In combing the web and finding our favorite well-designed church websites, we used the following criteria to guide our decision: We looked first at visual design. How well is the site designed and laid out? Does navigation make sense? Are visuals overwhelming with no purpose, or do they serve to inform and guide the user? We looked at load-time and the size of image content. Then we looked at page structure and navigation. Is it clear? Is it simple? Does it make sense? Then our most important criteria in picking these church websites were church information and content. Is it clear what the church is about? What’s their mission, vision, and mandate? Who makes up the ministry team? Is there adequate contact information? All of these are important guidelines when designing functional and beautiful church websites.
Best Church Websites 2017 + Bonus Church Website Tips & Tricks
The Church Website is becoming the single most evangelical tool in today’s technology-driven world. Nearly every single person has access to the Internet via computer or mobile device. Wi-fi is everywhere and the average person would prefer to interact with your church through your website before making the commitment to step into your building.
A study released in 2012 by Grey Matter Research & Consulting stated that “twelve percent of all American adults have visited the website of a church or other local place of worship within the past thirty days.” There is one statistic that we want to focus on from this study which we believe highlights the outreach potential of your website. From 2011-2012, research indicates that 17.4 million adults do not attend worship services regularly, but visited the website of a place of worship.
A more recent study released in 2017 by We Are Social and Hootsuite identified that the annual growth of Internet Users increased by 10% since 2016 which is over 354 million users, worldwide. With the growth of technology rising consistently, this creates an even stronger sense of urgency to have a website that portrays your mission, vision, and service information accurately, efficiently, and beautifully.
We are all creative at our core, but we can all use inspiration at times before designing our own website. You should be proud of your church website! It’s not just a stagnant information page, it’s a channel where you communicate with new and current members. Church websites often look horrible, as little attention is paid to design or content. Many churches still believe that beautiful church websites cost a fortune or that you need a developer. Sharefaith Inc., for the last 6 years, has built beautiful church websites for nearly 8,000 churches and we know that when you start your church website, you’re looking for design and content inspiration. We, ourselves, love looking at beautiful church websites and that’s why we’ve assembled this list of top 30 beautiful church websites that inspire.
Our intention for this list is to bring some encouragement to churches that may not receive as much attention as they deserve. We included some of the more frequently named churches at the end of the list, but our top 30 list was built with the intention of highlighting some lesser known church websites.
2. Aloma Church
Winter Park, FL
3. Arise Church
Brentwood, CA / Antioch, CA
11. Hill City Church
San Antonio, TX
Grimsby, ON (Canada)
St. Joseph, MO / Maryville, MO
16. New Life Church
Colorado Springs, CO
19. Piedmont Chapel
High Point, NC
20. Remnant Church
21. Risen Church
Santa Monica, CA
23. Sojourn Heights
24. Summit Church
Fort Myers, FL / Naples, FL
Troy, NY / Saratoga, NY / Berkshires, NE
27. The Commons
San Diego, CA
28. The Sanctuary
Santa Clarita, CA
Denton, TX / Flower Mound, TX / Lewisville, TX
5 Amazing Church Website Tip & Tricks!
Zach from Sharefaith Academy shares with you the easiest way to build, manage & update your church website.
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Great Examples of Mega Church Websites
Here is a list of 15 other church websites that are very well done! We didn’t add these to our list of 30, not because we felt they weren’t great, but since these churches are known as “Mega Churches”, we know they have a huge talented team of individuals working on these church websites.