When it comes to running a website for a church or similar organization it is essential that you find a way to make the management of the site as easy and efficient as can be to keep up with the information-intensive world around church sites. WordPress does the job perfectly and the new church themes surfacing on the web are a joy to behold.
Their features range from basic blogs and events pages to sermons and donation options. Here is a list I compiled of some of the top church themes from 2021.
Astra is a flexible WordPress theme with a ton of premade templates available, many of which are designed for churches and other nonprofit organizations. The Church template allows you to share sermons, display your location on a map, connect with your members, put your contact information, plan events, and more. Astra is completely customizable and can be modified to fit your organization’s branding and mission. Best of all, it is completely responsive and loads quickly on any device.
2. Church Themes
Saved is a church WordPress theme that has a widget-based homepage builder. The homepage is a widget area and you can use the Customizer to drop and tweak various widgets to create a custom layout for your church’s website. Any widget can be used on the homepage and since all the action happens in WordPress’s Customizer, you can see your homepage come to life in real-time with the live preview before publishing the changes. Another unique feature of this church theme is the option to highlight any top-level menu item such as “New Here” in the demo.
As a church theme for WordPress, you can publish sermons, events, staff profiles, meeting places, and other content that churches often want to share with visitors. These post types are powered by the popular Church Theme Content plugin which Saved fully supports. Other themes from churchthemes.com and third-party church theme makers leverage this plugin which makes switching between compatible themes a relatively easy task in the future (ie. no more having to re-enter sermons after switching themes).
Maranatha is a WordPress theme for churches that takes some unorthodox but effective measures. Specifically, there is no slider and there is no sidebar. churchthemes.com learned from reading various research that users just don’t engage enough with sliders for them to be worthwhile. Instead of having a slider, it has multiple slide-like sections on its long-scrolling homepage. Users scroll these days. You can add as many customizable sections as you want to introduce your church’s most critical content. The first section can even show a video in the background.
Instead of having a sidebar, it has automatic dropdowns at the bottom of the header for things like sermon series and event categories since that is what most churches were using their sidebars for. The content is then centered and uses a very particular font size and width to ensure comfortable reading, not unlike Medium and other forward-thinking online publications. This also is a research-based changed. Not that Maranatha lacks anything. You can publish sermons, events, profiles, locations, ministries, and so on. It’s a full-featured church WordPress theme.
Exodus is one of the themes from the church theme focused churchthemes.com. It’s a modern and flexible theme with a wide and flat design that is easily customizable and mobile-optimized. It includes all the features you’d expect from a church website.
Resurrect is the other WordPress church theme from churchthemes.com. Once again it’s mobile-friendly, easy to customize, and includes features such as sermons, podcasting, staff profiles, church news, and more. As with all their themes, you even have guides and videos to help you set up your site.
Kerygma is a hand-crafted church theme created to be easy to set up, yet powerful and full of features. It includes podcasting support, customizable pages, custom widgets, and plenty of other functional features.
Forgiven is a feature-packed responsive theme that includes sermons, staff support, and the usual church theme requirements while also offering some extra features. It incorporates a unique blur slider, premium plugins for free as well as WooCommerce support, and an events calendar.
5. One Church
A responsive WordPress theme from UpThemes, OneChurch is a responsive church theme that uses a drag-n-drop content editing system. Its features include the usual sermons, locations, service times, staff, and even a powerful events manager.
6. Hot Church.ly
This is a modern and responsive religious theme from Creative Market. It has 3 pre-defined styles with various color options that are easily customizable, a flexible layout, and even a few pre-installed premium plugins that come free with the theme.
7. Native Church
Native Church is a powerful WordPress theme designed and developed specifically for churches. It has a fully responsive design, is retina-ready, and offers various features such as the choice between wide or boxed layouts and a sermons manager to help you take your work online.
Church is the ideal church theme whether you’re a web developer or have no coding skills at all. It looks beautiful whichever layout you choose from and incorporates a drag-n-drop page builder as well as support for some great plugins such as WooCommerce, Events Calendar Pro and more.
All these themes offer just what you need to build your church website. Some have more modern looks while others are a bit more conservative, but overall they all serve their purpose.
If you come across any other great church themes don’t hesitate to post them in the comments below and help grow this portfolio for anyone looking to invest in such a WordPress theme.
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Hi Steven, not a problem! Both great themes 🙂
Hi Mark, thanks for including Exodus and Resurrect. I’m thrilled to see almost half of these themes using our Church Theme Content plugin to help kill theme lock-in.