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Harvest Time Tabernacle – Revisited

Got a love letter late Saturday night.. Apparently, someone not happy with my July 30 review of the Harvest Time Tabernacle in Fort Smith, AR where “katelan” writes:

maybe-H.T.T. is a little behind on the web. But I have gone to this church. and it is a good one. But besides this I dont think anyone needs to be judgeing any church that belongs to God. And if you are so worried about this church or any other about not having a better web site. maybe you should be praying that God will send them someone to work in that minstry. You may not know the whole story.

Ahhh, nothing yells spiritual abuse like the out-of-context screed “touch not God’s annointed!”

Back when I did the review, the site sported a grainy-sand-colored 1998 look and feel with some rather bloated images and not much in the way of substance. However, in spite of “katelan’s” ad hominem attacks, I thought it might be interesting to go back and see if the site has heeded any of my healing advice. Much to my delight, the site has made some dramatic improvements! There is now copious compelling content, the navigation makes sense, the pictures are relevant and the site has taken on a more personal touch in the information that is conveyed. KUDOS! Now if I could get them to change 3 more things.

  1. Put your graphics on a diet (optimize your image sizes). The front page is humongous and takes forever to load. This isn’t good as many seekers will think the site is timing-out (or grow impatient) when visiting for the first time.
  2. Modify your <title> tags to include the name, city and state of your church – for example Harvest Time Tabernacle in Fort Smith, AR. Why? Because this is the key search element for most search engines – and this is how people seek church web sites. Make it easy for them to do so.
  3. Your old front page was located at “index.htm,” your new one at “index.html“. As a courtesy to their bookmarks and to various search engines that might still have you listed that way, I would suggest creating an index.htm file which includes a simple meta-tag refresh/redirect to the new page. Otherwise, your users get a rather ubiquitous 404 error message.

As for you, “katelan” – I’m not sure what they’re teaching you over at Oral Roberts University – but when you send me a message, understand three things.

  1. My critiques are not a criticism of the church or its members, just the effectiveness of their website.
  2. It gives me great joy when churches take my advice and improve their websites. I am thrilled to see HTT has improved. Whether or not my critique was a factor is irrelevant. The point here is put the Body’s best foot forward.
  3. I track the IP addresses of all comments posted on my site i.e. 205.143.139.37. So you may be better served to leave us your full name, a url or an email address so we can discuss things rationally and intelligently.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. – Romans 12:17
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. – Colossians 3:15-16

5 Comments

  1. Very tactful way of dealing with this situation. I am continually impressed with the finess that you employ when speaking of/to people like this. I am troubled that someone would takke your statements as an attack on that church, and by extension the entire body, since we are together the body of Christ, there exists no division between beleivers.

    Again the dicotomy of the web rears its ugly head; so much oppurtunity for good, often times misconstrued as bad.

    I often find myself handling these situations badly, it is nice to see someone handle it well for a change.

  2. Please pray for me pastors. I am need of help. My soul, my life, my mind. THis battle is evil and strong and I can ffeel it. The devil wants to take my life and make me miserable. Please help me, please, mine eyes are full of many tears. I need money, a place to stay, my soul and spirits revived and restored, my gifts and authority of god revived and restored. Pray for God to make provisions for me asap. I am hurting and hurting. You know my name. I have called your prayerlines. this is no joke. Pray that I will no longer fret. Prayer that I will not get fired from my job but, promoted, prayer for financial freedom and financial increase, prayer that I will no longer lack anything. Pryaer that God will send me a husband that will not hurt me, abuse me, cheat, committ infedelity, treat me terrible and not treat me cruel, Prayer that I will have money to give in church and to charity. prayer that help will be on the way. Please pray for me asap. I am in trouble and let God lead you in what to pray so, I may have the victory. I need God more than ever. I seek him daily and hear his voice and obey. Please help me pastors- I am crying out for help and want to be helped. Help me. I need a palce of my own to live- ask God to move on my behalf speedily. I am hurting with a deep hurt. Ask god to heal my wounds emotionally and physically and heal me complteley and deliver me completely. Prayer that I will win every battle and overcome asap. I have been waiting for a long time oh god, lord of heaven.

  3. amen i see some good advice concerning web advise not slander. i hope someone has prayed with zernona Snow!

  4. I have read Zernona Snow’s request for prayer. I realize that this posting was a little while back and i hope that she has had deliverance since then but just in case my heartfelt prayer is: Father, i pray in Jesus Holy Name that Zernona finds the peace of God. That it will fill her entire being by the Holy Spirit. Peace! Peace! And Joy! The Joy of the the Lord is her strength. Let her walk in Joy every day and be filled with the knowledge and wisdom and fear of God. I also pray that every, every need in her life be filled. May she be blessed in everything she does. And may the stronghold of failing relationships be broken! Satan take your hands of her! In the name of Jesus I pray for her. God bless Hon!

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