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As more churches realized their need for a web presence, web developers made themes to catch up and meet their needs. There are now dozens of WordPress themes made specifically for church websites.
These themes go far and beyond simply looking appropriate for churches. They also come packed with features to promote upcoming events, publish recorded sermons, and even accept donations. It’s amazing how much a website can now support the goals of an organization.
These are the top themes available to build a site for a church.
If this is your first website, you might enjoy our guide on how to make a church website.
Church WordPress themes
Each theme listed here is up-to-date with the latest version of WP and is also fully responsive. That means they’re 100% mobile-friendly.
Any theme below will be a good choice for a church, ministry, or other religious organization.
Here are my top picks for best church WordPress themes for 2021.
1. Church by Vamtam (Themeforest)
Church is a best-selling theme on Themeforest for churches and religious organizations.
This WP theme excels at organizing visitors around an event. A countdown timer is displayed below the image slider (LayerSlider comes bundled with Church) on the homepage and repeats on every other page at the top of the site. It gives the theme an active feel and can effectively promote event registration for every church.
Regarding features, Church leaves little to be desired. You’ll have to browse the demos to see just how many layouts and designs you can create. You’ll also have the ability to build a community on the site itself, thanks to Church’s integration with the popular WordPress forum plugin bbPress.
2. NativeChurch by ImiThemes (Themeforest)
NativeChurch is a great theme for organizing a community around the current events and news of your church. The sensible design makes promoting your calendar, blog posts, and sermons easy.
NativeChurch has plenty of layouts to choose from and a page builder for creating your own designs via a drag-and-drop system. Use it to manage and publish sermons, advertise events, and accept donations.
Like other themes listed, NativeChurch comes bundled with Slider Revolution and has full WooCommerce support.
3. Divi by Elegant Themes
Build a simple and attractive church website with the adaptable Divi WordPress theme. The screenshot above features the homepage from the church layout pack (one of seven pre-designed layouts). It features sections to promote your service, links to live streams, and give visitors ample opportunity to get in touch.
While this layout’s styles are nice, it’s important to know that the design is totally customizable. Divi comes with a plugin called Divi Builder, and together they provide a vibrant customization experience. You can use the Divi Builder to edit your site visually. Simply click the element you want to edit, and get to work.
Every pixel of your site is customizable with Divi. The only drawback is that it takes some time to learn how to use the design system. That said, the layout packs help a lot since you can immediately import a handful of finished pages for your site.
4. Zegen by Zozo Themes(Themeforest)
Zegen is a highly functional church theme with event integration, audio players, and compatibility with donation tools. Use it to create a website for a non-profit, charity, volunteer group, or prayer group.
This theme has a modern style that makes designing a clean website easy. Balanced use of color makes the site visually attractive without being overly flashy or bright. You’ll find beautiful blog post listings, call-to-action page sections, and upcoming event listings among the pre-designed elements.
Zegen integrates with the Elementor plugin, which is the most straightforward page builder plugin to get started with. It includes a handful of stylish elements that you can drag-and-drop into any page. This intuitive system makes it easy to create a beautiful website quickly and without sacrificing any design control.
5. Saved by Church Themes
Saved is a media-rich theme for the modern church. You can publish news, upcoming events, and sermons with audio, video, and/or text. This theme has thought of it all.
What makes Saved a truly modern theme is the intuitive page builder. You can add and remove sections from the homepage easily and watch them instantly update in the site preview. You have control over colors, images, text, video – everything you need to customize your site and get it just right.
The Saved theme comes with a higher price tag, but that gets you an extremely feature-rich theme from a theme shop specializing in building great themes for churches.
6. Belief by Cosmo Themes (Themeforest)
Looking to create an informational website for your church?
Belief has a design that makes it easy to publish a lot of content. Publish pages for your staff, upcoming events, and regular lessons on the blog. For an actively updated website, Belief will be a great fit.
This church theme includes many templates and a page builder. Some unique features, such as page “likes,” can help you ascertain what content is resonating most with your visitors. You can also enable the Facebook comment system, which can help visitors spread the word to their FB friends every time they comment on your site.
7. Ichthys by Model Theme (Themeforest)
Ichthys is an attractive theme for churches with a modern flair. Clean, bold fonts and colorful accents make this theme visually stunning.
Ichthys has a few features that set it apart from other themes. The site’s donations have targets and progress bars, sort of like you see on a site like Kickstarter. There’s also a members page where you can introduce the church staff. Events and sermons are also available, as in other themes listed here.
8. Maranatha by Church Themes
Another theme by Church Themes, Maranatha, is a trendier theme for churches. The stand-out feature of this theme is the long homepage with parallax scrolling. It looks like a classic one-page theme, except it’s got all the content capabilities found in the Exodus theme. That means you can publish audio, video, events; you name it! All with great design to present it to visitors.
If you want a beautiful theme with a modern flair and without sacrificing any features, Maranatha is a great choice.
9. Risen by Church Themes (Themeforest)
Risen is a simple WP with all the features you need to create a church website.
The boxed layout makes it easy for visitors to see what they can do on your site. Browsing and finding what you need is a breeze. The colors and fonts featured throughout the design can all be customized from the options panel.
Sermons can be posted as video or audio, and events can be quickly added to the site. To help visitors stay “in the loop,” add upcoming events and recent news widgets to the sidebar. With the addition of gallery layouts, featuring images of your church and community is easy too.
10. Forgiven by Boxy Studio (Themeforest)
Forgiven is a colorful church theme with animated header backgrounds, custom post types for sermons and events, and complete layout control with drag-and-drop page building.
The Forgiven theme is highly rated on ThemeForest, thanks to its flexibility and design quality. It comes with select for staff pages, the blog, sermons, and more. With the addition of page building, you can create a template for any content you have.
While the theme is entirely customizable on its own, it greatly extends its functionality through the use of additional bundled plugins. These include Visual Composter, Slider Revolution, Envira Gallery, and Soliloquy Slider. That’s $239 worth of plugins you get free when purchasing Forgiven.
11. Salvation by MyThemeShop
Salvation is a minimalist WordPress theme for churches and ministries. As a theme by MyThemeShop, it comes with their signature options panel and clean, user-friendly design.
Creating a beautiful homepage with Salvation is easy, thanks to the drag-and-drop page builder. You can add exactly the right content to match the goals of your church’s website.
As with the other themes, Salvation includes functionality for donations, events, and recorded sermons. Thanks to the Google Fonts integration, there’s also a services section, built-in social media sharing buttons, and hundreds of fonts to choose from.
12. Exodus by Church Themes
Exodus is a clean and modern church theme. The design is calm and spacious, making it easy to navigate and consume content.
With Exodus, you’ll find the right balance of design options without being overwhelmed by hundreds of settings. You can change the primary colors and fonts quite easily from the Customizer, among other customization options.
This theme isn’t without its fair share of functionality either. In particular, Exodus gives you a lot of control over the various types of content you publish with support for podcasting, sermons, events, and more. On top of this, you’ll find plenty of written and video tutorials plus top-notch customer support.
13. Bethlehem by Shaikrilwan (Themeforest)
Bethlehem is gorgeous and bills itself as a theme for churches, charities, non-profits, mosques, and prayer groups. It’s capable of a wide array of different styles. For that reason, it is likely a great choice for anyone building multiple websites.
Bethlehem’s design is clean and easy to navigate. Some visitors may find this a welcome change to more complex sites on the web. Despite its simplicity, it has all the tools you need to publish a variety of content.
The Bethlehem theme comes with a theme options dashboard with over a dozen different sets of customization options. It includes an events manager, eight header styles, GiveWP integration, and more.
14. Jesus Church by TemplateMonster
This template of soft color shades, crisp design, and uncluttered layout ensures great UX on your church website and makes it stand out among the other church websites.
The theme’s homepage uncovers all the information needed to present your church, such as your history, mission, gallery, etc., and underpins it with beautiful Parallax-powered imagery. Some sections show the latest news from your blog, insightful publications, pastors, and other valuable information.
The theme is powered by the Cherry Framework, which provides for hustle-free template installation and convenience of its extended customization. Use the theme’s advanced functionality to add posts of different types and formats. Among them, you’ll find such post formats as Aside, Gallery, Link, Image, Video, Audio, Quote, and others. Jesus Church theme also comes with a set of 80+ prebuilt shortcodes that let you built content of different types on the fly. Being translation-ready, Jesus Church can also be translated with the popular WPML translation plugin to as many languages as needed.
As a well-designed, responsive, and SEO-optimized theme, the Jesus Church template is a perfect choice for powering a church website that ignites faith in every visitor.
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Which church theme is right for you?
There’s a diverse set of styles and features in the collection above. When making your selection, factor in the theme’s features and flexibility beyond just the way it looks. This will help you choose a theme that will grow and adapt to your website over time.
Divi has a unique visual builder, which you may prefer. It’s also a good choice for anyone looking to build multiple websites since it can be reused to create different designs.
Church earned a high recommendation because of its great style and design customization tools.
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