News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Jason Hutchens - Flickr
UK News

Majority of Church leaders encourage dating services

The research by friendsfirst, the UK's largest Christian 'offline' dating service, found 77% of leaders support the use of dating services to find love.

It also found that there was still a strong feeling that Christians should only date other Christians, not have one night stands and no sex before marriage.

Relationships with a non-Christian were found to be the chief reason for Christian singles leaving the church [45%], rather than loss of faith [26%], or disagreements over theology [20%].

Katharine Gray, Director of friendsfirst, said: "This problem is not just about single people. It's a more extensive problem that if left unchecked will lead to thousands of singles turning their back on the church.

"The desire for a partner is core to the human condition and rather than trusting just to prayer and fate, the church must acknowledge that singles need support and encouragement to address what can be a sensitive issue."

The survey released to coincide with Valentine's Day also showed that in an average church, single men make up less than 10% of the congregation.

But single women make up on average 25% of a congregation.

It was also found that half of church leaders had never preached on the issues of dating, abstinence and authentic masculinity.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £8 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £8 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.