Wow! I was expecting so much more, the only reason I gave this website 3 stars is because it is clean and you can navigate well. The website of High View Baptist Church in Woodland Park, Colorado, took me by surprise. Most church websites feel very warm and inviting, and this one felt so clinical and so official. The first page is nice, but wastes space and feels kind of cold. As you move on through the website, there is no personalization on this site at all. There are no pictures of their events, they only list three staff members and it all seems so uninviting.
The first positive I noticed was that they had a direct email address for you contact the church. Unfortunately, that is the only email address. You cannot contact any of the staff or ministries directly.
The home page has a flash screen with graphics below stating Gather, Grow & Go. These can be clicked on and take you to a page explaining what each part of this slogan means. However when you click on Gather you are put into a new screen with no ability to back up to the previous screen. Grow and Go do not open a new screen. There is a fix needed I suspect.
When you click on any of the three slogans you will see a menu to the right side listing their different ministries. The descriptions are basic and cold. There are no upcoming items in any of the ministries, and you would think the youth and children’s ministries would have a lot of information under them.
I clicked on Missions because I am always interested in how a church gives back. They listed how they have missions but there isn’t any specific information. I have no idea where their mission’s money goes. I also don’t have a feel of if I would want to help/volunteer with any of their missions programs.
After clicking on the menu items to my right, I then focus on the tabs at the top. I start with Who We Are. This leads me to the staff. They only list Lead Pastor, Children’s Pastor, and Missions Director, which have personal bio information, but no picture or how to contact them personally. I have a hard time believing there are only three staff members at that church.
We then go from a feeling of not enough information, to way too much information in one area. To click on the Beliefs and History links, is an adventure in comprehension and a test for those who may have attention issues. Websites are meant to give a quick understanding of whom or what you are, with links to more in depth information if the reader so chooses. For a person who is looking for a new home church, the Belief section is the most important, yet I found myself choosing to look elsewhere on the site for something more inviting, which wasn’t found. If it could be broken out into different categories such as Mission, Vision, Values, Believe & Practice, it may be easier to get a better understanding and keep the reader’s interest.
I held my breath as I clicked on the Calendar link, so many websites are out of date on their calendar site, and this was one was no exception. It’s sad, the more things listed on a Calendar, even if it’s reoccurring information, is vital to see that a church is active!
I clicked on the Resources and found that the Listening Online link had nothing for you to listen to. The Photo Gallery was empty. There was a form link which had their form on it. The links, link, was great. I see the value of this church’s website is located here. For me, HVBC website is a great resource site!
Sadly at the top of the site is a link for prayer requests, in which they don’t even have an email link for you to send in prayer requests! Why have the link if you aren’t going to take them!?!?
If you click on the Contact link you will see a good map on how to find the church, call them, or contact them at their general email address.
I know that a website does not always show the truth about a church. However, I came away with a few thoughts. It’s not on the top of my list to visit, they need more help with their website, and they need to (all the members) visit their own website and let the church administration know what changes are needed. In this day and age of technology, I fear they may be losing potential members because their website does not call you to come and see the great things happening at HVBC.