Contemporary church web design

In the world of web design and really, any type of design, there seems to be one sector that is always behind the times; religious organizations and non-profits.

Often, these types of organizations are limited by budgets and lack the know-how that allow them to go above and beyond with their designs. As a designer, it makes it tough to work with churches because there are very few sources of inspiration out there.

Fortunately, there are some churches and religious groups that have found a way to really beat the curve with their website. There are many established churches and organizations that have decent budgets that allow them to hook up with some awesome web designers.

Today, we have put together a list of some of the most modern and contemporary church and religious websites out there.

 

The sites

Abundant Life Christian Centre

This web design uses trendier elements of modern web design such as drop shadows and multi-tonal backgrounds. Fortunately, they do a good job of keeping the web site clean and consistent with other graphical elements.

 

Calvary Assembly

The fusion between grungy and clean can be a bit tricky in web design. Calvary Assembly did a good job of meshing the two without taking anything away from either side.

 

Calvary Chapel

While this website looks less like a religious organization and more like a business, it works because although there’s a lot of content they are trying to share, they did a good job of making it clutter-free. The image slider they have is excellent as well.

 

Church of the Highlands

The layout used for this website is pretty much perfect for the amount of information they are relaying. They also give you a good amount of well-designed graphical elements that draw you into what it is they are doing. Definitely a well thought out site.

 

College Park Church

The great thing about this web site is not just the wonderful design and layout they’ve chosen but the consistency between pages. Frequently you get a nice homepage with some slack on the inside pages, but not in this case.

 

Cornerstone Church

Though this is a wonderful design, it is possibly let down by being created with Flash. Minimalism is always fun (and refreshing to see in this genre of website) and executed well this time around.

 

Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church

Much like the last website, this is a wonderful layout, especially if you are extremely fond of oversized pictures, however it probably didn’t need to be made with Flash, replacing the Flash elements with jQuery would have made it more inclusive. Either way, good design is good design.

 

Fellowship Bible Church

What I like about this design is that it gives you some sort of feeling and for me that’s what design is really all about — first, you want to get someone to do or see something and second, you want them to feel something. This design does a good job at doing both.

 

Flatirons Community Church

Again, we’ve got a website that uses some grunge and some clean elements and has them live together in perfect harmony. The take here is a bit more vintage grunge and yet it still works to yield a wonderful site.

 

Foothills Christian Church

Quite frankly, the graphical elements here are a bit stronger than the actual web design elements, however, both are meshed well and create a pretty solid site.

 

Free Chapel

If you are a sucker for some good, clean design, this is a great web site. The dark palette of the site is key to creating a feeling that there’s an experience waiting in this particular church.

 

Grace Chapel

Here we see a hint of a vintage effect used with heavy graphical elements throughout. It creates a positive aesthetic and makes us think that this church is a fun, happy place to visit.

 

Grace Church

You almost always have an audience in mind when you are designing things and it seems as if this web site was made to cater to adults who have children. The design is wonderful, but many of the graphics as well as the pictures really have a theme dedicated to children.

 

Horizon Christian Fellowship

There are a lot of little details this design has that you can easily overlook, for example the subtle changes in background and the wonderful menu design. A lot of good time and thought was put in this site.

 

Inland Hill Church

It seems as though the designers here decided to take more of an illustrative path to designing this site. It’s really a simple design, but everything works so well together and gives us a wonderful site.

 

Love International Ministries

This is an example another extremely clean web design. On top of the organized layout, the graphics are really clean as well.

 

The Moody Church

Often with contemporary design, you get the feeling that designers are attempting to appeal to a younger crowd. This design does a great job of being modern while appealing to what could be considered an older crowd.

 

New Life Church

This design is all about the pattern and all about the textures. Once again we have a wonderfully thought out layout with some amazing graphical elements that just render a beautiful website.

 

New Song

This design takes more of a futuristic approach without coming off overly cheesy or too dramatic.

 

North Phoenix Baptist Church

Subtle textures, great typography and great graphics really help when designing using a wonderful layout. All of this creates an extremely solid design.

 

Phoenix First

This is another one of the web designs that really make it seem as if there’s an experience associated with the group. Again, there’s a ton of detail here that should really be commended.

 

Radiant Church

In most of the previous designs, you see there is a lot of information visible. This web design scratches all that and gives the bare minimum creating a super clean website. Many of the links lead to interactive content where videos give much of the information.

 

Redemption Church

Whether we are talking church web design or design in general this is a wonderful website. It uses many modern techniques and trends and is extremely thoughtful and clean. The user interface here is very well thought out.

 

Revealing Truth Ministries

The consistent branding here is wonderful, along with a really great layout and designs. Navigating is easy, and this design appeals to many different crowds.

 

Rock Harbor

Another great, fairly minimal web design that pays great attention to detail.

 

Rolling Hills Christian Church

This design is illustrated from the top to the bottom. Sometimes designs like this can get a bit overwhelming, but it feels like everything here has been carefully weighed.

 

Southland Christian Church

This is another fairly minimal design with much of the focus on pictures and copy. There aren’t a ton of design elements that really make this fancy, however the user interface is extremely clean and is based around some really modern techniques.

 

St. Paul Community Baptist Church

While we aren’t all fans of splash pages, when you get inside this wonderful website, you’ll notice they’ve taken a bit more of an artist approach to their design. The layouts are all clean and everything makes sense, together with some great graphical elements that you typically don’t see everywhere.

 

The Chapel

This web design mixes illustration with some modern texture techniques. Some folks are getting out of using gradients but they work really well here and help to create a rather vivacious site design.

 

Conclusion

Many of these designs should be commended because again, there is that gap between what’s affordable for non-profits and also what’s really modern and trendy. I’m sure you’ve come across a website for a church that could use an enormous amount of sprucing up just to make it decent.

When dealing with this type of client, many designers don’t want to put a ton of effort into a design — many don’t see the point. Fortunately, there are some who believe and understand what’s going on and what’s a necessity in this day and age.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/mmenterprises.india M.M. Enterprises

    themes are really best …good work and thumbs up for the work.

  • http://www.blackbookoperations.com/ Black Book Operations

    Despite some are religiously affiliated, the designs are rather nice indeed ;)  All for non-profit orgs though :d

  • http://twitter.com/bootsified Boots

    About the Eagle’s Landing site, it was actually built a few years ago, when Flash was still the standard for web animation.  I’m sure if it were built today, it would’ve been built with JS/jQuery/CSS3 etc.

  • ccc ccc

    Very nice web designs. But it’s better to improve more. Like their JQueries, JAVASCRIPT, XML. etc. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/dazsnow Darryl Snow

    Considering the web was invented at CERN, a beacon of scientific endeavour in the pursuit of knowledge about the nature and reality of the universe, it’s kind of a shame that it is now being put to such effective use in the dissemination of mumbo jumbo.

  • hallsam45

    Grace Chapel seems good.

  • http://site2you.com/ Julia

    It’s  a great set of church templates for inspiration. I adore Cornerstone Church layout. Minimalistic style is perfect.  

  • http://www.ConstantStrategies.com/ Webmaster

    Not bad..

  • ProperLabs

    I’ve designed and developed a few church websites and they are extraordinarily fun to put together. So many different personalities of churches out there makes for some great creativity. Thanks for sharing – excellent showcase.

  • http://twitter.com/WebEminence Web Eminence

    Very nice. Church websites have come a long way in 10 years.

  • http://twitter.com/kgainez Kendra Gaines

    Glad to be given the opportunity! 

  • http://twitter.com/kgainez Kendra Gaines

    Glad to be given the opportunity! 

  • http://twitter.com/kgainez Kendra Gaines

    I don’t think this one shows up properly on my computer! But thanks for sharing.

  • http://twitter.com/kgainez Kendra Gaines

    I’m affiliated withl and do work with a lot of religious groups so I will definitely keep this in mind! Lovely layout as well. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/kgainez Kendra Gaines

    I agree. Being that I’ve done work for some of these types of sites, I know budget and knowledge for one are great contributing factors. Many churches don’t understand the value of design! It’s pretty much last on their list.

  • http://twitter.com/kgainez Kendra Gaines

    I agree. Being that I’ve done work for some of these types of sites, I know budget and knowledge for one are great contributing factors. Many churches don’t understand the value of design! It’s pretty much last on their list.

  • http://twitter.com/kgainez Kendra Gaines

    Nice site, indeed. It’s very retro but I love it. The graphics are on point.

  • http://twitter.com/kgainez Kendra Gaines

    Nice site, indeed. It’s very retro but I love it. The graphics are on point.

  • http://www.webtemplates-creare.com/ Paul Weston

    Thought this was a really interesting
    article and great collection of sites. I really like the subject
    matter and this has to be the first article I have seen regarding
    church website design. The site that stood out for me was the Church
    of the Highlands. I really liked the design of the site, with it’s
    clean professional look through the layout and structure. I thought
    there was great balance to the site through the use of content and I
    really liked the buttons and hover states. Great article and I look
    forward to more articles like this from yourself especially when it
    comes to areas like this.

  • http://twitter.com/kgainez Kendra Gaines

    I’m not sure lol. My apologies

  • jeffheis

    Mars Hill Church always has exemplary design. They are probably the first big church to place an importance on digital presence – they have tons of interactive features, iOS and Andriod apps, and even the graphics on all of their media are up-to-date. Much of this has to do with where they are located, and the demographic that they’re targeting.

  • Dan Staehr

    I’ve been working on a re-design for our church web site and have also worked with several non-profits on their sites as well. As for the church web site, one of the major considerations is that the site be easy to maintain for the ministry staff or volunteer team. Sometimes great design doesn’t equal ease of maintenance. My church’s site has been based on a WordPress theme for the last few years, and the re-design is also using a WordPress theme by Mint Themes. 

  • Haarek

    I don’t mean to be rude or anything and maybe its just me because I don’t know how most churches look like in the US (or where this is ment to represent), but most of these designs don’t fit to a church in my opinion. I do like more than a few of these designs, but to be honest I get more the impression of a cinema, theater, even artschool and traveling agency, by looking at them than the feeling of a church. It could be just me as said, but from the above examples the website to the North Phoenix Baptist Church is the only one I feel hit the nail on the head.