The new LCMS.org website is live

April 25th, 2011 Post by

The new LCMS.ORG is now live:

BJS reader “Carl Vehse” wrote this:

So where did everything go?!?
Like the triennial convention proceedings and workbooks, copies of the minutes from the BOD and CCM, old CTCR documents, old and new Handbooks?

As you explore the site, you might comment here on how to find things such as the above, or anything else that you can’t find .. perhaps others will be helped by your exploring the site.


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  1. April 25th, 2011 at 15:22 | #1

    And, of course, it appears that links are broken.

    You don’t even get a nice page like the last time this was done — directing you to http://old.lcms.org so you can find your page.

    Take a look at the link to the Koinonia project found on our previous post. In other words, this link no longer works to take you to the project page.

  2. jim_claybourn
    April 25th, 2011 at 15:25 | #2

    Ablaze! still has a page, but I don’t see the counter anymore!

    Interesting that typing in “lcms.org” takes you to the WMLT emphasis page, rather than the “main” page.

  3. April 25th, 2011 at 15:27 | #3

    Interestingly, “site map” is currently unclickable, at least while using Google Chrome and Firefox.

    **20 minutes later: this has been fixed**

    I’m not sure what you mean, Jim .. lcms.org and http://www.lcms.org take me to the same place.

  4. April 25th, 2011 at 15:43 | #4

    Given the above being fixed so quickly, and given I don’t see a way to report problems on the website,

    On the BOD page, the link to the current board minutes (February 17-18, 2011 meeting minutes) links to the Feb 19-20, 2009 minutes.

  5. Darrell
    April 25th, 2011 at 15:45 | #5

    There’s a “quick links” option that helps a bit — for example, the BOD minutes and handbook are available under the “Board of Directors” quick link. The “Koinonia” documentation took a few minutes to find. It’s under the “Emphasis for the Church” quick link.

  6. Carl Vehse
    April 25th, 2011 at 16:40 | #6

    So where did everything go?!? Like the triennial convention proceedings and workbooks, copies of the minutes from the BOD and CCM, old CTCR documents, old and new Handbooks?

    Try the Classic LCMS Website (don’t know how long it will be available).

  7. Carl Vehse
    April 25th, 2011 at 16:45 | #7

    Add /president, /BOD, /convention, /ccm, /ctcr to http://classic.lcms.org if you want to go directly to these specific websites.

  8. Rev. Roger D. Sterle
    April 25th, 2011 at 17:16 | #8

    I have tried to log onto my LCMS account with no luck. I have sent emails which have not been answered. New may be pretty but it is not better!! They should have worked out all the bugs before putting it up!! [this from a recognized not computer geek]

  9. Darrell
    April 25th, 2011 at 18:07 | #9

    I contacted Diane Grimm at the LCMS Church Information Center. The Convention Proceedings and Workbooks haven’t been moved to the new website…yet. Diane is checking with the Executive Offices on their availability. I’ll post any updates I receive here.

  10. mbw
    April 25th, 2011 at 18:36 | #10

    .aspx finally. Yay! We’re now officially in the 21st century.

  11. dana
    April 25th, 2011 at 19:33 | #11

    color and format a little dull, but not a bad site at all

  12. The Rev. BT Ball
    April 25th, 2011 at 19:48 | #12

    A good number of the CTCR reports can stay lost without any tears being shed.

  13. April 25th, 2011 at 20:47 | #13

    The sixteen page preliminary document, ninth iteration, of Koinomia Project may be found at:

    http://www.lcms.org/Document.fdoc?src=lcm&id=884

  14. Carl Vehse
    April 25th, 2011 at 21:06 | #14

    Bad CTCR reports need to be recanted. They can start with TWAC and work their way back. ;-)

  15. Rev. Roger D. Sterle
    April 25th, 2011 at 21:20 | #15

    @mbw #10
    what is .aspx???

  16. The Rev. BT Ball
    April 25th, 2011 at 22:07 | #16

    @Carl Vehse #14
    What dear Dr., not a fan of gardening, Rachel Carson, Al Gore and organic food?

    You are right on.

  17. mbw
    April 25th, 2011 at 22:54 | #17

    Rev. Roger D. Sterle :@mbw #10 what is .aspx???

    Dear Pastor Sterle,
    What an irrelevant thing I said. The LCMS site was written using some really old Microsoft stuff (.ASP files). I’m glad to see it upgraded to “ASP.NET” which is better stuff to program with (though itself hardly new) and to keep running. There was a serious risk of extinction if they didn’t do this.
    Since it’s Microsoft stuff I mentioned, I should have been able to figure out a way to irritate Mac users, but I didn’t, which obviously proves once again their superiority and my inferiority.

  18. Andy H.
    April 25th, 2011 at 23:40 | #18

    @Carl Vehse #14

    For good or bad…you find the CTCR reports here:
    http://lcms.org/page.aspx?pid=675

    I found it under the “About Us” tab. Then, it’s under the Leadership and Structure column as Theology and Church Relations.

  19. April 25th, 2011 at 23:51 | #19

    @Andy H. #18

    I think my goal was not to simply provide links to various items, but tell people how you found them. How did you find them? What main/subtopic were they located under?

  20. April 26th, 2011 at 06:30 | #20

    @Rev. Roger D. Sterle #8

    A couple years ago the Wisconsin Synod updated there website. During the transition, which was 6 – 8 month, you could reach and explore the new WELS site with beta.wels.net, while the classic old site ran in parallel. The webbies worked out the kinks in those month, then switched the domain name and bingo, the new site was operational. The remaining content was moved over slowly or links to the old site were given from the new site to get to needed materials.

    Just different ways of handling transition I guess. I like the new LCMS site thus far though. I think the goal would be better navigation of materials, while improving the aesthetics of the site.

  21. Carl Vehse
    April 26th, 2011 at 11:03 | #21

    Has anyone found the Ablaze! tote board webpage on the new site yet? Or has it been consigned to the purgatory of flawed synodical programs?

  22. April 26th, 2011 at 11:10 | #22

    Under Resources there is a box on the right hand side that says document library. Click on it and you will be able to search for documents. I typed in CTCR and got them.

  23. Clint Hoff
    April 26th, 2011 at 16:10 | #23

    Gotta love the first tab on the upper left, “About Us.” What is the first link on that tab? The Lutheran Confessions – right on!

  24. James
    April 26th, 2011 at 21:53 | #24

    The ongoing methods used to revitalize LCMS congregations are interesting:

    http://www.lcms.org/page.aspx?pid=1000

  25. Johannes
    April 27th, 2011 at 07:24 | #25

    Carl Vehse :Has anyone found the Ablaze! tote board webpage on the new site yet? Or has it been consigned to the purgatory of flawed synodical programs?

    Why purgatory? As I recall, one can get out of purgatory.

    Johannes

  26. Johannes
    April 27th, 2011 at 07:27 | #26

    James :The ongoing methods used to revitalize LCMS congregations are interesting:
    http://www.lcms.org/page.aspx?pid=1000

    I see the same TCN website, with the same Semi-Arminian-Pelegain fuzzy video. Maybe purgatory will have to do, for now, after all.

    Sheesh!

    Johannes

  27. Andy H.
    April 27th, 2011 at 11:06 | #27

    @Norm Fisher #19

    Ah, ok.

    I found it under the “About Us” tab. Then, it’s under the Leadership and Structure column as Theology and Church Relations.

  28. Jesse
    April 27th, 2011 at 17:34 | #28

    The only thing that bugs me about the website redesign is that if I try to look something up on LCMS.org through Google (via the site:lcms.org search parameter), most, if not all the search result links are broken. Hopefully Google will reindex the redesigned site sooner than later.

  29. April 27th, 2011 at 17:38 | #29

    @Jesse #28

    Jesse — to link through to the correct place, once you get the “not found” page, change “www” to “classic”; you’ll be taken to the right page.

    Hopefully over the next few days google will do a rescan of the site and update their links.

    The only issue I have is that all the links from other websites (e.g. BJS) are now broken.

  30. boogie
    April 27th, 2011 at 21:03 | #30

    Since I’m no longer LCMS, this shouldn’t concern me, but why are the financial stats of the individual parishes published? Is this to imply that the parishes that don’t have high “per giving unit offerings” aren’t getting with the program or perhaps aren’t “growthy?” If I were church shopping or looking for an out of town parish, the financial stats would not be nearly as important as being liturgical and confessional. I guess this is the place to go: http://www.lutheranliturgy.org

  31. Darrell
    April 29th, 2011 at 01:49 | #31

    Not impressed–the drop down menus and pop-ups are a pain for those of us who have to use older, slower computers.

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