It's probably very rare that a church comes with its own web developer... And so, if you're running a church, or have been put in charge of a church's website, you'll most likely want to find a WordPress theme to use as your foundation so that you don't have to develop the whole site from scratch.
It's much easier this way.
But with dozens (if not hundreds) of WordPress themes designed specifically for church websites, it can be a time-consuming task to find the perfect one for your church specifically.
I've put the time in for you and narrowed it down to the best 5 church WordPress themes available:
- Maranatha (Innovative church WordPress theme)
- Benevolence (Modern and user-friendly)
- Creed (Multi-purpose and versatile template)
- Adore Church (Built-in events manager plugin)
- Saved (Professional theme with a real-time page builder)
Price: from $129/year
Recommended for: churches who want a modern and professional look for the website.
First up, Maranatha is a modern and visually pleasing church WordPress theme. It features multiple design options including a long homepage with parallax scrolling and video backgrounds.
Out of the box, Maranatha has everything you'll need - including guides, video tutorials, and one-to-one support.
Maranatha is equipped with a number of cool appearance features. There are custom colors, custom fonts, sticky menu bar, and the option to add your brand logo.
Oh, and it's worth mentioning that it's mobile-friendly and Retina ready.
One of the key features is the sermons archive, this gives you the option to share audio, video or text sermons.
As well as this, you can upload YouTube or Vimeo links, and organize them accordingly by topics or books.
To see these features in action, you can see a full demo online. There are a lot more features, but to give you a clear view:
- Display church events in a monthly events calendar;
- Add single or multiple locations with service times, address etc;
- Display articles on the church blog;
- Sermon podcasting (Pro plan only);
All of these useful features come with a big price tag. To purchase Maranatha there are three yearly payment options - Starter ($129.00), Pro ($199.00), or Ultimate ($299.00). The main difference between Starter and Pro plans - the main one being the sermon podcasting feature. The unlimited plan allows up to 3 users.
It's worth mentioning that you can't just buy this theme - you're buying the whole package, that includes all the themes and features Church Themes provide.
It's up to you to decide if your organization can spare a yearly fee that's rather steep.
- Drag-and-drop page builder
- One-click updates
- Helpful customer support
- The high starting price
Price: from $87/year
Recommended for: users who want a modern and user-friendly church or non-profit website.
Benevolence is an interactive theme with plenty of features for inexperienced users to enjoy. This theme also has a strong and professional design, and when good design and user experience go hand in hand - then (almost) everyone's happy.
Creating and tweaking your website is straightforward, thanks to Benevolence using the new Gutenberg editor. To put simply - it uses blocks that you can add, rearrange, and style with your content.
There are 11 custom post types which include causes, events, ministries, and projects. Also, Benevolence is fully responsive and multilingual ready.
The built-in sermons management section allows you to upload documents, videos, or audio files. This is the perfect way to interact with your audience, and organize the sermons by speaker, date, and category.
To keep your community informed of upcoming events, there is an events management section. A cool feature here is the option to post reoccurring events - which saves time and effort.
Let's have a look at some of the other features on offer.
- Present your team to your visitors with the Staff Section;
- Raise money with its fundraising platform;
- Showcase projects with its user-friendly project page;
- Publish books, newsletters, flyers or annual reports;
Yearly access to Benevolence costs $87.00, which includes support, updates and theme documentation. For lifetime use you'll have to invest $247.00.
- Gutenberg editor
- WooCommerce ready
- 11 custom post options
- Great non-profit and church features
- Not retina ready
- Higher in price
Price: from $49/year
Recommended for: users who want a multi-purpose template with a large number of features.
Up next it's Creed - a multi-purpose template with an elegant design. Not only does Creed look good, but it also performs well and brings a whole heap of features to the table.
Out of the box - this is a standout theme for website building novices.
Creed uses a drag-and-drop Visual Page Builder tool to create your website. You can add a number of layout elements and content elements such as buttons, icons, text, contact forms - you name it, it's there.
An unlimited number of colors options is also available, for users who want to create a custom color scheme for their website.
This is a user-friendly way to go about it.
There are a number of pages dedicated to sermons, events, blog and even a donation system.
And to give your website an eye-catching homepage; there are 3 types of sliders to choose from.
Let's take a look at some of the other features on offer.
- Built-in monthly calendar
- Visual page builder with the drag-and-drop feature
- Set up donations pages
- One-click demo content import
- Backup options and scheduling
- Multiple layouts and pages
There are three payment options to choose from with Creed. The first Personal plan is priced at a one-time payment of $49 - you only get one theme. If you would like to access all ThemeFuse themes in addition to Creed - you'll have to pay $99/year. The lifetime access to all themes costs $199 one-time payment.
ThemeFuse also offers the theme for free if you buy web hosting from their partners. However, I strongly encourage to take a look at our best web hosting reviews before you choose this method.
- Visual Page builder
- Fully responsive theme
- Three homepage slider options
- Modern design
- Not Retina ready
- Lifetime plan is expensive
4. Adore Church
Price: a one-time payment of $69.00
Recommended for: users who want management features for events and sermons.
This theme is a fully-functional WordPress theme that has been expertly designed for non-profit and religious websites. Out of all the themes in my review, Adore Church has the best selection of features for events and sermons.
The design itself is simple and minimalist, but with this comes a vibrant and energetic color scheme. The layout is fairly straightforward too, it uses columns to showcase your content in a tidy way.
More than anything though, this style of layout makes way its mega menus that can be added to your page.
In total, there are 7 types of inner pages and a full-width events calendar. You can manage your events and services using the manager plugin included. As well as this there is an event ticket booking layout.
From here, you can add images, video, and PDF to create your sermons. You can also add downloadable audio files, PDFs, YouTube and Vimeo files.
And before we look at the pricing, let's see a round-up of the features on offer.
- Fully responsive design;
- Sermons and events manager;
- Boxed and wide layouts;
- Built-in mega menu module;
- Drag-and-drop page builder;
To purchase this theme, it requires a one-time payment of $69.00 which includes six months of support from Imithemes.
- Accept PayPal payment for events
- WooCommerce ready
- Podcasting for sermons
- Customer support response times are slow
- Online documentation is confusing at times
Price: from $129/year
Recommended for: users who want a professionally designed theme with a real-time homepage builder
Last but not least it's Saved - a premium WordPress theme with a strong focus on building unique websites. This theme has a bold design with a number of customization options which are easy to operate.
Both experienced and inexperienced users will find this theme pleasant to work with.
The smart design feature auto-adjusts itself around your content, and the real-time customizer saves a lot of time when building your website. There's a number of menu options that include sticky menus, and a menu highlighting option for enhancing important information.
As for the content features, there is a sermon archive for posting audio, video, and text sermons. To manage your events, there is a monthly events calendar that shows maps with directions and categorizes your events.
A church blog page is a way to interact with your visitors, you can post text, images, videos, and even multiple page posts. This page can be used to inform your visitors of upcoming events and special services.
But that's not all, here are some of the other features available.
- Sermon podcasting (Pro plan only);
- Add site search and animation effect to your website;
- Enhanced SEO (Pro plan only);
- Fully responsive and retina ready;
- Add video backgrounds;
As you can see from this list, there are a number of options available with the Pro plan only. This theme is made by the same creators as Maranatha, so the pricing is the same.
Saved offers its customers three yearly plans - Starter ($129.00), Pro ($199.00) and Ultimate ($299.00). The main difference between the Pro plan and the Ultimate plan is the number of sites increases from one to three. Additionally, with a more expensive plan, you can access all themes by Church Themes.
- Guides and video tutorials
- Video background
- Multiple price plans
- 45-day money back guarantee
- The Ultimate plan is expensive
Which Of These Church WordPress Themes Is the Best for You?
You now know my selection of the 5 best WordPress church templates, but which one is best for you? Well, it all comes down to the feature set you require, and of course, your budget...
The cheapest option on the list is Creed (at $49/year) and it could be great value package for organizations looking for the best value. Meanwhile, the other themes are more expensive - but they also may be worth it, as they provide impressive content features and provides stunning visuals.
So, do you agree that these are the best WordPress themes for churches, or have I missed out a theme that you think deserves a feature? Please, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box below.