The Best WordPress Themes for Churches and Non-Profit Organizations

Most churches and non-profit organizations need a website that they can easily update and maintain on their own, and many are also working with limited budgets. For both of these reasons, a WordPress-powered website is a great option for many organizations. While a custom design is almost always preferred, there are a growing number of quality themes created specifically for churches and non-profit organizations, and they are very affordable. In this post we’ll showcase 12 WordPress themes from various designers that have been created especially for these types of organizations.

If your organization is looking for an affordable and professional website, please see the free websites that we have to offer for non-profit organizations and churches.

Grace ($65)

Grace

Outreach ($79.95)

Outreach

Moses ($79)

Moses

Church ($79.95)

Church

Light of Peace ($30)

Light of Peace

 

Mu ($50)

Mu

Hopefull ($50)

Hopefull

WordPress Church ($50)

WordPress Church

Charity Theme ($75)

Charity Theme

Non-Profit Theme ($69)

Non-Profit Theme

Foundation (free)

Foundation

Charity Organization ($60)

Charity Organization

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Published March 2nd, 2011 by

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  • brad schrum, March 2, 2011

    My church falls into the category of needed a cheap yet easily updatable site. I’m taking on the task of creating the new site, and have been planning on using wordpress once we get to that point (as a small church, other ministry things..including grad school for me..take precedence). So thanks for this post. It will be most helpful for us.

    Is there some way to create a member log-in section with these themes or others? I’m exploring Buddypress as an option, but I’m not very far into the exploration.

    Thanks!

    —bms

    • Vandelay Website Design, March 2, 2011

      Hi Brad,
      Each theme is going to be a little bit different. I would check with the designer/developer to see if it is compatible with BuddyPress. The Outreach Theme from StudioPress will work with BuddyPress, but you’ll need their GenesisConnect plugin. With any WP theme you could allow users to create logins, it’s just a matter of what you need them to be able to do when they are logged in. Aside from going the BuddyPress route, there are also several membership plugins that may work for you, depending on your needs. Wishlist Member is a popular one.

  • robb, March 2, 2011

    Thanks for these themes, Vandelay. I like them a lot. They are very simple, clear, and right to the point. I could see these working for some of my clients that request simplie projects only containing a few pages.

  • Web East Yorkshire, March 2, 2011

    This is a really good collection of WordPress Church themes… even with only minimal customisation these aren’t going to look too generic. Thanks for sharing.

  • Gareth, March 2, 2011

    Hi. Thanks for these. I am involved with the design and SEO of mainly church and NGO WordPress websites currently, so it is great to have all of these in the same place. Will bookmark this blog post right now :)

  • Chuck, March 2, 2011

    How easy is it to take one of these themes and put it in place of our current theme we have on wordpress. I have always found this difficult.

    • Vandelay Website Design, March 2, 2011

      Hi Chuck,
      If you’re already using WordPress all you need to do is upload the new theme via FTP or through the admin dashboard, and then activate it. However, depending on the theme you may need to tweak your content a little bit to be displayed properly. For example, you may need to add thumbnails, excerpts, etc.

  • Jon W, March 3, 2011

    Hi,

    With the greatest of respect, can you explain why these themes are the best for churches and non-profits for any reason other than that fact they have a banner at the top which says church and a image of someone praying?

    There’s only a small handful of sites in the list above that contain any functionality specific to churches or charities, the majority are jsut bog-standard off the shelf themes that could be used for any business type.

    Jsut because the theme designer for their theme preview picture puts a charity banner at the top and adds a page that says ‘donations’ doens’t in any way make it any more suitable than any other theme for a charity.

    J

    • Vandelay Website Design, March 3, 2011

      Hi Jon,
      Thanks for your comment. In some ways I agree with you. However, I think they are designed specifically with churches or non-profits in mind in terms of the style of design (that’s not to say that other businesses couldn’t use the same design styles, but if you take a look at trends in church design, many of these themes look similar to the custom-designed sites that you will see). More importantly, in my opinion, when a customer/client is looking to buy a theme, having it presented specifically as a church or non-profit site can make it easier for them to visualize how it will work for them. It’s often difficult for someone to browse through corporate templates and pick one out that will work for their church. Like you mentioned, the graphics that are on display can be changed, but in most cases they are similar to what will be used by the customer. Plus, the front pages of many of these themes contain content that is likely to be important to churches and non-profits (event listings, service times and locations, ministries, etc.). Of course, that stuff can be changed, but again, I think it makes it easier to visualize how it will work and how it is intended to be used.

  • Adam, March 3, 2011

    Great list, thanks for including our theme “Moses”

    Replying to Jon W Comment:

    i’m pretty sure were the only theme that provides real functionality built exactly for churches including sermons, videos, news and more.

  • Cheshire Catering, March 4, 2011

    Wow, some great designs here. I have a charity website coming up for a client soon, so this has been a really useful post. Yay!

  • Chand, March 9, 2011

    Some really great WordPress themes posted. Loving the designs to most of them, simple to navigate around and a great use of space for most of them.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • David, March 11, 2011

    Hi,

    Some themes are really great, they can be use any for other purposes to, not only for churc and non/profits. That makes very hard to categories themes. But what consernes that list i think developers has clearly said their opinion. Although someone could to Free WP theme for non profits.

  • Toronto Web Developer, June 9, 2011

    Very impressive themes here. I am always looking for great designs for church and non profits as they normally lack in innovative design.

  • Frankie, July 6, 2011

    Excellent themes here! I love Moses, it’s a really great design…well done, Adam!

    I’ve recently launched a company called ChurchThemes where we are developing themes with features tailored to churches like sermons, people, locations, online giving, etc.

    Would love and appreciate any feedback from the community! Thanks.

    http://churchthemes.net

    //Frankie

  • Adam, July 18, 2011

    Thanks Frankie! We just released another WordPress theme on http://www.churchthemer.com called Ezekiel and were about to release another 2 in July/August! so things are starting to heat up!

  • Sean, November 28, 2011

    Mu and Moses look great! I am interested in posting searchable sermon text rather than audio downloads. Ideally they would be tagged with the deliverer of the sermon so that all of his/her sermons could be viewed together. Similarly I would want to search by topic (compassion, giving, humor, nose warts, whatever). Anybody have recommendations towards those goals?

    • Vandelay Website Design, November 28, 2011

      Sean,
      I would recommend entering them as blog posts and setting up a category for sermons. They would be searchable and easily readable, and you could exclude the sermon category from an RSS feed and/or the blog front page if you like. You could set up sub-categories or use tags for the specific topics.

  • Anderson Jhon, December 11, 2011

    awesome collection, these themes can be used as html ? if we not want to use as wordpress???

    • Vandelay Website Design, December 12, 2011

      Anderson,
      They are WordPress themes. You have to have WordPress installed to use them.

  • Greg, December 19, 2011

    I can’t believe these templates are so expensive.
    Theme-Forest charges about $25-$40 for professional premium templates. These are for non-profits, and are even more expensive. Go figure????

  • Vandelay Website Design, December 19, 2011

    Hi Greg,
    I wouldn’t say they are expensive. The prices are very comparable to most premium themes available. ThemeForest is one of the cheapest places to by templates and themes, but most of the newer WP themes are priced over $40 now. At ThemeForest the designers are not required to provide support, and with most theme shops you will be getting higher quality support, which impacts the price. Also, some theme shops offer 2-for-1 or other deals that essentially lower the price. In some cases, these premium themes also come with frameworks, such as the Genesis framework. Compare $70 or $80 to $2,000 – $5,000 for a custom design and it seems a lot more reasonable.

  • Steven Gliebe, July 13, 2012

    Hi Steven,

    This is a good list but a bit dated now. In light of the rank this post has on Google and the fact that some great new church themes have been released, would you update it or make a new post? Some others have come out including some on ThemeForest, Organized Themes has a new one and ChurchThemes.net has 3 or 4 now.

    I just released one of the first responsive church themes (Risen) which you can look at here: http://themeforest.net/item/risen-church-wordpress-theme-responsive/2632774

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  • Steven Gliebe, September 27, 2013

    We just launched http://churchthemes.com this week. I’d love to see our new theme Resurrect added to this list or for a new post on church themes to be made. There are probably close to 50 church WordPress themes out there now and some of theme are very good.