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Christian dating – keeping the faith in love

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At EliteSingles, we understand that many Kiwi Christians look to build a life with someone who shares their core values. After all, a mutually supportive partnership can strengthen beliefs and be a source of great happiness; both emotionally and spiritually. This is why we are proud to provide a dating platform that can help Christian singles connect. If you are ready to let us help you meet someone who shares your beliefs, then try EliteSingles.

Christian dating in New Zealand

54.4% of Kiwis identify as Christian.1 Yet, not all of these could be considered ‘active’ in the community, meaning it isn’t always easy to find a like-minded partner. Indeed, as many spiritually-minded New Zealanders can attest, there’s a difference between being a cultural Christian and being a follower of Christ, and so meeting someone who truly shares one’s beliefs can be tricky.

Rebecca Vandemark (33) is one Christian single who knows this difficulty only too well. Rebecca, who says that “my partner’s faith is the most important aspect when considering who I date,” thinks that part of the complexity of Christian dating is that the “church is not equipped to handle singles over the age of twenty-five.”2 This can lead to frustrations for singles who are holding out for a partner who shares their core values.

my partner’s faith is the most important aspect when considering who I date

– Rebecca Vandemark, Christian blogger

Christian dating: easier online?

It might be frustrating to find Christian singles in the offline world but there is good news – online dating is a different story. Indeed, a surprising number of Kiwi Christians are now turning to the internet to find a long-term, spiritually-connected partner.

Christians should look online for dates…because that’s where the people are!

– Jenell Paris, social anthropologist

In the words of Jenell Paris, social anthropologist at Messiah College; “Christians should look online for dates…because that’s where the people are!”3 Indeed, online dating is an excellent way for Christian singles to take the reins when it comes to romance. Not only does the creation of a personalised profile allow a chance to be upfront about the importance of God in one’s life, various matching systems mean that singles can actively seek someone who has similar priorities. Are you Christian? Dating in New Zealand? The path to long-lasting love can start here, with EliteSingles.

Sources:

1 Anna Turner, writing for Stuff: ‘Are we losing our religion to modern life?’ Found at http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/christchurch-life/8481655/Are-we-losing-our-religion-to-modern-life.

2 Rebecca Vandemark is a Christian blogger and author at http://www.caravansonnet.com/. All of her quotes are from an exclusive EliteSingles interview, August 2013.

3 Jenell Williams Paris: Christianity Today: Is Online Dating for Christians,found at http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/october/online-dating-christians.html, 2011.

4 Cacioppo, J.T., Cacioppo, S., Gonzaga, G.C., Ogburn, E.L., and VanderWeele, T.J. ‘Marital satisfaction and break-ups differ across on-line and off-line meeting venues’, PNAS. 2013.

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