Matchmakers: Christian group arranges love connections
The prayers of local Christians looking for love have been answered.
Colorado Christian Singles off-ers a service to match up partners based on personality traits, appearance and even denomination.
“I think (singles) should obviously find the partner who’s going to be with them through life,” Mark Gietzen, director of the national Christian Singles Info-exchange in Wichita, Kan., said.
The Colorado organization is a subgroup of the national service, which Gietzen said is the oldest of all nationwide Christian singles groups.
Although the average life span of such groups is two years, four months, the Christian Singles Info-exchange has been in business 15 years.
The Colorado branch has been in business since 1994, and Gietzen would like for its popularity to grow.
“It’s really hard for a nonprofit group to get their name out,” Gietzen said.
Overcoming skepticism also is difficult, he said, because people have been scammed by other such organizations.
“The key is giving people more for their money than they’d expect to get,” he said.
There are three levels of membership: limited, full and unlimited. The price ranges from $25 to $525, with discounts for teenagers and seniors. Membership also can be earned through referrals or volunteer work.
The program has eligibility requirements, however. Interested people must be marriage-minded singles, at least 16 years old and eligible for marriage through their churches.
They must also hold Christian principles, believe in a lifelong commitment to marriage and no sex outside of marriage, share a respect for all human beings and treat others courteously.
After meeting the requirements, mem-bers have access to others’ profiles and others can see theirs. The group makes matches through the mail and posts no personal information online for confidentiality reasons.
Membership is not time-restrictive; participants can keep their “active” status for as long as it takes to find the right person for them.
“We’re with them until they find their partner,” Gietzen said.
So far, they have documented 210 successful matches that resulted marriage, and those are just the ones that have brought back wedding photos and announcements.
Gietzen thinks the national divorce rate is on the decline because couples are becoming more compatible because of services such as his.
“It’s better to go through a group like this than meeting by random chance,” he said.
His organization matches the Christian values of its participants, and Gietzen said that’s key to arranging long-term relationships.
“If they find someone with whom they are truly companionable, they’re going to be happy with them the rest of their lives,” he said.
For more information, call 800-869-2500 or visit http://www.christian-singles.org.
Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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