Worst church website ever?

Take an aspirin and click here.

H/T Brandon, who posted this on his FB page.

Ouch.

  • http://ad-orientem.blogspot.com Ad Orientem

    Oh my, that was really really bad.

  • naturgesetz

    The music is overwhelming, but the rest of the content is pretty good at informing us who they are and what they’re about, IMO.

  • http://fatherdavesairforceadventure.blogspot.com/ Fr David

    Yes, they win the competition!

  • oldestof9

    YIKES!!!

  • Klaire

    Ok I took the bait and sorry I did. Thought I was in Vegas, waiting for the online slots to pop up.

    Now for my Tebow minute:

    God thank your for my Catholic Faith. Even the worst me me me hymn or bad guitar player in the world could ever come close to what I just experienced.

  • http://www.canonlaw.info Ed Peters

    Dcn Greg, warn people, turn their speaker’s down! Folks will think you’re running a club in your office.

  • http://www.collegecatholic.org Fr. David

    He’s done his homework. Most people under 40 go to the web before going to a church. The site delivers an enthusiastic message and seems to not only provide information, but also engage the visitor. Yes, the music intro might not be the best choice, but it is effective. Catholic parishes and organizations are usually what I point people to in terms of worst websites. The are largely bulletins online, missing a great opportunity to connect, engage and evangelize. This doesn’t mean that they stop there activities and organizations, in fact they need to be able to engage people in person if they hope to get people to stay.

  • vox borealis

    I must be in the minority, but when I check the web before attending Mass—for example, if I am visiting from out of town—all I want to know is when and where, and ideally if there happens to be a Mass in Latin (EF or OF). My natural suspicion is that the more a parish website tries to “engage” or “connect” to me, that’s not the sort of place I want to go for Mass.

    Now, maybe if I am *parish shopping* rather than checking out Mass times, maybe I would want more from the website. Maybe.

  • Deacon Moore

    Everyone on staff in our parish thinks we need a new website and we’ve all been instructed to find one we like that we think we should offer. I’ve found mine!!

  • http://www.collegecatholic.org Fr. David

    Mass is the priority, everything flows from that. However, in order for Mass to be what it is meant to be, it needs to be “done” well. It is not enough just to show up. Parishes (and parishioners) need to engage in continuing faith formation, sermons need to be well prepared and delivered, and people need to be prepared prior to participating at Mass. As the Holy Father and more recently Archbishop Chaput have reminded us, just showing up isn’t enough.
    Websites are an effective and low cost way of doing what we are meant to be doing: continually preaching the Gospel to others. Websites, Facebook, etc. are not passing fads, they are here to stay and we must utilize them as an added activity of parish ministry.

  • vox borealis

    True. But then, neither were rock guitars part of a passing, yet they are not necessarily conducive to Catholic spiritual expression (as the pope has commented). My point is that flashy websites, or sites that try—often too hard—to “engage” me are pretty much a turn-off. Sometimes, in fact, all the bells and whistles make it hard to find what I am looking for. I just want the basic info, because 95% of the time, when I look at a church website, it’s for mass times. And I be that is what most people do.

    Now, as I said, if I were new ton area and searching for a parish, not just a mass for that Sunday, then more information, clearly presented, would be welcome. But still, for me, obvious attempts to “engage me” will probably not work, just as Life Teen masses and the like, so designed to “engage me” when I was younger, never worked but rather tended to drive me away.

    So yes, use websites to inform and draw people in. But do so with caution and dignity.

    And as I say that, it is sadly true that many diocese are shambolic when it comes to presenting up-to-date and helpful information about parishes on the web.

  • http://www.netministries.org/see/churches/ch05703 Fr-Bill

    I am the program director of a Christian radio station. It plays Christian hard rock and holy hip hop. The rock listeners tend to be evangelical and like the “entertainment” style of church service. The African American listeners tend to seek more engagement. I suspect that the site reviewed is aimed at urban, black Christians.
    I, myself, in church prefer traditional hymns (Anglican) and a formal liturgy. But I know that you gotta meet folk where they are at in the beginning.

  • jcd

    Many of the Churches are also running a club.
    Cool. This is like my old R.C. Church.

  • nate

    Wow. That’s the sort of thing that gives kids seizures.

  • jcd

    Just watched this. The Rube Goldberg machines.Turning something simple and making it as complicated as possible:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOMIBdM6N7Q

  • David

    I think a valium, rather than a mere asprin, is required.

  • Sandra

    Oh sweet Mary, that’s the Church that friends of ours belong to! I have not seen their updated web site since we went to a funeral there. It is a reflection of that faith community and their worship style.

  • http://imaginemdei.blogspot.com Maggie Duffy

    Couldn’t see if he belongs to any denomination. Ir kind of looks like he “anointed” himself.

  • Mike K

    It’s not just the music, it’s the fast scrolling graphics that make me say, “Slow down!!! Let me figure out what is this about!”

    I clicked on some of the links just to find out more about the church, and even they were weird pop-ups. And as soon as you clicked off them, back to graphics at 100 MPH…

    I can understand kids in their 20s might be attracted to something like this. But I wonder what the staying power is. At some point, the high-speed message gets to be too much, and you long for something quieter, more sedate…or at least I know I would.

  • Mike K

    Maggie, many of these megachurches or independent storefront churches are just that: guys (or women) “anointing” themselves after some study at an seminary or divinity school (affiliated or independent), and then seeking some kind of affiliation later. It’s their charisma that draws the crowds initially. But then (as I said below), it becomes a question of how long people stay.


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