Attending church used to be about participating in the Kingdom of God. It served as the place of corporate worship and a resource for learning how to act and speak as a people set apart. Churchrater.com reduces the practice of attending church into a self-centered, consumer driven activity akin to visiting a restaurant; where the ambiance, menu, and service are focused on providing the guest with little more than a positive experience in the hopes they’ll return.
In a manner similar to amazon.com (and the myriad of social rating systems it has spawned), churchrater.com operates as a social tool that has users rate churches on a scale of 1 to 5 using such quantifiable categories as “friendliness,” “singing,” “preaching” and an “overall” category.
While Church Rater deserves some credit for recognizing the opportunities of the social web (something most of the church is missing), I think the problems with their approach outweigh their use of recent web technology. Yet rather than detail the many errancies of Church Rater I thought it might be more insightful to actually go through the process of rating a church myself. Visit Church Rater to read my review of the church in Corinth.
The site also includes heavy-handed marketing for the book “Jim and Casper Go To Church,” a book that:
“…provides a close up of how church looks through the eyes of an Atheist and offers insights any pastor should want to hear.”
Personally I think any pastor who models church in the interest of satisfying atheists ought to have their ordination revoked.
Likewise, anyone who thinks they are helping the church by evaluating it through a superficial, secularly derived rating system ought to question whether they properly understand the mission of the body of Christ.
It appears my review of the Corinthian church has been removed.