If you run a church or other house of worship, it’s essential to have a website that acts as an online hub for everything about it. From information about church leaders, to your church’s history, to information about the time and place of events, you can highlight it all in one place.
Beyond that, a website adds a sense of professionalism to any project you’re creating–this goes beyond church websites for a second. It’s vital to have official accounts online to maintain a brand name, so to speak. So that includes social media accounts and your website.
So, you know you need a church website but you’re not sure where to start. We’re going to help you with that. Today, we’ll be offering up suggestions for church WordPress themes to use. And the best part? They’re absolutely free.
But before we dive into the list, let’s first take a look at what sorts of features church websites typically have so you can theme shop with confidence.
Common Features for Church Websites
Church websites tend to have a set of similar features. So, when you’re on the hunt for a free WordPress theme to use, it’s a good idea to keep these features in mind as you browse. Of course, your specific needs may vary, but what follows is a general guide to what to look for:
- About page. Most websites have an About page, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t include it here, as it’s really important to highlight what your church or house of worship is about as well as your history.
- Services and schedule. Any useful church website should also include a clear description of services offered, topics to be discussed, as well as a schedule of events. This should include standard times for services as well as special events.
- Contact page. It’s also important to make it easy for people to get in touch with you. So having a contact page is a no-brainer. Having an easy-to-use contact form is a good idea and you should include any social media accounts you have as well.
- Ability to accept donations. While this may not apply to every religious institution, including a donation form or donating system is a good idea, too. Many of the themes on this list offer this ability.
Now, let’s turn our attention to those free church WordPress themes!
Free Church WordPress Themes
Each month, ThemeForest features new free WordPress themes worthy of a look. They span the gamut of niches and designs, so if you’re in the market for a new theme, it’s definitely worth checking out what’s available for free in this space.
The official WordPress theme repository features a wide range of free themes as well, which you can search by features or subject matter. What follows is a good sampling of church WordPress themes listed in the directory that might work well for your church or house of worship’s website.
Church Lite is first on our list, which offers a fair number of features for a free theme. It includes a modern design that can be customized in a wide number of ways and will suit any church website well. The design is easy to customize and could be adapted for non-religious non-profits as well. If you’re looking to get a website launched quickly, this theme is a good choice.
Next up is the Faith Blog theme, which is another standout choice for churches, houses of worship, and even general lifestyle websites. It’s intended use is for blogs, of course, so if you enjoy the design featured here, you can customize it to suit any niche or industry.
That being said, the design this theme comes with is fairly generic, so you may not need to make very many customizations at all to get a personal blog off the ground.
And then there’s the Charity Zone WordPress theme. Though not intended for churches specifically, it facilitates donations and would serve religious institutions well. It has a design that appeals specifically to a variety of nonprofits, volunteer organizations, and religious facilities.
It’s multipurpose at its core, however, and you could easily leverage that (as well as the fundraising platform) to create a donation drive for a variety of causes. A few standout features include call-to-action buttons, sliders, custom headers, and SEO integration.
Or, perhaps you’d rather consider the Prayer Lite theme, which is centered around facilitating charitable giving. It integrates well with popular donation and fundraising platforms and has a modern design that’s easily customizable. Use it for your church or for any other non-profit endeavor. You could even use it to create a one-time event website with fundraising capabilities.
Another great option is Faith, a theme that’s designed with churches specifically in mind. For a free theme, it’s actually packing quite a few features including robust compatibility with popular page builders including Beaver Builder, Divi, Brizy, Elementor, and so many more. It also offers a lot of flexibility in the layouts for the homepage and slideshows.
Next on our list is the SKT Charity WordPress theme, which is a great choice for non-profit and fundraiser websites. Though catering to charitable organizations first and foremost, it could easily be adapted for use by churches specifically.
This theme works with WooCommerce, making it super easy to set up donations or fundraising. It also works with Contact Form 7 and NextGen Gallery and is compatible with Elementor with which you can import 63 different design templates to further customize the homepage and inner pages of your site.
And then there’s the TS Charity WordPress theme, which offers a convenient way to present a non-profit organization to the world. It makes it easy to accept donations and fundraise as well as customize more standard aspects of your website.
It has dedicated sections for work and services as well as an about section and contact us. It also supports testimonials and provides cross-browser compatibility and SEO optimization.
Next up on our list is the Bosa theme. This one is actually a multipurpose theme but it would easily support a church website as well. It’s designed to be lightweight and fast-loading, which can improve user experience and SEO over time.
Bosa is a versatile theme that would serve business, blogs, and nonprofits, alike. Some specific features included are Gutenberg compatibility, Elementor compatibility, SEO, speed optimization, multiple header and footer layouts, and compatibility with popular plugins like WooCommerce, Contact Form 7, bbPress, Yoast, and more.
Or you may wish to opt for GivingPress Lite, instead. This church WordPress theme can be customized to suit religious institutions, foundations, and charities and includes features that support accepting donations and fundraising. It also includes support for shortcodes, includes multiple page templates, widgets, and call-to-action buttons. Plus, it includes a slideshow template, multiple column layouts, and demo content.
Next is the Milton Lite theme, which is yet another free option that provides a wide range of features that would suit churches, non-profits, organizations, museums, and other similar institutions.
It’s compatible with page builders including Brizy, Beaver Builder, Elementor, SiteOrigin, Divi, and WPBakery and includes SEO optimization, custom widgets, multiple layout options, mobile menus, frequent updates, and it’s translation-ready. What’s not to love here?
Perhaps you’ll find Flourish Lite an interesting choice. This theme is another multipurpose option that can be customized to suit any industry or niche. It actually includes demo content for a furniture company but you can easily swap this out for any subject matter you prefer, including that for a church or non-profit.
The design itself is clean, minimal, and modern and offers all the features you need to create a compelling church website that supports donations and a variety of services.
Next up is the Neux WordPress theme that is another technically multipurpose theme but includes church-specific features you could definitely make use of. It’s flexible and easy to update and customize to your liking.
It includes full e-commerce support with WooCommerce integration and includes multiple widget areas, topbars, and header and footer layout options. You can even utilize the included CSS animations and take advantage of the plugin integrations with top choices like Contact Form 7, Jetpack, Yoast, and top page builders like Elementor.
Another option is Bagility, another multipurpose theme option that includes a variety of styles for niches spanning the gamut of personal to corporate. It includes demo content suitable to a church website and has all the features you need to set up a compelling design including a dedicated news page, SEO-optimization, translation-readiness, integration with WooCommerce and Contact Form 7, and so much more we can’t spell it all out here.
Or maybe Short is more your style. This WordPress theme could easily work for church websites thanks to its clean and modern design and seamless WooCommerce integration. It also supports a widgetized footer and comes translation-ready and built to ensure your content can be found via search engines. It’s also compatible with WooCommerce, Contact Form 7, and the Polylang Translation WordPress Plugin.
Next on our list is the Nevark WordPress theme, which offers an array of features that churches and many other website types can make use of. It’s infinitely customizable and is both quick loading and retina-ready.
It also includes full widget support, flexible layout options, and works with top plugins currently on the market like Contact Form 7, Jetpack, and Yoast SEO. And if you want to take your designs even further, this theme works with top page builders as well like Elementor.
Another option is Endurance, a church WordPress theme that has undeniable style. Customize it to suit a wide range of nonprofits and institutional websites. You can select from three different featured pages and create a custom site using multiple inner page designs as well.
Though intended for museum websites, the Museo WordPress theme can work fantastically for churches as well.
This theme loads quickly and is designed with SEO in mind. It also is compatible with page builders like Beaver Builder, WPBakery, Elementor, Divi, and SiteOrigin, so you can create any sort of custom design you want. It also supports mobile menus, custom widgets, and you can customize colors, layouts, and more. Plus, the theme is translation-ready, so you can reach as wide an audience as possible.
And finally, we have the City Hall WordPress theme, which offers a mobile-friendly design that can be customized to suit a variety of institutions and organizations. It works with all the top page builder plugins currently out there like Beaver Builder, Elementor, WPBakery, Divi, SiteOrigin, and Brizy.
It’s definitely intended for city hall or municipality websites, but has all the features for a solid church website, too. It supports mobile menus, SEO optimization, custom widgets, and a variety of layout settings. Customize colors and layouts, too. Really, the sky’s the limit here on what you can do.
Finding Free Church WordPress Themes is Easy
Hopefully, you now have a good selection of free church WordPress themes to choose from. And if you want to pick from an even wider selection, you can always browse what ThemeForest is offering for free each month. And if none of those suit your fancy, you can always browse some of the premium offerings listed as well.
Regardless, you’re certain to be able to create a fantastic website for your church with a suitable WordPress theme. Best of luck!
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