a picture of what the craft is supposed to look like when it’s finished. If you upload an image, the Ministry Toolkit will automatically make a small thumbnail image for the picture file that you’ve uploaded. So DO NOT upload the image twice. Uploading it once as a file will be sufficient. You can upload a thumbnail image of any size, and the Ministry Toolkit will automatically resize the image so that it’s an appropriate size for display.|