Taxonomies is your initial setup in which your church defines your resources, event and blog categories and finally your absence types. It enables you to customise your ChurchDesk account to fit your needs.

You can find taxonomies here:

There are following types of Taxonomies

  1. Resources: Rooms and equipment you can book in the calendar.
  2. Event categories: Types of events e.g. Sunday service or concerts.
  3. Blog categories: Types of blog posts e.g. news and sermons.
  4. Absence types: Types of absences you can have, such as vacation


A resource is a room or piece of equipment which you can reserve for an event. By booking a resource you can avoid double bookings and easily get an overview of room availability.

ChurchDesk comes with suggestions for resources which you can easily change as you see fit. When you name your resources it makes sense to use a naming convention that allows you to sort the resources as you wish.

For example:

  1. Main Church
  2. Large Hall
  3. The creative room
  4. Projector

Event categories

Event categories are the types of events you have at your church e.g. Sunday service, concert, weddings etc. All events in the categories must be assigned one or more categories. That allows you to selectively display certain events online on your homepage and in your newsletter. Categories also allow you to create an overview, filter events in the calendar and export individual ical feeds.

ChurchDesk has pre-populated your account with typical categories which you can add, edit and delete as you like.

Blog categories

A blog category is a selection of communicational content which you wish to engage your congregation with. Examples include:  type. Sermons, thought of the day, festive news and Lectionary Readings. All blogs must be assigned a category so can you easily select which ones to publish via your newsletters and homepage.

Absence types

An absence type is used to organise various kinds of absences. such as vacation, etc. You can freely edit and change them as you need.

How to add new taxonomies

To add new taxonomies, such as a resource, choose create and select the type of taxonomy you wish to add. 

Note that only users with the permission "Organisation Administrator" can add and change taxonomies. Editing a taxonomy is done by clicking the pencil icon or choosing the bin icon for deleting.

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