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A new theme company launched the other day, named "ChurchThemes.com" it provides ( you guessed it! ) WordPress themes for churches. It was founded by Steven Gliebe who blogged a bit about his new business here. What I like about ChurchThemes.com is the free plugin you can download from the repository to create your own church websites. He isnt tying his customers in with lots of custom shortcodes etc that will be lost if you change themes, I recommend you check them out and download the free plugin.

In this post I will be taking a look at the plugin and looking at what other options there are for building a church website with WordPress.

Church Theme Content - Free Plugin

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Essentially what the Church Content plugin does is register a few custom post types and taxonomies which are tailored towards running a Church website. It will add functionality to your WordPress theme for :

  • Sermons
  • Events
  • People
  • Locations

Once you have activated this plugin you can begin adding content but to display it you will need a theme compatible with it, which means either creating your own ( developer docs here ) or purchasing a compatible theme from ChurchThemes.com

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Church WordPress Themes

Resurrect

Resurrect is a mobile-friendly church theme that’s easy to customize (see demo). Make your website match your church by choosing the dark or light color scheme, setting a custom background and choosing your favorite fonts. Upload your logo or enter your church’s name as text.

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Grace

Grace is an elegant, premium WordPress theme built for churches and religious communities. With its rich features and flexible options, Grace is a theme designed with your spiritual needs in mind.

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Mission

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.

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Real Church

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.

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The Church

The Church is the high quality web-masterpiece. The main destination of this theme is to serve religion and charity organizations, churches etc.

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Glory

Glory is a WordPress theme aimed at making your new church or other non-profit website the best one on the block! Feel free to send me feature requests if you feel I’ve missed something! It’s not just for churches and non-profits! If you’re looking for a media-centric and/or event-based theme, this might be the one for you too!

Glory WordPress Theme

Rebirth

Rebirth is a Church WordPress Theme aimed at making your new church website the best one on the block! Feel free to send me feature requests if you feel I’ve missed something!

Rebirth WordPress Theme

Born

Born is a Church WordPress Theme aimed at making your new church website the best one on the block! Feel free to send me feature requests if you feel I’ve missed something!

Born WordPress Theme

WP-Church

WP-Church is a Premium ChurchTheme built on a highly intelligent framework.

WP Church WordPress Theme

Belief

Belief is a powerful drag-and-drop layout builder theme intended to power non-profit, religious communities, church or charity sites.

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Blessing

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.

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Reverence

Reverence is a Responsive WordPress HTML 5 template for for religious origanizations, churches, or charities. It uses a Responsive Framework so it’s compatible with all mobile devices.

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Incarnation

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.

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The Good News

The Good News is a premium WordPress theme designed mainly for churches and religious website. It can also be used for any other type of website, especially for environmental, spa, charity etc.

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Genesis Church

Genesis Church is specifically written with religious organizations in mind. We spent a great deal of time making sure that not only is it fully equipped for this purpose, but also for the buyer looking for a very extensive, solid and customizable theme.

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ChurchHope

Control every pixel of this theme - You can set your colors, background patterns, change fonts, change layouts for different pages.

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Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, An Internet Company based in Manchester, UK. I founded WPLift and ThemeFurnace, find out more on my Personal Blog. Thanks!

5 thoughts on “Build a Church Website with WordPress – Free Church Plugin & Church Themes Roundup

  1. Thank you for sharing about what we’re doing with churchthemes.com. We’re hoping other church theme developers will take advantage of our plugin so users can switch themes with minimal trouble. For now Resurrect is the first and only theme that uses it but we’re at this full-time so will be releasing more compatible themes over the next few months.

    Just a note that we do business as “churchthemes.com”. There’s another church theme shop at churchthemes.net with the name of “ChurchThemes” and we don’t want there to be confusion between the brands.

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