There are few areas that the internet has not touched in some way. It has changed the way that we live, influenced what and how we buy, what and how we say anything, what we eat and even how we worship.
Businesses and industries across the entire global spectrum have have to rethink and re-adjust the way that they operate. Almost any institution is now required to establish a web presence. It is necessary, not only for continuing existence or survival, but as a part of the critical transformation to digital connectivity.
One of the reasons why why WordPress is as popular as it currently is, may be because of the ease at which it offer a high-level of versatility and flexibility.
With the need to establish a web presence without needing highly skilled technical expertise, as other industries may need, the religious community can find a friend in WordPress. There may be dozens of themes that the religious sector can use to maintain a firm presence, and we list a few of what may some of the best.
Maranatha is a WordPress theme built specifically for hosting church websites, and it includes some very innovative features. The designers make clever of the one page feature with infinite scrolling and paralllax views, that helps to keep visitors engaged. The high visitor engagement is maintained with an attractive sticky menu to ensure that access to other content is always ready available.
A lot of attention has been paid to design details, with stylish buttons, and aesthetically pleasing typography that makes reading an enjoyable process. The cutomizeable blend of colours, fonts, and page layouts are stylishly combined to produced one of the more enjoyable user-experience in a fully responsive site.
The theme is offered with more than enough features to enable very efficient site management. One of the outstanding features is the ability to recall sermons, both in audio video, or even in text transcripts from, and the Marantha theme fully supports hosting of multimedia files. Sermons can be arranged by categories or speakers and or titles, or even the months of publishing. The theme also includes an events calendar to display upcoming or past events.
Custom fonts and colours
Pneuma WordPress Theme
Pneuma makes it easy to customise a church related website, as most of the work is done with the drag and drop features of the easy to use page builder. The designers at Organized Themes have done a remarkable job in creating a theme with an extraordinary degree of versatility, and is still very user friendly.
The PageBuilde allows the user to create and customise layouts, with the need to code in any computer language. It also allows user to add widgets to the pages, and with the widgets that can also be customized with colours fonts and dimensions, it is then a simple process to add posts, sermons, podcasts, or even important visitors information, such as service time, maps, groups meetings or subscribe forms and buttons and more all with widgets.
The extensive set of features include more than 600 Google fonts, in addition to the robust support for video and audio replay. Pneuma also supports easy translation, and the blog section is where members can interact with each other.
Robust pod casting
Kerygma WordPress Theme
Kerygma is one of the unique premium WordPress themes that combines form and function in a contemporary design while remaining subtle, There may be several reasons why this theme stands out, and we believe that it is because of the features that are included.
The design is clever and compact, and being fully responsive, it also transfer well across a wide array of screen sizes, but all other functions such as viewing video or listening to audio of sermons is handled flawlessly.
Pages can all be built with widgets that may include more content such as maps, address and contact information, or even a section where staff profiles can be added.
Kerygma also supports the Events Calendar, and in addition to the varied custom widgets, one of the more outstanding features, is the strong support for images with the Hero Section, where each page can support images in various colours, sizes or backgrounds.
Support for HTML5 audio and video
Support for audio and video podcasting.
Fully responsive design
Exodus features the flat design and contemporary styling in an attractive WordPress theme package that is uniquely designed for building a modern church website. The theme is fully responsive, and can be easily customized. What may be one of the more desirable feature is the live preview ability that allows user to see customs changes in real-time before saving or publishing.
Very often the church website is used to represent or reflect the personality of the church and changes can be made until the mission is accomplished, by easy adjusting of elements such as colours, fonts, logos or layouts. Exodus handles the job well, without the need for highly technically skilled personnel.
Publish sermons in possible formats of audio, video or texts, and with powerful applications such as the important event calendar, and the WordPress blog that is easily enabled, there may be more than enough content to keep visitors, church and potential members engaged.
Custom widgets, sidebars and posts
Design customisation with live preview
Google fonts and maps
Supports Image and video galleries
Google Map-integrated location pages
It is not very often that we note a stylish designed, but simple and uncomplicated theme such as Uplifted. It is fully responsive, and fulfills the needs of almost all church websites.
The designers at Upthemes have made managing a church website much more enjoyable, as it includes some functions that anyone can complete. There are several formats for posting content such as the times of services, or introduction to sermons, speeches and podcasts. Uplifted handles audio as well as video files, and there is even more and easy access to other areas with the event calendar that can be used to publish church events.
Churches may sometime have multiple campuses, but Uplifted includes the ability to manage an unlimited number of campuses from one central location. It also include an handy module where information on the support staff can be published. Other key features include the drag and drop editing with a live front end preview, along with the unlimited colour options.
Unlimited colour options
Multiple layout options
Drag-and-drop page builder
It is easy to customize the fully responsive Resurrect church theme. But it may also be difficult to understand why it is needed. The default design is visually stunning, and it may be indded a great place to begin after the one-click installation of the demo. However your church may need a different representation, and there light or dark colour schemes available from which you can choose. From there, a custom background can be added or different fonts can be selected along with the church logo.
The theme is also optimized to work across a wide range of screen and browsers, with a rapid search facility, where visitors can podcasts of sermons or view videos from externally hosted sites such as Vimeo or YouTube. Even are published in the monthly calendar, with an upcoming event alert list. Drill down is enable, when events area organized by categories, which is very useful for for churches with multiple campuses.
The designers also provide tech support and video tutorials fore easy references.
Display multiple church campuses with activities
Staff and leader bio pages
Community Pro WordPress Theme
The CommunityPro theme includes formats for postingin almost any format desirable, and with the simple but clever blog format, it is easy to share church and almost every other type of information. It is fully responsive any allows visitors to contact at any time and in any space.
Even with all of the functionality that is included, operation is still smooth and easy as the theme is designed to be light on the use of resources. Attractively designed and built on the powerful Genesis Framework, CommunityPro offers some robust operation behind an interface that is deceptively intuitive.
The slideout menu remains hidden until clicked to reveal internal pages, which transition into view as quickly as they disappear.
Visitors may enjoy the deployment of this theme for the speed and simplicity with which it operates and communicates. Even with heavy imagery there is no lagging noticed ,as the seamless operation, enabled with HTML5 is ideal for handling newsletters signups,theme customizing. or changing color schemes when desired.
Slide out menus
Event calendar listing
Widgets and shortcodes included
Risen is another of the outstanding theme designed for church websites. It is mobile, so that visitor and members can be reached at any time. They can be invited to select any of the sermon archives, or browse through the photo and video gallery. They can also be reminded of any of the upcoming church events or those that may be recurring.
Use Risen if your church has multiple locations, and there are also some pages where the profiles of support staff can be published, so readers and visitors may get to know them better. One of the things that we love about the theme is the easy search features, where site visitors can search archived sermons by date, speaker, tag, category or even some text. While it cannot be considered smart, it still is intelligent enough to return info efficiently.
Customization is easy and powerful enough to be completed in a few clicks to change fonts, colors . and backgrounds. The Risen theme is also offers with an extensive documentation set and support is also available.
Supports Custom Background and logos
600+ Google Web Fonts
Supports podcasting and sermon Archives
Evangelist WordPress Theme
Evangelist is a fully functional and visually appealing WordPress theme built that is suitable for use as church sites, non-profit groups and charities ThemeFuse has designed a theme that appears to be personable and warm with a classic design that somehow still appears to be modern.It is quite a feat to accomplish this a church theme, which means that it can be used with wider appeal.
It includes tons of resources and features that range from an event calendar with recurring events to archived sections where sermons can be viewed or downloaded. A music section can feature favorites, while a photo gallery can display featured images in a customised slider.
Adjusting and editing content is easily done with the options included at the admin panel which can also be customised to user preferences.
More flexibility is available with the Custom Post Types that can be used to style individual pages, and with all of this , Evangelist is also very SEO friendly with a module that enables the needed requirements such as keywords and descriptive tags.
ChurcHope theme is a responsive WordPress theme, designed for use as NGO or Church websites. With minor modifications, it can also be used suitably as homes for Portfolio or some corporate sites. It is one of the easiest themes that can be used after a click to install the demo site. The theme bundle includes several options for customizing. There are five layouts for posting, while the choice of 15 widgets allow content and element publishing in a variety of forms.
The event calendar, can be used to display information on all upcoming or even past events is available through the search feature. Alert visitors to events with a prominent countdown, and it is easy to provide additional information, such location and times.
Themoholics have done a good job with this theme that is focused on information presentation. Visitors can freely download sermons, or they may login to access additional account features, and along with the efficient design, the theme can also be integrated with popular social media accounts for sharing.
Unlimited colour options
One click demo install.
Translation ready with WPML support
Benevolence is an attractively designed, beautiful WordPress theme that can be used for churches or non-profit organizations. Built with the powerful combination of HTML5 and CSS3, page loading is fast and efficient, and it also ensures that updates can be easily installed to keep your operating economically.
Designers at WPLook Studio have gone to great lengths to include much function and features into the fully responsive theme, by including eleven formats for posting under a classically designed menu. Display images prominently on the full width slider, which can be featured with label overlays on the home page.
The Benevolence theme is packed with several pre-built pages that are specific to churches, and they are all directly available from the main menu. Publishing information on Causes, Projects o n even on specific ministries is easy, and adding additional pages is simple as the Benevolence theme also includes an easy to use Page Composer.
Collect Automatic Donations
Includes Child theme
Unlimited color selection
Kause WordPress Theme
You can begin to use the Kause theme straight out-of the box, or it is flexible with the inclusion of 23 page building blocks, can be be used as starting points.
Kause is a multipurpose theme, that although designed for churches and non-profits organisations, it can also be used as sports clubs, political parties or any other causes to which users may gravitate. One of the prominent features of the attractively designed responsive theme from the team at ThemeCanon, is the Donations page, which is designed to allow visitors to make donations.
13 custom designed widgets include the ability to publish multiple types of content that can include timelines of events, and in addition to images, audio and video posting is also robustly supported. There are several options for blog posting, and the layout of the blog is also fully customizable. Kause also easily integrates with WooCommerce plugin , where an online store front can be installed to process eCommerce transactions.
Google & Awesome Webfonts
240+ Flag iconsfor language menu
Three Predefined Skins
Unlimited colour variations
Prayer is a clean and mobile friendly WordPress theme that renders nicely with screen and browsers of all sizes and types. The clean and logical grid style design from CSSIgniter can be an ideal solution for church oriented websites, and includes most of the tools necessary for site management,
The application for managing sermons allows categorizing the audio or videos, and there are special pages for publishing events, or photo and audio or video galleries. Make your locations easy to find, by enabling Maps integration, and things are not likely to get stale, as the theme includes six colour schemes that are easily interchanged.
Operation is easy, as the site is powered with the fast operating language of HML5 and CSS3. The developers have bundled a powerful pack of shortcodes for installing columns,buttons and other elements, wherever they may be needed. It is also easy to install custom menus, and the Prayer theme also supports localisation for the translation into several other languages.
Saint Church is a premium WordPress theme from StyleMix themes, and is constructed to be fully responsive designed theme to be used for non-profits and churches. The theme includes an easy to use a page builder that can be used in design custom layouts, or edit existing pages.
StyleMix have spared little detail, and included an extensive feature set for editing pages. The layout is impressive, and can include some animated effects to attract visitors. An attractive slider with animated effects can be featured on the homepage, while there are modules for event management, custom posting, and an extensive list of shortcodes for donation buttons,video previews, and an event countdown clock.
Saint Church is also ready for translation, and it is just as easy to integrate sharing via social media. The shortcode and widget package also includes text or markup widget, or within any of the columns, it is easy to place feeds from any of the social media networks.
Drag and drop page builder
Shortcodes that add event countdowns, tables, and stylish lists
Easy social media integration
Outreach Pro is a classically designed mobile responsive WordPress theme from StudioPress. It was built on the powerful Genesis Framework, and maintains a great deal of versatility and function. It is devoted for use as a church site, but the features included also make it suitable for other purposes.
Outreach Pro is available with a widgetized Home Featured Page, three custom widgets for User Profiles, Features Posts, and Featured Pages.
All of the features are encased in an attractive flat design style, where a choice of two sliders can be used on the Home Page. The widget style of constructing pages results in a robust but lean operation, with very fast page loadingas the minimalist design excludes extraneous bells and whistles. OutReach Pro can not only be suitable for churches, but can be adapted for use in similar circumstances, such as non-profits, and SMEs.
The only drawback to the use of this theme, is that may not be as easy to customize as others, and out of the box use is recommended.
6 layout options
Custom homepage with slider and content areas
Light of Peace
Although described as a premium theme,Light of Peace is a simple WordPress theme, suitable for non-profits or as a template for churches and charities. It has also been used comfortably as a portfolio or service and product display site, and in some case for service businesses, such as designers and photographers.
Some of the features are really outstanding, such as the slider on the HomePage, powered with the jQuery application. Tabbed containers make efficient use of valuable web estate, and produce valued memorable user-experiences with fast and easy navigation.
Sites can be published in an of Five colour schemes, and the layouts can vary enough to make your site design seem new, even though you may have only change the layout. This can be used as an advantage for both users and search engines that appreciate sites that are more active with content changes. Other useful features include the event management feature, in addition to easy social media account integration.
Church Suite Remittal
Church Suite is a powerful bold, but elegant theme that speaks directly to followers and site visitors. It is a newly puplished theme from the WebNus design theme, and is destined to become one of the popular themes for churches. The increasing popularity may be due to to the interesting design, but also because of the very powerful and handy features that are included.
Church Suite is offered with three different designs of the Home page. There is a substantial overload of variety and flexibility that accompanies the operation of the Church Suite brand.
Four unique site templates are provided, and there are more than 50 custom-built pages. Content can be install from the one-click demo installation.
Events calendar, resources download area, and donation pages are some of the highlights, and even more variety and flexibility is available with 11 headers and multiple styles for an impressive blog, and despite all of the features and functionality, the theme functions almost flawlessly.
Multiple Blog styling
WooCommerce, Visual Composer and others included
The initial impression of this Deeds theme from Webinane designer, is that it may be a bit understated, and perhaps not powerful enough. However as it turns out, that could not be further from the truth.Deeds is new theme, that is suitable for hosting non-profit organizations or church related sites, and above all, it is overloaded with some of the most desirble feature for running non-profit sites
A countdown to the next upcoming even is featured neatly at the page top, which is sequenced by a header that can include menus and the church or ministry logo.
There are eight demos of different colours and layouts are providedorchurch-specific homepage options, including Sermons, Ministries, Donations and Church Events. The photo galleries can be styled in four different ways, and the bundle also includes several pre-built pages and subpages.
Keep visitors engaged and apprised, by publishing content in pages that can be easily edited with the handy powerful Visual Composer page editor, and images can be edited, styled and featured in Layer Slider.
Free Revolution Slider Support
Woo Commerce Included
Multiple Color Option
Bethlehem is packed with some very powerful options, and several noteworthy plugins are already integrated.
e an inspiring, highly customizable, minimalist theme packed with intuitive and useful features.
It is a clean one-page theme from a group known as SpyroPress. While it may not overly complex, it is alo easy to use and operate, which is the reason why we have included it in our list. It is also relatively inexpensive and offers above average value for the price.
The minimalism included as part of the design, offers efficient use of free space, and pages can include much of desired functions of church related sites. Valuable plugins, such as Megamenu, Revolution Slider are included, and there are additional features for visitors to download or play sermons through external applications such as SoundCloud.
The theme also supports the use of WooCommerce plugin, and the Events Manager is an easy way to keep visitors and members informed. Bethlehem is a versatile theme that may also be used by non-profit organizations. Additional features, such as a blog, and a page for donations and testimonials can contribute to continuing existence.
Responsive Layout, flexible and nestable grid system using Susy.
Validated schema markup .
Localized translation support.
Powerful Options Panel – Bethlehem has a powerful options panel that allows you to customize your website to match your brand.
Deep Integrations – Bethlehem is integrated with WooCommerce, Events Calendar, Give Donations, Testimonials by WooThemes, Our Team by WooThemes, Visual Composer, Slider Revolution and many other plugins.
Church and Event
The web design industry has been commoditized, where some of the best sites on the web, can be built without coding skills. WordPress is one platform that can be used to make it happen, and the Church and Event is a classic example. The greater benefits to the use of this theme, is that it is uncomplicated enough for beginners to enjoy using it, while advanced developers can also appreciate the design and construction.
A wide range of industries can enjoy using this theme can be be used for hosting sites in areas such as churches and NGOs, to gymnasium or even law offices. The designers at Vamtam have based a theme on what can be described as uncomplicated sophistication, that is reflected in the theme operation.
It takes no more than a single click to install the demo content to get started and the sme vein of simplicity continues with the infinte scroll of the one page feature that displays all content. Church and Events also supports most of the popular WordPress plugins.
High speed performance
Unmimited layout styles
Multiple footer styles
NativeChurch is a clean, compact, but uncomplicated theme developed for churches and non-profit organizations. and other religious websites. The theme’s popularity may come from the fact that it was built on the popular Boostrap Framework, and there supports the functionality it provides.
One of the features that is sure to attract users, is the ample support provided for resolving high resolution imagery. Tpages were tested on smaller screens.
Grab visitors attention with an attractive header that can also host Megamenu items. With a bit of creativity, there are quite a few things that can be done with Megamenu, including holding video previews, and links to other important posts and pages. Vary the layouts with a few clicks that transform pages from boxed to widescreen or multiple column layouts. Use any of the fonts from the Google or Awesome font packages to add the style you wish, and with the integration of Google Maps and easy contact information, it means that visitors are always a touch away.
Built on Bootstrap 3
Support Google and Recurring Events Calendar
The Spiritual theme from Soft Web Media appears to be designed to energize the spirit and awaken the soul, and the positivity is one of the features that religion should be responsible for generating. So we can conclude that this theme is succesful at accomplishing the task.
It should resonate with church members, as it offers easy contact, and rapid access to information. The theme was built with the fast rendering jQuery libraries, and page transitions are almost instant.
A full slider with interesting effects, pulls the visitors and and then leads them to other areas, such as the easy social media connect icons.
A megmenu ribbon at page top contains page links, and the styles and layouts of the various pages are all customizeable.
The package of pre-defined shortcodes, ensures that no techies are need, but only the ability to write, cut and paste.
Add features such as the Events calendar, and arrange sermons and texts in various formats, and offer more interactvity in custom styled postings, with a powerful blog.
Spiritual is also fully responsive, with support for WooCommerce to allow vistors to purchase items from any device.
Unlimited Skins, Portfolio pages and sidebars
Revolution Slider included
Sticky Top Navigation
Custom Shortcodes with Shortcodes Generator
One of the main disadvantages of the use of WordPress themes for church related sites, may be that some users may come to prefer the convenience of regularly visiting websites as opposed to visiting the church Incarnation theme, may be one of the ways that the problem can be resolved as it retains the idea of community.
It is one of the few theme that supports a robust community or form and a blog where members can engage in dialogue. We also appreciate the sparse typography that makes reading easy with lots of white spacing.
Despite having sparse typography, the Incarnation theme does not suffer from a lack of features, and in addition to the community, it also supports the rendering of both audio and video files. Incarnation is built on the remarkable Avia Framework and offers full support for the WPML plugin. Styling colours, fonts and backgrounds is a simple tasks, an although it may be a difficult proposition at this time, one one the features that we can hope for is to have live audio or video conferencing.
Audio and Video Sermons
There is not much more that can be packed into this theme from Boxy Studios. Forgiven is fully responsive theme, that may be suited to the modern or contemporary style church, where there may be less of a need to follow traditions or forfmality.
Add social media feeds to the webpage, or even add a featured sermon on the home page in audio or video format. If the organization is capable live streaming of services may also be supported, as Forgiven is ready to handle it.
It is the number of plugins that are included in the power packed bundle that we find to be most impressive.
Get several Sliders, that can handle and animate images od almost any size. Adjust the appearnce of images, by editing sizes, colors fonts or backgrounds, and there is much more that can be done with the Visual Composer that allows drag and drop page building and more content addition, such as staff profiles, Event Calendar and a blog page.