Top Sites for Christian Singles

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Top Sites for Christian Singles "You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with." --Wayne Dyer While I enjoy being single, I do occasionally like male company for dinner, dancing or just good conversation. Fortunately, there are many sites for singles to find friends, dates and even mates; however, I was interested in sites for Christian singles. After contacting several megachurches to inquire as to which sites were most used by their singles, we learned that the directors for the ministries were not asking this question and the singles where not volunteering the information—although the felt the services were being used. The single ministry leaders felt that their goal was to provide an environment for the singles to gather, most on a monthly basis, to complete single teaching series, discuss some of the challenges with being single and attend group outings (e.g., bowling, birthday celebrations, and movies). Laurie Allen, of New Birth, did share an encouraging story of a 70-year old who used Christian Singles online services to find and marry her husband. Unable to validate how many singles are using Christian sites from the singles ministries, we tackled the online sites and soon realized that most offered the same services, including free memberships or trial periods—with limited services. We spoke with representatives of the sites to learn what distinguished one from another. While most exaggerate their number of members (i.e., someone who completes a profile), they generally provide the same core services: • Create a profile and upload a photo • Detailed searching ability* o Key words o Age range o Marital status o Zip code, o State or province, country, o Active or joined within days... ... middle of paper ... ... is part of Cupid Media, which owns many dating sites in niche markets. The profile can be completed in about 10 minutes and has several questions on your religious background. There is a standard membership that is free; however, you are provided with increased access to services with an upgrade to either gold or platinum. Gold membership prices: • 30 days for $17.99 • 90 days for $11.66/month • 12 months for $6.67/month Platinum membership prices: • 30 days for $21.99/month • 3 months for $14.00/month • 6 months for $10.50/month • 12 months for $7.08/month Whether you are looking for friendship, dating or matchmaking, online dating can be exciting and rewarding, but please remember that anyone can register a website and include the word Christian in its name, so we encourage you to conduct your own research prior to embarking in any online dating.

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