Launched in 2011, Christian Mingle is a very popular dating website mainly for Christian men and women, whether they are single, divorced, or widowed. It is currently owned by Spark Networks, a company based in Los Angeles, California, that specializes in niche online communities. So far, Christian Mingle is one of at least 20 online dating websites they operate, including J Date, Silver Singles, and Black Singles, although the Christian-based dating website is the biggest among all of them in this category.
Member Base15 million
Its demographics are also incredibly diverse with most of the members having ages between 25 and 44 years old, although they accept users who are at least 18 years old. Majority of the members are Caucasians followed by African Americans while many of them hold either high school or bachelor’s degrees. Majority of them can also be presumed as stable in their careers, earning at least $150,000 every year.
Visitors per Month2.4 million
Christian Mingle is one of the most successful and largest dating websites for Christian singles.
Gender Ratio44% 56%
There are considerably more females and males in Christian Mingle than in other dating sites.
Although the website can allow you to browse freely, the features, expectedly, are limited. To access all of them without restrictions, users are strongly encouraged to upgrade and therefore pay the subscription fee.
Match.com also memberships for the following fees (vary according to location and package plan):
The subscription is based on the number of months the users intend to stay and use the website, as well as if there’s any promotion or discount available. This simply means that from time to time, the actual subscription cost can vary.
Take note, however, that users are billed at one time only, which suggests that if you subscribe to six months, you may have to pay $90 upfront. Further, the website may charge other fees and renew membership automatically.
Pros and Cons
- It promotes deep personal relationships, which may be attractive to men and women who are looking for a long-term commitment or even marriage.
- It is not as expensive as other dating websites.
- The interface is very easy to navigate.
- Customer service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- It has good safety features.
- It takes between 1 and 2 days before uploaded photos can be approved. Further, you are advised to complete your profile while waiting for the pictures to appear.
- The basic or free option can be very limited. For example, you may upload only eight photos maximum. Nevertheless, they are less restrictive as other dating sites.
- Christian Mingle may not be appealing to individuals who are looking for casual relationships.
- Due to the nature of their dating website, Christian Mingle only accepts heterosexual members.
- Comprehensive search function. There are many ways on how to narrow down your choices in Christian Mingle. Aside from the usual criteria such as physical appearance, interest, and location, you can also use keywords or search strings related to your faith such as religion or if the person is interested in a Bible study.
- Immediate e-mails for matches. Once you sign up, you will immediately receive e-mails of potential matches based on the answers you’ve provided during the signup process.
- Who’s Online. This feature allows you to determine who among your potential matches are online, so you have a much higher chance of being able to interact with them.
- Matching test. Like in other dating websites, Christian Mingle strives to match you based on a number of compatibility factors. In the case of the website, the system considers over one hundred of them, which shall be determined through a test form. Once you’ve answered all the tests and received your matches, you are then free to ask for a comprehensive profile information about some of them.
- Gift subscription. You have the opportunity to purchase subscription and name it to somebody else.
- Manual photo review and filtering. Christian Mingle takes photos very seriously. Although users may be able to upload photos into their account, they still have to go through a manual review, and they don’t appear among matches until they have been approved. For this reason, the company suggests adding as many photos as possible.
- Explore members nearby. This feature can be found in its mobile version, which is now available in Android and iOS. This becomes handy when you travel and you wish to meet a potential match.
- Secret admirer. This is one of Christian Mingle’s features that permit users to let potential matches know they are interested in them.
- Member spotlight. This could potentially increase better and faster matches and communication from other members as your profile is placed on the topmost part of the search results page if someone uses the criteria you’ve set.
Sign Up Process
The signup process of Christian Mingle is not too different from that of other dating websites. It may take a user at least 10 minutes to complete all of the steps. This is because the website also performs a comprehensive analysis of the user’s interest, lifestyle, and personality. However, since the website leans on spirituality and religion, one of the distinct questions is related to the user’s level of spirituality, religious affiliation, and the level of religion he or she hopes for in a potential partner.
Member Diversity and Quality
User Base and Popularity
- Monthly Visitors: 2.4 million
- Male Users: 44%
- Female Users: 56%
Age Bracket of Users
- Under 17: 1%
- 18 – 34: 31%
- 35 – 49: 44%
- 50+: 25%
- Caucasian: 81%
- African American: 11%
- Hispanic: 5%
- Asian: 1%
- Others: 1%
- Graduate Degree: 13%
- Bachelor’s Degree: 46%
- High School level: 41%
There’s not enough information to say the exact success rate of Christian Mingle, but it already has a long list of featured success stories in its website. Further, with its amazing growth over a short period of time, perhaps it’s safe to think that this website does work.
Safety and Security
Christian Mingle takes safety and security very seriously. It manually screens every profile and moderates uploaded photos before they can be seen by the rest of the members. The website also publishes several dating tips.
Ease of Use
Christian Mingle is very easy to navigate, even for users who are new in online dating sites. The dashboard or the interface is properly laid out with each of the menus conveniently labeled. It doesn’t look cluttered compared to other interfaces we’ve seen. You will also not have a hard time updating or changing any information in your personal profile, and the features and functions available to users are extremely handy and visible.
The Bottom Line
There’s a good reason why Christian Mingle is considered as the most popular among similar dating websites out there: it doesn’t veer away from its market and its purpose—that is, create an avenue for people with similar or same faith to meet and create relationships—and adopts features that are normally found in other dating websites with its few bells and whistles.