General Thoughts:

The Epic theme is a really good WordPress theme that is specifically designed for churches.  It has a lot of great features built into it (staff, sermon podcasting, etc).  This makes it very easy to set up a church WordPress site with this theme.  It is highly customizable.  You can change the background image, fonts, and website color scheme.  This means that you can use the Epic theme to create a fitting web presence for all styles of churches (traditional and contemporary churches, rural and urban and everything in between).   Organized Theme has a heart for churches and pastors.  Its founder, Bill Robbins, is a former full-time pastor. Click here to read an interview I did with him.

Who This is For:

I highly recommend Organized Themes’ Epic Church theme for any church that uses WordPress to create their site.  It is simple enough that a beginner can use it to create a new site.   It is completely customizable and has features that more experienced WordPress designers will appreciate.   Organized Themes provides great documentation and support as well.

Pros:

Price: You can get a quality, professional-looking church WordPress theme for $50 with lifetime support.  This is a very reasonable price for what you get with this amazing church WordPress theme!  They often have a “buy one theme get a second free” sale, so you can use the second theme for other ministries your church may have.

Great Support & Tutorial: Organized Themes provides great support.  They offer step-by-step instructions that are very detailed and easy to follow.  On top of that, they have a forum in the support section where you post questions and search others’ questions and answers.  Organized Themes offers a high level of customization in this forum.  It is similar to the help I have experienced with the Elegant Themes forum.  Their support often suggests changes to base php code, so people get exactly what they want.  I was also impressed by how quickly they answered my questions via their contact page before I purchased the theme.

Great Responsive Format: This theme looks great on tablets and cell phones.  This feature is built in and doesn’t require any work.

Retina Display ready: This theme is designed to look good on newer, high-end devices that have high pixel density.

Unlimited Colors and Fonts: If you like flexibility in your website design, Epic offers it.  You can chose from the default options or change the color of every aspect of your site (header text, footer text, links, backgrounds, etc).  It is connected to Google Fonts, which gives you a variety of font options as well.

Custom Background Image: The Epic theme doesn’t promote this on their list of features, but it is very easy to add an image as your site background.  This allows your church WordPress site to have a very custom feel.

Flexible Home Page Design: The Epic theme gives you a variety of different options for your home page.  You can use their built-in image slider or a single image.

Slider: No need for slider plugins with the Epic theme!  They have a slider built in.  It automatically changes the image to fit the size of the slider and allows you to add a simple title over top of it.  This allows churches that don’t have anyone with photo editing capabilities to create professional-looking slides.

Built-in Church Components: It is obvious that the Epic WordPress theme is designed for churches.  This makes it easier for beginners to set up a new church WordPress site.  I found much of the setup very intuitive to use.

Easy Podcasting: I really liked how simple it was to create a file for a sermon.  You can add links to audio and video sermon files (onsite and off) and sermon notes very easily. You can add information about sermon series, speakers, etc.

Staff Profiles: Organized Themes has one of the easiest setups for staff pages and profiles.  You create a page with the information you want about each individual.  Once you create and assign a staff page, it automatically populates it for you.

Sidebar Options: One feature I really like about this theme is that it has different sidebar widgets for different categories of pages.  This means that you can place different things on the side of pages that were created with these page templates.  This allows you to automatically put a list of all your recent sermon series in the sidebar of all the sermon pages and at the same time put a list of upcoming events or info about your worship service next to all your ministry pages.

Cons:

Ability to Add More Info on Slider:  The Epic theme has a great built-in slider.  It is easy to add a title over top of a simple image, which is great for churches that don’t have anyone with photo editing capabilities.  This is a minor issue, but it would be nice if there would be another caption option to put a little bit more information on the slide.

One Home Page Bottom Widget: One potential negative feature is the Home Page bottom widget area.  Organized Themes’ Epic Church theme allows you to add a variety of different info on the bottom of your home page by adding different widgets to the Home Page bottom area.  I like how easy it is to do this.  However, my complaint is that everything is placed in one widget area.  The Epic theme has built-in code that then determines which column the info should go in depending on the order you place them in and the height of the object.  I personally think it would be easier if they had incorporated a different Home Page Bottom Area for each column so that I can assign each piece of information where I want it to go.

Greater Built-in Social Media Exposure: The Epic theme allows you to include all your social media input in a great contact widget.  It can be used in the sidebar of different pages to promote a church’s social media presence.  However, this is somewhat problematic for churches that want to include other information on their sidebar.  You can insert the icons and links by editing the php files, but this is cumbersome.  I wish they would  make it easier to add social media stuff in the header or footer areas so it is on every page.

Neutral Things to be Aware of:

Home Page Designation: Organized Themes has created the Epic theme to use a static home page.  This means that you have to assign which page you want to use as this page in the customization section.  You then need to make sure you use the home page template on that particular page to use all of the tools they have created for it.  This is a fine way to do it, and it offers a ton of flexibility.  However, it is slightly different than the default homepage and built in template that other design companies use.  Their documentation tells you how to do this.

No Footer Widgets: The Epic theme layout relies heavily on sidebar widgets to communicate information.  Sidebars are a stylistic option.  However, I think they could increase the flexibility of this design by adding footer widgets too.  I personally like to use footer widgets to add the same info on the bottom of each page.

Column Page Layout Options: I personally like to create pages with multiple columns in the main page area.  The Epic theme does not have a plugin or short code to allow you to do this like some of the more general WordPress themes do (Elegant Themes or Genesis Framework).  I wish that they would incorporate something like this, because I think it would add even more flexibility to their great theme!

Want to learn more about other great themes? Check out our other WordPress Themes for Churches resource, all our theme reviews, or our church theme comparison tool.

If you use this theme, please share your pros and cons in the comment section too!

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Here is a screenshot of the Epic Church Theme Home Page.