Many churches in need of a quality website at an affordable price are turning to WordPress. One of the main reasons for this is the number of themes that have been designed and created with the needs of churches in mind. Common features of church themes include things like support for sermon audio and/or video, and event calendar management, which are both important for almost every church website.
WordPress also makes it easy for church staff or volunteers to manage the content of the website, and with features like custom post types, customizable navigation menus, and widgets, WordPress is a practical option for most churches.
Of course, budget is always a factor with churches and other non-profit organizations. WordPress is free to use as a content management system, and some free church themes are also available. Most of the themes designed specifically for churches must be purchased, but with prices ranging from about – , the cost is much lower than most other options for church websites.
In this post we’ll take a look at the best free and premium WordPress themes for churches, including some of our own free church themes.
Free WordPress Themes for Churches:
Zion is a feature-rich theme for churches that can be downloaded and used for free. It features an adaptive layout, so your visitors will experience a usable site on smartphone and tablets, in addition to desktops. Zion comes with 4 different color schemes. It also includes features like a customizable homepage slider, support for sermon audio and video, an upcoming events list, and a homepage template that can be customized using WordPress widgets. Zion also includes a staff page template.
The Stylish Church Theme uses a simple, but elegant design style that works well for many churches. It comes with 4 color schemes and you can upload your own logo to customize your site. The theme also includes features like a customizable homepage slider, support for sermon audio files, and an upcoming events list.
This free theme is called “versatile” because it offers a lot of different options for users. You can customize the colors of almost every element in the design, making it easy to create a site that fits with your church’s branding and identity. You can also upload your own logo, and it gives some options about what content will be displayed on the homepage, using WordPress widgets. The theme includes support for sermon audio and video, and it also includes an upcoming events list. The Versatile Church Theme uses an adaptive layout that provides visitors on positive user experience on smart phones, tablets, and desktops.
With its textured background, the Green Grunge Church Theme is a good fit for churches that want a youthful feel to their website. The theme includes features like a customizable homepage slider, support for sermon audio files, an upcoming events list, and the ability to upload your own logo.
The Simple Church Theme uses a clean and minimalist design that serves as a good style for some churches. It includes features like a customizable homepage slider, support for sermon audio files, an upcoming events list, and the ability to upload your own logo.
Antioch is a (kind of) free church theme. A limited free version is available, but the full version starts at and can go up from there depending on the license and support package that you want. Paying users will get features like online giving widgets, a sermon media manager, and a locations manager.
Trinity is another (kind of) free theme. Like Antioch, a limited free version can be downloaded, or a full version can be purchased starting at . Paying users will get features like online giving widgets, a sermon media manager, and a locations manager.
Premium WordPress Themes for Churches:
If your church is interested in purchasing a premium WordPress theme there are a number of quality options available.
ChurcHope is a great-looking responsive theme. Its features include options for customizing colors, one-click install, custom widgets, shortcodes, events management, and more.
Risen is a responsive theme with loads of customization options that make it easy to change the look of your site. Its features include a sermon archive, photo and video gallery, events calendar, staff profiles, and more.
Incarnation features a responsive layout, and a lot of options for customizing the look of the site. You can build your own skin or use one of the 10 pre-defined skins. It offers support for sermon audio and video, an event calendar, a responsive slideshow, multiple post formats, and a template builder that allows you to create unique layouts and page templates.
The Good News uses a nice wooden background image. Its features include a responsive layout, events custom post types, sermons custom post type, media custom post type, page templates, and a working contact form.
Nyx is a responsive theme that uses a full-width slider for an impressive look. Its other features include a homepage content manager, event management, audio and video support, 20 page templates, Google Web Font integration, custom widgets, contact form manager, custom post types, and more.
Peacemaker is a responsive theme with a full-width slider on the homepage. Other features include the ability to customize styles and colors, custom post types, event calendar, custom widgets, over 200 fonts, and more.
Genesis Church is an impressive and responsive theme. It uses a full-width slider on the homepage. Other features include plenty of customization options, an event manager, photo galleries, and support for sermon audio and video.
Accende’s features include custom post type for sermons, custom post type for events, custom post type for staff members, custom widgets, multiple page templates, shortcodes, and 5 color schemes.
Heaven’s Corner’s features include unlimited colors, event management, sermon management, prayer management, photo and video galleries, contact form manager, and more.
Gospel is a beautiful responsive theme for churches. It’s features include event management, multiple post formats, 2 homepage styles, full-screen backgrounds, a working contact form, shortcodes, and more.
Glory’s features include a media-rich homepage slider, the ability to change styles in seconds, photo galleries, video and audio support, event calendar, and a working contact form.
Rebirth’s features include a custom homepage slider, the ability to change styles in seconds, photo galleries, video and audio support, event calendar, and a working contact form.
Born’s features include a unique homepage slider, the ability to change styles in seconds, photo galleries, video and audio support, event calendar, and a working contact form.
Light of Peace is an older, but still popular, theme for churches. Its features include multiple page templates, a homepage slider, and more.
Ezekiel is a very well-designed theme with a textured header. Its features include sermon podcasts, news and event management, social media integration, a homepage slider, and more.
Malachai is a video-based theme that was created for churches that need a website that is rich in video and media. Its features include a video slider on the homepage, streaming sermons, photo galleries, podcasting, and more.
Micah is an attractive theme with a light textured background. Its features include sermon podcasts, news and event management, social media integration, a homepage slider, and more.
Moses comes with 5 different design styles that you can choose.Its features include podcast functionality, event management, and social media integration.
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