Christian dating in Canada: keep the faith in love
by EliteSingles Editorial
Are you Christian, dating in Canada and looking for a partner who shares your beliefs, both in a loving future and in God? EliteSingles can help, matching you with Christian singles who share your values; Canadian men and women who are looking for a spiritually supportive partnership. If you’re ready to find a connection that lasts, then join EliteSingles today.
Being Christian in Canada
Some 67% of Canadians identify as Christian.1 Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? At least it does until you realize that not all of these Canadian Christians can be considered ‘active’ in their church communities. In fact, as a recent Pew Research Report pointed out, the percentage of Canadians who attend church regularly has fallen 16% in the last 25 years (it’s now hovering around 27%).2 This goes to prove what so many spiritually-minded Canadians already know, that there’s a difference between being a cultural, church-on-Christmas Christian and actually being a dedicated worshipper of Christ.
The difficulties of meeting Christian singles
This may be a small matter for some but for Christian singles who want a faith-filled partnership, it’s a vital difference, and one that adds to the challenge of finding a partner who you trust shares the same values. This difficulty is enhanced by the fact that not all church-going Canadians are suitable date material: in truth, many of those who do attend church are already in relationships, married or in significantly different age brackets.
my partner’s faith is the most important aspect when considering who I date
– Rebecca Vandemark, Christian blogger
Rebecca Vandemark (33) is one Christian single who knows first hand the difficulties involved with faith-based dating. Indeed, Rebecca, who says that “my partner’s faith is the most important aspect when considering who I date,” thinks that part of the challenge of Christian dating is that the “church is not equipped to handle singles over the age of twenty-five.”3
Christian dating: easier online?
Yet, it is possible to find romantic success on the Christian dating scene, no matter what age or romantic background you are from. You can meet someone who shares your passion for God’s word and His love – you just have to look in the right place. And, for many Canadians, that right place is online, with dating sites like EliteSingles.
Christians should look online for dates…because that’s where the people are!
– Janelle Paris, social anthropologist at Messiah College
Indeed, a surprisingly large percentage of Christian singles are turning to the internet to find a long-term, spiritually-connected partner. In the words of Jenell Paris, social anthropologist at Messiah College; “Christians should look online for dates…because that’s where the people are!”4 That’s because 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 personalized profile allow a chance to be upfront about the importance of God in one’s life, dating sites create a space where religious singles can actively seek someone who has similar priorities.
Are you Christian? Dating in Canada? The journey towards a truly meaningful connection starts here. Why not give it a go? Join EliteSingles today.
The road to lasting love
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things
– 1 Corinthians 13:7
Rebecca says ‘’my faith is at the central part of who I am [so] I need to be able to share that with my partner.” And she’s not alone in that wish. Indeed, many Christian singles have a similar goal and, for them, the above words from Corinthians are particularly poignant. That’s because the road to love – real, lasting love – can be long way to walk. You could say it’s a journey of forbearance, belief, hope, and endurance.
This is why it’s so vital to have the right tools at your disposal; anything to make navigating that path a little easier. A serious online dating site like EliteSingles is just such a tool, a place where not only do you have access to compatible single men and single women, you are encouraged to get specific about what that compatibility means to you. It’s the smart way to approach Christian dating.
Marriage-minded Christian singles
God by creation made two of one, so again by marriage He made one of two.
– Thomas Adam
As Christian dating expert Carrie Lloyd puts it ‘’Not every Christian may have access to a healthy community of single Christians. The age for marrying is considerably younger than for most.’’5 However, for many this fact doesn’t dilute marriage hopes: indeed, most in the Christian dating pool are like Rebecca, whose ”heart longs to be married.” And this is another reason why EliteSingles is such a perfect fit for Christian singles.
Not only are the majority of our members marriage-minded, it turns out that online dating can lead to lasting love. Indeed, research has revealed that marriages where ‘’respondents met their spouse online were rated as more satisfying…. [and] less likely to end in separation or divorce than marriages than began in an off-line venue.”6 In other words, if your heart longs for marriage, it’s time to look online.
Finding someone to share your future
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
– 1 Corinthians 13:13
Of course, while a faith-based partnership and a shared belief in God’s teachings can lead to much spiritual comfort, to truly work towards a future with someone you need to be able to connect with them on every level. That means there are many other factors at play that are crucial for relationship success: your respective locations in Canada, your individual personalities, your lifestyles and your future goals.
At EliteSingles we understand that a great match takes all of this into account. Our detailed, thoughtful matchmaking system is based on an extensive set of questions designed to gain insight into your personality; your strengths, your morals and values, and your hobbies and interests. We think it’s a foundation on which to build relationships that last a lifetime. Are you ready to try it? Join us today.
1 Matthew Block, writing for First Things, 2013. Religion in Canada: The New Numbers. Found at http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2013/05/religion-in-canada-the-new-numbers
2 Pew Research: Canada’s Changing Religious Landscape, June 2013. Found at http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2013/05/religion-in-canada-the-new-numbers
3Rebecca Vandemark is a Christian blogger and author at http://www.caravansonnet.com/. All of her quotes are from an exclusive EliteSingles interview, August 2013.
4 Jenell Williams Paris: Christianity Today: Is Online Dating for Christians,found at http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/october/online-dating-christians.html, 2011.
5 Carrie Lloyd is an author and Christian dating expert who primarily blogs at Her Glass Slipper (http://www.herglassslipper.co.uk/) All of her quotes are from an exclusive EliteSingles interview, 2013.
6 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.