What goes on in Christian chat rooms? Are they good places to look for a spiritually minded partner?
Christian Dating Sites With Chat Rooms
There's no better way to find a chat with another Christian single that might lead to a relationship than to join a chat on a dating website specifically designed for Christians to meet. Note that while many websites will offer free trials initially, but then will likely require payment to continue.
ChristianMingle.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.
ChristianConnection.com is an award-winning dating website boasting thousands of marriages resulting from connections made on the website. The chatting on this membership website allows for initial "ice breakers" where the user can send a quick hello "wave" to another member they find interesting. The terms and conditions of the website dictate that behaving inappropriately (either on the website of off) can result in expulsion from the site. Register for a three-day free trial by providing your name, gender, age, phone number, and email address. After the three-day trial, membership fees must be paid - fees vary based on promotions.
ChristianCupid.com offers free registration to access chats with other Christians, but not all the website features are available to those who don't pay for a full membership. This website features strict anti-profanity and anti-nudity rules and prohibits the transmission of any image that doesn't feature the sender. The website is specific to Christian singles and prohibits use by anyone not actually single. Join via Facebook or quickly register by providing your name, gender, age, and email address.
ChristianLifestyle.com needs to know what you're looking for (example: man looking for woman), your age, and your email address before you can access the chats on the website. A valid email address is required (a fake one halts the free registration process) and rules apply to the chats including no racism, requests for money, or things of a sexual nature. Joining is free and grants access to chats but a fee may be required to access additional features on the site.
Types of Christian Chat Rooms
Not all Christian chat rooms are set up for dating. You'll find the following types:
Some chat sites are meant to be faith communities, where members share bible discussion, form prayer circles, and talk about what faith means in their lives.
Evangelical Chat Rooms
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.
Dating Chat Rooms
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.
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, although there are few free Christian chat rooms with no registration. 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.
- ChristianChat requires a quick registration, but you only need to provide your email, location, gender, and age. Create a username and you have access to chat with other Christians on a site that isn't dedicated to dating.
- JesusRocks requires Adobe, but hopping right into chatting is easy with no registration required. The chats are monitored by volunteer staff to ensure the conversations stay safe and friendly.
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.
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. As a way to meet that special someone, online chat can be 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 chat rooms for different purposes, from dating to meeting like-minded friends.