77 Of The Best Church Websites Of 2016

Browse our handpicked collection of the 77 best church websites of 2016. Learn from the best and take your church website to the next level.

April 16th, 2016

Behold! Our yearly collection of the best church websites. Each of these sites was handpicked and compiled by Brady Shearer with help from the Pro Church Tools team. Please note: These are not ranked in any specific order.

Frequently Asked Questions

How were these rankings assembled?

These rankings were assembled based on what we call the “new visitor” test. The average web user has about 10 seconds to be engaged by a website before they click away. I tested each of these websites as if I was a new visitor in the area looking for a church.

Is this an exhaustive list?

Absolutely not! There are hundreds of thousands of church websites in the world. Naturally we can’t take inventory of all of them. If you think we missed a church’s website that deserves to be on the list, please suggest it in the comments at the end of the post.

Is this ranked in order?

No.

How can I have my church’s website considered for the list?

Add a comment at the end of the post and include your church website’s URL. That’s it! You’ll be considered for the list when we compile it again for 2017.

77 Of The Best Church Websites In 2016

1. Grace Hills Church

http://gracehillschurch.com

1-Grace-Hills-Church
http://gracehillschurch.com

What We Like

  • Others-centered call to action
  • Updated blog
  • Service time and address prominent

2. NewSpring Church

https://newspring.cc

https://newspring.cc
https://newspring.cc

What We Like

  • Enthusiastic welcome prominently displayed
  • “What can we help you find?”
  • A ton of color

3. Cornerstone Community Church

http://go2cornerstone.com

http://go2cornerstone.com
http://go2cornerstone.com

What We Like

  • Clean and simple logo
  • True to color branding
  • ‘New Here’ button first on nav menu

4. 12Stone Church

https://12stone.com

https://12stone.com
https://12stone.com

What We Like

  • Call to action laid over video
  • Fewer than five elements on nav menu
  • Central hub for all campuses

5. Redemption Church

http://www.redemptionaz.com

http://www.redemptionaz.com
http://www.redemptionaz.com

What We Like

  • Clickable satellite locations
  • Keeps text to a minimum
  • Same quality design across all campuses

6. Remnant Church

https://www.remnantrva.com

https://www.remnantrva.com
https://www.remnantrva.com

What We Like

  • Amazing landing video
  • Church video defines the homepage
  • Sermon links at the bottom of the page

7. Reality SF

http://realitysf.com

http://realitysf.com
http://realitysf.com

What We Like

  • High-end magazine format
  • Hip black-and-white scheme
  • Scrolling stories

8. Northstar Church

http://northstarchurch.org

http://northstarchurch.org
http://northstarchurch.org

What We Like

  • Huge call to action
  • Video of actual church people
  • Defined by blocks – great for mobile

9. The Oaks Fellowship

http://theoaksonline.org

http://theoaksonline.org
http://theoaksonline.org

What We Like

  • Featured testimony of a church family
  • Footer isn’t an afterthought
  • Address and phone number come first

10. Eikon Church

https://www.eikonchurch.com

https://www.eikonchurch.com
https://www.eikonchurch.com

What We Like

  • Clickable photo blocks, great for devices
  • Nav menu hits important pages
  • Large welcome message

11. Antioch Community Church

http://antiochsheffield.org.uk

http://antiochsheffield.org.uk
http://antiochsheffield.org.uk

What We Like

  • Uncluttered logo
  • Good use of parallax
  • Not afraid of pink and purple

12. Gateway Church

http://gatewaypeople.com

http://gatewaypeople.com
http://gatewaypeople.com

What We Like

  • Cover photo taken inside church
  • Fun font
  • Huge colorful blocks

13. Terra Nova Church

http://terranovachurch.org

http://terranovachurch.org
http://terranovachurch.org

What We Like

  • Unique use of flat design
  • A-m-a-z-i-n-g graphics
  • Calls their congregation the ‘tribe’

14. Trinity Grace Church Williamsburg

http://www.tgcwilliamsburg.com

http://www.tgcwilliamsburg.com
http://www.tgcwilliamsburg.com

What We Like

  • Clean and minimalist
  • Arty & sophisticated
  • Strong, blocky font

15. Doxa Church

http://doxa-church.com

http://doxa-church.com
http://doxa-church.com

What We Like

  • Black-and-white, urban style
  • Hip and focused
  • Brand-faithful

16. Regeneration Church

http://regen.church

http://regen.church
http://regen.church

What We Like

  • Perfect URL
  • A feast for the eyes
  • Color and filters on everything

17. The Creek Church

http://www.creekchurch.com/

http://www.creekchurch.com/
http://www.creekchurch.com/

What We Like

  • Full-width photos of smiling church people
  • Church app download link
  • Footer not an afterthought

18. Central Community Church

https://centralcc.ca

https://centralcc.ca
https://centralcc.ca

What We Like

  • Minimalist homepage
  • Others-centered call to action
  • Bold use of black

19. Life.Church

http://www.life.church

http://www.life.church
http://www.life.church

What We Like

  • Boss at creating fresh graphics
  • Loads of variety
  • Great staff photos

20. Cottonwood Creek Church

http://cottonwoodcreek.org

http://cottonwoodcreek.org
http://cottonwoodcreek.org

What We Like

  • Video footage of church service
  • Has online chat
  • Prominent nav menu

21. The Village Church

http://thevillagechurch.net

http://thevillagechurch.net
http://thevillagechurch.net

What We Like

  • Info organized in boxes
  • Everything is clickable!
  • Outstanding staff photos

22. Rock City Church

http://rockcitychurch.tv

22-Rock-City-Church
http://rockcitychurch.tv

What We Like

  • Graphic layering
  • Logo is their name
  • 20+ staff photos all consistent and pro

23. The Resolved Church

http://theresolved.com

http://theresolved.com
http://theresolved.com

What We Like

  • Vintage style
  • Squeaky clean
  • ‘I Am New’ Page acts like a sitemap too

24. Oasis Church

http://www.oasisla.org

24-Oasis-Church
http://www.oasisla.org

What We Like

  • Strong design elements
  • Bold with great architecture
  • Stunning sermon archive layout

25. The Paradox Church

http://theparadoxchurch.com

http://theparadoxchurch.com
http://theparadoxchurch.com

What We Like

  • Two-color scheme
  • Giant menus
  • Everything is grand and oversized

26. Heart Church

http://heartchurch.co.uk

http://heartchurch.co.uk
http://heartchurch.co.uk

What We Like

  • Enormous, clear font
  • Simple color scheme
  • Map on main page

27. Renewal Church Of Chicago

http://www.renewalchicago.com

http://www.renewalchicago.com
http://www.renewalchicago.com

What We Like

  • Red, white & black
  • Slick urban feel
  • Fantastic logo

28. Risen Church

http://risenchurch.com

http://risenchurch.com
http://risenchurch.com

What We Like

  • Like a photo journal
  • Emphasis on graphics over text
  • Footer is beautiful

29. Lifeline Community

http://www.lifelinecommunity.com

http://www.lifelinecommunity.com
http://www.lifelinecommunity.com

What We Like

  • Unbelievably good staff photos
  • Total internal consistency
  • Great font curation

30. Renewal Christian Centre

http://www.renewalcc.com

http://www.renewalcc.com
http://www.renewalcc.com

What We Like

  • Site is built over photos
  • Truly unique design
  • One-screen homepage

31. Foundation Church

http://www.foundationchurch.org

http://www.foundationchurch.org
http://www.foundationchurch.org

What We Like

  • Elephant-sized font
  • One-page scrollable style
  • Industrial look

32. Harbor Church

http://www.harborolympia.com

http://www.harborolympia.com
http://www.harborolympia.com

What We Like

  • Elegant
  • Single-screen landing page
  • Clean, clean, clean

33. Redeemer Church

http://redeemerpdx.com

http://redeemerpdx.com
http://redeemerpdx.com

What We Like

  • Cool overlaid logo
  • Great lines
  • Awesome font spacing

34. Central Church

http://www.centralonline.tv/

http://www.centralonline.tv/
http://www.centralonline.tv/

What We Like

  • Hip, downtown vibe
  • Edgy red, white & black branding
  • Perfectly scrollable on phones and tablets

35. Church On The Move

http://www.churchonthemove.com

http://www.churchonthemove.com
http://www.churchonthemove.com

What We Like

  • Floating plus accessory nav menus
  • Bold and black
  • Super-fun fonts on messages

36. Eastside Christian Church

http://www.eastside.com/

http://www.eastside.com/
http://www.eastside.com/

What We Like

  • The pure love of images
  • Clean white backdrop
  • Doing parallax right

37. Piedmont Chapel

http://piedmontchapel.com

http://piedmontchapel.com
http://piedmontchapel.com

What We Like

  • Consistent two-color scheme
  • Unique font
  • Welcome video on ‘About’ page

38. Vous Church

http://vouschurch.com

http://vouschurch.com
http://vouschurch.com

What We Like

  • A joy to scroll
  • One-page web style
  • Nice ‘Give’ page setup

39. Christian Life Assembly

http://www.clachurch.com

http://www.clachurch.com
http://www.clachurch.com

What We Like

  • Crisp edges and strong lines
  • Uncluttered
  • Green and black combo

40. Engage City Church

http://www.engagechurch.ca/

http://www.engagechurch.ca/
http://www.engagechurch.ca/

What We Like

  • Large and bright parallaxes
  • Built for scrolling
  • Only 4 items on nav menu

41. Celebration Church

https://celebrationedmonton.com

https://celebrationedmonton.com
https://celebrationedmonton.com

What We Like

  • Bursting with color
  • Exploding with intense graphics
  • Cool shadow on heading fonts

42. Watermark Church

http://www.watermark.org

http://www.watermark.org
http://www.watermark.org

What We Like

  • Great central hub for all campuses
  • Dozens of staff photos, all pro
  • Well organized

43. First Church

http://www.firstchurch.com

http://www.firstchurch.com
http://www.firstchurch.com

What We Like

  • Perfectly scrollable
  • Large and chunky font
  • Strength of black and white

44. Irving Bible Church

http://www.irvingbible.org

http://www.irvingbible.org
http://www.irvingbible.org

What We Like

  • Dramatic design
  • Good use of intense closeups
  • ‘I’m New’ is first on nav menu

45. Mosaic Church

http://mosaic-church.org.uk

http://mosaic-church.org.uk
http://mosaic-church.org.uk

What We Like

  • Vibrant color scheme
  • Unique footer
  • Staff photos are amazing

46. Detroit Church

http://www.thedetroitchurch.com

http://www.thedetroitchurch.com
http://www.thedetroitchurch.com

What We Like

  • Edgy urban design
  • Industrial, eye-catching homepage video
  • Greyscale photos

47. City Church

http://www.thecitychurch.cc

http://www.thecitychurch.cc
http://www.thecitychurch.cc

What We Like

  • Sticks to brand
  • Prominent calls to action
  • Contact info front and center

48. Avenue Church

http://walktheavenue.com

http://walktheavenue.com
http://walktheavenue.com

What We Like

  • Self aware and crafted
  • Minimalist and precise
  • Confident in its colour scheme

49. Bridgetown: A Jesus Church

http://bridgetown.ajesuschurch.org

http://bridgetown.ajesuschurch.org
http://bridgetown.ajesuschurch.org

What We Like

  • Best headline ever
  • Reliance on graphics rather than text
  • Photo-album design

50. Kingdom Life Church

http://www.kingdomlifedisciples.org

http://www.kingdomlifedisciples.org
http://www.kingdomlifedisciples.org

What We Like

  • Brand-faithful
  • Minimalist and uncluttered
  • Rich coloring

51. Salem Covenant Church

http://salem-covenant.church

http://salem-covenant.church
http://salem-covenant.church

What We Like

  • Very cool section breaks
  • Magazine feel
  • Splashy pops of color

52. Hope Fellowship

http://www.hopefellowshipknox.com

http://www.hopefellowshipknox.com
http://www.hopefellowshipknox.com

What We Like

  • One-of-a-kind look
  • Addictively visual
  • Visionary graphics

53. Henderson Baptist Church

http://www.hendersonbaptist.org

http://www.hendersonbaptist.org
http://www.hendersonbaptist.org

What We Like

  • Beckoning text
  • ‘New’ page directed at local college students
  • 3 pages for visitor help

54. City Hope Church

https://cityhope.cc

https://cityhope.cc
https://cityhope.cc

What We Like

  • Main headline is reflected in main graphic
  • Large call-to-action button
  • Inspired main headline

55. Sojourn Heights

http://www.sojournheights.org

http://www.sojournheights.org
http://www.sojournheights.org

What We Like

  • One screen landing video
  • One glance gives all info visitors need
  • Nothing extraneous on site

56. Assembly Of Yahweh

https://www.halleluyah.org

https://www.halleluyah.org
https://www.halleluyah.org

What We Like

  • Big, bold headline
  • Strong architecture
  • Logo that defines the purpose

57. The Commons

http://thecommonsforall.com/

http://thecommonsforall.com/
http://thecommonsforall.com/

What We Like

  • Reliance on beautiful graphics
  • Artistic layout for staff photos
  • Easy ‘Giving’ popup

58. Upper Room Community Church

http://www.upperroomcc.org

http://www.upperroomcc.org
http://www.upperroomcc.org

What We Like

  • Glossy brochure quality
  • Everything you need, nothing you don’t
  • Big map on homepage

59. Reading Family Church

http://www.readingfamilychurch.org.uk

http://www.readingfamilychurch.org.uk
http://www.readingfamilychurch.org.uk

What We Like

  • Extensive ‘I’m New’ dropdown
  • Big, clean clear font
  • Sticks to color branding

60. Park Street Church

http://www.parkstreet.org/

http://www.parkstreet.org/
http://www.parkstreet.org/

What We Like

  • Sophisticated and original
  • Amazing interactive map feature
  • Comprehensive ‘Welcome’ page

61. The Father’s House

http://tfhny.org

http://tfhny.org
http://tfhny.org

What We Like

  • Snapchat-like main graphic
  • Curated graphics throughout site
  • Branded ‘Giving’ page

62. Shoreline Church

http://www.shorelineknox.com

http://www.shorelineknox.com
http://www.shorelineknox.com

What We Like

  • Mega main headline
  • High-def-quality homepage video
  • Strong color contrast

63. River City Church

http://therivercitychurch.org

http://therivercitychurch.org
http://therivercitychurch.org

What We Like

  • Gargantuan main headline
  • Fantastic main headline
  • Everything built for clarity

64. Champions Centre

https://championscentre.org

https://championscentre.org
https://championscentre.org

What We Like

  • Stellar headline font
  • Emphasis on fonts and graphics
  • Branded giving app

65. Life Of Worship Church

http://lifeofworship.church

http://lifeofworship.church
http://lifeofworship.church

What We Like

  • Knockout color pallette
  • Prominent call-to-action buttons
  • Inclusive main headline

66. Biltmore Baptist Church

http://www.biltmorebaptist.org

http://www.biltmorebaptist.org
http://www.biltmorebaptist.org

What We Like

  • Videos of actual church life
  • Turquoise, indigo, pink, orange
  • Fresh vibe

67. James River Church

https://jamesriver.org

https://jamesriver.org
https://jamesriver.org

What We Like

  • ‘New Here’ first on nav menu
  • Comprehensive and attractive ‘New Here’ page
  • Oversize call-to-action buttons

68. Greenhouse Church

http://www.greenhousesouthflorida.org

http://www.greenhousesouthflorida.org
http://www.greenhousesouthflorida.org

What We Like

  • Call to action is for visitors
  • Punchy,friendly video of church life
  • Helpful FAQ videos

69. One Chapel

http://www.onechapel.com/

http://www.onechapel.com/
http://www.onechapel.com/

What We Like

  • Eminently scrollable
  • High resolution photos
  • Transparent dropdown menus

70. Cross & Anchor Church

http://crossandanchorchurch.com

 http://crossandanchorchurch.com
http://crossandanchorchurch.com

What We Like

  • Urban art gallery vibe
  • Compact, one-page site
  • Uber crisp

71. Reason Church

http://reasonchurch.com

http://reasonchurch.com
http://reasonchurch.com

What We Like

  • Pro-quality landing video
  • Original headline
  • Completely on point

72. Integrity Church

http://integrityphx.com

http://integrityphx.com
http://integrityphx.com

What We Like

  • Prominent calls to action
  • Barebones essentials
  • Billboard styling

73. Redemption City Church

http://redemptioncity.church

http://redemptioncity.church
http://redemptioncity.church

What We Like

  • The power of red and black
  • The power of large, colorful fonts
  • The power of staying on brand

74. Encounter Church

http://www.encounterchurch.cc

http://www.encounterchurch.cc
http://www.encounterchurch.cc

What We Like

  • The simplicity of flat design
  • The clarity of a one-page site
  • The beauty of a monochromatic scheme

75. Hunter Bible Church

http://www.hunterbiblechurch.org/

http://www.hunterbiblechurch.org/
http://www.hunterbiblechurch.org/

What We Like

  • Bright blocks of yellow
  • Everything you need on the homepage
  • 4 maps on the homepage

76. The Summit Church

http://www.summitrdu.com

http://www.summitrdu.com
http://www.summitrdu.com

What We Like

  • Unique font for main headline
  • Site built like a photo album
  • One page as hub for all campuses

77. Destiny Church

http://destinychurchlife.com

http://destinychurchlife.com
http://destinychurchlife.com

What We Like

  • Engaging video of real church activities
  • Video has tons of clips
  • ‘Giving’ interface is attractive and navigable

Conclusion

Wow! That was quite the extensive list. If you’d like to have your church’s website added to the list, just post it in the comments!

Also, if it’s even possible to choose, which one is your favorite from the list of 77? Let me know in the comments and post your church’s website as well!

  • NickW

    Trinitynewlife.com

  • Andy Bartlomain

    Hey Brady, definitely some great sites listed. I LOVE Central’s site. It’s been a source of inspiration for the revamping of my church’s website, as well as other webdesign projects I’ve done. One thing we’ve implemented is the changing homepage banner every week or so.

    We started with a basic Squarespace site last year and now I’m in the process of customizing it to get a very tight and cohesive look. The homepage is pretty much where we want the rest of the site to be once we’re done.

    It should be complete by your consideration time next year. 🙂

    http://www.lifeatpathway.com

    • Love to hear that, Andy. Starting with Squarespace is always what we recommend. And then when you need more control and customization you can move up to a different platform.

      • Andy Bartlomain

        Yeah, I’ve found that Squarespace is easy enough for just about anyone to use, but also flexible enough to do just about anything. Even with some basic CSS you can really shape the look of your site. We’re actually using the Alex template, but you wouldn’t really guess that by looking at our homepage.

        Are there control and customization features that you’ve notice drive churches to use a different platform? Honestly, I only know Squarespace, so everything I’ve needed or wanted to do to this point, I’ve been able to do (with code injection of course). It’ll be interesting for us when we get to revamping our Media page. Depending on what we want, we may look for plugins or third-party services to help us customize the functionality. Do you have any plugin recommendations for weekly messages? We may just continue to use vimeo and put our time and effort into layout and design.

  • I just am reading through the comments (there is great discussion here) but I especially agree with the point that Blake brought up about a balance in beauty and ability to find the information you want. My church’s website is very beautiful but often times it is not very easy to navigate or find needed information.

    I noticed that most of the church websites listed have full page images on the homepage (or close to full page). What are your thoughts on image sliders that do not take up the full page?

    • Mark, I’ve got some pretty strong thoughts on sliders. Feel free to check out my full explanation here: https://prochurchtools.com/5-things-on-your-church-website-that-arent-necessary/

      I totally agree about the tension between beauty and function – always a balancing act!

      • Thanks for your quick response, Brady! I agree with your example given in your article. That would be an overwhelming first impression of a church. I would suggest there are good uses and poor uses of a slider. A couple of images can be used to show the people of the church while including an image spotlighting an upcoming event.

        Thanks for continuing to post helpful articles!

  • Ana Martinez

    Recently I started a website for the church. Our church isn’t much tech savvy. But I’m trying to get all platforms available for members and newcomers!:) -Dallas,TX

    http://www.iglesiachristianfellowship.org

    • Wow, for not being tech savvy it’s looking good Ana! 🙂

      If you need any technical help on how the church can grow Online you should visit http://life.church and sign up for their Open Network ( https://open.life.church/signup ) which is a free tool for fellow Churches and Christians to partake of. They freely give away their awesome graphics in PSD format, have tutorials, access to leaders at Life.Church and much more. It’s truly a selfless act they’ve done. Hope it helps you and best of luck in the growth of your church Online.

  • Agreed, Aaron!

  • I love the design of most of these…but I’m concerned about the hamburger menu alone style that is gaining prominence. Stats show less exploration and higher bounce rates on sites that only have that type of menu.

    I’d love for you guys to check out our site: http://theSummit.cc. We are a church plant, so post launch the site should fit more for what this list is going for. I hope we make it on next year!

    FYI, #29 took me to a ‘cannot reach server.’ Don’t know if it was just a temp hosting issue or what, but thought you’d like to know.

    • Hey Andrew, I love the hamburger menu on mobile stylings, but I agree, that for a desktop version of the site, a hamburger menu wouldn’t be a choice I would make for most sites. We always recommend 7 or less items in a navigation menu. And as long as you keep to that rule, there shouldn’t be a need for a collapsed menu.

    • Definitely agree about the hamburger menu on full-width websites. Seems like a very counter-intuitive design. It’s as if the menu items are being hidden.

      Good work with your website! I love the clarity of the above-the-fold content and the intriguing tagline. Keep up the good work, brother! 🙂

  • Paulo Ens

    Great list!!! Take a look on this website too – http://www.iemav.org.br

  • Zack Harrison

    Check out City Church Conway out of Central Arkansas!
    citychurch.tv

  • teejkelley

    Check out http://midwaychurch.com. I would love to submit it for your review on Pro Church Academy as well

    • Make sure you submit a Media Makeover form for the website and you’ll be eligible!

  • Amy Solava

    It’s interesting to see so many churches have such little information on their site. I love the simplistic style of these sites above, and gets me thinking how we could possibly reduce the size of our site. Our current site is half the size of what is used to be (content-wise), but we just have so much going on and so much content we need to have on the site. Take a look: http://wheatonbible.org/

    • Simplicity is obviously the goal, Amy. I don’t think it’s even about having less information, it’s about presenting it in such a way that it’s easy to navigate and not distracting.

  • QhueCreative

    Wow! I am so honoured that you featured not just one, but SIX websites I designed and setup for my church clients! I absolutely LOVE working with churches and so thankful for ProChurch and Brady for all of your hard work to help churches get noticed. Keep it up and thanks again!

  • Juridicus

    any comments would be appreciated as we are in the process of revising our website: http://www.trindlespringlutheran.org

    • Hope the redesign goes well! One of the first things I would stress is to make the navigation menu more prominent. Also, I would recommend placing a call-to-action on the home page. This could be as simple as a button prompting the user to plan a visit, watch a video, etc. Have fun with the redesign! 🙂

  • Jess Andres

    We recently redesigned our website. Would love some feedback! —> lifepoint.org

    • Definitely a very modern website! I like the focus of the header image; it places the emphasis on the Great Commission. It’s interesting that your above-the-fold call-to-action is a link to a recent sermon. This is helpful in introducing potential visitors to the teaching of your website. But I wonder if it would be helpful to feature a tagline above the header image that states the mission of your church. Just a thought. Another thought: I personally am not a huge fan of the hamburger menu feature, as I like to see a website menu without needing to click on anything first; kind of an awkward user experience. But that could just be a personal preference. I hope that helps. Great work with the website. Hope it strengthens your online outreach. 🙂

  • Justin HInes

    I might be the odd ball and i might not. The one thing I see though is all these sites are the same. Sure there is some variance in where stuff is but still the same. I live in mega church USA. I have Rhema down the street as well as The Assembly, in Owasso you have Church on the Move. Then you have Oral Roberts and Victory Christian Center. Throughout Tulsa and surrounding cities you have all these churches that their website says the same thing. That is why I chose to go a free route and use Tumblr. Traditionally a blog site but with a church that is 40 strong on a good week its really about new content rather than stagnent material. Some of the churches You listed are in my hometown and its so hard to just standout. So for your judgement, i really want to know honestly espically if it sucks, tell me what you think of a small church website in the land of mega churches. https://freedomcitychurchba.com

    P.s. I hate how long the url is but the pastor already had it and loves it so im stuck with it.

    • Justin, I visited your site and I’m not entirely sure what the message is when I land on it. What do you want me to take away from it? There’s a slider of images. A ton of different options to click on. What are you trying to tell me?

      I am totally on board with different types of church websites and standing out in a crowded market. But a great website still comes down to two things: humanity and simplicity. How we choose to execute that is totally subjective. But anytime our sites become overly complex or corporate/robotic/formal we’re missing the mark.

      • Justin Hines

        exactly there is no message. It is a landing point for people to see our social media of up to date content. Where I live I have talked to new member why they came. About 80 percent come based on website. They werent looking for what the church says they are about. You can walk into one of the literal hundreds in Tulsa and they all say welcome home, this is the perfect church for you, or your in the right spot. So then I asked what did you look at then? There response was they looked at the sermon video, audio, and social media. So it makes sense to do a social media feed website of whats going on.

        The only options to click is the 6 menu items and social media icons?

  • I just got my church to move from Cloversites to Squarespace: http://gonorthside.com. This is simply the marquee template with a couple Squareplugins, but we are pleased with how it turned out. I read a lot of articles here to restructure the site to be a good hub for visitors and regular attendees alike.

    We’re still working on a way, without a dedicated social media person or communications person, to create a sustainable social media and blog editorial calendar. Any tips there?

    • Biggest tip I have for you Indiana is concerning your main headline – right now it’s all about you and your church. The headline should be all about your potential visitor. What are they longing for in life? What are their biggest fears? Rather than talking about your church, craft a headline from the position of your potential visitor or your existing church member.

      • Fantastic advice. This is an essential but sometimes forgotten role of a church/ministry website.

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  • Jeremiah Golden

    Always one of my favorite posts!! Love seeing all the creative excellence within the Church.

    Just launched our new website about a week ago. Still rolling out a few features, but would gladly take any feedback: riverbankchurch.com

    • Very simple and clean design; love it! The clear calls-to-action and the consistent, bright primary color on the home page are compelling. Tastefully designed Divi website. 🙂

      • Jeremiah Golden

        Thanks for the positive feedback, Ryan!

  • RIcky Harrell

    Hey Brady!

    First let me start with a big THANK YOU! The impact Pro Church has made on my approach to church media/web/design/etc. has been immense. I’m a part of a small but growing church in North Carolina. We’ve had our site for a while now, but I would love to know how we could improve, and also quite honestly it would just be an honor to get feedback from you…lol. cwcconline.org

    • Hey Ricky,

      I love the photos you’re using as the background. Instead of a logo, I would craft a headline that resonates with the people you’re trying to reach. Your logo doesn’t mean much, especially to a new visitor.

  • Aaron Kane Sriskandarajah

    We are about to launch our site in the next 2 months. So will be ready for the 2017 list I guess.

    http://www.colombogospeltabernacle.com

  • Brady,

    I truly appreciate this list and your reasoning. I was wondering if you might do the same for judicatories (dioceses, synods, presbyteries, annual conferences, etc.) I need to do more work on my site and would like some inspiration.

    • Hey Neal, I’m not entirely sure, but I did try to include a wide variety of denominations and church-types on this list. I’m not sure how much different those websites would look. The frameworks for all great sites are basically the same.

  • Pastor Jerry Thomas

    gridleycongregationalchurch.org

  • brentwalker

    It appears your judges prefer white type over a muted photo in a standard-issue 2016 WordPress full-width scroller. A LOT of sameness throughout this whole post. Nice work, but a rather narrow focus.

    • Brent, we’re open to other suggestions. Do you have a handful of websites or a different style that you think we should consider?

  • Megan Elford

    Learning as I go, thanks so much for this site! Here’s what I’ve done with our church’s website: http://pinewoodschapel.com . We’re a small church so it’s a free WordPress theme, but I’ve tried to make it our own 🙂

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  • Gage Hunt

    We redesigned in January. Check us out at hopericc.org

  • Andrea Kovach

    Please check out http://www.svccchurch.com/ :)!

  • Jeff

    100% of your example churches are protestant-evangelical. Have you checked out any Lutheran or Catholic websites? Here’s one example:
    http://goodshepherdels.org/

    • I like that example Jeff. What stands out the most is their navigation; it’s simple, straightforward and if I were a new user or a regular member I would feel like I could find what I needed. In particular the “I’m New” large flag cannot be missed and is great for first-time or relatively new visitors. However, the page it leads to is simply text. That’s great, but videos of the pastor or a leader speaking to the user is more personal feeling…it imitates more truly the personal nature of inviting someone face-to-face to church.

  • Cristian Lobos

    Hi Brady, I want to share with you the web site of my church ( http://www.iglesiaentuciudad.org ). We are from Chile, Quillota city. Can you check out the site and give us some new ideas? And congratulations for this web site Pro church Tools. it´s amazing and very useful.

  • Michael Chupik

    The Compass Church in Regina, SK
    http://www.compassregina.com

  • Drew Caperton

    check out Hulen Street Church http://www.hulenstreet.com

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  • Eve Stipes

    Love this list – it’s so helpful to SEE what’s working really well & get your quick feedback on why you like it. I’m sending the list to my team for us to peruse together. Our church’s site is http://www.yourchurch.com/ and though I’m late to this article & convo, would love feedback!

    • Derek Lavigne

      Hi Eve —

      Don’t worry, I was later to the article than you were. I took a quick look through your site (which is great btw), but just a couple of quick things that stuck out to me: No immediate call to action on the homepage, the menu font is a bit on the small side, and maybe a bit too much hidden under the hamburger. That last one is completely dependent on your audience though and how familiar they are with those types of menus.

  • Derek Lavigne

    Guess I am a bit late on this, but wanted to throw in the website we launched for my church to celebrate our 25th anniversary http://www.myredemption.cc

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  • Jeremy Tey

    Do check out my church’s website at http://sjag.org.my 🙂

  • Chris Gibson

    Great! A few great sites up there! I just wanted to say a huge thanks!
    I’ve been following PCT for a while and this year we’ve undergone a huge re-vamp of our website. All of your advise has been so helpful!
    Check us out!
    http://www.life-cc.org

    • Thanks Chris! Love the photos of real people on your site. Well done.

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  • Kevin

    I’m two months into re-constructing a site for a church. I’ve only been involved with this community for 14 months and the church had dwindled to maybe 50 people in the last five years. It’s not a great situation, but I definitely feel like I’m part of the re-launch, as I’m looking at this like a church plant. Anyways, the site is firstagraytown.org and I’d love to get any feedback from this fine community!

  • Vince A

    A bit late to the discussion but I just redid my church website:

    https://rockvillechurchofchrist.org

    Thoughts?

  • Absolutely love this article for inspiration. I recently redid our church’s website at http://cceastside.com on the Squarespace platform. I agree that SquareSpace is a great way to start but there’s a lot more to designing a good website than you may think. It’s so important to really dig into what the core mission of your church is and distill that into the “top 3” or so things you want your home page to accomplish or convey. It’s also tricky to design your site architecture – where all that info goes and how it’s grouped and arranged in menus, and you need to think about the best way to show lists of things – home fellowships, staff members, events, ministries, that sort of thing. Who is going to create all the content for your site? Someone needs to organize the staff/ministry leaders to get content from them. In a lot of cases it may make sense to get help from a professional simply to organize your team, your thoughts and information, and guide you to coming up with your core values and how to convey them in the most effective way on your website. With that in hand, designing your site is actually the easy part!

    Without that kind of planning you may wind up with a beautiful site that is difficult to find what people really want, very thin in information, or is a bit disorganized and frustrating to use.

    One issue that I ran into with using SquareSpace as a platform is that while it is powerful, with lots of widgets to make things easy, it does have limits, and we ran into a hard one with our podcast ministry. We have the usual video and audio sermons that can be found on our Media page but SquareSpace was not going to cut it when it came to serving up our audio and video podcasts. For that I had to create a custom, automated solution that is working out really well for us. I still love SquareSpace since it allows certain moderatly tech-savvy staff to do direct edits on the site (updating events, etc.) and it is possible to link to/integrate that with other services (soundcloud for audio-only podcasts, for example) or custom solutions where Squarespace falls short, so Squarespace has worked out very well for us.

    I’ve been thinking a lot about redoing our home page banner text to orient it more towards a “whats in it for me” type statement and our “mission statement” (Statement of Faith) is much to long and vague to my liking, but that will require some convincing of my pastor to rework and simplify that 🙂 Beyond that would love to get some feedback! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/77aa6d8d2346c5e302743af6b01a564366894461fe3c87abc79919376364a38f.png

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  • Timothy Sills

    I’d say check out https://theembassychurch.ca/ they just launched their new site today.

  • elcamino73

    My church’s website is ChurchONEighty.org I’m pretty new to this, and as we are a new launch, ‘webmaster’ is one of the many hats I wear, not because I’m qualified, but because I’m here, lol

  • I guess my biggest thing is where to start with squarespace? Im familiar with wordpress widgets and such but can anyone link me to some “how to’s”? Particulary features like sermons, live streaming, giving…. Were a small church and i really want to pull away from wordpress and bring a new age web presence.

  • Kailey Standridge

    Check us out! Sachse’s Church in Sachse, Texas
    sachseschurch.org

  • Tessa Schoumaker

    Favorites:
    vouschurch.com
    reasonchurch.com

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  • Abbie Courtney

    Hey there! With my husband, I’m living in Mexico City and we are attending this wonderful church: Iglesia Centro. We both agree that their website is amazing! Great design, very clean and easy 🙂 Check it out: http://www.iglesiacentro.org

  • John Wagler

    We just did an update on our site and would love to be considered/receive feedback. Thanks! All these look great. http://hillcityrva.com/