WordPress is a great platform for building blogs and websites, and can easily serve the needs of a religious or church institution. This is mainly due to the number of church and religious themes available online.
As you can expect, most of the premium themes listed below have functionality built specifically for churches such as – podcasting, calendar and event management, post sermons, photo and video gallery section, support for multiple locations, staff profiles, and news / announcement page.
Today we are going to showcase some of the best church WordPress Themes for 2016, which will help your church (religious institution) or non profit organization, get a professional website online quickly.
Resurrect theme is developed by churchthemes.com, a new (ish) premium WordPress theme shop that launched last month (September, 2013). The shop is started by Steven Gliebe and currently has two themes in its portfolio – Rescurrect and Risen.
Resurrect is an urban inspired premium WordPress and comes in two different color schemes light and dark color. The theme has a responsive and is very easy to customize.
There are some really cool features, that I think set it apart from others, such as – profiles for staff and leader, locations, podcasting support for sermons, events integration, galleries, and blogging page for news and announcement.
A classic looking theme with all the modern functionality, Evangelist can be set up for your church WordPress site in a few clicks. It’s visually captivating and has that professional aura about it. Retina ready and responsive on both mobile and desktop, this theme offers a rich variety of features that are easy to use and work around with.
You have a beautiful events calendar slider for setting up events for the church. While it is simply a regular image slider you find on most themes combined skillfully with the events calendar, it provides an artfully tasteful and productive tool for your website — especially for repeating events like mass or sermons.
You can create any type of contact form with an in-built theme module, and the unlimited sidebars are a welcome addition to the level of available customizations. Multilingual support is present and the administration panel is robust and easy to use.
There are a few different pricing options available for the theme that you can choose from according to your requirements and you can also try it for free before purchasing it.
Saved is a unique new church theme from churchthemes.com. It lets a church create a website having a custom homepage layout. You can add any widget to the homepage in the WordPress Customizer and watch the result in real-time. See the demo for what’s possible. The design is smart. That is, “you can’t mess this up” because it auto-adjusts the position of images, columns, alternating colors and other elements to maintain a professional design without any coding necessary.
This church WordPress theme takes advantage of the Church Theme Content plugin which provides post types for sermons, events, people and locations. Being that the theme specifically supports this popular plugin, it presents the content entirely in its own design for a very tight integration. You can adjust the theme’s colors and fonts as well as other options such as whether or not to show a colored line in the header or accent lines above headings. Saved also has animation effects that trigger when you scroll.
In the theme demo you see a video background. This really makes a church website “pop” but you can show an image too, or just a solid color. Be sure to add the widget for your location and map to the homepage (you can control the order of widgets). It makes church website visitors immediately aware of where your church is and what time your services are – a very important requirement for every church’s website. You can try Saved under churchthemes.com’s 45 day money back guarantee.
While this entry on our list is not a stock church theme, SimplePress is a great responsive WordPress theme that deserves an entry because not only does it boast of a masterpiece design but it can also be set up as your church WordPress theme with relative ease.
The theme is completely localized which means you won’t face any issues with translations. It has a crisp look to it and is just as swift as it is elegant. With no bloat-ware and easy five color customizations, this theme gives you the option of a hierarchy home page for the church team and a fully functional gallery for posting sermons or scriptures.
The blog post page has a professional send clean look to it.You’ll have access to shortcodes that can be used to further enhance the functionality of your site. SimplePress’ page templates make it a simple task to pick out a pre-made template if it suits you and you can unleash your creative genius, designing everything that you require without ever having to write a single line of code!
It looks great on both desktop and mobile devices and is packed with features without being bloated — definitely worth a shot.
Risen is a fully responsive WordPress theme packing all the features a church website could possibly need. For instance, enjoy providing your site visitors with a searchable sermon archive – complete with audio, video, and text sermons by category, tag, date, or speaker. Additionally, share your sermons live via the built-in sermon podcasting feature.
Create a beautiful photo and video gallery for all those that are interested in your church organization, share upcoming events with members, and rest assured that Risen comes with support for multiple locations so the information you want on your website always renders perfectly. More so, give churchgoers insight into the church’s latest happenings, and even provide staff profiles for adding that human touch. After all, churches are a community of people and knowing who the leaders are is important.
Every church has different needs, values, and missions. Luckily, Risen has the customization options to personalize your church website as you see fit by picking between light and dark skins, changing all site colors, and even adding beautiful typography. In the end, with plenty of features for making your church website standout amongst the many others in your region, Risen will showcase a church that members will be proud to say they attend.
Having a minimalist design is one of the main features that help charity and non-profit websites to clearly and precisely deliver the mission statement and the message of the organization. Hope is a stunningly designed WordPress theme that’ll help you achieve just that.
Hope WordPress theme comes with 2 different homepage layouts, each with sections for describing your mission, causes, testimonials, and more. There’s also a powerful donation system included in the theme with its own unique layout that supports donation campaigns.
In addition, the theme includes a shop powered by WooCommerce for selling goods for charity and also has sections for galleries powered by Essential Grid along with a blog section as well.
Hope theme is built with Visual Composer, which means you’ll be able to easily and freely edit and customize the theme however you like without needing any coding skills. It also supports multiple languages, a must-have feature for international charity organization websites, and automatic theme updates.
Uplifted is a church WordPress theme aimed at making your new church website the best one on the block. The Upliftd Theme features a classy home page with a large image slider. It comes with different styles and is ready out-of-the-box for a church to begin using as a fully-functional WordPress website.
Some of the key features include: people, maps, locations, color scheme, customizer to make small modifications, sermons, homepage image slider, podcasting, content form, and news & events. It also works fully with two popular event calender plugins, The Event Calendar and Calendar Pro, both of which offers useful calendar features and additional add-ons for growing your church site.
Outreach gives you the framework you want, so you can give your people the message they need. The theme requires Genesis theme framework, without which you won’t be able to use the Outreach theme.
The theme includes 4 color styles, 6 layout options, mobile responsive, featured images, theme options and threaded comments.
9. Real Church
Real Church is a great theme for your WordPress-based church website with plenty of features that you will find quite handy. For instance, the sermon post type allows you to post files in various formats for audios or videos and you can even post them as PDFs. Along with the usual blog posts that are part of most blogging themes, Real Church allows you to post events that are to take place at your church complete with a start and end date and time. There is another type of post called the pastor type post that you can use to feature pastors at the church.
The theme is fully responsive and retina ready for mobile devices. You can play around with the theme’s appearance using the theme customizer and the drag and drop page builder makes it easier to design your pages. The theme is optimized for search engines and uses heading tags for the posts and alt tagging for images is supported as well.
It supports localization but do keep in mind that you will need to get the .pot file translated to .mo yourself. The theme is quality checked by Envato and future updates are promised in the package.
Maranatha is a visually grasping theme that is simple and easy to set up and offers convenience with its great parallax scrolling effect on its minimalist, one-page theme. You will also notice a sticky menu that travels down with you as you scroll down on the screen which is great for quick access. The theme is responsive and looks beautiful on both mobile screens and on desktop machines.
It is a fully featured theme for your WordPress site having the ability to post text, video or audio makes podcasting sermons a real breeze. It’s also easy to navigate through with a compact menu on top of the sermon page which categorizes content by speaker, month, series or topic and you can also navigate books through that same navigation menu.
You have the events type post and the features that come with it such as maps and categories and you can also set up recurring events. Maranatha provides a great way of highlighting your staff portfolio and sharing locations with your viewers.
The theme also has a dedicated staff for one-on-one support which makes it really easy to set up your website – a bonus for newbie webmasters. It offers great readability in its stock settings and you can also customize it according to what you feel is best as there are lots of customizations available.
11. WP Church
A great all-rounder church theme for WordPress, WP Churchoffers integration with Google Maps and an intelligent scripture tool, and lots more. You have MP3 players for sermons, in-built custom galleries (so you don’t need to install any plugins for that), and an automatic scripture finder to top those off.
With WP Church, you’ll get 8 custom widgets right off the bat and 6 custom colors. The event type post is available with this theme and you can add a countdown timer for upcoming events complete with a handy dandy widget. The custom galleries can be used for posting sermons or just text blog posts and you can also set up a newsletter subscription widget as well. The theme features a panel for administrators and a visually appealing team page.
Net-Labs, creator of this sharp looking theme, pride themselves in selling their products not as products but more as a lifetime service and have great reviews to back that up as well. So you can rest assured of great support regarding setting up the theme, installations, or updates and other queries you might have.
ChurcHope is another great theme and has sold more than 5000 copies on the ThemeForest marketplace, which makes it one of the most popular church themes.
The theme has a responsive design and magazine style view. Some of the great features are – unlimited colors, slider revolution, one click install, shortcode integration, reCaptcha, and admin options panel.
If you take a serious look at the design, you will notice this theme could work well for any type of website. It has options such as Even management, countdown timer, content formatting, social icons, pricing table and much more.
After looking at so many church themes, I am beginning to think that Themeforest authors make some of the best church themes available on the planet. Hopes is another well designed Church WordPress theme aimed at making your new church website the best one on the block. Ideal for church and non-profit organizations, but can also be used on company sites and portfolios. The theme has a sleek design and comes with Visual Composer, the popular drag & drop customizer plugin. The theme uses five custom post types including Galleries, Sermons, People, Locations, and Sliders, to display content on the website.
Additional features include: fully compatible with event calendar plugin, advanced theme options panel, shortcodes generator, WPML translation ready, unlimited color schemes, business hours pro plugin, and much more.
Incarnation theme is designed by the popular Themeforest author Kriesi, who has know for developing well coded WordPress themes. The Incarnation theme is best suited for any kind of Church Website that wants to provide a community site to its visitors.
The theme has ton of great options that you might like such as – support for audio & video sermons, a fully fledged event calender, a community form and many other useful options.
You can style the theme and build your own skin or you could even use one of the 10 predefined skins right out from the admin area.
Adore is a modern, elegant, and well designed premium theme aimed at making your church website the best on the planet. The theme is ideal for church, charity sites, non profit & religious organizations, and comes handy for portfolio and corporate websites as well.
Some of the key features include: built-in events manager plugin, sermons manager to create your sermons, built-in mega menu module, one-click demo install, responsive design, events ticket booking layout, and two different layouts (wide & boxed).
The theme is also fully compatible with WooCommere, so if you need to setup a shop for your website, you can easily do that. You just have to install the WooCommerce plugin.
Gospel is a premium responsive HTML 5 WordPress Theme created primarily for religious based institutions looking for a super clean, yet warm and customizable solution that is simply feature packed. Created with SEO best practices and all the latest features of WordPress, the ability to reach-out to your community and congregation will be simple and effective.
Dunamis is a powerful church theme designed for church and spiritual websites. The theme comes with a modern look and advanced options to make it truly unique. The theme comes with a responsive design, meaning your site look stunning on mobile devices including iPhone and iPad.
Other features include Drag & drop interface, mega menu creator, custom frontpage composer, easy booking form, page builder, and more.
18. Rock Harbour
Rock Harbour is a powerful theme designed for Churches. It includes many church-specific features such as post sermons, news, photo galleries, and events. The theme is visually stunning, and has built in features that are ideal for managing a church website.
With a slick slider area on the home page powered by Slider Revolution plugin and drop down menu’s, this theme has been carefully crafted to include many extremely useful features for your church website.
Exodus is another fantastic theme designed by ChurchThemes.com. The theme is designed with keep modern web standards in mind. One of the best things I like about this theme is that it has a very clean design and responsive layout.
Exodus is an easy to customize WordPress theme, that takes full advantage of the built-in WordPress theme customizer. For those who don’t know what WordPress Theme Customizer is, it lets you see a real-time preview of different elements of your site.
Some of the features of Exodus include custom fonts, dropdown menus, podcasting, locations, events, sermons, photos and videos gallery, church widgets, site search (you can extend the search functionality if you like), detailed documentation, and premium support.
Well, I have listed all the high quality and best church themes, but not all of them are easy to setup. Some of these will only take a few minutes, while others are a bit more complicated to use.
Regardless, of which ever theme you choose, you are sure to find a detailed documentation for that particular theme.
Have you tried any of the themes listed above? If so then please share your thoughts in the comments below.