Even now when so much social interaction is done online, there are still plenty of ways to meet that special someone in person, whether it’s at church, classes, hobby groups, volunteering or just in the office. But in a lot of cases, that’s not enough. Once you start looking online the sheer number of other singles out there looking for their soul mate can be pretty overwhelming. Narrowing it down and helping to find the right person is what dating sites are for.For most people, the biggest dating sites are still the best. The more people that are members, the better the chance is that there is someone there who is right for you. Big sites like Match.com and eHarmony have nearly 20 million singles who identify themselves as Christians. Also, these sites often have the most sophisticated search methods that allow you to narrow down the large pool to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Their compatibility matching and personality tests are fairly sophisticated and they have the most extensive options for privacy and secure communications.
However, there are also advantages to niche dating sites, like ChristianMingle.com, Big Church and ChristianCafe.com. Profiles automatically include more details about members’ faith and church involvement. Some of the biggest advantages are the forums, prayer walls and bible study resources that these sites often provide. They allow users to get to know other Christians by providing a framework for talking naturally about shared values and interests.
You may need to try out a couple of them before you find the one that works best for your lifestyle and personality. Almost all sites offer free trials so you can have some time to look around and get comfortable with the different types of interface that dating sites use. Besides simply having different members, each site’s communication system is unique. Some focus on guiding the early communications between members, while others put more emphasis on searching and sorting tools.
If you choose to use niche Christian dating sites instead of the larger sites it is worth spending some time exploring the forums and getting involved in the prayer and study groups. This will let you get a feel for each community and decide which one fits you best. At the end of the day there is no best dating site for Christians or anyone else. There is only a best dating site for you.
Eva Forman is a writer and researcher for Consumer-Rankings.com, a leading review site which does in-depth comparisons of online services, including the best Christian dating sites.
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