Christian Mingle Review
Christian Mingle is an online dating site designed specifically for Christian singles looking to find committed relationships, focusing on “helping Christian men and women find a loving, God-centered relationship built on mutual faith and love.”
Since its founding in 2001, Christian Mingle has amassed a membership of over 15 million singles, making it one of the most populated dating sites in existence, let alone for Christian singles.
Pros and Cons
- Has a large membership of 15 million singles
- Proactive security measures to reduce fake, inactive or non-serious users
- Flexible pricing options
- Very limited communication abilities as a free user
- Matching filters could be more diverse
You can sign up for Christian Mingle via their mobile app or website. After connecting your Facebook account or providing your email, you’re asked to choose a username and specify your ZIP code (to help Christian Mingle be able to match you with singles close to you.)
You’re then asked to describe yourself in more detail though questions like “What is your preferred denomination?” (Christian Mingle offers 23 different denomination options to choose from) and “How often do you attend Church?” Conveniently, you don’t have to provide all details when first signing up—you can just as easily add, edit, or update at any time after signing up.
On top of this, you’re also asked about what you’re looking for in an ideal partner. For example, you can specify that you’re looking for someone who shares your same denomination, wants or doesn’t want kids, and is or isn’t looking for marriage.
Finally, you must upload a profile picture and have it verified by Christian Mingle’s Customer Care team before you can start seeing your matches.
If after signing up you’re having trouble setting up your profile, or just want help presenting yourself in the best way, you can also read through Christian Mingle’s vast, free resource center, called believe, for articles, advice, insights and success stories relating to Christian dating.
How Matching Works
Using a combination of your personal information and match preferences, Christian Mingle sends you up to seven compatible match suggestions every day. If you change your information or preferences at any time, Christian Mingle will automatically adjust your match suggestions so as to remain compatible.
For those who prefer a more hands-on approach to finding matches, Christian Mingle also allows you to browse other profiles on your own. To make your search easier, you can sort profiles by registration date, distance, or match percentage.
Match percentages are visible scores attached to profiles that let you know if you’re a good match for a specific person at a glance. The higher your match percentage, the more compatible you’re likely to be.
Communicating with other people on Christian Mingle can be accomplished in three main ways: messaging, IM-ing, and sending Smiles.
Regular messages can be sent at any time whether the other person is online or not, whereas Instant Messages (IMs) can only be sent to people currently online. When you send an IM, the person you’re messaging receives an invitation to chat with you. They must accept your invitation before you’re able to actually message back and forth.
Finally, Smiles are the quickest way to let someone know you’re interested without having to craft a message—only requiring a couple of clicks to send.
Something to consider with Christian Mingle is that free members are quite limited in the ways they can communicate with other members. For example, to be able to see when someone has read your messages or to send unlimited messages to any member on Christian Mingle, regardless of whether they’re a free or paid member, you’ll need Messaging+, a paid feature.
Christian Mingle’s safety features are evident immediately upon signing up—with your profile pictures and information having to be verified and approved by their Customer Care team before you can even access your profile.
In addition to this, Christian Mingle allows you to block communication with specific members and strongly encourages users to report any suspicious activity, inappropriate content or messages, harassment, or any other abusive behavior. They make reporting this behavior easy thanks to their U.S.-based customer care team that is available seven days a week.
Outside service-specific safety measures, Christian Mingle’s free resource, believe, offers expert tips, advice and articles on relationships, weddings, marriage, sex, and safe dating in general.
Free users of Christian Mingle have access to a very small number of features in comparison to paid users. While free users can see their matches and communicate with other members in very limited ways, to be able to use Christian Mingle to its full potential you’re most likely going to have to upgrade to a paid membership.
To give you a clearer idea of the different features and costs associated with the different Christian Mingle membership options, take a look at the details below.
With a Free Membership you can:
- Create your profile
- Upload up to 6 photos
- Search for matches
- Receive your matches through email
With a Premium Membership you’ll also be able to:
- Use the Messaging+ feature to get in touch with any Christian Mingle member, regardless of their subscription status
- See and able to reply to all messages sent to you
- See when your messages are read via Read Receipts
- Browse anonymously, hide your status, and remove your profile from appearing in searches through Enhanced Privacy Control
To gain access to a Premium Membership, you can expect to pay:
- 1 month: $49.99
- 3 month: $34.99/month
- 6 month: $24.99/month
For added convenience, Christian Mingle also offers a number of stand-alone features you can add to any subscription. For example, you can add a feature called Spotlight which makes your profile stand out at the top of the page.
There’s a lot to like about Christian Mingle. For one, regardless of the specifics of your faith or your personality, you’re bound to find someone special among Christ Mingle’s over 15 million users.
Christian Mingle also understands that there are plenty of other factors that would make you compatible with someone. This is why, while the foundation of matching is built on mutual faith, Christian Mingle also allows you to narrow down your search based on non-religious factors like your desire for children or marriage.
Combine these factors with their proactive approach to user safety and the fact that you can test out the site without paying a dime, and Christian Mingle emerges as one of the most effective and approachable dating sites for Christian singles.