Heal Your Church WebSite


Teaching, rebuking, correcting & training in righteous web design.

Jubilee Christian Family Church, Australia

“Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.” – I Cor. 9:26

Sometimes I wish I were obscenely wealthy. With such resources, I would give out scholarships to some worthy young men and women whom I’ve had the pleasure of teaching Sunday school. I would make sure ministries that are putting themselves in harm’s way, such as the Bible League, to get the gospel out would be well funded. And I would hire a staff to heal church web sites that are in dire need of a total rewrite. One such candidate would be the Jubilee Christian Family Church, Murrarie, Brisbane, Australia.

It’s not just for the extensive employment of Jesus Junk (I’d say excessive, but any Jesus Junk is by default excessive). No, the animated rainbow dividers, the pulsaiting peace/dove, the golden spinning cross (three of them), the blue-cloud background that represents heaven, the bobbing email gif, they all point to a problem more basic than how to create valid HTML. The real issue here is that the web servant doesn’t understand the role of the internet with regards to the Church. What else would explain the use of Duke, Sun’s Java mascot?

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33

If your church doesn't have a spinning cross on its steeple, then why put one on your site?

What is needed here is for this church’s web servant to sit down with the pastor, elders and some members and determine what message they are trying to convey. Then strip away all the cliche’s and contrivances that get in the way of that message. Think about it. If your church doen’t spin the cross atop your steeple, then why spin one on your web page? If your church doesn’t have plusating neon signs in the window, then why distract from important message of salvation and hope with a similar effect online?

I said this back in May, in fact, post #5, and I’ll say it again, “Imagine running a marathon, or stepping into a boxing ring blindfolded? Unless you are used to being visually impaired to the degree of legal blindness, this would be a pretty stupid thing to do. Yet this is exactly what I see happening with so many church websites today. They, like many under-funded endeavors, have felt the pressure to present a web presence, but without the benefit of careful planning …. Instead, we get church and para-church websites so chuck-full-o-junk that they drive people away even before all the spinning animated gifs and cheesey MIDI files can load.”

I suspect (I am after all, only making an assumption here) this is what has happened to the Jubilee Christian Family Church, Murrarie, Brisbane, Australia
- which is too bad, because what little message of hope they do offer seems to be exactly what is needed for a hopeless world.

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. – Luke 8:16

9 Comments

  1. seems like you are mostly just critisizing, rather
    than teaching or training, as your banner suggests. clicking to your site
    is discouraging.

  2. *Sigh* I like that spinny cross. :) Now I better go and make sure that it isn’t on my church’s site. Hehe.

  3. In fairness to dean he has put rebuking on that banner, and in some cases, such as this one, the website needs rebuking. The only thing I find discouraging is the quality of some of the sites he manages to find.
    That said, bring back the “if I had 10 minutes to heal this website”

  4. I’ve had some email with joanE – funny – she didn’t check out the site before making her broad generalization.

                               

    No bother. Yo, Sparticus – I’d give this site 10 minutes but honestly, I think the best thing these guys can do is start from the very beginning. Or as I said in the article :

                               

    What is needed here is for this church’s web servant to sit down with the pastor, elders and some members and determine what message they are trying to convey. Then strip away all the cliche’s and contrivances that get in the way of that message.

                               

    I guess the spinning Cross was TOO distracting !-)

                               

  5. That’s fair comment I suppose Dean, sometimes 10 minutes is just not enough.

  6. Perhaps if you took a little more positive approach, you could catch more flies with honey or something.

    I don’t know which is worse, a dolled-up website with neon signs, spinning crosses and go-go dancers or a big gawdy church filled with small-minded and socially oppressive church representatives.

    My point is, start having church outside. That way, if God wants to strike one of you, he doesn’t have to burn down the whole church to get at you! :-p

    As far as websites go, the nice thing about being on the internet is the ability to look as big as you want. So, put a picture of a cathedral on your web page, but if that isn’t how your visitors feel (not necessarily what they see) when they visit, then take that down as well…

    How about VRML? A ‘Virtual Church’ or an ‘online church,’ wait, I’m already working on one of those… :-p

    -B

  7. Dear beloveth,
    Grace and peace be unto you in the name of our lord and saviour jesus christ.i was bless when i read your comment of teaching group of poeple BIBLE LAUGH i thout it wise to ask this question HOW CAN YOUR POEPLE HELP THOSE SOUL IN AFRICA WHO DO NOT HAVE THE OPPOTURIT TO SUDY THE BIBLE WITH YOU POEPLE,HOW ARE YOU GOING TO HELP THEM ?

  8. Dear beloveth,
    Grace and peace be unto you in the name of our lord and saviour jesus christ.i was bless when i read your comment of teaching group of poeple BIBLE LAUGH i thout it wise to ask this question HOW CAN YOUR POEPLE HELP THOSE SOUL IN AFRICA WHO DO NOT HAVE THE OPPOTURIT TO SUDY THE BIBLE WITH YOU POEPLE,HOW ARE YOU GOING TO HELP THEM ?

  9. I got a big kick out of this website, and I’m especially amazed at Sun’s Java Mascot. I can’t help but get a little teary when I go on this page, thinking of what my first page looked like–sniff.

    Anyway, if nothing else, I’m convicted for any red x’s that may be lurking in my website. They look horrible, and they speak volumes…kinda like someone in the states wearing dirty, worn shoes for no good reason.

    Still, I bet this church does a great job at what God’s called them to do. They’ve been around since 1998 at least. Now that’s saying something.

    Blessings…