BigChurch.com - Christian Dating Service
A website that is available for any Christian who is looking to meet up with other Christians looking for companionship or dating is BigChurch.com. Designed with more than just dating in mind, BigChurch.com is a central site for platonic and romantic activity. The free registration process is quick, consisting of a few multiple choice questions with regards to your physical appearance, a little bit of personal history (education, occupation, etc), spirituality, and what you’re looking for on the site, be it a partner for prayer or a long term relationship.
Once you’re logged in, the first thing you’ll notice is that the BigChurch site offers a percentage bar to show how much of your profile has been filled out – and with the sheer number of things they ask, it may be a while before that bar reaches 100%. Of course, for each profile there’s a more detailed fill in the blank section, and this consists of questions about dreams and goals, and is even blunt enough to ask how truthful you’ve been with the creation of your profile. There are also questions specifically about why you chose to pursue a Christian dating website, such as what values you see in a Christian relationship, and what impact your faith has had on your romantic life thus far.
There’s lots of other things to do with profile creation as well. You can go through a Myers-Briggs personality test that will give you a result that’s viewable to other members, and completing the test generates a complimentary breakdown of the different types and their compatibility, as well as loading profiles relevant to your results. Beyond that, you can decorate your profile with site proprietary ‘Bling’ including pieces you want to design for yourself or for people you meet on the site. Lastly and one of the nicest features of the site, BigChurch.com is partnered with ConfirmID, a service for mail verification of the photos that people submit to the site. This grants you a small extra level of access for having gone to the extent of proving your identity for the site.
This is important with BigChurch.com because of the limitations placed on standard (free) users. Standard members can’t contact other members unless they have paid a separate “let regular users talk to me” fee, or if that member contacts you first. Furthermore, regular users can only search through profiles, and can’t actually view any of them. Once you’ve upgraded your account to a ‘silver’ level membership you’re allowed to view and contact members, and you get 2nd tier billing on the search algorithms. You also get access to the video introduction features of the site, and limited access to the blog community. With a ‘gold’ membership you get full profile and video access, full blog access, as well as showing up first in any search results in which you would be relevant.
Speaking of search, this is one space where BigChurch.com definitely spent some time working to set their site apart. You can search based on any number of profile parameters, who is near you, who’s most popular on the site, or any other number of options. Beyond that is the meta-search that BigChurch.com provides, the Dove report, which collates data based on your preferences and comes up with a report of members who match your interests and sends it to your mailbox.
Overall, BigChurch.com is a huge community of a lot of diverse members from any number of backgrounds, and if you’re looking for a faith based relationship or if you’re even looking to share the spiritual side of your life with someone else in a purely platonic fashion, BigChurch.com has a lot to offer you.