The Top 25 Best Church Websites Of 2017

Browse our handpicked collection of the 25 best church websites of 2017. Learn from the best and take your church website to the next level.

March 31st, 2017

Behold! My 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 of best church websites assembled?

These rankings were assembled based on what I call the “new visitor” test. The average web user has about 10 seconds to be engaged by a website before they click away. My team and I tested each of these websites as if I were 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 I can’t take inventory of all of them. If you think I missed a church’s website that deserves to be on the list, please suggest it in the comments at the end of the post.

Are these best church websites 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 2018.

Why only 25 churches?

In past years, this list has consisted of 50+ churches each year. Rather than continuing to add more websites this year, I wanted to strip back and do a deeper dive into a smaller group of sites. There are hundreds of websites that deserve to be on this list. This has nothing to do with who’s in and who’s out — it’s all about what’s working in 2017 and how our church’s websites can learn from those leading the way.

The Top 25 Church Websites Of 2017

1. Church on the Move

https://www.churchonthemove.com/ & https://cotm.info/

What I Like

Church on the Move has one of the most forward thinking church websites. Why? Because they actually have two church websitesnot one. Their main website — ChurchOnTheMove.com — is targeted toward new visitors (the way it should be). On COTM’s main site you’ll find information regarding service times, locations, campus information, etc. But Church on the Move also has a second website — COTM.info — and this site is dedicated entirely to their existing congregation. This is a mobile-first site (essentially a web app parked on a domain) where you can take any next step you want to.

This dual-platform presence is the new church website blueprint for 2017. Learn more by clicking here -> You Can’t Afford To Ignore This 2017 Church Website Trend.

2. NewSpring Church

https://newspring.cc/

What I Like

When it comes to design, NewSpring is my absolute favorite. Why? Photography & typography. The typography on NewSpring’s website is bigger than most. Their headlines are a bold, chunky sans-serif, and their paragraph text is an elegant, refined serif — a perfect pairing. Not only that, but across the entire site you’ll find beautiful photography that authentically captures what it feels like to be part of NewSpring. Simply by visiting their site, you get an insider’s sense of attending on a Sunday, which is super important.

I sat down and spoke with Jon Horton, the Web Director at NewSpring, and he gave us a behind the scenes look at building this website. You can listen to my entire conversation with him here -> A Behind The Scenes Look At NewSpring Church’s Website with Jon Horton.

3. Grace Hills Church

http://gracehillschurch.com/

What I Like

Perhaps the most important part of your church’s website is the headline. The key is to make the headline about your potential visitor and not about your church. Don’t talk about yourself and how awesome you are. Instead, find the intersection between your church and a potential new visitor – Grace Hills Church does this exceptionally well.

4. Glad Tidings Church

http://gladtidingsomaha.com/

What I Like

The easiest way to improve your church’s website is to improve your main headline. It’s free and fast. But if you’re having trouble crafting the perfect set of words, one trick I love to offer churches is to just use someone else’s words! Glad Tidings does a fantastic job of this. Instead of talking about themselves, they use testimonies from people within as their main headline.

5. Cornerstone Community Church

http://go2cornerstone.com/

What I Like

The first sentence on Cornerstone’s website reads, “Real life happens everyday. Don’t face it alone.” Here, Cornerstone is tapping into one of the needs that our churches are uniquely positioned to meet: community. Every day people in your city are feeling alone and overwhelmed. Families are struggling to get by. New parents are adapting to a new lifestyle with less free time for friends and leisure. Empty-nesters are living in a quieter house for the first time in decades. People crave community. Your church can meet this need and you’re uniquely positioned to do so.

When crafting the main headline on your church’s website, make sure that you tap into an existing problem that your church can help with.

6. The Oaks Fellowship

http://theoaksonline.org/

What I Like

Similar to Glad Tidings Church, The Oaks Fellowship does a great job of putting real stories front and center. Under the headline We Found a Place to Belong is a story of a young family finding a home at The Oaks. Sure, you can craft the perfect headline, but nothing beats storytelling. It’s the most powerful form of human communication.

Learn more about the skill & power of storytelling here -> 5 Reasons Storytelling Is Your Most Important Church Marketing Tool.

7. The Village Church

http://thevillagechurch.net/

What I Like

The Village Church uses their main headline to tap into a problem we all face. Instead of tapping into our human longing for community, this headline addresses our universal craving for hope. Each one of us, at one time or another, has felt hopeless. We’ll think things like, “This is as good as it gets. I’m broken and my best years are behind me.”

Much like community, hope is another universal need that your church can meet. People are looking for hope and you can help them find it at your church. You can help them find unending hope through a relationship with Jesus.

8. Risen Church

http://risenchurch.com/

What I Like

Risen Church has one of the more unique church websites I’ve come across. It doesn’t have a single pixel of white space on the homepage. The entire site is built on top of stunning photos. But Risen’s site also has a great main headline. In years past I’ve been critical of Risen’s headline being very inward focused. To my delight, when I checked their site for this year’s list, I saw that they had reworked some of the language to be more outward focused.

That’s the key. When someone lands on your church’s site, they’re not there to hear about how awesome you are. They’re there to see what your church can offer them. Talk about them; don’t talk about yourself.

9. Bridgetown Church

http://bridgetown.church/

What I Like

There’s an old rule on the web that states you only have about 10 seconds to make a good first impression on a visitor to your site before they leave. A quality headline can resonate with a new visitor in a big way, but nothing can hook your visitors faster than visuals. One of the best investments your church can make is to hire a photographer a couple of times a year (if you don’t have a photographer in your congregation already) to shoot a couple hundred photos of what life at your church looks like. These visuals will help your new visitors get a picture (see what I did there) of what life at your church is really like.

10. The Commons

http://thecommonsforall.com/

What I Like

The first photograph that you’ll see on The Commons’ website is a photo of the church serving in their community. Rather than their pastor on stage, or a hand raised in worship, you’ll see volunteers. I like this a lot.

The Commons also has one of the coolest navigation menus I’ve ever seen. Check out the vertical nav menu on the left, but also the links in the four corners of the photo.

11. Greenhouse Church

http://www.greenhousesouthflorida.org/

What I Like

I’ve talked about photos on your website, but what about video? Consider a video background above-the-fold as Greenhouse Church has done.

12. Hill City Church

http://hillcityrva.com/

What I Like

Sadly, the word “church” comes with a stigma for many people. Church is a place where there are strict rules. Church is a place where you are judged. Church is a place where you need to believe what we believe — or else. Knowing that this stigma exists, Hill City does a great job of immediately putting new visitors at ease with their website’s main headline. Hill City wants you to know that if you’re a part of their community, you’ll always a safe place to explore your faith — belonging before belief as they say.

Moreover, Hill City pairs their headline with a crazy-fun video background of the church celebrating with confetti.

13. College Park Church

http://www.yourchurch.com/

What I Like

Let’s talk about domain names for a moment. There are three simple rules for your church’s URL: (1) keep it short (2) memorable and (3) easy to spell.

College Park Church has one of the coolest church domain names I’ve come across (yourchurch.com).

14. Rockville Church of Christ

https://rockvillechurchofchrist.org/

What I Like

You don’t need to be a famous church or a huge church to have a great web presence. Rockville Church of Christ’s online platform was built using Squarespace with the Hayden Theme. Just $10/month can get you a great church website through Squarespace. A great church website comes down to the basics: quality visuals, a great main headline, clear calls to action, and a memorable domain name. And you don’t need an extravagant budget to accomplish any of those things.

15. Gateway Church

http://gatewaypeople.com/

What I Like

Gateway Church is another example of a great domain name (gatewaypeople.com). If you’re a church with a common church name like Gateway, Central, or First Baptist, you’ll likely need to get a bit creative with your domain name choices. Just remember to follow three rules of domains:  (1) keep it short (2) memorable and (3) easy to spell.

Also, don’t be afraid to explore alternatives to the .com extension. Three of my favorites are .cc, .church, and .co.

16. Terra Nova Church

https://terranovachurch.org/

What I Like

The designers at Terra Nova Church do fabulous work. The orange and purple colors are instantly recognizable and consistent site-wide. This isn’t a look that most churches will be able to pull off (and it isn’t necessary), but I wanted to include it on this list because it’s stunning nonetheless.

17. 12Stone Church

https://12stone.com/

What I Like

Notice the first word on 12Stone Church’s website — “you.” 12Stone isn’t here to talk about how awesome they are and all the cool things their church is up to. They’re here for you. It might seem simple, but 9 out of 10 times when I land on a church’s website, the first thing I’ll see is a headline about how awesome the church is. So I’ll say it again, craft a headline that speaks to your web visitors and their life and their problems. Don’t talk about yourself.

18. Central Church

https://www.centralonline.tv/

What I Like

The video above-the-fold on Central Church’s website is longer than most. And instead of using it as a background, it actually takes the place of the main headline. If you have a team of skilled videographers, this might be something to consider. While a headline is explicity stated in words, a video communicates in a more subjective way.

19. Cross & Anchor Church

http://crossandanchorchurch.com/

What I Like

I’m a sucker for gradients. Learn more about that here -> The 2017 Design Trend & Why It’s Great News For Your Church.

20. Celebration Church

https://celebrationedmonton.com/

What I Like

Celebration Church does a phenomenal job of maximizing their available real estate. There are 11 different links/calls to action above-the-fold which is more than I would normally recommend, and yet, the layout is enjoyable to look at. Props to their designers and web team for making it work.

21. Remnant Church

https://www.remnantrva.com/

What I Like

Remnant Church’s full-screen video background is immersive and engaging. In less than 10 seconds you’ll have a grasp of what it means to attend this church on a Sunday, as well as what it feels like to be a part of the community. This is what makes video backgrounds such a great web design tool. A well-captured video background can communicate more in ten seconds than a photo or headline could, and when you’re working with small time windows, this can be the difference between someone leaving your site never to return again or making the decision to attend your next service.

22. Piedmont Chapel

http://piedmontchapel.com/

What I Like

Piedmont Chapel is a newer church plant meeting in a high school. Their monochromatic color palette is simple & elegant. And I especially like their Plan A Visit call-to-action button.

23. Doxa Church

http://doxa-church.com/

What I Like

I wanted to highlight Doxa Church’s website because of their call-to-action button that reads, What’s Sunday Like? Because your website is likely going to be targeting potential new visitors, it’s best to think about what questions they will be asking. A button that invites a new visitor to see what a Sunday experience is like is a perfect response.

24. Sojourn Heights

http://www.sojournheights.org/

What I Like

Sojourn Heights’ website is the only site on this list of 25 that doesn’t scroll at all. The entire site is contained in a single window. The main call to action reads Plan Your Visit and then there are some additional pages listed below. If you’re wanting to build an especially stripped down church website, this would be a great one to model.

25. Elevation Church

http://elevationchurch.org/

What I Like

If your church life is built around the Sunday message as much as Elevation’s, then it makes sense to put your weekly message front-and-center. This shouldn’t be what most of our churches attempt to emulate, but when you have a speaker with a profile and following like Stephen Furtick, it makes sense.

One cool thing about Elevation’s site is that they update the video background every single week as soon as the most recent message has been released.

Conclusion

If you’d like to have your church’s website considered for the best of 2018 list, just post it in the comments!

Also, if it’s even possible to choose, which one is your favorite from the list of 25? 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!

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  • 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

  • Bread We Break is a young adults ministry reaching 60+ churches in Winnipeg and across Manitoba. Check out https://breadwebreak.com

  • 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/

  • Anderson Bishop

    cmchurch.com Let us know what you think

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  • Hello, have a look at our website – Kingdom Seekers International http://www.ksim.org
    We launched it on 1 Jan 2017! We are in the process of getting the content rolling this month.

  • Nathan Palmer

    Would love consideration of http://www.marklechurch.org!

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  • Please take a look at my Church’s site https://www.minehead-baptist.com

    We’re in a small sea-side town in the UK. But we get lots of tourists/visitors. So as well as the normal ‘church people’ and ‘lookers’ we also have an extra set of visitors to the site! I’ve recently given the site a spring clean.

    It’s the Church’s 200th Anniversary this year as well 🙂

  • Michael Raymer

    Maybe it’s because we are more traditional but I don’t see any Catholic Churches on this countdown. We revamped our website last year to a responsive design. I’m always up for suggestions on how to improve it even more. http://stmichaelchurch.org/

  • Any feedback on our site would be great! rivercitychurch.com

  • Grace Church

    We’d love your thoughts on ours at first glance: gracechurch.us. Suggestions, takeaways, improvements? We’re always trying to better it and improve it (but I’ve been looking at it for a year and a half, and have been at Grace for 10 years, so it’s sometimes difficult to have an outsiders perspective).

  • Matthew Rhoads

    churchatredriver.com – Check it out!

  • Keith Fountain

    We have recently redesigned our website at Fullturn Church. We wanted to engage our audience with a simple design that they could easily navigate through. Thanks for highlighting these churches and the ideas they have. Thanks for all you do Brady! – Dallas, Ga

  • Ralph Tompkins

    Would love to have you take a look at our website.
    http://www.stillwaterchristian.com
    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • Isaiah Creech

    I recently took over the church website last year and moved us to a different company and have given us a new domain and new look. I am still in the process of editing our pages and updating everything. the old domain for us was tarborochurchofgod.com I changed it to tarborocog.com to make it more easier to get to and remember.

    http://www.tarborocog.com

    • HI Isaiah, I’m just starting the process of taking our small church website back from designers to in-house. We will give it an overhaul, etc. If there are any simple tips from your experience you’d care to share I’d appreciate a message or email. Looking at Squarespace, WordPress and sharefaith so far.
      I like your new website so far. I’m no expert but I would maybe make the slideshow at the top slightly smaller. I only mention this as it bleeds into the banner at the top and not all photos or graphics are going to look the best. Minor I know.

  • Paul Miller

    Love these websites! Do you have any recommendations on how we can improve our church’s website? Please visit http://www.e2vgatlanta.org

  • Jim

    We’re a pretty traditional 110 year old main-line Protestant denomination church with 120 members who are over 80 years old. This provides some unique challenges. I’m pretty proud of our website and our 3 stories model. http://ljpres.org/

  • Geoffrey Poole

    Would any of the Hillsong websites make it on this list?
    http://hillsong.com/
    https://hillsong.com/la/
    http://hillsong.com/nyc

    • Hillsong’s sites are beautiful. Only thing is that they’re such a MASSIVE entity, that their web presence isn’t exactly applicable to a normal size church. Their needs are very different than ours.

      • Geoffrey Poole

        Got ya. I completely agree with that. Church On the Move and Elevation are pretty “massive” too though. You did a good mix of sizes in the list though. I got plenty of ideas from it! Thanks!

  • Matt Wood

    We just did a redesign on our website. Check it out at http://www.colonialbaptistrogers.com I manage our site so let me know what you think.

  • Christopher Tuttle

    We just started a church in Spokane. I have 2 websites for it at the moment. One that was put up quick and a beta site that should be fully released at the end of the month. You can check us out at
    openskyministry.org and if your feeling brave you can look up our beta site at beta.openskyministry.org

  • Geoffrey Poole

    Is there a list of things that you look for when you are checking out a website and gauging it’s effectiveness? Like you look for a clear message that catches your eye and that appeals to you, a certain layout, or well done photos? Have you written an article about this?

    • Geoffrey, we have a course in Pro Church Academy called The 11-Step Blueprint To Building A Better Church Website. Most of the criteria comes down to what’s taught in that course.

  • Adam Diehl

    “Making Disciples who make disciples.” That’s my website headline. That’s about me, eh? Yet very similar to Doxa Church above?

    • You bring up a good point, Adam. And while each of these websites made the top 25 list, that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t change things if I was in charge of them. These sites aren’t perfect. And that’s why I put the “What I Like” section after each site listed.

      What I love about Doxa’s site – as I explain – is their ‘What’s Sunday Like?’ call-to-action. I don’t particularly love the headline and I would change it if I was in charge.

      • Adam Diehl

        Thanks that’s what I needed to know. I was kinda like, “if I add a button am I good?” Lol! Thanks!

  • Lauren Thurston

    Hi! I work with Austin Christian Fellowship (ACF) in Austin, Texas, and we are about to undergo a MAJOR website renovation, and we’d like to be considered for the 2018 Top 25 list. Thank you for all that you do!

  • Great list! We went through a rebrand and created a new website not too long ago. http://ihop-atlanta.com/

  • Sam Miller

    In looking at this list of sites, I couldn’t help but notice that nearly all of the main text is white. Is that a trend, or is it just the easiest to read color?

    • Sam, unless you’ve got a pure white background (to which black/dark text is preferable), white text is most definitely the way to go. It’s best practice and the most aesthetically pleasing.

  • Kudos to College Park Church – we’ve partnered with them for many years and they’ve done so much good work on their communications and website. And I agree – yourchurch.com is a pretty great domain! 🙂

  • Danny Brugmann

    I’m really curious how Church on the Move’s sites are setup. Depending on how they’re connected, the two sites could actually work against each other in terms of SEO. They have some pretty smart people over there and probably have some clever work around, but I’m curious how they’re handling it on the back end if they’re connected.

    • Danny, it’s not something I think is a very big deal. They have five-ten sites actually. In the big picture, not really something to be concerned about.

      • Danny Brugmann

        I agree in the case of Church on the Move because they’re a large already established church, but after watching this video ( https://youtu.be/JHrii5SVG10?t=6m53s ), I think it might not be the best strategy for churches who haven’t yet established a large web presence.

        • Danny, again, it’s such small potatoes, especially for a local non-profit like a church. If you’re an online business like Moz or Pro Church Tools, and your model for growth is predicated almost entirely on content marketing, then yeah, that makes sense.

          But churches rarely dedicate significant time on content marketing, and they’re not online businesses either where their entire presence is online. In the grand scheme of things, I wouldn’t sweat this.

          • Danny Brugmann

            I get what you’re saying, but I really think that multiple sites/domains does not help with local organic SEO especially for smaller sites and/or churches.

            I appreciate you bearing with my stubborness :P, and I also appreciate that you take the time to answer in the comments honestly 🙂

          • No worries, Danny. At the end of the day, if you’re THAT worried about it, you could just hide the secondary site from search engines. Easy 🙂

  • Bennett Black

    Brady, thanks so much for the list! It really helped me make some changes to our small church plant’s website. http://www.eastptchurch.com

  • Kris Prince

    I love most of these sites. Figuring out a menu layout has been the toughest thing for me.

    anthemplano.com is my church site. Thoughts?

  • Nathan Palmer

    Brady, we would love for you to check out http://www.marklechurch.org and see if it can make your 2018 list.

  • Bryan Kristofferson

    Please consider my website for the next list. These are some great websites you have listed here.

    deltonavictorychapel.com

  • Bryan Kristofferson

    Please consider my website for the next list. There are some great websites listed here.
    deltonavictorychapel.com

  • Joël Drozd

    Some Swiss examples I really lilke:
    https://www.icf.ch/en
    http://www.gvc-winterthur.ch/

    and German:
    http://g5meinekirche.de/

  • Please take time to visit the site I built for our church. Thanks! Great list! http://firstpentecostal.faith/

  • Stacey Hahn

    Please consider Bridgeway Community Church, done by Solodev

    https://www.bridgeway.cc/

  • Patrick Raynes

    Solid Rock Baptist Church has one of the simplest yet informative websites I have ever seen.

    http://www.solidrockbaptist.org/