I’m a big believer that every church should have a great website. Remember, before someone visits your church, they’re first going to visit your website. I think most people believe they should have a nice site, but they think it’s too difficult or too expensive to actually do it. You’d be wrong in believing that, though.
I recently discovered a new company called Church Themer that offers really nice WordPress themes that your church can use. The great thing about using one of these themes is that they already include features that churches would like.
Here are some samples:
The first one below is called the Malachi theme. From the site it says:
The Malachi Theme is a video-based theme designed specifically for churches who need a website rich in video and media content. It features high quality videos right on the home page in a slider that lets users cycle through featured videos and photos. But video isn’t the only thing this theme handles with ease. It also has streaming sermons, photo galleries, and podcasting built-in – right out of the box.
For churches that have a lot of video and media content, this theme will be perfect. It makes posting media, and organizing it, very easy. Website users will love the simple drop-down navigation and the clean design. The design of the site also comes in 2 different colour styles to help get the look-and-feel ready for your exact situation.
The next one is called the Moses theme. From the site it says:
The Moses Theme features a classy home page with a large image slider. It comes with 5 different styles and is ready out-of-the-box for a church to begin using as a fully-functional WordPress website.
It includes the ability to post sermon MP3 files, events, and news articles. Owners can include links to Facebook, Twitter, and more with the click of a button.
The top navigation system includes dropdowns of up to 2 levels – which is great for churches because of the high amount of information being displayed. This will help to keep it all organized and easy to access.
Below is the Ezekiel theme. From the site:
The Ezekiel theme is perfect for Churches looking to have an interactive website powered by WordPress. It includes many church-specific functions including sermon podcasts, news, photo galleries, and events.
Social networking is also a breeze with links to Facebook and Twitter conveniently placed right on the home page beside the latest sermon. Users of the site can stream/listen to any sermon you post right in their browser or download the file to listen later. This is also mobile-friendly as there is no flash on the entire site so you won’t be alienating iPad and iPod users.
With a slick slider area on the home page and drop down menu’s, this theme has been carefully crafted to include many extremely useful things for a Church website.
Below is the Micah theme. From the site:
Micah is a powerful WordPress theme designed for churches to use as their website with features crafted specifically for churches. The theme comes equipped with easy-to-post sermons, news, events, photos and more.
Sermons also come with a built-in podcasting setup. There is an option to include online donations through your website which is a huge advantage for churches in a changing technical world.
The address of the church is prominently displayed on the homepage for easy access by people searching for your location and even creates a Google Map on-the-fly using your address.
The Micah theme is a great starting point for any church looking to have a great online presence.
To be honest, there’s no way you could go wrong with any of these themes. When I first helped my church move to a decent website, I used a free WordPress theme called Boldy. You can also download it for free and customize it using this walk-through video I made on how to customize it. However, I would recommend that you invest $79 and grab one of these themes as they’re pre-set and formatted with options that most churches could use. You could be up and running in very little time. I’m always really excited to feature resources for churches, and this one is one of the very best that I’ve seen.
By the way, make sure to check out this post I wrote called How I Upgraded My Church Website For Almost Nothing. In it I share some more resources and my journey of how I upgraded my church website.
So what do you think of Church Themer and the themes they have?