30+ Engaging Church Website Templates for Religious Websites

June 24, 2013 · 40 comments

by Sonny M. Day

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Churches are the institutions of our society whose need to disseminate their message and information is extremely high. As most other modern organization, churches need a medium to distribute their voice online and nothing does the job better than decent looking Church Website Templates running on WordPress. Since each church typically have their own needs for their website, a custom made theme is always preferable, but custom made church website templates do not always come cheap.

Considering that most churches work on a limited budget, they often can’t spend a sizable amount of money to pay a professional web designer. For this reason, I am showcasing a collection of church website templates for WordPress which are affordable, efficient, appealing, and easy to update. If I missed a theme for church websites worth showcasing in this category, or if you have any comment or suggestion as to how to improve this list, please feel free to write them below. We will have that covered in a future post or an update. You should also check this article on splashmagazine.com for more church related themes.


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Risen – Church WordPress Theme (Responsive) – DEMO

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This church theme for WordPress has the features a church website needs — a mobile-friendly responsive design, sermon archive, photo and video gallery, church events calendar, support for multiple locations, staff profiles and church news. The sermon archive is complete with the ability for visitors to search for audio, video and text sermons by category, tag, date and speaker. Risen has powerful customization options that make it easy to change the theme’s colors, fonts and background.

ChurcHope – Responsive WordPress Theme – DEMO

churchope church website template

ChurcHope is a powerful responsive WordPress Theme. It’s a good choice for Churches and other non-profit organizations, but can also be great for business websites. It has a lot of up-to-date features. It is fully customizable, just choose your colors, background patterns, change fonts, change layouts for different pages.

Belief – Church WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Belief is a responsive theme. It uses a framework that permits the site to be accessed on all mobile devices, including iPad and Android powered tablets.

Real Church – Responsive Retina Ready Theme – DEMO

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Real Church is the most powerful church WordPress theme. It has full functional that church theme must have. Sermon post type which supports video, audio, attachment and also PDF. Event post type which you can put the start date/time, end date/time and you can also put google map in the post. Pastor post type which allow you to feature church’s pastors. Also you still have traditional blog post and portfolio post to feature your works/product so you can also use the theme as other purpose too.

SimplePress - DEMO

simple-press-church website templates

SimplePress from ELegant Themes is a slick minimalistic website template popular among church websites because of its clean and professional look. It features a homepage with a beautiful javascript slider and clear hierarchy, fully functional Blog and Gallery sections and ePanel theme options among others. Elegant Theme offers a membership package with 80+ premium WordPress Themes for only $39. Check it out!

The Church – Responsive WordPress Theme – DEMO

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The Church is the high quality web-masterpiece. The main destination of this theme is to serve religion and charity organizations, churches etc. It also fits in many business branches. The main features, what are extremely important and super useful, are in 3 features including Events Calender & Management, Prayer Wall and Charity Meter.

Mission – Funding and Commerce For churches – DEMO

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Mission is a church theme offering everything that a church would ever need, from podcasting to calendars to commerce and funding, mission aims to provide an advanced one stop solution for your church.

The Good News – Responsive WP Theme For Churches – DEMO

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The Good News is a responsive WordPress theme designed mainly for churches and religious website. It has custom template for Events, Sermons & Media and Contact Form included.

Incarnation – Church and Community Theme – DEMO

Incarnation church website templates

Incarnation is a responsive WordPress Church Theme (try resizing your browser), suited for any kind of Church Website that wants to provide a community site to its visitors. It comes with support for audio and video sermons, a fully fledged event calendar, a community forum and many other options.

Peacemaker – The WordPress Theme for Churches – DEMO

peacemaker wordpress church theme

Peacemaker is a responsive WordPress church theme that provides a powerful homepage slider, event functionality, audio posts (for sermons), video and galleries, and tons of other great customization features.

Authentic Church – DEMO

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Authentic Church is church website design which is simple, unique, and uncluttered Premium WordPress theme which is easy to use. You can completely dictate what goes on your homepage with its one control panel page.  ÆNDRE TEKST!!!!!!!!

The Cause – Non-Profit WordPress Theme – DEMO

cause church website templates

The Cause is a clean and elegant non-profit WordPress theme that can be used for a variety of purposes and causes. From standard non-profit, charity and activism websites, to religious and political organizations The Cause is a must have theme.

Hopeful Church Website Template – DEMO

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Hopeful is a feature-rich non-profit church theme with an elegant yet powerful design mechanisms. With this WordPress theme, you can choose Blue, Brown, Red, Green, Pink as color of your church blog. It features a Paypal donation widget for easy acceptance of funds from donors. Its simple, clean and user friendly theme options panel, makes your blog up and running to make every visit to your site an enjoyable experience filled with enlightening lessons from the gospels.

Nyx Responsive Church WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Nyx is a responsive WordPress Church Theme with an impressive set of features: An advanced fullwidth slider, drag and drop functionality, event management, video, audio and PDF support for sermons, 20 Page templates, 9 Different Portfolio page styles, 13 Custom Widgets and much more.

Outreach Theme For Churches – DEMO

outreach-church-website-templates Outreach is a beautiful church website template with fixed width, 6 layout options, featured images, threaded comments and theme options.

Blessing Premium Responsive WordPress Theme – DEMO

Blessing-wordpress-theme for churches

Blessing Responsive WP Theme is the high quality web-masterpiece. The main destination of this theme is to serve religion and charity organizations, churches, parishes, etc. It also fits in many business branches. The main feature, what is extremely important and super useful, lies in including of two applications here – Events Calendar and Mail Subscriber. We offer you the great combination of functionality, good-looking, well-structure and usefulness.

Gospel – Premium Responsive WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Gospel is a premium responsive HTML 5 WordPress Theme created primarily for religious based institutions looking for a nice clean design. It is a very customizable theme packed with features. It’s also created with SEO best practices and all the latest features of WordPress giving you ability to reach-out to your community very simple and effective.

Genesis Church – Premium Responsive WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Genesis Church is a template that has been designed with religious organizations in mind. It is fully equipped for the purpose and is ideal for those who are looking for a solid, customizable and very extensive theme.

Accende – WordPress Church Theme – DEMO

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The Accende WordPress Church Theme is a powerful theme developed especially for church websites, but due to the large number of custom features, it can be used as well for Artist Portfolios and even Business Websites. Customizing your website is very easy, due to the extensive Administration panel, the custom Widgets, and as well due to the very detailed Documentation.

Identity Church and NGO Template – DEMO

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Identity is an html website template specially designed for Church, NGO and non profit websites. This template is easy to modify and ready to be up and running out of the box. The PSD files included have been customized to allow fast skinning. This template comes in 5 pre made color variations: red, blue, gray, green and orange. But it will only take one minute to create your desired color schemes.

Just Believe Church and NGO Template – DEMO

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JustBelieve is an html template specially designed for Church, NGO and non profit websites. Just like Identity this template is easy to modify and ready to be up and running out of the box. The PSD files included have been customized to allow fast skinning.

Relief – Charity HTML Template – DEMO

relief-church-website-template

Relief is a website template designed with Charities and other non-profit organisations in mind. It has 12 HTML Pages Included, 5 Pre Configured Colour Schemes, Google Fonts, Photo Gallery with PrettyPhoto, Contact page with Google Maps and more.

Glory – The WordPress Theme for Churches – DEMO

glory-church-website-templates

We all want our message to get across. We all want it to be understood. Our church’s godly message also does. Perhaps more than anything else. Help your church to find a good theme in this collection of church website templates. Happy surfing!

Bhinneka Non-profit WordPress theme – DEMO

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Bhinneka is a responsive WordPress theme with two-column page layouts, slideshow support, three alternative styles, widgets and drop down menus. Perfect for non-profit organization, charity, or corporate websites.

Rebirth WordPress Theme for Churches – DEMO

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Rebirth is a Church WordPress Theme aimed at making your new church website the best one on the block!

Born Church Theme – DEMO

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On-line presences is important today. Born is a Church WordPress Theme aimed at making your new church website the best one in your area.

WordPress Aid – DEMO

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WordPress Aid is ideal for charity organizations. It’s focused on raising funds for your charity and alerting visitors to important issues happening in the world.

Trinity – DEMO

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Trinity is a squeaky clean design aimed at helping churches deliver their content in modern style. The interface features light tones and textures in a clean and readable layout. Clean lines and prominent typography make Trinity the perfect way to engage church members and future guests with your content.

Mu Church Website Template – DEMO

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Although Mu is designed for church websites, this church website template also appeals to other websites aside from churches and religious organizations. It goes with a myriad of features which can be easily configured to suit the particular mood of the site. It has sidebars which are fully widgetized and home page content areas. It also has an amazing carousel effect to display images or any other content. Because Mu is built primarily for church purposes, it is the most popular WordPress theme around. It has a lot of followers like:

Antioch Church Theme – DEMO

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Antioch is a design suited for any church seeking to appeal to a wide audience. The interface features light tones and textures in a clean and readable layout. Subtle shadows and rich typography make Antioch the perfect way to engage church members and future guests with your content.

Ray of Light – DEMO

ray-of-light-church-theme

This wordpress theme is perfect for churches and religious movements. It features are rich and highly customizable. It also has its own gallery and five custom widgets, that allow you do whatever you want with your sidebar.

Boldy WordPress Theme (Free) – DEMO

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Boldy is a free to download, great WordPress church website template which has earned its popularity among churches.

Wisdom Of Life – NGO and Charity Theme – DEMO

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WISDOM of Life, it’s a clean and elegant theme, developed mainly to setup NGOs, non-profit organizations and corporate websites. Using the color scheme of your choice by using color picker make it elegant and high visual impact experience. This theme is best suitable for a small to large NGO Organizations to setup reference website. Theme works in all the major browsers, and has massive features to use for your next projects as well.

WP Church – DEMO

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This church theme is created on a highly intelligent framework. It has automatic scripture finders, custom built image galleries, mp3 players and calendars. You can do away with plugins with this theme. It also have configurable slideshow, Google maps with street view and directions, newsletter subscription widget, custom gallery with countdown timer, upcoming events widget, and custom built sermon gallery.

Group Discussion!

Let me hear your opinion about the themes showcased here. Do you like one in particular? Or do you prefer another one? Also, please share this article with your peers.

Author : Sonny Day

Sonny M. Day is a passionate SEO and web design enthusiast who loves photography, mountain climbing, snorkeling and dirt bike riding.

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Web Designer Atlanta June 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Thanks for sharing these lovable themes.

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Nick June 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Hey,
Thanks for including our Wordpress theme The Cause to your list, much appreciated! :) Just to let you know we have also just recently made a new, responsive theme specifically catered to churches and religious organizations called Grace. You can check it out here:
http://themeforest.net/item/grace-a-responsive-church-wordpress-theme/4819055

It has an abundance of options, plus a couple of commercial plugins included with the theme.

If you like it, please consider adding it to your list. :)
Thanks again.
Nick

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Carol May 21, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Our church came from an expensive CMS system and now uses WordPress. Being able to use a theme made it really easy to get started! A quick tip for anyone looking for a WordPress plugin calendar, we use Connect Daily (MH Software). It’s been great. It was easy to put into our WordPress site and it’s been a terrific product to use. I’d encourage anyone to take a look: http://www.mhsoftware.com/WordPressCalendar.html

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manoj sharma May 7, 2013 at 9:20 am

suprb

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Emma Sorenson April 27, 2013 at 9:45 am

Hey my friends I tell you some tips. A simple website design shouldn’t be a daunting all-or-nothing ordeal – you can simplify your design by taking small steps. Simple tasks like putting the focus only on the essential elements of your website, getting rid of the unnecessary, reducing the number of pages your site has, getting more content above the fold, and limiting the number of colors you use. You can always fine-tune and improve your simple design, but the important thing here is to get started.

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Lovely December 29, 2012 at 7:53 am

this is the collection what I have been seeking, I have to install it in my nonprofit website, but it’s really confusing to find one good theme, I prefer ecclessia, i liked it, thanks for share theme info.

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Denny L. September 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Thanks Sonny for liking our templates. You can contact me any time if you need any type of ready to use website design.

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Steven Gliebe July 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Thank you, Andy. I appreciate your sharing it with your readers.

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Steven Gliebe July 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Hi Sonny,

This is the most complete list I have seen in a while. Nice and fresh too.

If you plan on updating your list please consider my new WordPress theme for churches. It’s responsive and has a sermon archive (audio, video, text, pdf), church calendar, photo gallery, staff profiles, multiple locations, news and many appearance customization options for colors, fonts and background.

http://themeforest.net/item/risen-church-wordpress-theme-responsive/2632774

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Andy July 14, 2012 at 12:51 am

Hi Steven
Thanks for letting me know – I just added the theme.

Kind regards
Andy

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Steven Gliebe October 11, 2013 at 12:40 am

Hey Andy, thanks again for adding Risen to the top of the list.

We just launched http://churchthemes.com and would love to see the new Resurrect church theme on this list as well. Risen is the highest rated church theme on ThemeForest and Resurrect is built on what we’ve learned from selling, supporting and maintaining it over the last year.

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Jack July 10, 2012 at 1:36 am

I’d like to recommend my fairly new site: http://www.wpforchurch.com We’ve got two themes with more on the way. One price gets everything – themes and church specific plugins. There’s also a generous affiliate program!
Thanks,
Jack

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Rev. Nicholas Patterson February 23, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I found the U-Design template very helpful in developing our web site. There were many custom features and the design is very easy to change.

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Andy May 29, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Hi Nicholas
That’s great. I also find this theme very useful ;-)
Kind regards
Andy

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Tim February 5, 2012 at 9:24 am

Also check out http://wordpresschurch.org/ and the gallery of churches using WordPress.

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Design Tina February 1, 2012 at 6:27 am

Great Site! Nice to see it all available in one; keep it u

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Bryan P October 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Wow, alot of great themes here! How did you compile this listing?

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Adam Pickering September 10, 2011 at 10:11 pm

This post should be updated there are a ton of better looking Church WordPress Themes, Check out > http://www.churchthemer.com for example ;)

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Andy September 10, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Hi Adam
Thanks for being honest – I can see you suggest your own themes though – but I will look into your request ;-)

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Adam Pickering February 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Andy, We just release another church WordPress theme over on http://www.churchthemer.com it would be great if you could update this list with our themes and also sign up as an affiliate of our so you can earn affiliate income ;)

Checkout http://www.churchthemer.com/themes/malachi/ its the first dark church theme i’ve seen that supports video and images in the slider.

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Andy February 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Hi Adam

Thanks for the tip. I will look into you request a.s.a.p.

Kind regards.

Andy

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Frankie Jarrett August 26, 2011 at 1:11 am

We’d love to get on this list too :)

http://churchthemes.net

//Frankie

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Zubair Amjad July 21, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Nice collection, thanks for sharing!

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Jonathan April 23, 2011 at 2:30 am

Simple Press is a product of elegantthemes.com. Our church almost went with that theme, however opted for another product they offered called Deepfocus. It’s very similar to Simple Press, however we liked the slider better as it gave us a more prominent image in the slider and more options for us as well. Check it out – http://www.calvarybaptistpa.org

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Andy April 23, 2011 at 11:09 am

Hi Thanks for sharing. You’ve done a great job ;-)

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Frankie Jarrett July 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Jonathan, great work on that site! Love the big slider.

//Frankie

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John Clayton April 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I created the website for http://www.stmagnus.org.uk using Drupal, modifying the theme from scratch. There are some fantastic Drupal themes out there, not necessarily for churches specifically, but a knowledgeable webmaster could tweak any of them.

My own personal spin on the theme was the code that determines where we are in the Episcopal year and alters the colour scheme appropriately.

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Sonny DayJ April 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Thanks for sharing John. I’ve checked St. Magnus’ website and it’s pretty good. Drupal is really one of the good blogging platforms out there.

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Gareth February 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm

In addition to the above comment I would like to highlight that 24. Church website templates – Boldy WordPress Theme (Free)

Is now also available for Drupal at: http://drupal.org/project/boldy

With some basic instructions on how to set up the demo site using drupal and its contributed modules.

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Sonny Day April 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm

You’re right there John.I’ve checked St. Magnus’ site and found them to be good. Drupal is really one of the good blogging platforms.Thanks for sharing!

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Endyst April 14, 2011 at 11:13 am

Nice collection! Thanks for share…

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Sonny Day April 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm

You’re welcome Endyst!

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TemplatesRule.com April 13, 2011 at 12:00 am

These guys always produce the creativity, not the typical religious themes, Personally i like Faith Community church website. some of other good religious designs can be seen from http://www.templatesrule.com/web-templates/template-category-religion.html

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Sonny Day April 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Yeah.Thanks for the link on templatesrule here.I’ve checked it out and they’re impressive. Your themes are both very beautiful and affordable. I’ll see if I can make a rundown on some of your themes.Keep it up!

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TemplatesRule.com May 2, 2011 at 8:47 am

Thanks Sonny for liking our templates. You can contact me any time if you need any type of ready to use website design. just drop me an email at info@templatesrule.com

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