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Christian Singles

Christian singles connect with other Christian singles at church and online.

Online dating sites are also a resource for Christian singles. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
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Online dating sites are also a resource for Christian singles.

Christian Singles

For many people, finding Christian singles is about more than just finding someone to date -- it gives them an opportunity to find a partner with whom they can share their morals, culture and spiritual beliefs. Of course, that is not to say that Christian singles are not out to have a good time. In fact, many churches offer a variety of recreational and social activities where adults can meet, have fun and grow in their faith. The Internet is also a wonderful place for Christian singles to seek each other out, although some people may feel uncomfortable with online dating and social networking.

Meeting Christian Singles at Church

One of the best places to meet Christian singles is through church. Many churches organize social activities -- bible studies, volunteering, retreats and recreational sports leagues are common examples -- that give single church members the chance to meet and interact with new people outside of traditional Sunday-morning worship services. Many churches also have a group designed specifically for Christian singles to meet and mingle. Some, like the Methodist Church, may even educate their leaders about ministering to their unmarried members. In addition, the recently divorce can often receive counseling and group support from the church before jumping into its singles scene.

Since each church is likely to have a different selection of social and recreational activities, the best way for people to find one that is right for them is simply to visit a local church and ask a few questions about the groups. Learning information like how often the group meets, what its focus is (e.g., bible study, social interaction or volunteering) and how old its members are can help people who are new to the singles scene feel more comfortable about exploring new relationships inside of the church.

Searching for Christian Singles Online

Most of the major online dating sites like eHarmony, Lavalife and Match.com provide services designed specifically for Christian singles. People interested in becoming members of these or competing websites can visit Forbes to learn more about how they work and read about their potential drawbacks.

The Internet also has a plethora of dating sites that cater only to Christian singles. Sites like ChristianCafe.com and Christian Mingle offer services similar to other traditional dating sites. Yahoo! Personals also maintains a large directory of Christian singles organized by state and metro area. Some of these sites are free to use, but most charge a modest fee for permanent membership. However, potential members can often register for free trial memberships before committing themselves to one site.

Dating Safely Online

Most online dating sites have a variety of policies and practices in place to protect their members from sexual predators, identity thieves and other nefarious cyber-folk. However, online daters (even those using Christian websites) should be careful about sharing their personal information with strangers. According to the Massachusetts Attorney General, an address, last name, phone number, place of work or other piece of identifying information can be dangerous when used with criminal intent.

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