Steven Gliebe of has designed two different themes that we recommend. This is a brief comparison to help you understand the main difference between them. Read our full reviews of Resurrect and Risen or  a designer interview I did with him.

Blog Update: He also sells the Exodus theme the same way as Resurrect!

Church Content Location:

Both of these themes contain church content. Risen builds it directly into the theme framework. Resurrect uses the same content but it is built into a plugin.  Having it in a plug in makes it easier to switch to another theme in the future because it is independent of the theme.

Home Page Layout:

Both have appealing layouts.  The Risen theme has a full-width slider and three photos and brief descriptions with links to other pages underneath it. The Resurrect image slider fills two thirds of the left side of the screen and has images on the right side.   Resurrect has three columns in the lower area, while Risen has two only two of them.

Home Page Set Up:

The Risen content is located in different dashboard areas, while the Resurrect theme’s home page is primarily set up in the widget area.


The Risen theme costs $45 and comes with full support.  The Resurrect theme costs $79 with one year full support and at half price a year after the first year if you want continued full support.

Where You Purchase:

You can purchase Risen from ThemeForest.  Steven sold his first theme here to create a wider audience.  You can purchase Resurrect directly from Steven at  There is no middle man, so you fully support his ministry.

Support: offers service support for both.


Brad started in 2013 to help churches get online with WordPress. He is a pastor and also operates a web design agency called Frugal Fox Design.