Some referrer hits are more interesting than others, for example:
Let’s face it, there is a great cloud of witlessness when it comes to the Church online. In fact, there is quite a bit of ‘kitsch‘ out there that distracts, annoys and otherwise drives-away people seeking and/or serving the Lord. Like HYCW, Church Marketing Sucks (CMS) is a website dedicated to dealing with this potentially fatal affliction. This sentiment is reflected in CMS’ catchy (and effective) tag line and explained on their about page:
For example, at here at Heal Your Church Website, we’re often dealing with church websites who simply miss the point. It’s not an art project, it is about getting seekers in the door without the use of firearms and empowering members so they stay inside the door without ropes and chains.
Add to this spinning animated .GIFs of crosses, scrolling marquees and other indulgences. Also add to this a certain demographic within Body who likes this sort of stuff to the point of emailing me a ‘love note.’ Usually such notes inform me that I’m “against God” or “tearing down the Body.” In reality, the church website reviews here, along with many of your comments, are instead fulfilling His goal to ‘Teach, rebuke, correct & train the Body in righteous web design.’ I’m just there is now another entity out there taking on the ‘TBN school of style’ on a broader scale.
Amen. I know my reviews and theologies sometimes get people fired-up, but I’ve also seen several webservants move their church websites from sucky to seriously effective. I guess I should compile a list as yet a further encouragement to those who don’t take such constructive criticism personally. Such a list might also encourage others to reconsider what it is they’re doing when they design, develop and manage their Church’s communications.
Got a related comment? Let’r rip! Meanwhile I’m adding CMS’ RSS file to my aggregator.