Unless you’re new here–and, well, even if you are–you’ve probably noticed we review Christian online dating sites. (To clarify for those who are new here: We review a lot of online dating sites. Not all are specifically Christian, but all are ones Christians are using.) We’re constantly updating them and adding more information as things change.
One of the cool things that makes our reviews different is they are based on objective criteria, but also on the feedback we get from Christian singles. Everyone has different perspectives based on their personal experiences, geography, and budget, and there’s wisdom in hearing from them. Here’s some food for thought if you’re considering jumping in…
SingleRoots Writers Say…
For wise counsel, we asked some of our SingleRoots alumni writers to weigh in on the matter. Here’s what they had to say:
“I think regardless of what site you start with there are some important basics. First, your profile needs to say something about you. Don’t lie–and that includes not using pictures from several years ago. I also think if Jesus is important to you, say it. That will keep some ‘wrong’ people away and will help some of the ‘right’ people find you. The word ‘Christian’ is meaningless online.”
:: Justin Campbell, author of Who Knows What You’re Doing?
“eharmony. And be sure to complete a full profile. It’s no good signing up and only halfway completing the profile.”
:: Jeff Pate, author of Keeping an Eye on the Groom at a Wedding
“Not Tinder? Haha! There are many free and paid sites. If you are budget conscious and wary of dating sites, consider utilizing Meetups in your area to do stuff you enjoy while meeting others. (There are many Christian-centric meetups in large metropolitan areas.) OkCupid is a free dating website that has believers on it, but be aware that people freely contact you who are just looking to hook up. Otherwise, create a budget and give yourself a specific timeline to devote time and financial resources so that you are intentional about the process. SingleRoots has lots of reviews and testimonials of people who have used dating websites.”
:: Brooke Corcoran, author of What a Difference a Decade Makes: Thoughts on Waiting for Your Spouse
“I’ve used almost all of the online dating sites that SingleRoots reviews, and I’d say *hands down* start with eharmony. Of the dates I’ve been on, the guys I met on eharmony were the most marriage-minded ones. No site is perfect, but it’s the least intimidating site, too. I think it’s easier for first timers. ”
:: Liesl Bennett, author of Never Been Kissed…or in Love
“I hear SingleRoots has great reviews for many of the online dating services… (They didn’t pay me to include that but I’ll send the editor my PayPal just in case.) I also think it’s good to be clear about your intentions and what you’re looking for. I fall in the camp of Christians that believe, when done intentionally, going on several dates can be a healthy way to meet people, develop maturity, and form Godly desires for your spouse. However, if you don’t have a baseline for what you want out of a first date, it’s easy to find yourself with people and at places you don’t belong.”
:: W. Brandon Howard, author of Men, Are You Brave? Or Complacent?
Explore the Topic Further…
For further discussion on tips for trying online dating for the first time, check out these posts:
Online Dating Mistakes for Rookies – “Everyone has to start somewhere, right? When you first enter the world of online dating, it can be a bit overwhelming. Many people get nervous and make online dating mistakes. Nothing too serious, mind you. It’s just easy to over think things or to not think clearly about your next move.”
The eharmony Experiment :: Lauren’s Story, Month 1 – “We know someone who, for the very first time, just dipped her toes into the waters of online dating, and we asked her if we could tag along for a few months and get her feedback on the process. We figured it might be interesting and helpful to those of you who are considering online dating yourself.”
5 Online Dating Tips for Christian Singles – “Online dating can quickly turn your passion into a task is you’re not careful. Sorting through potential candidates and replying to outrageous comments can seem never-ending, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The following online dating tips should help you reach out and connect with that special someone.”