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?
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.