What goes on in Christian chat rooms? Are they good places to look for a spiritually minded partner?
Finding Your Spiritual Match
If Christianity is important to you, you probably want to date someone who feels the same way you do about your faith. Christian dating sites abound on the Internet. The old-fashioned method, meeting someone at church, is still worth a try. Volunteering at a Christian charity is a good bet, too.As a way to meet that special someone, online chat is a mixed bag. It's really easy to fake your identity in a chat room. Some sites don't even require registration. It's hard to tell if that nice Christian gentleman is for real, or if he's really a teenage girl out to have a little fun online. Still, people have fallen in love and married after first meeting in chat rooms. As long as you're careful about safety, you can have fun checking out a few chats.
Types of Christian Chat Rooms
Not all Christian chat rooms are set up for dating. Some are meant to be faith communities, where members share bible discussion, form prayer circles, and talk about what faith means in their lives.
Others are sponsored by evangelical organizations. Several Christian chat sites exist to encourage the conversion of people from non-Christian faiths. These rooms are for evangelical Christians to share their triumphs and challenges as they reach out to spread the word of Jesus.
If these sites are interesting to you, you may find like-minded souls who are also interested in dating. If dating is your primary reason for chatting, however, you may want to try the chat rooms on Christian dating sites.
Dating Sites with Chat Rooms
Relationships.com is one of the big Christian dating sites. You'll need to register to enter the site, which means giving your name, location, and email address. You can browse the site for free. If you want to participate in chat, though, you'll need to purchase a membership. The site discourages expletives and sexual language.
BigChurch.com is another large dating site. There are only a few chat rooms, including a "rec room," a room for "friendship," and one for bible discussion. You have to join the site and wait for your profile to be approved before you can chat. Meanwhile, you can browse the ads to see if this site is for you. Paying members of Christian Café can participate in a moderated chat room. Moderators try to keep the conversation clean. Christian Café also features a prayer community, with members posting their own prayers or joining in prayer for others. A relationship advice column answers dating questions from a Christian perspective.
Members of ChristianSingles.com agree to date only with the serious intention of finding someone to marry. Casual dating is discouraged on the site, and members are asked to review the site's philosophy and join only if they agree. You must purchase a basic membership to join the chat rooms.
Moderated Christian Chat Rooms
Free chat rooms tend to be unmonitored. Participants can talk about anything and everything, and that often includes sex. Explicit invitations and conversations are common. Scammers also hang out in some chat rooms, looking for people they can trick out of money or financial information.
Many Christian sites offer monitored chat. Monitors can block participants who use inappropriate language or who don't seem to follow Christian values. Monitors don't necessarily make chats safer, but they can make chat rooms more comfortable for people of faith. They can also stop obvious scams.
Registration vs. Anonymous Chat
Most Christian chat rooms require members to register before chatting. Usually, that means filling in an online form with your name, email address, city, state, and zip code. You'll also need to state what denomination you belong to and, sometimes, how seriously you take your faith. You may also be asked to write a paragraph about yourself and what you're looking for. In many cases, you'll have to wait until your registration is approved before you can participate on the site.
A few chats let you enter a nickname and start chatting right away. These chats are convenient when you're just exploring; but be extra careful. Participants may be less serious about forming relationships, and about their faith, than people who make the effort to register at a Christian site.
No matter what, be careful. Remember, anyone can hide behind a chat room nickname, even at a Christian chat room site. Keep your personal information private and be very cautious about meeting a chat acquaintance in person.