Privacy Policy for Ministry Tools Resource Center

This privacy policy is provided to you by the Ministry Tools Resource Center to let you know that we respect your privacy. We value the time you spend on the site and want you to feel safe as you visit.

This policy holds true for all websites associated with Ministry Tools Resource Center: MinTools.com, TrainBibleTeachers.com, TrainChurchLeaders.com

Generally, information automatically collected during your visit to the site may include the domain ip and browser used to track the pages you visit for analytical purposes to help us improve the site and so we can block spamming or fraudulent use of the site. Other more personal data is collected only when provided by you as described below.

Personal Data Collected, Why, How It’s Used, and How Long It’s Kept

Blog and Practicum Comments:

If you leave a comment on a post, your name is publicly listed with your comment but not your e-mail address. The e-mail address is only used in the event we need to clarify anything in your remarks or to let you know a reply has been posted to your comment. We collect the data shown in the comments form, and also your IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. Comments may be checked through an automated third-party spam detection service. You may opt-in to saving your name and email address in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

How long we retain this data: The comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely.

Blog and Practicum Subscriptions:

If you subscribe to receive e-mail notice of new posts, your address will be used solely for that purpose and not sold or shared with anyone.

How long we retain this data: Your e-mail address will be retained and you will continue to receive e-mails about new posts until or unless you request to have your address removed.

Contact Forms:

The e-mail address provided will only be used to respond to you. It will not be sold or shared with anyone. If you are requesting prayer, your first name only and not your address, will be passed on to our prayer support team. Your e-mail address will not be automatically included in our newsletter database when you use the contact form unless specifically requested by you.

How long we retain this data: Generally this information may be retained for up to a year to have record of correspondence should future responses be needed. If the information is contractual or of an ongoing nature, it may be kept indefinitely.

Newsletter Request:

We do not sell or use your e-mail address for any purpose other than to keep you notified of updates to the site through these newsletters, generally sent once a month.

How long we retain this data: Your e-mail address will be retained and you will continue to receive the newsletters until or unless you request to have your address removed.

Sales Information Acquired in the MinTools-Store:

When you place an order through this site, your e-mail address will be used to update you regarding the status of your order. Neither your e-mail address, phone number, postal address, or credit card information will be sold to or shared with other companies by the Ministry Tools Resource Center. You can read the privacy statement of our credit card payment provider which states commitment to your privacy as well. Ministry Tools Resource Center is not responsible for any inadvertent misuse of your information by them. Our SSL certificate securely encrypts any information that passes from our site to the credit card company.

Periodically, we notify customers, who opt-in to be added to our store mailing list, about new products, specials, and promotions.

How long we retain this data:  We maintain your ordering information indefinitely, unless asked to delete it, to provide order history and make ordering again easier. If you opted-in for store updates and promotions, you will continue to receive these notices until or unless you request to have your address removed.

Cookies & Third Party Uses of Data

  • AddThis Tools: AddThis Tools are the social media icons you see at the top and/or bottom of most posts that enable you to share the content links with others. In order to track this information and provide us with basic statistics about it, AddThis uses third party cookies that last 13 months. When you click on the AddThis links or share content, you may be providing personal information to those social mediums. We are not responsible for what they do with that data so you may want to check their privacy policies and terms of use if not sure.
  • Affiliates: Where possible, when recommending resources (books and other materials), we link to merchants with whom we have an affiliate relationship. These sites may use cookies to track your activity to ensure that Ministry Tools Resource Center gets commissions from any sales. While we seek to make reputable associations, we cannot guarantee your privacy once you leave the Ministry Tools Resource Center site through one of its links. You can read their privacy policies on their sites before providing any information to them.
  • Blog Comments: If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name and email address in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
  • Google Analytics: This website uses Google Analytics for statistical analysis which requires third party cookies be used. Duration of their cookies range from 10 minutes to 2 years. This data is used to help us know what kind of traffic is coming to the site and perhaps if there are issues with the site.
  • MinTools-Store: When you visit our store, cookies are used to enable us to store information about your session for a better shopping experience. Learn more at: Store Privacy Statement

Embedded content from other websites

On rare occasion articles on our sites may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

What rights you have over your data

Opt Out Policy

You are free to opt out of any of the blogs or newsletters you sign up for simply by replying to one of those e-mails with the word “Remove” in the subject line. Your e-mail address will be promptly removed from that database. You may receive a confirmation e-mail that we have removed your e-mail from that list and then will not receive further notices for the blog or newsletter unless you choose to re-subscribe which you can do at any of the subscription forms on the sites.

Exporting or Erasure of Data

Blog Comments & Subscriptions: You can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Sales Information from the MinTools-Store: Should you for some reason want the personal data provided when placing an order erased, see contact information below to make your request. An e-mail will be sent to the address provided when the order was placed to confirm your identity. We will then work with our shopping cart processor to have it erased. Normally that information is stored indefinitely to maintain order history and make re-ordering easier for you. The processor’s policy states that such erasures can only be done 180 days after the last order was placed, as is common practice.

Changes to this Privacy Policy:

If this policy changes in any way, such amendments will be posted on the site in this privacy notice. Since the policy could be subject to change, you may want to check back before providing information if you have concerns.

Contact Information:

For more information about our privacy practices, if you have questions, or if you would like to make a complaint, please use our contact form or by mail to the address below:

Ministry Tools Resource Center Store
[ATTN: Privacy Compliance Officer]
P.O. Box 281 Landisville Pennsylvania US 17538-0281

(Last Updated: 5/24/18)