Religion-based dating websites are all the rage today. In the past you could hope to meet potential partners at events organized by your church or place of worship. However now with so many faith-based dating portals on the internet, you can simply sign up with any of these to meet singles who share your own religious beliefs. One such dating site for Christian singles is ChristianMingle.com and here is what it has to offer.
Christian Mingle bills itself as “an online community created specifically for Christian singles”. Users at this site can look for partners to date, pursue a common activity or even to nurture a long term relationship all within the Christian faith. Being a religious dating site, Christian Mingle allows only those users seeking a heterosexual relationship and prohibits all adult content. Members of Christian Mingle appear to be primarily in the age group of 20 to 40 years, looking for relationships with people who hold similar Christian values. The site claims to have around 500,000 members and seems to target users primarily from United States and Canada. However there is a long list of countries from where users can join in and this is ample proof that single Christians from anywhere in the world are welcome to be part of the Christian Mingle online community.
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Signing Up at Christian Mingle
Basic registration is free at Christian Mingle and takes only a few minutes to complete. The essential details required to sign up with the site include user name, password, country and zip code, real name, gender, date of birth and what type of relationship you are looking for. To go ahead with the process of profile creation, you will be required to describe yourself in greater detail like your height, hair and eye color, ethnicity, native language, education, occupation, habits like smoking and drinking, views on children as well as marital status. This part of the profile creation also includes an important section on your religious beliefs and how crucial is their presence in the partner you are looking for. Apart from divulging certain ‘Fun Facts’ about yourself like your favorite movie, activities, music, indoor activity and romantic getaway, you may be asked to put together a few small essays on yourself as well as the kind of person who would constitute your ideal match. While all these sections on profile creation seem lengthy and time consuming, in the end they are greatly effective in fine-tuning your matches and linking you up with the kind of profile best suited to your personality. Finally you can upload a photo in a jpg or jpeg file to accompany your profile and then you are all set to start looking for matches.
At Christian Mingle all members have access to viewing profiles and photos while message boards and photo albums may be open to only paid members. Basic searching options on the site include searching by age, geographical location, gender as well as anyone who is online. Advanced browsing depends on categories like appearance, background information, any part of the profile, recently updated profiles or hot-listed members which include those that have viewed you, mailed you or included you in their list of ‘favorites’.
Communication facilities are accessible only to paid members who can choose from emailing, instant messaging or chatting with others on the site apart from posting their thoughts and views on message boards. Free members at Christian Mingle however can opt to send ‘smiles’, ‘icebreakers’ and e-cards as expressions of interest in other members.
Christian Mingle boasts of a unique feature in order to make online dating a yet more successful experience for their members. Known as Compass Matching, this is a kind of compatibility testing at Christian Mingle which involves members taking a test of around hundred questions in order to come up with their personality types and the matches which are best suited to them. The entire test takes around fifteen to twenty minutes to complete. However while taking the test, be sure to answer every question truthfully and carefully as you cannot take the test again before six months. Once you have completed the test, the site’s Compass Matching system will either mail you the matches most compatible with you every week or you can request to be matched with other Compass members. In the latter case, if you happen to come across someone you want to know better, you can request to share a detailed matching report. Once they accept the match, you'll both see the full twenty-page matching report and can decide whether to move ahead towards a relationship.
Christian Mingle has yet another interesting feature known as the Color Coded Personality Profile. This involves taking a test which would assess the type of personality you have and mark it according to a color code. For instance those members coded Red are believed to be motivated by power, those with blue by intimacy, those with white by peace and those with yellow by fun. Apart from these, the site also has a “Think You’d Click” feature which is extremely useful in finding out discreetly if a profile you happen to like is also interested in you.
Finally Christian Mingle has several ways to bring young people together on the basis of a shared faith even if they are not all romantically linked. Members can post their thoughts on message boards and there is a Worship Center where members can find inspiring articles on faith, marriage, love and relationships, submit a Prayer request, find a Church and read online various versions of the Holy Bible.
Christian Mingle offers three kinds of membership plans. The first is free and allows a member to create a profile, search for matches, have a list of favourites and even send smiles or e-cards to other members.
The second is Standard Membership and starts at $29.99 for one month with quarterly options at $50.97 and half-yearly options at $83.94. This level of membership allows access to all the features on the site.
Lastly there is the Premium membership under which for an additional fee, members can subscribe to add-on services like highlighting their profile under ‘Stand Out’ as well as featuring on the site homepage under ‘Spotlight’. However members should be careful to turn off auto-renewal feature from their settings or else the site will automatically renew a membership plan once it comes to an end even though the member may no longer want to continue with the site.