New year, new date? 6 great reasons to start now
Is meeting someone special one of your resolutions for 2022? New year, new date – there’s never been a better time to start. More single Christians are joining Christian Connection, sending waves, likes and messages in January than at any other time. It’s a great moment to pluck up your courage and join in. Whether you’re embracing online dating for the first time or returning after a break, we’re here to help you through the process. Here are six ways to make the most of your time on Christian Connection.
Create an engaging profile
You want to meet someone special, and to start you’ll need to show yourself in the best light possible online. Spending some time getting your profile right is a great investment of time, but it doesn’t need to be complicated.
Thousands of couples have met through Christian Connection since we began, and we’ve got lots of top tips on how to write an attractive profile.
We’ll guide you through the process with prompts and questions to answer that will help potential connections get to know about you. Read our suggestions on what makes a good profile here.
And don’t forget the importance of good photos. We’ve found that 80% of members are unlikely to contact somebody without a profile picture, and 40% wouldn’t contact somebody who didn’t have a GOOD photo. Read about what makes a great profile pic here.
Search with an open mind
We hear from couples every week who each have a unique meeting story. What they share is that they all started on Christian Connection!
Daniel got in touch after getting engaged to Amy, and shared his advice. “I was doubtful when I decided to try online dating,” he said about his feelings before he started the process (and met Amy!). “My number one tip to find the right person,” he said, “is to be honest about yourself and what you want but to remain open to new things and opportunities.” Read more of their story.
“I saw the photos of married couples and thought it was a clever little bit of marketing. People don’t fall in love online, right? That’s what I thought until I met Ray,” said Melanie, when she sent their wedding pictures. See more of their story here.
For some couples, it was a particular hobby or interest that drew them to a profile – board games, a love of Frasier and a passion for theology are just some of the things they told us caught their eye!
Darren and Michaela said “We were both a bit reluctant and embarrassed. Neither of us was convinced it could work, as our tastes are quite alternative… Of course, God already had this all worked out, and was planning it all along…”
Make the first move
Taking that first step in online dating can be scary! But by signing up, creating an engaging dating profile and reading this, you’re already showing courage. Christian Connection has a simple way to start a conversation that doesn’t involve words: the wave.
Seen someone you’d like to get to know better? Our statistics show that messages are much more likely than waves to get a response.
Sending a ‘wave’ to gauge their interest can be very tempting (and still a good start), but we recommend being brave and making contact with a short message instead.
You’re giving yourself the best chance by being bold. Don’t worry, you don’t need to send an essay. A short, one-paragraph message is usually the best opener.
Get talking – wherever you are
Technology has made connecting easier than ever, and we’ve added a video chat option so you don’t need to leave the site to speak face to face. Included in your membership is a simple way to make a stronger connection straight from your inbox. Find out more about video chat.
Our data shows that meeting within two weeks of first making contact online creates the best chance of a lasting connection, so when you feel comfortable to suggest an in-person meet up, go for it!
Seek support when you need to
Our award-winning customer service team works around the clock to ensure you have all the help you need, and if there’s anything you’re unsure about we have an online help centre with lots of useful topics and advice.
If your church community isn’t up to date when it comes to online dating, point them in the direction of some helpful resources from our sister organisation Single Friendly Church so they can support you as you date.
So, new year, new date?
Don’t forget your first three days on Christian Connection are free, and we’re here to help every step of the way.
“Thank you for all your work in supporting us with finding love and true friendship” – James and Pamela, who are now married after meeting through Christian Connection, and have just had a baby.