50 of the Best Church Website Designs

As far as web design is concerned, churches have come a long way in recent years. It wasn’t too many years ago that most church websites were several years behind the times. Apparently a growing number of churches today are recognizing the importance of their web presence.

This gallery isn’t only for those who design church sites; these examples are excellent sources of inspiration for any design project. Many of them involve excellent use of color, images, and graphics that draw attention right away. In addition, most church sites have a lot of content that needs to be displayed and easily navigated. The layouts and methods used here can be applied to other projects with similar requirements.

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Here are some of my favorites. Let me know which ones you like in the comments.

Stonebriar Community Church

Stonebriar Community Church

Kingsfield Church

Kingsfield Church

The City Church

The City Church

New Song Church

(Note: their website has changed since this was originally posted.)

New Song Church

Missionary Baptist Church

(Note: this website is no longer active.)

Missionary Baptist Church

Edmond’s First Baptist Church

Edmond's First Baptist

Bethlehem Baptist Church

Bethlehem Baptist Church

Christ’s Church of the Valley

(Note: this website’s design has been changed since this was originally posted.)

Christ's Church of the Valley

Church of the Open Door

Church of the Open Door

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection

Church of the Resurrection

The Community Church

The Community Church

Crossroads Church

Crossroads Church

St. Gregory’s of Nyssa Episcopal Church

St. Gregory's

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Church of Latter Day Saints

Trinity United Methodist Church

Trinity United Methodist

Zion Reformed Church

Zion Reformed Church

River City Church

(Note: this website’s design has changed since this was originally posted.)

 

River City Church

Memorial Baptist Church

Memorial Baptist

Generation Church

Generation Church

Northside Christian Church

(Note: this website’s design has changed since this was originally posted.)

Northside Christian Church

Hope Christian City Church

Hope Christian City Church

Island Evangelical Community Church

Island Evangelical Community Church

Lake Ridge Church

(Note: this website is no longer available.)

Lake Ridge Church

Bethel Temple

Bethel Temple

Southridge Community Church

Southridge Community Church

Lakemount Worship Center

Lakemount Worship Center

Elim International Church

Elim International Church

Calvary Bible Church of Kalamazoo

Calvary Bible Church

New Life Presbyterian Church

New Life Community Church

Calvary Church

Calvary Church

Revolution Church

Revolution Church

Church of the Incarnation

Church of the Incarnation

City of Grace

City of Grace

Church on the Rock

Church on the Rock

Grace Community Church

Grace Community Church

Rolling Hills Community Church

Rolling Hills Community Church

Genesis Church

Genesis Church

Shandon Presbyterian Church

Shandon Presbyterian

Far Hills Community Church

Far Hills Community Church

Fellowship Church

Fellowship Church

Gateway Fellowship Church

Gateway Fellowship Church

Glad Tidings Assembly

Glad Tidings Assembly

LifeChurch

LifeChurch

Trinity Fellowship

Trinity Fellowship

Watermark Community Church

Watermark Community Church

Westside Family Church

(Note: this website’s design has changed since this was originally posted.)

 

Westside Family Church

Woodlawn Church

Woodlawn Church

Fellowship of the Woodlands Church

Fellowship of the Woodlands

Church of the Valley

Church of the Valley

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  • Hannah, March 17, 2008

    Wow! Amazing what an impact the website can have on one’s impression of the church. Love the look of Watermark Community Church’s site.

  • Vandelay Design, March 17, 2008

    Hannah,
    Thanks for your comment. Yes, I think a church can really send a specific message and use a website to show visitors that maybe they don’t fall into the stereotypes that the visitor might have.

  • Miami Web Design, March 17, 2008

    I think that’s true. That Generation Church website has been passed around so many times that I can’t help but think that web designers in the area might go check it out just to see what kind of client asks for that. LOL.

    As always, a great round-up. Awesome work!

    Erika

  • nitos, March 17, 2008

    Im glad people get interested on their website!!

  • thegeekboys, March 17, 2008

    hay alot of these webpages look good but alot of them don’t even look like church webpages

  • Asha, March 17, 2008

    Love the site designs. I love the fact that there is no ‘stereotype’ here and it appeals.

  • nitos, March 17, 2008

    asha its SO right!! :)

  • Biodun, March 18, 2008

    Exactly most of them doesn’t like church web pages.
    I love the designs, they are Great!

  • mdesjardins, March 18, 2008

    Wow – I happen to be working with our church right now to re-design their website. Very timely, and very nice designs! Thanks!

  • Don Strawsburg, March 18, 2008

    I love those, but you missed another good one.

    http://www.ligonier.org/

    In Christ, Don

  • Andrei Gonzales, March 18, 2008

    These are not just great church websites, but great websites, period.

  • Scott, March 18, 2008

    WOW, what a great list… it is really amazing what kind of services they can now offer through a great design. Scott

  • Chris Little, March 18, 2008

    The company I work for has done some great design as well. Check us out-www.detailscom.com. However, some of these put us to shame (due to the fact we are a bit limited being tied into a CMS that isn’t as flexible as HTML/CSS only).

  • Chad Swaney, March 18, 2008

    I love the clean look of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Great use of typography and color to make key elements “pop”

  • Vandelay Design, March 18, 2008

    thegeekboys,
    I think that’s the point with a lot of them, and personally I like that.

    Don,
    That’s a nice design too, although I wouldn’t have included it on the list. It seems to be a ministry site rather than a church site, and everything else on the list is actually a church. Nice design though.

  • Jermayn Parker, March 18, 2008

    Missed Jubilee World harvest

    Problem with a lot of these church websites is that they are so busy and cluttered and appeal to the churchie instead of the person interested in visiting a church.

    Years ago, church websites were too simple and rubbish but now they are way to complicated and busy.

    Good list however.

  • rajeswar mohanty, March 18, 2008

    All are very nice design..

    These are insprational design..

    Thank You..

  • Matias Orellana, March 19, 2008

    What about

    Hillsong – http://www.hillsong.com
    PlanetShakers – http://www.planetshakers.com
    Lakewood – http://www.lakewood.cc

    Thanks for collecting it

  • Tony Whittaker, March 19, 2008

    Thanks for a very interesting choice of good designs. My concern with many of the sites is not their great design, but the fact that they will only attract the church members, or ‘already believers’ in the area looking for a new church. Sadly, many of them seem much less accessible to outsiders in the community. Yet it is possible to make a church site that is prioritized for such outsiders – one that aims to demonstrate that church is not about a building with meetings, but a bunch of people wanting others to join their family.

    We’ve created a church site self-assessment tool to encourage churches to build this sort of ‘outsider usability’ into their sites, and value thoughts on improving it.

    Best wishes

    Tony

  • also makes church websites, March 19, 2008

    What I like best about this list is that they not only have appealing designs and a logical structure that avoids the typical “brochure” navs so popularized in the 90s, but most of these have a good structure to support SEO as well (not that most are taking advantage of it, but at least it’s there)

  • Vandelay Design, March 19, 2008

    Matias,
    Hillsong is nice, although I don’t like flash intros personally. The others look good too. Thanks for commenting.

    Tony,
    Very valid point. There are definitely two different markets that a church site targets, 1) the members/attenders, and 2) everyone else that might be a future attender. My point with the gallery was really only focusing on the design itself, but I appreciate your feedback.

  • Kelly, March 23, 2008

    My picks:

    Stonebriar
    The City Church
    The Community Church
    Generation Church
    Far Hills Community Church
    Westside Family Church

    What I wanted to see was something that interested my eye and also gave me a peaceful feeling like, if I were looking, this might be the place for me.

    Recognizing that you chose 50 very fine designs, within them some seem too hip for their own good (almost like sites for a band), some were so calm they didn’t hold my interest. The six I mentioned really worked for me. Nice to look at on Easter. Glad I waited until the weekend!

    :)

    Regards,

    Kelly

  • Batsirai, March 29, 2008

    Check out http://www.theembasyofgod.com – just launched in March 2008

  • Josh Read, March 30, 2008

    Hey Vandelay! Thanks for the post and also, thanks for the props! I’m honored that you chose the site I built as the number two best church website! Blessings from Tacoma.

  • Vandelay Design, March 31, 2008

    Hi Josh,
    No problem. Thanks for stopping by.

  • cmdshiftdesign, April 11, 2008

    i had to pass this on to a colleague, who is working a churches web design! Some great design work here!

  • Ray Mason, April 11, 2008

    This is an amazing set of websites, I’ve been learning about web evangelism for a few months now and hold Stonebriar in my top three sadly you’ve missed another beautiful site http://www.pemburybaptistchurch.org Kent, UK and the best church site I’ve come across http://www.southsidelife.org Canada.

    The amazing thing about Southsidelife is it’s excellence in evangelism/marketing, it comes top in its area for regular searches such as weather and jobs. Also its use of the most under used resource in church or secular marketing “testimonials” and it’s apologetics section.

    In the real world of soul winning its not about how nice the site looks but how effective it is in getting people to attend our services or if they can’t physically get to our services then to explain the gospel and encourage their spiritual growth.

    I’m actually working on my churches web site right now.

  • Tony, April 11, 2008

    The designers of Southsidelife did an excellent web seminar at the Internet Ministry Conference last September. You can watch it online, complete with PowerPoint – it’s the third video link on this page:
    http://ied.gospelcom.net/internetministryconference.php

    Best wishes

    Tony

  • Ray Mason, April 14, 2008

    To clarify the end of my last message I’m looking for a web designer to put an evangelistically focused site together for my church. Can anyone help?

    I saw the video around a week ago, it gave me a greater understanding of how amazing their site really is.

    I’ll be viewing the other videos as well, thanks for the link.

    In His service

    Ray

  • freikirchliche.com, May 2, 2008

    great site for a german church: http://www.freikirchliche.com

  • Brandon Cole, May 6, 2008

    I designed the Hopechurch.tv site so thanks for the props…thought I would add one to the list. It’s our youth ministry’s website…Generation Church (gcmvmnt.com). Let me know what you think.

  • Vandelay Design, May 6, 2008

    Brandon,
    The site looks nice. You’re a talented designer and a pastor. Very impressive.

  • kabir_bhai, May 16, 2008

    A good collection of best websites.

  • Jill Stanowskiticki, May 17, 2008

    All of these websites are gorgeous. I just love the layouts of them, plus the use of color. If I were to pick a favorite, it would probably be the Westside Family Church. Lovely. (0_o)

  • MAM, May 31, 2008

    I just checked Dr. Stroll’s website mentioned above. I love to listen to Dr. Stroll on the radio, but the website looks like a sales tool and nothing more.

    I am looking for a new look, but since I have to do it myself, I need something simple.

    My website is ourladyoffatima.us
    It is bi-lingual, multi-cultural, and absolutely of no charge to the church. I would not mind some direction from others.

    Thanks,

    MAM

  • Nathan Baker, June 12, 2008

    Hi, I saw some incoming traffic from this site so I thought I’d check it out. I’m the designer/developer of the Memorial Baptist Church website – http://www.memorialbaptistpa.org“. Nice article. I’m honored to be listed among so many great designs. Thanks Vandelay.

  • Vandelay Design, June 13, 2008

    Nathan,
    Nice work. Thanks for taking a moment to visit and comment.

  • Sara Peter, June 21, 2008

    wow, great designs.

  • Awesome list. These sites are amazing.

  • Tony Ledenko, August 29, 2008

    Non-Profit Organization for Enumclaw, Washington

  • Jonathan, September 9, 2008

    The website for the First Baptist Church of Hammond is up for consideration

    http://www.fbchammond.com

  • Nathan Ketsdever, September 25, 2008

    Crosspoint isn’t flashy, but its clean.
    http://www.crosspoint.tv/

    Great list!!!

  • Lynne, October 3, 2008

    Love this set! Thanks for posting…great source of inspiration…

  • Johan, October 23, 2008

    I like revolution’s design. Some clever art with the wings and the city. We also are doing web design for churches in Africa. Check out our CMS system at http://www.scribacms.co.za

  • Grey Stephenson, October 31, 2008

    Check out this one!
    http://www.ccgulfbreeze.com

  • Brian, November 8, 2008

    These are some awesome websites. But what about baby churches? For years now my heart has been with churchplants. I have helped start 2 churches in the Boston area and baby churches just dont have the money or the talent to produce and maintain something like these. Bridge Element http://www.BridgeElement.com is a new web design company that has amazing flash websites for churches and best thing is they have a content management system that allows you to update the entire website yourself!!!

    Check it out and tell me what you think

  • Vandelay Design, November 9, 2008

    Brian,
    Why do you refer to Bridge Element as they when you’re affiliated with them? It looks like spam when you’re promoting something of your own as if it’s an unsolicited testimonial.

    On the subject of new churches, I agree with you that most don’t have the resources for these types of websites. Personally, I would prefer one of the church themes for WordPress over a flash-based site.

  • Keith, November 10, 2008

    Fabulous collection of Church Designs. I really think these pseak volumes to a world influenced by visual appeal.

  • Dan, November 10, 2008

    Good work on collecting these sites. I also enjoyed your other collections.

  • Conor Darcy, November 17, 2008

    I think http://www.churchplantmedia.com deserve a mention when it comes to Church websites. Their designs are a nice mix of Web 2.0 & grunge designs. Just a little grunge which gives them a more rustic feel. I suggest you check them out if designing a Church website.

  • Vandelay Design, November 18, 2008

    Conor,
    Agreed, that’s an awesome design. I’ll probably do a second set of church websites eventually, so I’ll keep that one in mind.

  • Paul, December 6, 2008

    Love the functionality of Kingsfield, but the art on the Generation church was very eyecatching to me.

  • Audio Sermon, December 9, 2008

    Simply amazing, it really shows what time & talent can produce. I’m truly surprised these churches had the budget or time to produce these.

  • Ignite Your Ministry, December 18, 2008

    Great resource for church design ideas. I noticed some comment about most of them not looking like a church website? What does a church website look like?

  • Logan Duarte, December 22, 2008

    You should take a look at generatelife.com

  • Andrew, January 5, 2009

    If I may make a suggestion: http://www.fbchammond.com. They got a new website up just a few months ago, and it is a tremendous website. Has a lot of resources, the design is very crisp, clean, and professional, and also includes a mobile website, which they just released on January 1 (m.fbchammond.com).

    Please take a look at it, and see if it is worth mentioning in your next article.

  • Mark Priestap, January 9, 2009

    Thanks for the props on Zion! :) What a great list to be mentioned in.

  • Pastor Mike, January 20, 2009

    Great designs. YOU chould also check out some more at great church sites

  • bob, January 25, 2009

    check out http://www.alamocity.org for a great church website

  • Tina Bradley, February 4, 2009

    Great designs…

    God Bless
    Tina

  • Denaz, February 5, 2009

    This is a great list. They are colorful and still look clean. I have to agree that I have seen the Stonebriar site on like 4 other websites as well. Most of them have that grunge look which is different from the traditional church website design

  • Pankaj, February 28, 2009

    Fantastic Designs….!!!

  • jubo, April 2, 2009

    amazing work of art!

    I was really surprised for all the work
    God bless all!!

  • Pastor Ian Naidoo, April 3, 2009

    please help our church with some free website building software…
    God bless…we are living in a third world country and some help will do
    regards
    Ian
    South Africa

  • Vandelay Design, April 3, 2009

    Ian,
    You could try WordPress (http://wordpress.org). It’s free and it will help you to get a site up easily.

  • Church Advertising, April 13, 2009

    These are some very good looking web sites. Keep up the good work. We are all in this for the glory of God.

  • Linda Goodwin-Parkinson, April 15, 2009

    Although the one that I co-developed is not one of these 50, I think it is worth looking at; I am an independent web site developer. What I love about ours is all of the dynamic feeds to the home page including the Sermoncasts, upcoming events, news, image banner, etc.

    Church of the River: churchoftheriver.org

  • Marcola, April 17, 2009

    hi Guys, you see this web site: http://www.admaringa.com.br

  • Ramit Narang, April 22, 2009

    Amazing list of sites here. Great designs. Keep up the great work. Do you do Indian Temple designs as well ?

  • Vandelay Design, April 23, 2009

    Ramit,
    I didn’t design these websites, it’s just a collection of great church sites from various designers.

  • Nathan, April 23, 2009

    Hi there.

    First off, great collection of sites.
    What i was wondering was, when you were looking for these sites, what was your criteria, or were you generally looking for nice sites?

    When you look at a church website, what do you like to see or think captures people to look further?

  • Vandelay Design, April 24, 2009

    Hi Nathan,
    The list was based strictly on design and aesthetics. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular. There’s nothing in particular that I like to see, but various churches have completely different groups that they target or that tend to be a part of the church, so it’s important for a church website to connect with those people.

  • Nathan, April 24, 2009

    Thanks for the reply, i agree with that by looking at the sites. Each church does target a different range or people or a certain target market.
    It is interesting to see what churches are doing and how they promote what they are doing.

  • Chris, May 1, 2009

    No Mars Hill Seattle?

    While these sites look good and feel trendy, many of them are hard to navigate because of the clutter, lack of good hierarchy, and over-information presented on the main page.

    A few good one’s I thought were appealing to navigate while I scanned the list were Calvary Church, and City of Grace (a lot of info, but well designed.)

    Thanks for this list!

  • April Mitchell, June 4, 2009

    Thanks for this post on church website design.
    I use it frequently as a reference for ideas.

  • sam, June 7, 2009

    Awesome websites!

    Check out our church website at:
    http://www.victory.net.nz

  • matthew c, June 23, 2009

    i could never in good conscience help to promote a church. they are probably the only kind of business i would turn down without consideration.

    still, in terms of design, some of those websites look great.

  • Praveen Calvin, July 1, 2009

    very nice works, looks good…

  • Alistair Kent, July 2, 2009

    Although there are some terrific ‘looking’ sites listed here – and without going ‘off-topic’ for too long – I’d like to offer a point: you can have a site with maximum eye-candy levels, but if it’s not easy to navigate and doesn’t have the right information, the hefty design bill will have been paid in vain. (Having looked at the Vandelaydesign portfolio of church sites I would say overall that they would be more effective than the top 50 list.) Design is nice and content may even be King, but without a clear navigation you’re just going to end up on a walk withut arriving at a desired destination. But back to topic, if we can have great design incorporating great content and great navigation, then fantastic!

  • Stephen Costello, July 9, 2009

    Superb sites, they look really good. Any sign of a new dated version? I recently launched my new church website, its not in the same league as these but i’m planning on building to it over time. have a look at http://www.elimcc.com

  • Ismael Burciaga, August 9, 2009

    Trinity Fellowship Church just got a new redesign http://www.yourtrinity.org

  • Jeff, August 20, 2009

    I just want to know where is the Mars Hill Church website on this list?

    • Vandelay Website Design, August 21, 2009

      Jeff,
      Mars Hill is included in the follow up to this post. I don’t know when it was designed, but this post is pretty old.

  • Ramah, August 27, 2009

    All of these sites are awesome, this is a good list.

  • Stacy, September 2, 2009

    I have to say a lot of these designs are fabulous. You have everything from ultra sleek and clean to the grunge/artsy layouts. One site that we designed that I think would go well on your list is Fellowship Church in OKC – http://www.fellowshipchurchok.com. We designed it with a younger demographic in mind and since they are meeting in the Warren Theater then we had to incorporate that element as well. The navigation was kept minimal so as not to cause confusion like many of the sites above with all of the clutter. It was put in our cms(http://www.multiplicms.com) so they have complete control over all of the content which of course saves them time and money on updates. I think the final website is pretty darn good if I say so myself.

  • dfsf, September 5, 2009

    great designs !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tony Geers, September 15, 2009

    These websites are great! Awesome inspiration here. I love how churches have begun to join the design revolution over the past few years. It’s no longer acceptable to have a mediocre website that represent the Kingdom. Great work everyone!

  • Jiri Jerabek, October 5, 2009

    Couple of weeks ago, we just launched new Leeds Universities Catholic Chaplaincy website – please have a look here: http://www.uilcc.org

  • Church Website Design, October 7, 2009

    Thank you for posting these church website designs. They are really inspiring to us. You rock. However, 2008 is kind of outdated, maybe add some new ones?

  • Nina Taraldsen, October 7, 2009

    What about this norwegian church-site. http://www.nettkirken.no

    :)

  • Ben Kolarcik, October 8, 2009

    Just launched our brand new site: http://www.discoverychurch.com and interested on getting feedback! Love your blog.. keep it up!

  • CodeDude, October 8, 2009

    lakemount as changed

    • Vandelay Website Design, October 9, 2009

      CodeDude,
      It’s been about a year and a half since the post was published.

  • Koshy, October 12, 2009

    Wow, great inspirational church website. We are planning to re-design our church website. These sites will give us some ideas. Great work. God Bless.

  • Gopinath, October 31, 2009

    Hi All,

    Church websites listed in this blog are awesome.

    Just we launched our Indian Multi-lingual Church website (in Chennai) : http://www.agannanagar.org/

    Cheers

  • Devon, November 1, 2009

    Hey,

    I just want to thank you for providing the inspiration of these other church web sites. I was here 5 months ago seeking some direction. I’m happy to report we finally launched out site today:

    http://www.metrobrook.org

    Kind Regards from Milwaukee, WI
    Devon Smullen

  • McH, November 11, 2009

    Thank you for the list of beautiful church websites!

  • cdoney77, November 12, 2009

    Loving these sites..

    Many church sites are generic and boring! Its so great to see some interesting and well designed ones!

    Thanks for these
    Cdoney77

  • ifour, November 12, 2009

    Great inspiration. Can we add this recent design to the list? http://www.haltonbaptists.org.uk/

  • Nakia, November 12, 2009

    I am designing a church website right now, thanks for tha inspiration!

  • Tom, November 12, 2009

    We recently designed an identity and website for The Church of the Crucifixion in Philadelphia: http://www.crucifixionphiladelphia.org

  • Matthew, November 16, 2009

    awesome collection . Thank you so much.

  • Respiro Media, November 20, 2009

    Such an inspiring collection!
    Let us present you our latest church site: http://www.cccaleb.com

  • Scott, November 26, 2009

    The desins are really amazing.

  • Roy, November 27, 2009

    These are great looking church websites. Check out the ones we’ve done at http://www.camnio.com/portfolio.html

    It’s always great to help our churches get the gospel message out with great web designs.

  • Wayne Peters, November 28, 2009

    Great insperation for these website design. Thanks!

  • lloyd owens, November 29, 2009

    This is an amazing list of sites!! I know it was compiled a year ago, but I wanted to throw another church site your way in case you decide to do this again. Check out http://www.peculiarplace.tv. I’m the pastor of the church and the designer of the site. :)

  • charles, December 3, 2009

    Hi Folks
    i would like to create a church website , the site should be
    1.flashy
    2.dynamic (ability to allow webstore)

    what is the best tools to do this?

  • Interface, December 4, 2009

    The StoneBriar design is actually quite strong, and has stood up well since this post was published. We are about to embark on a design for a church, so this resource should prove useful!

  • saç ekimi, December 6, 2009

    I’m really very useful to follow a long-time see this as a blog here Thank you for your valuable information.

  • Penny Gulbranson, December 7, 2009

    I like the variety, but am always bothered by the number of typos, overall misspellings and punctuation problems…I know, it is probably just me. But when I see Men’s, Women’s, Children’s etc. without the apostrophe, it REALLY drives me crazy. And when I see simple things like apostrophes when the word is simply plural or them not being there when they need to be…crazymakers! Simple things like aisle instead of isle…

  • Hazel, December 8, 2009

    Thanks for listing nice sites..

  • Sathish Sampath, December 15, 2009

    Hi,

    Thanks for the website listing. I have also done a site, but curious how you feel about the design, its a budget based website development. Please feel free to send your comments in my website.

    http://www.forefrontchurch.org.uk/

    Sathish Sampath

  • Jon Stieglitz, December 20, 2009

    I just wanted to mention and give commendation to drupal and building Church Websites with Drupal

  • seo, December 23, 2009

    It is really amazing what kind of services they can now offer through a great design.
    thank very much.

  • Harith, December 29, 2009

    Thank You for sharing this wonderful page.

  • Justin, January 2, 2010

    What about abundantlifejackson.com/new
    That should deffinatley be on there.

  • kyle, January 4, 2010

    great themes, actually It comes to my mind to upload a WP theme to my website. I’m so sick with my static website.

  • Deeleea, January 8, 2010

    i consistently send people to this one http://www.yourchurch.com/ as a good example of great information beautifully and easily laid out for churched and non-churched alike to access.

    Will check out some of the others more closely, they look great! Thanks!

  • scottyr, January 9, 2010

    Hi there… I like all your sites and comments and stuff. I was doing a search for “great churches” and google type ahead gave me “great church websites”… as an outsider who was looking, seeking, wanting…. I will tell you this… all that is great stuff- designs, colors, all that- great stuff. I guess the real reason that I did my search was to find great content… I have heard that content is king… simple sites with focus on content will do ultimately much better over time in reference to actual site readers… what would you rather have- “I love your site” or “I loved hearing your message.. glad I visited”?

    My three cents
    Scotty

    • Vandelay Website Design, January 9, 2010

      Scottyr,
      I completely agree with you that content is ultimately more important to a website’s success and usefulness than looking pretty. But a lot of times that is used as an excuse and a reason not to attempt better design. The two aren’t mutually exclusive.

  • Matt, January 13, 2010

    These are good web sites. The structure looks similar. Were they constructed using WordPress or some other content management system?

  • Peter Gabriel, February 8, 2010

    http://corecommunity.org/

  • Wedding Planner Philippines, February 25, 2010

    I think they’re really nice. I wish some of the Churches where I’m from will make an effort to even try to fix their sites. Go figure.

  • Thanks you for all the information. We have been working on our Church website and this really helpds

  • Ana Arellano, March 9, 2010

    ARE you kidding? 90% of these church websites are out of a cookie cutter. How many use models? What about the titled, piled up, and/or “jagged photo border” frames? And the search for that trendy word. Like XTREME. Or revolution/ary. Or vintage.

    The only two original sites here are Saint Gregory of Nyssa and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. How interesting they follow each other. Also how different they are from each other–what originality gets you.

    Different is good.

  • Kathy Fotopoulos, March 13, 2010

    We’re redesigning our web site with a professional team. I’m always interested in what other churches are doing, esp if the sites are considered top-notch. Your list is beneficial, but you give absolutely no indication of the criteria used to determine which site makes the cut and which doesn’t. Does that appear anywhere on your website?

  • Sandeep Thombre, March 14, 2010

    This is a very good compilation , The look and feel of each site is very unique and rich in graphics. This was helpful to take referance for our Church website design.

  • Luke Frederick, March 16, 2010

    Curious to know where you found these. Are they websites you stumbled upon or have connection to? Allot of great ideas here though, Thanks!

    • Vandelay Website Design, March 17, 2010

      Luke,
      I’ve come across them in different ways, but mostly just from browsing.

  • Micah, March 25, 2010

    Wow, this is an amazing collection — for an amateur web designer like myself it’s so good its depressing :)
    I especially enjoyed the calvary church’s site… so simplistic, yet beautiful… it inspired me to redesign my own church’s website: http://www.ourlifebridge.org
    Thanks so much for this collection! I just keep coming back.

  • ravi, March 27, 2010

    I am a new site desiner plz give some guidelines to get the template for church.

  • Matthew Winke, March 29, 2010

    amazing collection ! I Love all the designs, so simplistic, beautiful… it inspired me.
    Thanks a lot
    Keep it up

  • Luke Frederick, April 9, 2010

    Thanks for doing the hard work then! It is so nice to get ideas when you are hitting the design wall:) Its such a balance trying to create new concepts and building on the community around you. Do you have any other post similar to this?

  • jorge, April 15, 2010

    great stuff!!! really

    makes you want to go to church !

  • Austin, April 17, 2010

    Check out the new New Covenant Bible Church website- http://www.newcovenantbible.org

  • colette, April 18, 2010

    I like ZION. thanks!-God Bless..now I have to figure out how to use that one ><

  • Boldis Media, April 28, 2010

    Lakemount Worship Center is my favorite church design.

  • Nathan, May 5, 2010

    Why no Hillsong?

  • Roland Omoike, May 14, 2010

    yeah i got inspirational design here and i think there is need for me to review my church site…
    thanks so much ….

  • Holly, May 29, 2010

    Here is a great example of a traditional yet elegant church website:

    http://guardianlutheran.org

  • Ben, June 4, 2010

    Awesome list of websites! Glad to see churches are staying up-to-date with design :)

  • kensley, June 16, 2010

    Great list of sites! Here’s an amazing church site based in Indiana -

    http://www.npccindy.org

  • LeeJoe, June 16, 2010

    Hi,

    Really a GR8 site!!!….. i was just checking out some ideas ( I’m a beginner) for creating a site for my church …. and this site just give me a lot more than i could think of….
    And by the way THANX :)

    And one more thing….. (suggestion plz) is it better to use flash or just pure html format for creating websites????

    • Vandelay Website Design, June 16, 2010

      LeeJoe,
      I’m not a fan of Flash for usability and SEO purposes. Some Flash is ok, but all-Flash sites are usually not the most user-friendly.

  • kensley, June 17, 2010

    Honestly LeeJoe
    You should rather invest your time with JQuery because its more reliable and degrades gracefully if the end user doesn’t have javascript enabled. Look for the cycle-plugin. It may be an idea for you.

  • burhan, June 21, 2010

    Honestly LeeJoe
    The site looks nice

  • Oggy, June 22, 2010

    Great list, and useful for inspiration! I just finished designing my Church’s website: http://www.mountchapel.org – let me know what you think.

  • kensley, June 22, 2010

    ok you got skill! is that magento you are using for mountchapel.org? its got a magento feel to the design. nice work!

  • Oggy, June 22, 2010

    Thanks kensley. I’m using wordpress to power the site.

  • Tom, July 5, 2010

    Wow, delighted to have found this site. And very happy that the comments are not just open, but still popular.

    I’m about to start redesigning my Church website – http://www.stmarys-grassendale.co.uk and I am looking for ideas and to suss out the competition :P

    Thanks again. I’ll post again when the site is relaunched.

  • Wayne Sallee, July 10, 2010

    So many of those sites are a sight for sore eyes, because they use such small and faded text. Down here in Florida we have a very large percentage of older people that need to be able to read the text. I’m not old and so many of those sites tire my eyes.

    Here is a church site that is easy to read, looks nice, and easy to find what you are looking for:
    http://www.leesburgnazarene.waynesallee.com

    Wayne Sallee
    Wayne@WayneSallee.com

  • Maryagirl, July 17, 2010

    Awesome themes, I like them all and I really like your blog and i really appreciate the excellent quality content you are posting here.

  • Its wonderful to see so many churches spending time in website design. I would like to take this opportunity and show you how we have contributed to my church website. here it is.. http://www.crosspointechurch.tv/ god bless!

  • Sherry, July 19, 2010

    This church has an awesome website, you should add it to your list

  • Thank you Sherry. We just trying to keep with the Digital age. God Bless!

  • Dr. Peter Solomon, August 3, 2010

    Beautiful collections,
    Can we add this recent design in this list?

    • Vandelay Website Design, August 3, 2010

      Peter,
      New designs may be included in follow ups to this post, but there is no plan to add more sites to this specific post.

  • Constant Collide, September 8, 2010

    Church Websites, to me at least, are the most beautiful category in the web design world. The uplifting imagrey along with the textures really can’t be beat. I see alot of church sites out there that could use a make over to look like the ones above.

  • Manprit, September 12, 2010

    great sharing. i love your collection…it was great looking at all. I love http://www.hopeingod.org/ for its simplicity..

  • Don L, September 17, 2010

    Hi very nice collection of sites, alot of people are saying that they don’t look like church web sites, my question is… what does a church web site look like?

  • Youth Minister Yorba Linda, September 21, 2010

    It’s always refreshing to browse a church website. The designs are quite impressive plus one gets to read some inspirational content.

    And for your question Don – A church website should not be much different from any other website provided it gets the message across and communicates well.

  • Dan, September 27, 2010

    I think http://www.boladenevechurch.com.br is one of the most creative church websites out there! Check it!

  • Ryan Crozier, September 30, 2010

    I love this list of church websites. It’s refreshing to see churches with websites that don’t suck! haha

  • Vic, October 28, 2010

    Design is really important. No matter how we give value to the contents, we still look something that will catch our eyes. These churches have done a good job.

  • Don L, October 31, 2010

    My comment wasn’t a real question but a question of why people think churches are sub standard in everything they do. Churches are only as creative as the people that worship there. :)

    • Vandelay Website Design, November 1, 2010

      Don L.,
      Church websites in general have been very bad for a long time. A number of churches have put more money and effort into their sites in recent years though. So people think church websites are sub standard because typically they have been.

  • I know this post is really old but these are still some inspiring church websites. Most of them do an excellent job with color selection.

  • Tyrus Design, November 16, 2010

    This is a great collection of church websites. I noticed that some of them have been redesigned since this post, but it doesn’t mean the ones that are on here are not any good.

    Take it from someone who has relatives in the church (pastors) good church websites are becoming a must and the designs are getting better every year.

  • Ade, November 28, 2010

    I saw a website that i really like and i said i should share it. The church is located in the phoenix area. Even though there site is almost done, i believe it is a good reference point http://www.solidrockphoenix.org

  • tuz, November 28, 2010

    I love this list of church websites. It’s refreshing to see churches with websites that don’t suck! haha..

  • Ted Pack, November 30, 2010

    Are these sites DONE with wordpress, or just LISTED in a wordpress blog? This site comes up first in Google for the words
    best church websites wordpress

    I was looking for some examples done with WordPress. It isn’t clear what the designers used for these sites. They are all handsome.

    • Vandelay Website Design, November 30, 2010

      Hi Ted,
      No, they are not WordPress-based sites. Maybe some of them are, but they were not selected for that reason.

  • Ade, December 1, 2010

    Hi Ted, the solidrockphoenix.org was done with wordpress. Some other ones like northstar christian is wordpress and also http://www.stmarys-grassendale.co.uk/ so also mountchapel.org. its alot of the sites that are wordpress

  • Ade, December 1, 2010

    Hi Ted, the http://www.solidrockphoenix.org was done with wordpress. Some other ones like northstar christian is wordpress and also http://www.stmarys-grassendale.co.uk/ so also http://mountchapel.org. its alot of the sites that are wordpress

  • Baptist Website Design, December 9, 2010

    Looks to me like most of these sites are in wordpress I have done church websites in both Joomla, and WordPress. I definitely press WP for reasons of SEO, and Joomla sucks at blogging.

  • Frankie Jarrett, December 22, 2010

    Great post, these are very stunning and inspirational designs! I love seeing church websites improve not just in interface design but also in functionality without over-complicating the experience. Many of these are doing an excellent job at both, that is so encouraging.

    @Baptist Website Design
    I agree, WP just seems to be evolving much better as a product, with every release I find myself getting excited about all the new things I’ll be develop into my themes.

    I have heard a lot of good press on ExpressionEngine and more and more people seem to be talking it up, seriously considering taking a look in the near future…who knows maybe even a shallow dive into it :)

  • Rob, January 3, 2011

    This is a great list of websites; I think these are some of the best looking church themed websites that I’ve seen so far!

    I do think (agreeing with another members post) that working with a church or trying to obtain a church client would be difficult. I would think you’d have to be a member of a church before they’d even consider hiring you. Or, they might question your religion, etc! I hope these kinds of things wouldn’t happen, but nowadays, clients are very picky and particular about who they are going to hire. Understandably, but what does religion have anything to do with how good a web developer can build a site? Nothing!

    anyhoo, GREAT list! Thanks for sharing!

  • Bara' Design, January 13, 2011

    Great collection of sites!
    These types of collections are really helpful for industry specific design inspiration :)

  • Newlife Church Gold Coast, January 13, 2011

    Awesome sites listed here. Our website is pretty good too – http://newlifeuniting.com

    A lot of strategy went into it, to allow unconnected people to learn about the Church relatively quickly, whilst allowing connected people to view up to date information.

  • WIll Fowler, January 24, 2011

    Great list I have referenced it often for inspiration on designing church websites. -will

  • Erika Rossi-Raia, February 1, 2011

    Great list of sites from 2008. I would love to see your picks for 2011.

    Have you seen the Internet TV Channels that Right Brain Media has been developing for churches these past several years? All are video and audio driven and allow churches and non profits to live stream from their channel.

    Here are a few of my personal favorites:

    http://www.cindycruseratcliff.com/
    http://familychristiancenter.rbm.tv/
    http://suzettecaldwell.com/
    http://cityharvestnorth.org/

    Thank you!

  • Euan, March 4, 2011

    Wow, some very nice layouts and templates their, starting to thing that my own creation (http://www.nfpc.org.uk) needs to be revamped .

    The hardest part of doing the website that I found was the design, you want something that reflects the image of the particular Church that you are working on.

  • DC/Baltimore, March 18, 2011

    I think our new site is pretty good… it is still in progress but is up….

  • Grace Houle, April 18, 2011

    Great choices! Very beautiful sites.

  • Ian North, April 19, 2011

    Great inspiration. I have constantly referred back to this list since it was first published.

  • HJK, April 30, 2011

    Are there any Catholic Web sites on this list??
    Try this one – http://www.saintrichard.com

  • Ruthchelle, May 19, 2011

    Thanks for the great list! Wonderful inspiration.
    I’m developing one for a mission organization, again thanks for sharing with us!

    God bless!

  • zoompsd, May 29, 2011

    Thanks for sharing Vandelay, this is an awesome design inspiration!

  • anita, June 20, 2011

    This has been very helpful. I picked 8 to refer back to. Looking for simple eye candy and great info and navigation. I think I like Cross Roads. I had lost interest in our site and it stinks. Gonna get back to it and do what needs to be done. I do wish someone would check out First Baptist of West Palm Beach, Fl. I am very disappointed with it. fbcwpb.org They say it’s the way of the future. It seems cold to me. Am I wrong? Is that really what people are looking for in 2011?

  • Sue Delaney, June 23, 2011

    These sites really get your attention. Makes me kinda depressed as the one I developed from a template is BORING. If you want to check it out, visit http://www.calvaryperham.com. At least I’ve been able to add a few interesting features such as a virtual tour, lots of video and photos, calendar, sign up forms, etc. But I want to update the look. I think next time I will have a database driven site so it’s easier to change the look without rebuilding the whole thing. Fortunately for me my brother is a computer programmer so I’ve some help with that :-)

  • Lily, July 4, 2011

    I like all of these… but I would definitely add http://www.Newspring.cc — awesome site!

  • Rick, July 19, 2011

    I think it is safe to say that the big picture is the pulling point for a lot of these church sites. Epicenter Church in Fayetteville (http://www.yourepicenter.com) has used that in their design as well as several larger images to push people to certain areas.

    I also think its important that churches use their congregations for ideas as well looking into finding a local marketing firm that understands their needs to increase their numbers. A web design should only be one component of that.

  • Alissa James, July 27, 2011

    Hey…

    Thank you for the so beautiful website listings.Just visit the http://www.crosspointechurch.tv/ and really impressed with the website design of that site.

    God bless…
    Alissa

  • John Langer, September 18, 2011

    Thanks for the list really good to see so many churches in the 21st century. Two other good ones http://billericaybaptist.net and http:cvm.org.uk/index.php

    John

  • Thomas M., October 15, 2011

    I love the Missionary Baptist Church design. It is really awesome. The note says that this website is no longer in service though.

  • Jonathan Clatt, November 8, 2011

    Thank you for posting this great collection of church websites! Definitely used this as inspiration for our website. There aren’t too many well designed Youth Church websites out there but check these out http://www.220power.com and http://www.2020generation.org.

  • Ben, November 16, 2011

    http://fuel.org.au is a pretty sweet youth group website

  • Mike, December 10, 2011

    Thanks for the list and putting it all together, Check this one out.. Pretty slick design. The sermons with mp3′s and text are cool
    http://www.hopelutheranwf.org
    They have a ton of pages and good great sections for alot of things going on. Also very well organized

  • Tarryn, June 10, 2012

    I am working on a church website right now. These are beautiful! I will post the link when its done, and hopefully you can tell me if it measures up! :)

  • Tarryn, June 10, 2012

    oh..one more thing.. lakemount’s website has changed. I don’t know if you want to change their screenshot for the updated version.

  • iVision Studios, September 13, 2012

    A lot of these sites are still up and running and still looking modern even though this post is 4 years old. Most were ahead of the design curve! Here’s one where the design is done, just tweaking with some modules now. http://www.kwoc.org

    Thanks for the post!

  • Russ Tompkins, March 12, 2013

    Are all the website listed above free or was there a cost involved to create these sites?
    Russ Tompkins

    • Steven Snell, March 13, 2013

      Russ,
      They are not free. They are custom designs.

  • Stephen, May 24, 2013

    Check out this simple church website. One page with all information: http://engagechurch.ca

    And Russ, they all paid for their websites. :)

  • Carl, June 2, 2013

    These are all pretty good, though many lack mobile optimization. Ya’ll should check out this service for the southeastern states called: http://www.southernfaithwebsites.com

  • Jane Dee, July 26, 2013

    Thanks for sharing the nice collection of website designs. They look very nice but too bad they are not free.

  • Mozie, September 5, 2013

    Thanks for the fantastic collection, I truly think the Church on the Rock design concept is out of this world, has a great feel to it. Its always nice to appreciate beauty in design.

  • Liz Hines, September 28, 2013

    Thanks for the ideas for our new Church website!

  • Trevor, October 2, 2013

    I just bounced over from the nonprofit website list. Once again, great work! I’m considering developing a WordPress theme so the more inspiration the better. I’m loving the Fellowship of Woodlands Church website.