Getting Started with Verses for Church


Verses for Church is a simple plugin that allows you to insert Scripture quotations (ESV version only) into your content as well as automatically link Scripture references to, a ministry of Crossway.

This short tutorial will help you through the basic process of installing and using Verses for Church for the first time.

Download Plugin Files

After you purchase Verses for Church, or subscribed to the Pro Church Plan, you will receive an email with links to download the plugin zip file. Click the link for the Verses for Church and save it for later.


Alternatively, you can login and visit your account page at and choose the “View Details and Downloads link” under the “Payment History” tab.account_links


View your license by clicking “View Licenses”. We’ll be using this for activation, support, and updates with the WP for Church Sidekick plugin (which you need to download as well for installation later).

Install Verses for Church

Now that your plugin file is downloaded, log in to your WordPress site and from the admin menu navigate to Plugins > Add New. From there click on the button to Upload Plugin.


From the upload page click Choose File and then locate the file you previously saved and upload it. Once uploaded and installed you have the option to activate the plugin immediately which you want to do by clicking the Activate Plugin link.


Once Verses for Church is successfully installed you want to take a moment to activate your license for it in WP for Church Sidekick so that you receive updates and important notices automatically. You need to have Sidekick already installed and your licence key from your WP for Church account page.

To register your license simply navigate to WP for Church > Manage Licenses from the admin panel. Copy and paste your license key in the appropriate field and click Save License Key Changes.


Using Verses for Church

Adding verse quotes to content is very simple. After Verses for Church is installed, a new button labeled Add Verses will appear above the content editor window.


Clicking the Add Verse opens a pop-up window where you type in the reference or verse range you want to quote.


Clicking Add Verse populates your content editor with a new short code where ever your cursor is located.


Here is what the page looks like when published.


The appropriate copyright information is automatically added at the bottom of your content but before the footer of your page.

Styling Tips

The Reference part of the verse quotation inherits the h2 settings of your style sheet. You can add custom CSS to your theme that targets the div class esv and thereby adjust these settings.

For example, adding the following custom CSS will make the reference text smaller

      .esv h2 {font-size: 20px}

The following will add a light gray background to the quotation

      .esv {background-color: lightgrey}

There is a lot more you can do to customize your Scripture quotations but that goes beyond the scope of this tutorial.

Scripture Reference Links

Verses for Church automatically hyperlinks any Bible reference it finds on your site to the respective passage on Hovering over the link shows a pop-up preview of that verse and gives the option to play an audio recording of the verse.




Congratulations! You know everything you need to know to start using Verses for Church! There are no additional settings to change because this is an extremely simple and lightweight plugin.

Enjoy using Verses for Church and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us for support.