Christian Cafe offers more than just a dating site for Christian Singles. Find a community of fellowship while you look for your match.
I haven’t always been as focused on my faith but it has always been a big part of what I look for in a partner. Online dating is difficult enough but finding Christian singles that share your faith is even harder. Christian Cafe is not only one of the largest Christian dating sites but also offers a blog with advice and tips to help you find your match.
I noticed Christian Cafe was doing a lot of advertising lately, I’ve seen it popup around the web a few times and heard a few other bloggers talking about it. I thought I would share my experience in this Christian Cafe review about some of the pros and cons of the site.
I’d love to hear your experience on Christian Cafe or any of the online dating sites we’ve reviewed on the blog. Got a story about a relationship site or about how you met that special someone?
What is Christian Cafe?
Founded in 1999, Christian Cafe was one of the first online dating sites and likely the first one for Christian singles. For singles looking for someone that shares their faith, it is definitely one of the larger dating sites to check out. More than 25,000 marriages have resulted from matches made on Christian Cafe and the site lists 2,500 testimonials. The website is Christian owned and operated which can’t be said about many of the other faith-based dating sites.
More than 500,000 Christian singles have signed up to the site since the launch but there are currently about 55,000 active members. A nice feature of Christian Cafe that I haven’t seen on other online dating sites is that inactive profiles are removed after 90 days. This really helps to cut down on all the searching and messaging you do without getting any response. It’s also a factor in why the site has less profiles than some other dating websites.
You can start a free membership on Christian Cafe that includes the basic features but won’t have access to the online chat or the audio/video feature on instant messaging. You still get everything you need to meet someone including creating a dating profile with photos, searching other profiles and text messaging other Christian singles.
Starting a profile on Christian Cafe works basically the same as any other relationship site. You’ll fill out basic information and answer a series of questions for your dating profile. There are also a set of questions to define your faith and involvement with the church to better match you with other Christians.
Christian Cafe offers several membership options after your free trial. You can pay bi-weekly though this is the most expensive option or up to a twelve-month membership that costs just over $9 per month. I’ve never been on an online dating site for 12-months at a time but usually three months is needed to meet a few people and develop a long-term relationship.
My Experience on the Christian Cafe Online Dating Website
I met several people on Christian Cafe and went on a few dates. This was years ago and I don’t think I was ready for a committed relationship so none of the dates amounted to a long-term relationship. The fact that the site has seen 25,000 marriages among members proves it can work but you have to be ready for it.
The biggest benefit I got from Christian Cafe was from the online forum and blog. The blog shares some great advice, a lot of it specific to issues in Christian dating that you won’t find on other online dating sites. The forum is a really friendly community to share your thoughts and just get the emotional support you need as a Christian single.
Besides offering the ability to search Christian singles yourself, the site also offers matches based on the answers to your profile questions. I really liked this feature. There are a lot of profiles on the website so it helps to be able to get a few ideas without spending all that time searching.
Some of the search criteria seem a bit much. Do I really need to search by eye color or fashion sense? I also wondered about some of the levels on searching based on faith. It’s important but I just wondered if I wasn’t seeing all my potential matches if they didn’t match up exactly with the criteria.
Overall, Christian Cafe was a good experience and I actually met a few friends on the site that I still talk to regularly. It’s really more than just a Christian singles dating site so you’re missing out if you don’t use it for a broader purpose.
What I Like about Christian Cafe
Christian Cafe goes farther with its free membership, allowing singles to message others and post profile photos. The search feature also includes a lot of criteria that are important to Christian singles like church denomination and involvement.
Christian Cafe seems to be more of a community than an online dating website. A lot of the people I talked to were looking for fellowship and conversation just as much as trying to meet other Christian singles. The most popular feature on the site is its Christian Forums where members can talk about different topics, ask questions and just share their thoughts.
One of the best features on Christian Cafe is the blog where they share helpful online dating advice and stories to help you make the best of your experience. A few of the other dating sites I’ve reviewed have blogs but few offer the level of depth and honesty you’ll find on Christian Cafe. Finding a match online is tough enough but finding one that shares your faith is even more difficult. Christian Cafe understands this and the blog is a big help.
What I Don’t Like about Christian Cafe
Membership prices on Christian Cafe are a little higher than other dating sites. The three-month membership plan is a good deal at $16.65 per month but paying on a monthly or bi-weekly basis will cost more than other sites. The free trial offers just about all the features so try it out first before you commit to a membership.
While Christian Cafe is one of the largest dating sites to meet Christian singles, it’s still quite a bit smaller than sites like eHarmony and Match. There are still usually hundreds of profiles that come up in a search and maybe they are better matches if faith is an important part of your life but I wouldn’t rule out using some of the bigger sites either.
Christian Cafe Review Summary
Try out Christian Cafe if nothing else for the online forum to meet and talk to other Christian singles. The free trial is one of the better among dating sites for allowed features so should give you an idea if you want to start a membership or not.
- Forum of Christian singles is great for advice or just fellowship
- Blog offers more than other sites and advice for Christian dating
- Free trial includes almost all the features of membership
- Monthly membership more expensive than other sites
- Fewer profiles than the really large dating sites
Even if you don’t find your match on Christian Cafe, it is a good site to define what you are looking for as a Christian single. I hadn’t even thought of some of the questions asked until I saw them on the profile questionnaire or talked to others in the forum. Besides the opportunity to meet someone that shares your faith, it’s a good way to understand yourself and what’s important in a relationship.