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Are you Searching for the Best Christian Dating Sites
If you want to find a long term partner who shares your Catholic/Christian faith and you are searching on-line to find a website that will help you meet the right sort of people, you would be wise to know in advance what criteria you would judge a site by to discover if it is a really good or even the Best Christian Dating site.
You see there are 1000s of dating sites on-line and plenty that purport to be Christian – but many of these so called Christian sites are Christian in name only and certainly are not the sort of site you want to be spending your time and money on if you are looking for true Christians. We are not knocking the on-line dating industry here. Rather stating facts which many people don’t know. The way many on-line sites operate is that they are part of a mass of linked sites purporting to serve niche interests – for example people interested in cycling, rugby, veganism, Christians, cars – you name it – any interest you can imagine. All these sites have different ‘home’ pages and names – but they all filter through to a mass database. This is how sites can look like they are very popular and full of people. But if you join one that you think is especially for Christians, you may well find yourself connecting with people who have joined a site for cycling. Maybe this wouldn’t bother you but I know it would me – especially if I was looking to meet someone of a specific faith.
100s of sites come up if you search for the best Christian Dating sites but just because a site has the word Christian in its title (or subtitle) or even on it’s homepage, absolutely does not mean that it is a Christian site (or even one of the best)! Shocking perhaps but very true. Read on for some home truths but first here are the things you should be asking if you are looking for the Best Christian Dating Sites:
Is the site a genuine Christian site?
What we mean here is, is the site run and owned by people (and more ideally Christians themselves) whose specific aim is to assist Christians/Catholics to meet each other? Can you find out about them (the owners/operators)? Can you contact anyone to speak to about the site and find out what sort of site it is? If the answer is no, be wary. Things are hidden on-line for a reason.
Does the site only accept Christians?
This is important if you want to meet someone who shares your faith. If the site accepts all types of people (of all faiths and none), then you are going to waste a HUGE amount of time trying to weed out the non-Christians/non-Catholics from everyone else. This is going to be a very frustrating process. Better to find a site that only accepts Christians (of all denominations) even if that site has fewer numbers than the mega sites (like Match.com) because you will know that every person on that site has the basic requirements you are looking for (i.e. each person will have a Christian faith).
How does the site verify that people are Christian? And how does it do this?
Is it simply a matter of ticking a box asking you if you have a Christian faith (all sites in fairness ask people about religion – so this does not really count!) Or does the site really want to know about people’s faith (because all the members want to know) and does the site have any sort of feedback loop between members to weed out the people who should not be on the site (if they are not really Christians).
How successful are the people who join the site?
You need to find out if people who join the site make new friends (in real life) and get married. Shockingly, there are plenty of sites (and daters) who have no intention of meeting in real life – but use dating sites (and apps) as a form of entertainment. If that is what you are looking for – that’s fine – but a site that has plenty of people getting married through it, most likely only wants to attract people who are dating for a purpose – i.e. to meet someone with similar aims – and in the long term find new friends and get married.
Needless to say friendsfirst is the sort of site we are talking about as being a truly genuine and one of the best Christian Dating Sites (although we operate our service completely off–line). We only offer our service to Christians, we are not affliliated to any other organisation, we have been operating since 1999 and we have had hundreds of people get married through us. Please browse the rest of the site to check us out, fill in the form below or give us a call – we would love to talk to you about our service.
When you’re searching online for Christian Dating Sites you need to know one key fact.
Not everything online is as it appears at face value and Christian Dating Sites are no exception here.
Christian Dating Sites come under many guises and it’s hard to tell what you’re really looking at when you think you’ve found a Christian Dating Site. Let me explain.
In order to make online dating work (i.e to display enough people in the search results to entice you to actually join the site yourself) there have to be hundreds of people signing up to any particular site each day. Now if you do the maths about the number of Christian Dating Sites that exist (and you know from a Google Search that there seem to be thousands of them!) the reality is that hundreds of people are NOT joining every site every day. If they were then how come you’re finding it so hard to meet single Christians!
If that’s the case, how do these sites work then? Here’s how.
Most online dating sites (and certainly the majority of Christian Dating Sites) use a system called white label dating to make their site look as if it’s got hundreds of people joining it every day. A white label dating site is one that has an individual and unique home page (like a front door) that feed ‘members’ into a huge conglomerate organisation consisting of hundreds of individual sites. To take the front door analogy further, imagine a street of houses each with their own unique front doors. Each house is a different colour – so the appearance is of lots of different houses. But behind each door is one massive house – there aren’t individual houses at all – it’s all one building.
White label sites are just like that. On the outside they all look different but once inside you’re in one big organisation.
So how does this affect Christian Dating Sites and particularly you if you’re looking to meet other genuine Christians on Christian Dating Sites?
You search online for Christian Dating Sites – and see a lot of different sites – with different names. You look at them and they appear different when you look at the home page. You think you’re joining a Christian Dating Site (because perhaps there are nice Biblical images and a bible verse on the home page!), but it’s only when you get ‘inside’ that you discover that the other members come from all sorts of other sites – like sites attracting people who like Nature for example, or sport or that are targeted at any other interest.
Can you tell if the Christian Dating Sites you like the look if are White Label Sites? No of course not! (Unless you look very hard and do lots of research and know what you’re looking for!)
And does it matter anyway? Well here at friends1st (which by the way is a 100% stand alone 100% Christian organisation not affiliated or connected to any other organisation where one of our key criteria for membership is that you have to be a Christian!) we’d say it matters a GREAT deal. Because if you’re looking to search for and find genuine Christians, then you certainly don’t want to be joining a site which ‘appears’ Christian on the outside, but which once you get going clearly isn’t full of Christian members, because a huge percentage of members have come from ‘connected sites (or other front doors) that have nothing to do with Christianity at all.
If you’ve found this article interesting and would like to talk to us more about it, we’d be delighted to talk to you. We’ve been in the industry since 1999 so we know what we’re talking about! And if you’re looking for a genuine Christian Dating Site we can certainly tell you more about where to find the real ones!
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FRI 12 MARCH 2021 10:30AM