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Welcome to the ultimate Christian Minglereview! One of the first questions many people ask is if ChristianMingle® is really Christian? Unfortunately, they are not. They are owned and operated by Spark Networks, which is not a Christian company. Spark is a parent company of numerous dating sites for various faiths, with Christianity just being one of them. Check this link to see a recent list of all the dating sites they own. As you will see, the list is certainly not particular to Christianity. Like many other parent companies, they are a large organization aiming to maximize profits by running a multitude of niche sites, with Christian Mingle being their largest one.
When comparing Christian Mingle with ChristianCrush, there are two main similarities. The first is they both allow members to search for free and the second is they both provide a platform for Christian singles to meet. Unfortunately, that's where the similarities end and the differences begin. As mentioned above, one of the first major differences is how Christian Mingle is not Christian owned and operated while ChristianCrush is. With ChristianCrush, you have the confidence of knowing they are a truly Christian owned and operated organization. This means everything from the founder's beliefs, to the values demonstrated in the profile questions, to the principles expressed in the articles are all coming from a Biblical worldview. Knowing they are a Christ centered site, you can have confidence in the integrity and motivation for ChristianCrush's mission, customer relations, and desire to help brothers and sisters in Christ find one another.
The second major difference is ChristianCrush provides video profiles and Christian Mingle does not. Video profiles are a cutting edge technology and ChristianCrush is the only Christian dating site currently providing this service. Video profiles are far superior compared to standard photo ones because they provide tremendous amounts of information both verbally and nonverbally, leading to better matches. In addition, being able to see a video allows someone to determine much quicker if they would be a good match or not, compared to spending several weeks with emails and the eventual date to find out. Furthermore, profiles are much more interesting and fascinating to view when video clips are attached.
The third main difference is ChristianCrush uses a derivative of the NEO personality assessment, which is the leading research based personality test in the field of psychology, and Christian Mingle does not. Using this assessment is essential for several reasons. First, members can have confidence in knowing the assessment is really high in validity and reliability so the results are very trustworthy. In addition, it allows members to filter profiles based on the various personality traits they desire in a partner. Last, it helps members determine how similar or different they are with another member by comparing their scores, providing vital information about possible future compatibility.
A fourth difference is ChristianCrush was developed by a Christian Psychologist and Christian Mingle was not, which impacts multiple elements. First, it influences the types of questions asked in each profile. For example, the types of questions used for ChristianCrush were intentionally selected in order to maximize useful information provided for members to make informed choices on who to connect with further. In addition, knowing who the owner of ChristianCrush is and what his credentials are creates a level of safety, trust, and integrity that is missing with Christian Mingle.
A fifth major contrast is ChristianCrush is privately owned and operated, allowing it to provide much quicker response time for customer support and more focus on each profile to ensure it meets high standards for Christian integrity. In contrast, as mentioned above, Christian Mingle is owned by Spark Networks which operates more than 20 various dating sites, resulting in much less individualized care and concern for its members.
A sixth major difference between ChristianCrush and Christian Mingle is ChristianCrush screens every subscribed member through a sex offender registry and Christian Mingle does not. While they can't guarantee the accuracy of their screens or a member's actions beyond their site, ChristianCrush can gaurantee that every member is put through an initial screening process, providing a much safer experience for their users.
A seventh major difference between the two sites is ChristianCrush tithes 10% to local ministries and Christian Mingle does not. Most Christians want to financially support organizations that agree and endorse their Biblical worldview. With ChristianCrush, members have that peace of mind and the added bonus of knowing their financial contribution will be furthering other ministries as well.
Lastly, the eighth major contrast between ChristianCrush and Christian Mingle is that ChristianCrush provides two weeks free to members with 100% complete profiles and Christian Mingle does not. This is advantages for several reasons. First, it allows people to fully experience ChristianCrush free of charge before deciding if they would like to become a subscribed member or not. Also, it provides more opportunities for people to join ChristianCrush who may not be able to afford a subscription fee otherwise.
The following table illustrates some of the major differences between ChristianCrush and Christian Mingle.
ChristianMingle.com® is a registered trademark of Spark Networks USA, LLC
1-Provides a format for Christians to meet one another
2-Allows members to search profiles for free
3-Christian owned and operated
4-Provides video profiles
5-Provides research based personality assessments
6-Site developed by a Christian psychologist
7-Privately run so more individualized customer care
8-Screen every subscribed member for sexual offenses
9-Ten percent tithed to local ministries
10-Two weeks free with 100% completed profile
What's been your experience with ChristianMingle vs ChristianCrush?
"Crush" I Like that They Are Privately Owned, And More Member Honoring Than "Mingle"
I have been a member of both now. I was disappointed with the personality profile you came up with for me. I didn't think it was totally accurate in spite of me answering the questions as honestly as possible. I did like the feature on CM of comparing two different questionnaires to see where there were differences and/or similarities. I like the more biblical worldview here on this site. I was unaware that you screen for sexual offenders but how do we know if the person is officially a member or just taking advantage of your free two week offer?
By on October 23, 2013 @ 6:04pm MT 50
Thanks for the feedback Julie! Regarding the personality assessment, feel free to take it again to see if the results are consistent and/or have someone really close to you fill it out on you to check for consistency or differences. Regarding the sex offender screen we perform, we screen every member who is able to read their messages and reply. For those who sign up with two weeks free, we require a copy of the their driver's license so we can verify their identity and run their name through the sex offender registry we use. Despite our best efforts, it's not fool proof so we always encourage members to investigate members they are getting serious with through http://www.mymatchchecker.com.
By Dr. Wyatt on October 23, 2013 @ 7:10pm MT
This is a very good case made for Christian Crush but unfortunately the subscribers in my part of the country are too few and far between. It will be the best available when it grows larger.
I am ChristianCrush's biggest fan. I will be happy when more men sign up in my area, but I am content to wait. God is in control, right? Also, I really appreciate that Wyatt is very open to suggestions for improvements to the site.
I used to be a CM member, and I will never go back. It always bothered me that it is not owned or run by true Christians. It gives me such peace to know of Wyatt's faith, and his honorable motivation for creating CC. I know he really cares about helping us find a mate the right way, and to help us prepare for marriage.
I also had some serious complaints about CM's billing practices. They ignored the fact that I had canceled automatic rebilling, and took over $70 from my bank account with no warning. That is just NOT cool. If I can't trust them to bill me correctly and honor my preferences, how can I trust them at all? I know I will never have this problem at ChristianCrush.
Hello Ruby....your continued support and encouragement is incredible to me and I always appreciate your kindness and feedback.
By Dr. Wyatt on October 24, 2013 @ 5:41am MT
I was a member of CM and struggled with the fact that it was not owned by a Christian company. When I cancelled my membership, they continued to bill my credit card. I would love to join Christian Crush but there are no members in my area of the country. :(
Thank you....yes, trying to grow our membership is definitely our top priority!
By Dr. Wyatt on October 24, 2013 @ 6:15am MT
This is the first online dating thing I've tried on the internet. I got to say I looked at other ones and they didn't feel right so I kept coming back to ChristianCrush , CC takes care of people and who they are looking out for. CC should win this !!!!!!!!!!!
By on October 24, 2013 @ 9:41am MT 50
Thanks Terbear...glad to hear you feel like we take care of people, which is our goal!
By Dr. Wyatt on October 24, 2013 @ 9:48am MT
It was nice to find the site ...results awaits..My prayers
By on October 25, 2013 @ 1:49pm MT 50
Thank you Herman....I pray you have a God honoring experience.
By Dr. Wyatt on October 25, 2013 @ 8:06pm MT
I really believe in CC and I hope someday you will expand to the province of Quebec because we do not have any christian site for us believers so I pray that you will win this. God bless you.
Thank You.....we hope to eventually move further into Canada...I appreciate your support!
By Dr. Wyatt on November 8, 2013 @ 2:18pm MT
Your site is by far the better. I was pleasantly shocked to receive a personal reply from you when I asked a question regarding privacy. I haven't joined because there weren't any men in my age group near me. I suppose I should rethink this because I am counting on God to bring me a mate and I certainly think He would choose to bring me someone through my church or through a site that honors Him.
Thank you Dancing Bear...I pray God brings you a mate!
By Dr. Wyatt on November 10, 2013 @ 7:58pm MT
Christian Mingle has a lot of very questionable "christians" that are trying to come across as believers. All I have to do is ready one or two answers and it is done! The biggest is one is where do you go to church or a similar question...most of the answers are nowhere!
Thank you for the feedback Mountaingirl46. So glad to hear you were able to meet someone special on Christian Mingle. I pray it goes well for you!
By Dr. Wyatt on November 30, 2013 @ 8:56am MT
I have tried a few different sites and seem to have an easier time finding women of faith here than on other sites. There are a number of other "christian" places like cdff and cafe, but none with the integrity I see here. On a technical note, some of the other places have better fine grained searching abilities, so hopefully that will get better with time, like being able to specify better age based searches, searches filters for height, attendance, children, etc... More links to approved resources, i.e. something Dr. W. would actually recommend rather than ads, would be great also, like good books relating to singleness, dating, relationships, etc...
Thanks Faw Ling 4 U...I really appreciate the feedback from you. One book I'd recommend for singles from a Christian perspective is Boundaries in Dating by Cloud and Townsend...it's great!
By Dr. Wyatt on December 27, 2013 @ 12:45pm MT
I really like this site but I hope that you continue to develop it for larger members as advertised on Christian radio even more and develop a mobile site that can be viewed over an iPhone or android. Also, I have an iPhone and iPad and can't record video since you're using the flash player technology. Could I suggest possibly Microsoft Silverlight? Or could you accept a video uploaded to you via YouTube?
Thanks Rexydog1....I appreciate all of your great ideas. We plan on moving to a responsive design in the future so our site is equally accessible on all devices and platforms. Regarding the video, you can record one on your iphone or ipad (no longer than 30 seconds) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ChristianCrush.com LLC screens every subscribed member for sexual offenses; however, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of our screens or the behavior of our members beyond the site. Please read our safety tips for more information.