In this review I’m going to take a look at Christian Mingle, a very popular dating site dedicated solely to Christians in Australia.
With over 65% of Australians saying that religion is important in their daily lives, it makes sense that your partner also shares your religious beliefs.
Most large dating sites allow you to search for members based on their religion, but at Christian Mingle every single member is a firm believer in Christianity.
So what’s the site like? And is it really with the subscription price? I’m afraid you’re just going to have to continue reading to find out.
About Christian Mingle
Christian Mingle is a site focused on connecting singles who put God first in their life. Launched back in 2001 it has rapidly grown into one of the largest Christian niche dating sites in Australia. Thousands of singles signup every single day, and all are looking to find their soul mate.
Members on the site vary in age from 18 to 75 years old. And with older generations being more web savvy than ever before, the number of older members over 50 is increasing all of the time.
Members here are not looking for casual encounters or short-term relationships. Some are looking for friendship, but most are looking for long-term relationships and someone to marry and start a family with.
Their TV Ad
Creating Your Profile
Joining the site will take about 10 minutes of your time. The simple form you see below is just the first step to getting online.
The form itself is a little misleading because when you click the button “Browse for Free”, you are actually taken to another page where you are asked to answer around 30 questions about yourself.
The questions are mainly regarding your religion, relationship status, thoughts on children, and how often you go to church etc. I think it goes without saying, but do answer honestly, since your answers will also have an effect on your matches later on.
You will also be asked to write a little introduction about yourself. Don’t write too much though, you don’t want everyone to know your life story just yet. 300 words is a good target to aim for. Highlight your positive points, and make sure that anyone who reads your profile can clearly see the benefits to being part of your life.
Uploading a photo is not mandatory, but it will certainly help you to attract more important profile views.
Features You’ll Find
The most unique feature over other dating sites is the worship center. Here you will find a prayers wall where members can post a prayer if they are in need of support, and also an online bible.
The secret admirer feature lets you view photos and a brief description of other site members. You get two options, you either secretly admire them, or to say that you have no interest. If you do admire them, your profile will then appear on their own secret admirer’s wall where they can either admire you back, or say they’re not interested.
The matches feature matches you with people based on the preferences you have defined in your profile. You can use criteria such as age, location, religion, ethnicity and more to specify your match.
There’s also something called the COMPASS matching test. This takes about 15 minutes during which you are asked questions like, “do you make new friends easily”, “is a nice car important to you”, “do you take financial risks to achieve career goals”. After taking the test, you then receive one new best match per week. Other people who have taken the test can also view your answers, and you theirs.
There’s a quick and simple search option, and also an advanced option to help you find potential partners. You’ll also find email, instant messaging, favorite lists for adding people you like, and a block list for adding those you would prefer not to talk with again.
This site is also mobile optimized, you simply login using your mobile browser.
All in all, you won’t find yourself wanting for much more. Everything is included to help make your time spent on the site as enjoyable and productive as possible.
The Traffic Test
Before you pay for a subscription, it’s a good idea to check how many members are on the site, and when they were last online.
I decided to check the membership numbers for Canberra. So I ran a simple search with the following criteria:
- Gender: Female
- Age: 25-33
- Location: Within 10 miles of Canberra
The search returned over 200 profiles, and I stopped counting when I reached 200! What’s good with this site is that you can also see when the members were last online. And around 60 of the profiles were online within the last week.
For me these numbers are most definitely acceptable, and a positive sign that their membership numbers are not only very high, but also very active. If I was seeking a Christian partner in Australia, I would not hesitate joining Christian Mingle based on these results.
The Scam Test
Dating sites are unfortunately popular targets for scammers, and not only those from Nigeria, but also scammers that work for the dating companies themselves. Many dating companies try to trick members into paying their subscription fees just to make more money for themselves. They will do this by sending you messages and winks from fake members, and if you want to read them (which many will), you have to pay.
Therefore I like to see how active scammers are on a dating site by leaving my profile blank, and also not uploading a photo for at least 7 days. No normal member will message you with a blank profile and no photo. So if you do receive any messages or winks during this time, they are highly unlikely to be legitimate, so cancel your account ASAP.
I’ve actually left my account blank on Christian Mingle for just over 8 weeks now. And I’ve not received any messages, which in this case, is actually good news! Unfortunately the same cannot be said for many dating sites today.
Although you can create your account for free, and you can also browse members on the site, if you want to contact anyone, or read messages that are sent to you, then you will need to pay I’m afraid. The costs for Christian Mingle in 2013 are:
$13.99 per month for a 6 month membership
$18.99 per month for a 3 month membership
$29.99 per month for a 1 month membership
Almost all dating sites have automatic membership renewals turned on by default. This means that if you take out a subscription for 6 months, when you reach the end of the sixth month, it will automatically be extended and your credit card charged. You can turn this off with the setting in your accounts page, and I recommend that you do this before you forget!
Good and Bad Points
Large and very popular Christian dating site
Most members are looking for long-term commitment and marriage
Mobile optimized website
Matchmaking service plus many more great features
A single months subscription is fairly expensive
Automatic subscription renewals
If you are Christian and looking to mingle with like-minded singles, then this is probably one of the best dating sites out there. Members here are not looking for fun and games, they are looking for partners that take commitment seriously, and would one day like to marry and start a family.
The site itself is very easy to use, and there are certainly enough features to keep you hooked for hours. Special features like Post a Prayer and the Christian Support Forum help to create a true Christian community on the site.
The sites popularity is definitely reflected in the membership numbers, you certainly won’t find yourself short changed here.
The subscription options are very reasonable if you opt for the 3 month or 6 month options. I personally never pay for a single months subscription, as 99 percent of the time it will taking longer than 4 weeks to find your soul mate.
To summarize: If you are single and looking for a Christian partner, you don’t really need to look much further than: www.christianmingle.com.