If faith comes through hearing, then you must convey your message clearly – whether that’s via a sermon, a Bible passage, personal testimony, or any other means of communication. It stands to reason, therefore, that your church website should also be focused on conveying your message with clarity. However, with no idea about what to look for in a suitable theme, the way forward may seem a bit hazy.
There are a number of elements you church website’s theme will need, and they’re all common sense requirements. For a start, you’ll need some way to administer and display a church calendar. If you accept donations, you may also want a flexible option for collecting them online. There are other elements that are nice but not strictly necessary – an attractive blog for sharing written messages, and an audio embed option for sharing your recent sermons with those who can’t reach your church.
If you’re still stumped moving forward, don’t worry! We’ve scoured the internet to bring you over 30 of the very best church themes, and we’ve no doubt the right one for you is among them!
Maranatha is a beautiful, modern church theme that will inspire your congregation to get more involved with their home congregation.
A good church theme should not just be a place where people go to find out what time Sunday services start. A good church theme should be a source of inspiration and guidance to all who visit your website, whether they are members of your church or not. That’s one reason why Maranatha – which enables you to organize your sermons in five different ways (including by books from Scripture or on themes such as Family, Sin, or Jesus’ life) – is such a powerful theme to work with.
There are plenty of other features that will make this theme a great fit for your church: an in-depth events calendar can be organized to include scheduled Sunday school classes, children’s catechisms, charity events, and more. The ministries section in this theme is a great place to keep your flock up to date with all of the different work you do within your community. If your church takes part in missions around the world, you can upload blog posts detailing your congregation’s work, as well as keep people up to date on upcoming trips that you have planned. And in case someone new visits your website, Google Maps integration makes it easy for them to find your church and show up for their first service.
The price isn’t cheap, but thanks to a great array of useful features and a beautiful, sleek design, Maranatha is a wonderful theme for your church.
Benevolence is a beautiful WordPress theme well suited for your church or non-profit organization.
This theme is fully responsive and was built using HTML5 and CSS3 technologies ensuring it loads fast and will make your website future-proof. There are eleven custom post types to choose from so that you can format your website to fit the needs of your church. It comes translation and multilingual ready; no plugin needed.
There are many church-specific features included such as Sermons, Ministries, Sponsors and Projects. The news, photo galleries and events features are also useful for a religious or non-profit organization to showcase what’s going on, as well as what’s coming up.
Salvation is a warm and friendly theme with a full-screen slider that immediately puts you into a state of ease.
Aside from being able to convey the welcoming ‘feel’ that you are no doubt hoping to achieve, Salvation is also surprisingly functional. It integrates events management features which enable visitors to make reservations. You can also display upcoming services and events, and even raise money for your cause with the ready to go PayPal integration.
To further spread the reach of your message, there is a fully functional audio player as well as a translation tool. Salvation does its best to bring your church service into the digital realm and is a worthy option.
Church Suite is a powerful and elegant theme that will engage, enlighten, and inspire your flock to do more good in the world.
This theme comes with four unique templates, more than fifty pre-designed pages, 9 + 2 header types, seven blog styles, and five layouts, allowing for a quick and easy setup that looks and functions flawlessly.
Furthermore, Church Suite features an easy to create events calendar with custom add-ons including ticket bookings, guest lists, and Google Maps navigation. Church sermons can be easily uploaded and indexed based on categories, speaker, and date, while audio, video, and PDF downloads of sermons can also be made available to your site visitors. Additionally, church causes, ministries, and donation pages are simple to set up to keep your congregants aware of how your church is helping out at home and around the world.
On the back end, an intuitive page builder tool gives you the power to create and erase content. Multilingual options, lightweight code and ultra-responsiveness across all devices are just a few of the robust features available to make your Church Suite website as streamlined and functional as possible.
X is a breathtaking theme with lots of thoughtful design additions and plenty of features that make it a great choice for your church.
X is one of the top-rated and best-selling themes of any type available, probably thanks in large part to the vast array of customization options available to you. Four separate design stacks give you hundreds of pre-made layouts and templates to choose from when you build your website. These layouts are easy to work with and make it simple to create webpages for your church that feature the important services and work you do. Create an entire database of sermons that your pastor has delivered and display them in classic infinite scrolling blog post fashion, or separate sermons into categories such as topics, date given, or theme. You can get your congregation involved with your ministries by creating smooth, parallax scrolling pages devoted to your different missions. And never worry about your congregation missing services, speaking events, and classes by posting a deeply customizable events calendar that lets everyone know what’s going on.
If you want to inspire your congregants with great sermons posted online, keep them up to date with events happening in your community, and get everyone involved in your church, X is a great theme to use for your church.
Evangelist is a neat church WordPress theme from ThemeFuse. It has great looks, but very little church-dedicated functionality.
The typography for the theme is absolutely superb. The various fonts and typefaces for paragraph text, header text, and menu text complement each other perfectly. One unique feature that Evangelist offers is its events calendar slider. It displays upcoming church events in a user-controlled slider — it looks quite good in the demo.
ThemeFuse’s TestLabs area allows you to take the back end of the theme for a test drive as well. As with all their themes, the advanced theme options panel is intuitive and a breeze to navigate.
As the world has evolved, so have the ways in which we communicate. While only 30 years ago we’d have been lost without a payphone, nowadays if you don’t have a smartphone you’re practically a hermit. My Religion is a theme for those keeping pace with the changing times and looking to reach everyone, everywhere.
Religion, as a whole, is constantly working to remain relevant, and this theme can definitely help your church in that regard. The default layout is full-width, with chunky headers to hammer your message home. My Religion also includes the popular Slider Revolution plugin for creating a call to action that will get your congregation moving.
In addition, My Religion leaves no stone unturned with regard to functionality. There’s a custom post type for displaying sermons (which include video, audio, and download links), full support for the Events Calendar plugin, and the ability to collect donations with the CMSMasters’ Donation plugin.
There’s little fault to find with My Religion. It has a modern look with clean typography and all of the functionality you’ll need to reach new and existing members of your congregation. It’s one for the shortlist, although given its quality, you may end your search early!
Church and Events is a parallax style theme designed primarily for churches and events (as you would reasonably assume).
The eye-catching layered slider is the highlight of the theme, but the remainder of the design is suitably impressive too. For example, the featured sermon gets special treatment with its ability to be displayed via video, audio, PDF, and hyperlink to another source.
Church and Events is also perfect for beginners, as it includes 23 HD video tutorials to help you with the setup process.
This theme gives you enough options to put together a breathtaking website for your congregation or special event. Keep it simple and you can truly focus on what this theme has to offer.
Spreading the word about a cause you believe in requires clear communication, regardless of the medium. Vision is an elegant, modern church theme that’s designed to focus your visitor’s attention primarily on your content, helping you make that perfect first impression.
This theme includes an array of features vital to the running of a church website. For example, the bundled Modern Events Calendar provides you with a handy way of keeping your congregation up-to-date with key happenings. The calendar is even equipped with a search filter, which gives your visitors an easy way to seek out and participate in your events.
In addition, you can communicate with your visitors through text, audio and video thanks to the built-in Sermons Manager, and even separate your sermons into categories such as speaker, month, day, year, and tag. Furthermore, you can use the bundled Prayer Wall plugin to encourage your visitors to communicate with each other by enabling them to share requests and praises.
Vision is also translation-ready, meaning it will be easier to spread your message in other languages. However, even though the functionality is solid, this theme lacks somewhat in customization options. For example, there is no easy way to change your header’s background color, so to tweak that you’ll need to get your hands dirty with some coding.
In a nutshell, if you want full control over the appearance of your website, Vision may not be the best choice for you. However, if you want a theme that’s stylish out of the box and requires minimal customization to look good, but also offers powerful functionality, Vision will be ideal.
The work of the church extends beyond the physical walls of the church building – and if you want to extend the reach of your church to the digital realm, Grace could be the theme to help you do just that.
The developers of Grace know that a standout website needs to have a modern look. For this reason, they’ve provided the choice of three modern home page layouts, including a full-width template. If you’d like to create your own layout, you can do so with the bundled Visual Composer plugin. Furthermore, with the inclusion of the Slider Revolution and Swiper Slider plugins, you can create visually compelling and engaging calls to action, all from your WordPress dashboard.
Grace has a number of elements designed to help you share your message, including integration with the Events Calendar plugin. However, one area where Grace falls short is that it doesn’t make it as easy to display your sermons in various formats as some of the other examples in this collection.
Overall, Grace is a solid choice for creating your religious website. Although, if you’d like to offer audio sermons on your website, you may want to look elsewhere.
Bethlehem is an inspiring, highly customizable, minimalist theme packed with intuitive and useful features.
You can make your congregation feel welcome with bold font and display text options, plenty of space for high resolution photos and galleries, and embedded sermon recordings through media players such as SoundCloud. Eight different header styles are available for you to convey the feel you want to inspire in every member and visitor to your church, and a simple yet powerful Megamenu option enables you to create the perfect navigation tool for your site.
Plenty of high-quality premium plugins such as Slider Revolution, Visual Composer, and PSD Design are included in the Bethlehem theme package. From the dashboard you can easily add content, including donation drives, ministries, and sermons. Better still, integration with some of the best time saver tools on the web, such as Events Manager, WooCommerce, GiveWP, and Testimonials, is only one click away.
Adore Church dominates above the fold with a striking full-width slider that draws you in. However, as you scroll towards the bottom, the astonishing effect starts to diminish somewhat. It’s not bad per se, just less impressive.
Adore Church uses the power of the Mega Menu, which allows you to create massive dropdown menus with embedded media and multiple columns. Another high quality feature is the live event booking layout, which creatively displays a ticket booking feature.
Adore Church does a lot and perhaps almost manages to tie most of it together. On a positive note, they do swing for the fences and try to implement features you won’t often see elsewhere, which is to be commended.
NativeChurch seems to be geared towards the younger generation.
It isn’t as image heavy as the other themes on this list, which could be a good thing. And while so many themes try to wow you with their design, NativeChurch goes the opposite route and relies on function over form.
This theme is feature-heavy and includes a built-in events manager plugin, a sermons manger, and a payment system built for collecting donations. It doesn’t put a lot of focus on design and instead enables you to reach your congregation in the most efficient way possible.
Sometimes you don’t need a lot of flair when your message is powerful enough. That being the case for you, NativeChurch is a solid option.
Exodus is the second of three themes on this list developed by churchthemes.com, and is also their second most recent offering. It is a flexible theme, designed to adapt to the biggest and smallest of screens.
WordPress’ theme customizer plays a major part in Exodus’ functionality, as you can use it to edit colors, fonts, the logo and more – all without touching a line of code. And as you would expect from a church theme, Exodus has you covered on church-specific features: sermons, events, locations and profiles of staff and leaders.
As with all churchthemes.com offerings, you can expect comprehensive documentation, one-to-one email support and a 45-day money back guarantee.
Deeds is a highly responsive drag-and-drop theme that could be well suited to your church or non-profit organization.
There are eight church-specific homepage options, including Sermons, Ministries, Donations and Church Events. The news, photo galleries and events features are especially useful for a religious or non-profit organization to showcase weekly happenings, upcoming events and fundraisers, making it easier for your whole congregation to stay up-to-date on what is going on and coming up.
This very flexible theme includes premium plugins such as Visual Composer, Layer Slider, and Revolution Slider, which ensure a seamless and beautiful user experience. Sensible color palette combinations and Font Awesome icons ensure a clean and simple aesthetic that inspires your members. Nine separate header style layouts to choose from enable you to format your website to fit the needs of your church or nonprofit.
Finally, translation plugins, PayPal integration, and many other useful integrations make Deeds an ideal choice for multi-lingual congregations, fundraising drives, and other activities that your church takes part in.
Spiritual is a fully responsive and retina-ready theme that balances functionality and design. Standard features like the Events Calendar and custom shortcodes provide high-level functionality, while the theme customizer enables you to easily make custom design changes.
Plugins provide most of Spiritual’s functionality. The Events Calendar plugin comes in handy when you need to quickly and easily create events, accept bookings and manage attendees to your sermons and other special events. The custom shortcodes plugin enables you to build custom pages with functional elements. Add to this an advanced blog that supports six post types and you have all you need to create as small or large a site (in terms of complexity) as needed.
WordPress’ Theme Customizer enables you change most theme-related design elements, including layouts, colors and fonts. There is also a decent range of design choices, including 470+ icon fonts, 600+ Google Fonts, and a sidebar generator (to give a unique layout to each page).
Additional features like an advanced portfolio (to create two, three or four column portfolio galleries) round Spiritual’s balance between functionality and elegant design.
Incarnation is a responsive WordPress church theme with impressive features and a solid design that comes with plenty of white space.
10 predefined color skins are ready to use in the theme options panel, along with several custom widgets: combo, recent news, recent portfolio entries, advertising, Twitter feeds, and Twitter + RSS follower counts. Six post types are available — standard, image, video, gallery, link, and quote. Incarnation comes with sermon management ability — you can upload either audio or video sermons to your church website.
The visual shortcode editor is another impressive feature, with a ton of available shortcodes that do everything from pricing tables to column structuring. Customer support is only an email or forum post away. At $50, Incarnation seems a pretty good deal for all the capability and great looks it offers.
Another premium responsive theme release from CSSIgniter, Prayer is a solid church theme with good capability but a somewhat lacking appearance.
The theme design is a little too block-like, with very little room for multiple colors or elegant typography. However, the structure does, in some way, lend to the overall design in the case of the widgetized homepage. On the functionality front, Prayer is all you could ask for, with complete sermon management (supports audio, video, and text transcripts), news templates, event posts, gallery capability, and a dedicated location page format.
Localization support is built-in. Like with all CSSIgniter themes, you can either buy Prayer for a one-time fee ($39), or choose the $49/year club membership option that gives you access to all the themes.
Resurrect is the first theme to be released by churchthemes.com. The theme is mobile-friendly and a joy to customize (see for yourself in the demo). You can choose between a light or dark color scheme, use a custom background, and pick your favorite fonts from a hand-picked selection. If you have a logo, you can upload that or, if you don’t have one, simply use your church’s name as text.
It’s also got all the functionality church websites need built-in. You can upload your sermons and make them searchable, publicize your events, publish staff profiles, display photo galleries, write a blog and more.
As with Exodus (above), Resurrect comes complete with comprehensive documentation, one-to-one email support and a 45-day money back guarantee.
Outreach Pro by StudioPress is another great looking responsive WordPress theme from the popular theme development studio.
Much like Evangelist, Outreach Pro has little to offer on the dedicated church-type website functionality front, but a whole host of options and advantages in its design. All StudioPress themes are designed with structure, clear columns, and vibrant colors — Outreach Pro is no different.
The theme, however, is a bit pricey at $99.95. For that much, you would assume that you would get at least a few dedicated capabilities that a church would require, like sermon management.
Kerygma, a powerful, high-quality and responsive site for your church, is extremely customizable. For example, you can add your own colors and choose from any of Google’s fonts, and full theme customizer support makes it very easy to set up.
This theme looks great on all mobile devices, whatever the screen size, and supports podcasts and video links. (You can choose to host your own videos or use a service such as YouTube.) HTML5 is also supported.
Kerygma comes with a built-in Hero section: featuring parallax scrolling, each page can be fully-customized with different colors and fonts. Custom widgets include Contacts, with service times, maps, phone number and address, a Welcome box and a Facebook like box, and the Events plug-in makes it simple to communicate with your congregation.
Finally, the dedicated and reliable customer support team means that you can be confident in choosing Kerygma for your church site.
Real Church is one of the most functional church WordPress themes I’ve ever come across.
Sermon management is taken to an all-new level in Real Church with support for audio sermons, video sermons, and transcripts as attachments or as PDFs. 7 custom post types feature in the theme: event, sermon, gallery, portfolio, testimonial, price, and pastor. The event type allows you to provide the vitals of the event, such as the start & end times. A Google map showing the location of the event can also be inserted into the post. The special pastor post types allows you to write about and feature various pastors on your church’s website.
Pages are built with a drag ‘n’ drop page builder. Over 450 font styles are available, with a built-in translator and multiple shortcodes at your disposal.
The only thing that might not be so hot about Real Church is its looks. They’ll definitely do in a pinch, but they really aren’t very striking or memorable to me. At $50, though, the functionality Real Church offers is a steal.
Dunamis is a church theme that utilizes modern design and a parallax style scrolling effect to get your message across. With its clean lines and bold typography, it easily organizes each section in a clear manner.
This theme attempts to do a lot, and it actually succeeds without feeling too cluttered. The separate home page sections allow for scheduling, upcoming events, blog posts, latest sermons and a clever gallery feature.
The drag and drop interface makes customization easy, but Dunamis also very image-heavy. If you’re looking for a more basic theme you may want to look elsewhere, because Dunamis does a lot. However, it does it well.
Mission is another very capable church theme with a great many features on offer.
The theme developers describe Mission to be “podcasting heaven”, which it very well could be. Support for audio files and a built-in podcasting system allows you to easily broadcast all sermons from your church. The developer has also provided 50 help videos to help you kick start your configuration of the Mission theme.
In all honesty, though, a lot of the features advertised in Mission — like crowdfunding and e-commerce — require the download of other plugins such as WooCommerce and IgnitionDeck. In the end, then, $60 is a bit stiff for Mission.
Rock Harbor is a modest theme that can enable you to create an understated church site.
Rock Harbor makes it fairly easy and quick to setup your site by offering custom post types and pre-set fields, along with a theme options panel to make design changes. The Sermon, Staff and Events custom post types enable you to quickly create these sections on your site. It also provides a newsletter signup form at the footer so you can start building your audience as soon as possible. The theme options panel enables you to easily make several design changes including color schemes and header options.
Simplicity and practicality are the key offerings of Rock Harbor.
United is a powerful church WordPress theme with podcasting support and very bold looks.
United’s typography is big ‘n’ bold, certain to grab any visitor’s attention. Released by OrganizedThemes, the theme comes packaged with 9 custom widgets: Facebook, featured video, featured page, recent posts, recent podcasts, podcast series, contact details, social profile links, and Mailchimp opt-in boxes. One feature that fund-raising churches will particularly enjoy is the ability to create donate buttons simply through the insertion of a shortcode.
You also get very robust podcasting support with the ability to showcase audio and video feeds for RSS and iTunes subscriptions. Sermon notes and audio are postable, and a custom post type allows you to create profiles for each pastor. What’s more, the background of a page while loading is animated. All things considered, a decent buy for the price.
Our Church is an easy to use and well-designed theme suitable for any church site.
The multiple customizable design and styling options help to create a distinctive and modern site. Customizable design elements like seemingly unlimited color options, 600+ Google Fonts and 600+ icons can be easily implemented using the drag-and-drop Visual Composer plugin. And if you don’t want to play around with design elements (including parallax scrolling), you can choose from 40+ predefined layouts.
Our Church also enables you to easily set up important functionality. Custom posts are available for you to create sections for sermons, events and prayer lists/resources; all you need to do is add the content. You also create an event calendar with Google Calendar integration to display your schedules and operating hours.
All in all, Our Church offers impressive functionality against a backdrop of an elegant and responsive design.
Forgiven is a responsive theme that can empower any type of church, especially contemporary churches, to create a well-designed and functional site. The theme relies on various premium plugins to achieve an interactive and modern design, and has quite a few features to display key content.
The premium plugins offer interactive design elements to create a visually appealing site. The Visual Composer plugin enables you to drag-and-drop page and post elements to quickly create distinctive pages. The Envira Gallery, Soliloquy Slider and Slider Revolution plugins enable you to add custom animated content galleries and sliders to any page or post. Complement these elements with the right colors, fonts and styling to achieve a contemporary site.
Forgiven also provides custom posts to quickly setup key content pages like sermons and lectures. The custom posts enable you to input lectures, events, sermons, and meetings in text, video or audio formats. You can use the Events Calendar WordPress plugin to set up a complete event and activities calendar.
This functionality, coupled with the customizable design features, makes Forgiven a great choice for any church site.
ChurcHope is a fully responsive theme with a clean design but advanced functionality to handle the needs of any church site.
The integrated event organizer, sermon post types, built-in shortcodes and various widgets meet the functional needs of most church sites. The event organizer comes with a calendar page and widget, a locations and time schedule, and enables you to announce, list and countdown upcoming events. The sermon post types enable you to quickly add sermons in whatever content format you have, such as audio, video or PDF. Shortcodes and widgets assist in adding important content like speaker bios and schedules.
ChurcHope gives you various design options and the capability to create an elegant site. The Theme Customizer enables you to set your site colors and background patterns, as well as change fonts and layouts to create distinctive pages. You also have 30+ social icons and 500+ icons at your disposal too.
You can build a clean and modern site with most – if not all – of the functionality you need with ChurcHope.
Hopes is a highly customizable and responsive theme most suitable for building an interactive church site.
The advanced theme options panel, shortcodes and a drag-and-drop Visual Composer enable you to easily build a modern site. You can use the theme options panel to implement just about any color combination or layout, not to mention various other design changes you may want to make. Shortcodes cater to more detailed typography changes and advanced layout styling needs. These various options enable you to mix and match the multiple design elements on offer to create distinct pages.
In addition to the numerous design choices, Hopes includes the Slider Revolution plugin to help produce a more interactive theme. You can use it to organize and elegantly showcase your Church events, meetings and any other media you want to display.
Hopes also relies on various plugins like Business Hours Pro (to display business and office hours, and other church meeting timings), Church Theme Content (to quickly display sermons, events, people and locations) and the Events Calendar (for all event management functions) to deliver functionality.
Genesis Church is a premium WordPress theme that boasts amazing functionality and an elegant design.
The 1200px wide design is easily customized in the unbranded theme options panel — personalize the background images, patterns, menu color, and other elements to your specific liking. Event management is taken to the next level — the custom plugin allows you to create event posts that lets people see the location, date, time, price, map, map link, notes, full description, featured image, and photo galleries of the event.
Sermon management is similarly powerful, delivering audio or video sermons, or even sermon transcripts in a Word document or PDF. The huge library of shortcodes does lightboxes, countdowns, accordions, columns, and more. A whopping 15 page layouts and 7 custom post types are provided in the theme. Custom widgets showcase Dribble, Instagram, Flickr, and Pinterest feeds.
Although Genesis Church doesn’t have the best appearance I’ve ever seen in a church theme, it comes mighty close with elegant typography, a background with plenty of white space, and solid structure.
Risen is a responsive church WordPress theme with lots of under-the-hood features and a splendid appearance.
You get event management (with recurring events possible), support for multiple locations, and a comprehensive sermon archive. Sermons can be produced as audio, video, or PDF posts and searched by front end users by tag, category, date, or speaker. You can also create dedicated pages for each member of your staff, with an email button on each profile. The included contact form allows the visitor to choose multiple recipients for his or her email. Custom social media icons are provided for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Flickr, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Skype, Dribble, Forrst, SoundCloud, Picasa, and Foursquare. Layered PSDs and a starter child theme are included in the purchase package.
Risen has a very appealing design, using multiple complementary fonts to maximum effect. There’s plenty of white space for users to rest their eyes, and Risen comes with two predefined color skins, light and dark.
50 pages of documentation and 12 video guides ensure that you’ll never get lost while configuring Risen. Overall, its a a great theme for the price.
Belief is a very powerful WordPress theme with lots of native features, but few specialized church-applicable functions.
When you buy Belief you get a drag ‘n’ drop template builder that allows you to customize the layout of your pages using category posts, tags, banners, boxes, team groups, widgets, and individual posts. Three default layouts are already provided. 5 blog page layouts are included: timeline, list, grid, masonry, and thumbnail. A built-in “tooltip” functionality allows you to display important messages on your site.
Belief’s design is a little too wide and plain for my taste, with nothing more than average looks. Also, since there is little church specialized functionality, I’d only recommend this theme if you’re not looking for features like event & sermon management.
The Church is both a fully responsive church WordPress theme and a Facebook page layout.
The theme has plenty of specialized functionality, including event calendars & management, a prayer wall (send out prayer requests), and donation meters. Over 400 Google Web fonts are available to help you customize the appearance of your site. Four sliders — Anything, Nivo, Layer ($15 value), and Sudo — are included.
The Church has a minimalist design that’s quite pleasing to the eye.