Risen - Church WordPress Theme (Responsive)

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Responsive WordPress Theme for Churches

This church theme for WordPress has the features a church website needs — a mobile-friendly responsive design, sermon archive, photo and video gallery, church events (recurring), support for multiple locations, staff profiles and church news. The sermon archive is complete with the ability for visitors to search for audio, video and text sermons by category, tag, date and speaker. Sermon podcasting is built-in. Risen has a Retina-ready design and powerful customization options that make it easy to change the theme’s colors, fonts and background.

Risen is also useful for non-church websites that need rich multimedia publishing capabilities for audio, video and photos and that want to promote events. The sermon archive can be fully renamed using the theme options, making this a WordPress theme not only for churches but also parachurch ministries, nonprofits and charities, conference websites and multimedia presentation archives.

This theme is well-documented with about 50 pages of organized, easy to follow instructions explaining how to use its features. Additionally, a series of video guides is included and support is provided.

“I have to say I’m very impressed with your theme. It has made building the current site I’m on as easy as possible… I really wish all themes were built like this one. You did a phenomenal job of making everything customizable in the way it should be!” — Brent Barkley   5 Star Rating

“This theme was extremely easy to use and the documentation that came with it was a huge help…The couple of questions I had were answered very quickly and efficiently. I would definitely recommend any theme by this author.” — duncan99   5 Star Rating

“I love risen! It has been easy to set up and looks really great... much better than what I had been using.” — Pastor Eric Atkins   5 Star Rating

”...looks great on my phone and tablet. Steven included all the features you would want in a theme designed for churches.” — wpforministry.com (Nick Blevins)

For more, see What People Are Saying at the bottom of this page.

Mobile-friendly Responsive and Retina-ready Design

The Risen church theme was designed to be responsive. In other words, it is mobile-friendly and will adapt itself to fit comfortably on devices with small screens such as phones and tablets. Scan the QR code below with your mobile device for a live demonstration. Risen is also a Retina-ready theme so it looks extra sharp on the newest high resolution displays.

Mobile-friendly Responsive Design

Highly Customizable Colors, Fonts and Background

Risen was made to be easy to customize to match your church branding from within the WordPress admin area. You can choose between a Light or Dark appearance, set a Main Color, link color, change fonts (200+ Google Web Fonts preloaded) and choose from 19 Preset Backgrounds, some of which can be colored (or provide your own). It is also easy to Upload Your Logo. None of this requires editing code.

Highly Customizable Colors, Fonts and Background

Sermons in Audio, Video and Text Format (Podcasting Too)

Put your pastor’s sermons online in audio (listen online or download MP3), video (YouTube or Vimeo), online text or downloadable PDF format. This theme provides a robust multimedia archive in which sermons can be organized and browsed by category, tag, speaker, month, day and year. Support for sermon podcasting was added in version 2.0. You can podcast your sermons on iTunes.


Sermon Archive for Audio, Video and Text

Share your church photos and videos using the theme’s gallery features. Create multiple “albums” by organizing your photos and videos into categories.


Photo & Video Gallery

Church Events (Recurring)

Keep your congregation and community in the know about what will be happening by posting events. Events can include dates, times, address, Google Map and other information. You can set events to repeat weekly, monthly or yearly with an optional end date. This is great for weekly services and other regularly scheduled events.


Events — Church Calendar

More Church Website Features

In addition to sermon multimedia, photos and events, Risen has features for posting Church News (blog), Staff Profiles, support for multiple Locations, and a Contact Form that can be configured with multiple recipients for the visitor to choose from (e.g. Church Office, Senior Pastor, Youth Pastor, etc.).


Photo & Video Gallery

Complete Feature List

  • Responsive design using HTML5 and CSS3 styling
  • The design is Retina-ready for super sharp appearance on high resolution displays
  • Theme Options powered by Options Framework
  • Custom Colors (light or dark appearance, main, link and background color)
  • Custom Background (full background image or pattern — 19 included or upload your own)
  • 200+ Google Web Fonts
  • Logo Upload (with optional Retina logo)
  • Homepage has Responsive Slider (supports video), intro message, featured boxes and widget areas
  • Sermon Archive with embedded video (YouTube or Vimeo), Audio Player, MP3 download, online sermon reading, PDF download and archives by date, category, speaker and tag
  • Sermon Podcasting support is built-in (documentation included for iTunes setup)
  • Gallery with photos, videos, categories and Responsive Lightbox
  • Church Events with optional recurrence by week, month and year.
  • Support for Multiple Locations with map and directions
  • Staff Profiles with e-mail buttons
  • Church News (Blog)
  • Search Results for posts, pages, sermons, photos, videos, events, locations and staff.
  • Contact Form with multiple recipients and reCAPTCHA anti-spam support.
  • Custom Page Templates for sermons/multimedia, events (upcoming, past), gallery (categories, all items, images only, videos only), locations, staff, blog and contact.
  • Custom Widgets for Enhanced Categories, Enhanced Recent Posts, Sermon Archives (by month), Recent Sermons, Recent Gallery Items, Events, Locations, Staff, Donations
  • Widget Sidebars for regular pages, blog, sermons, gallery, events, staff, locations and contact
  • Responsive Shortcodes for buttons, tabs, accordion, columns, boxes, quotes, maps and contact form
  • WordPress Embeds extended for responsive videos
  • Custom Menu support for header (with dropdowns) and footer
  • Customizable Footer (menu, address, phone, copyright)
  • Individual page and post options for header image and sidebar
  • Breadcrumb Path
  • Social Media Icons for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Flickr, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Skype, Dribbble, Forrst, SoundCloud, Picasa, Foursquare, “Any Website”, podcasting and RSS
  • Google Maps integration
  • Google Analytics support
  • Favicon upload support
  • Automatic image resizing using native WordPress functionality
  • Fully localized and Translation Ready (PO file included)
  • Compatible with WordPress Multisite network
  • Required WordPress styles implemented (.alignright, .wp-caption, etc.)
  • Includes Example Child Theme for optional style and feature customization
  • Comes with layered PSD Photoshop files

Support, Documentation & Video Guides

Getting Support

If you have a question that is not answered in the Documentation or the FAQ, or if you discover a problem, you can submit a support request via the Contact Form on my profile page (must be logged in to see form) in order to receive a response by email. Please provide a URL showing an issue if necessary.

Our goal is to answer questions within 24 hours on weekdays (excluding US holidays and rare travel).

Please Note:

  • Support is limited to questions regarding the theme’s features or problems with the theme. Support is not offered for code customizations, third-party plugins or WordPress issues unrelated to the theme.

  • Support questions posted in comments on ThemeForest will not be answered. Instead, you will be asked to submit your question via the contact form so an email conversation can be started.

Changelog

The current version is 2.0.3 (June 30, 2014) — 18th release. View the Changelog.

What People Are Saying

Here is some feedback from users of Risen and other WordPress or church website experts. Five stars have been placed by those who have mentioned that they rated the theme as such here ThemeForest.

“I have to say I’m very impressed with your theme. It has made building the current site I’m on as easy as possible… I really wish all themes were built like this one. You did a phenomenal job of making everything customizable in the way it should be!” — Brent Barkley   5 Star Rating

“This theme was extremely easy to use and the documentation that came with it was a huge help…The couple of questions I had were answered very quickly and efficiently. I would definitely recommend any theme by this author.” — duncan99   5 Star Rating

“I love risen! It has been easy to set up and looks really great... much better than what I had been using.” — Pastor Eric Atkins   5 Star Rating

“Easy to use and exactly what a church needs! Thanks Steve!” — Tim Dunnington   5 Star Rating

“A fantastic looking theme that is a breeze to set up with excellent documentation. 7 out of 5 stars. Highly recommended.” — simian1701   5 Star Rating

“This is a perfect theme for building a church website- I have little to no experience in building a website and yet found the layout and construction easy to follow and customize. Also, the creator is easy to contact and provides personal help, which is a huge benefit to purchasing this theme. And for anyone looking to build a site in another language, I built mine in Spanish and it’s working great!”
— Pastor Jason Boyle   5 Star Rating

“Loved your Risen Theme! Thanks so much for the excellent support documentation/videos, I’m brand new to this, and you made it almost too easy!” — Pastor Chad Cohoon   5 Star Rating

“I absolutely love your theme and have had fun playing with it to build my new site.”
baharte   5 Star Rating

“Just want to say that your documentation is outstanding. Just started using WordPress and I felt like a pro with your great instructions.”
Elena Rivera MacGregor   5 Star Rating

“Many thanks again Steven for your excellent support on your themes!”
@hiwearesuperfly via Twitter   5 Star Rating

“Thanks for developing such a great theme for churches! We love that Risen is responsive, which is only increasing our engagement and reach!
elementdave   5 Star Rating

“Really superb theme! I love the attention to detail and…the support after the sale. Nice work!”
Dave Knadler   5 Star Rating

“I wasn’t sure I’d be able to design a professional looking website on my own, but you made the process so straightforward — especially thanks to your easy to follow video tutorials.”
Tori Hogan   5 Star Rating

“I’m impressed by the work behind this theme. Coding, documentation, it is near perfection. I gave it the five stars it deserved.” — Ketavine   5 Star Rating

“Our new church website using the Risen theme is now online and the congregation is delighted with the results, both in terms of appearance and usefulness. It suits our requirements just right. The support along the way has also been beyond expectations.” — Thor Kvist

“The Risen theme is beautiful, fast, very user friendly, and functional. I’m constantly getting glowing compliments on our web site now. ...Steven was INCREDIBLY helpful! He responded quickly to my emails and always provided exactly the right information I needed.” — Ray Cullin

“Great work on Risen! It’s the best church theme on ThemeForest!” — @wpforchurch via Twitter

”...looks great on my phone and tablet. Steven included all the features you would want in a theme designed for churches.” — wpforministry.com (Nick Blevins)

“I had the privilege of testing…and let me tell you, it is top-notch and very user-friendly.
Matt Cleaver, Church WordPress Tips

“This week’s featured author is StevenGliebe, who has…the newest from the Churches category.”
ThemeForest Homepage, shortly after release of Risen

“I meet new guests every week that love the website! Risen theme Rocks!”
Pastor James Brown via Twitter

“Your documentation and videos are super! I’m so impressed. Worked with another theme but documentation was minimal…thanks for giving us a great product.” — mogulbear

”...thank you for designing such an awesome theme, coding it well, and providing such a great, extensively detailed support documentation page.” — Chimpie

“This is the best wordpress theme I have ever worked with! Great job.” — sporez

“I purchased this theme for my church’s website and had it up and functioning within a day. This is by far the best “church related” theme out there! The support is awesome! Thanks Steven and team.” — jordan0109

“I love this theme, looks great from the front and works great from the back. ” — Zerojosh

“Excellent theme, and fantastic documentation!” — counterform

“If you are looking for a church theme, Risen by @stevengliebe is a very beautiful option!” — @WPExplorer in tweet to 30,000 followers

“This theme is amazing, and the help that you provide is awesome! I have never been happier with a theme purchase” — FamilyBaptist

“I just wanted to let you know that I love your Risen theme! This was my first attempt at putting up a website, and I was able to do it without any custom code. ” — Gary LaRoy

“Risen is incredibly easy to use yet provides almost unlimited ability to customize a site every which way you can imagine. ... The documentation is extensive yet easy to understand and the support for the theme is top-notch.” — Owen Wollum

“Just wanted to say that this is one of the nicest and most complete templates I have ever used! It is so easy to configure. Thanks for the great work!” — hize213

“I am happy to have received such great customer service with this theme!” — pdiddy2aop

Could not be happier with this theme! It looks great, is easily customizable, and offers the power and flexibility to fit every need we’ve had so far. Add in excellent documentation and very responsive support, and Risen is a real winner! ... easily worth more than the asking price.” — mjpatey

“You took the fear out of tackling a website creation. Thanks for making it easy.” — Patti Spencer, Kempsville Baptist Church

”...a nice piece of work. I’m thoroughly impressed.” — Org Spring via Twitter

“I just wanted to say how great this theme is. I’ve never used a theme that was this well put together.” — DittoBox

”...this is probably the most well thought out theme I’ve ever bought on ThemeForest. I’m a web designer of 7 years and this theme is a joy to work with. The ideas behind customisation etc are excellent. So is the documentation. Brilliant work.” — kelechi

Sources & Credits

Much appreciation is given to the people behind these helpful projects and resources used in making the theme and live preview.

Note: With the exception of background images, the photos and illustrations seen in the live preview are not included with the theme.

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