A Christian Cafe review would be remiss if not to mention BigChurch; of the two, Big Church has a much larger database of members, yet falls short on the religious side of things. (Read the BigChurch review to understand what I’m getting at).
So does that mean Christian Cafe is the way to go if you’re looking for love within your Christian faith? Not really. Or, perhaps maybe – it really depends on your definition of Christianity, and, how much you like the interface and user base. Let’s get right in there to look at our options.
Sign Up Process
Quick and easy, like most of the larger, well-established dating sites. While people that identify as LGBTQ+ cannot sign up, pretty much everyone else can.
Once you’ve verified your account, uploaded a profile photo and user information, you’ll receive a 7 or 10 day free account, which offers you all the benefits and features that paid accounts provide. This includes:
- Unlimited email, form access and instant messaging between members;
- A full viewing of each members’ profile without restrictions;
- The ability to post prayer requests or to read the prayer requests of others;
- A fully-featured search engine that allows a myriad of options such as church denomination and religious interests, geography and hobbies.
When your free trial runs out, you’ll need to pay for one of the membership plans for full access to the site. If you choose to remain an unpaid member, you’ll lose any and all ability to contact other members.
Layout and Features
Every time I visit Christian Cafe, I’m a bit surprised. Their refusal to accept any advertising is a huge bonus, and their safe dating practices feature prominently on every page.
More importantly though, Christian Cafe removes all user profiles that haven’t been accessed in 90 days.
While this might seem annoying, refusing to have old, outdated or duplicate profiles benefits you as a single Christian. Here’s why.
My Dating Profile Can Live Online For How Long?
Most dating sites refuse to purge their databases. After having written over 500 dating site reviews over the span of a decade, I still have profiles all over the place. My old pictures, information and stories still live on more than half of these sites. I can still log in to many of them, and update as needed. Folks looking for love have no idea I’m not active. I’ve even come across my pictures used in marketing materials, 4 years after I logged in last.
So, while other features shared in this Christian Cafe review might really turn you off – let this one benefit your love life. Also, know that if you want to leave the site (because you met someone amazing), and then need to rejoin later, you’ll have to email former [at] christiancafe [dot] com with their details for reinstatement.
Paid memberships cost $29.95 USD for two weeks, $39.95 USD for one month, $59.95 USD for three months, $89.95 USD for six months, or $119.95 USD for one year’s access. Although these fees are a tad high (thus explaining the Cost star allocation in this Christian Cafe review), they are almost on par with the higher-end niche dating sites today.
Want Free Access to Christian Cafe?
One of my favorite features of Christian Cafe? They give five free days access to anyone that refers a friend. Refer two friends, get ten days. It’s that easy.
The Bottom Line On This Christian Cafe Review
Let’s face it: there are a substantial number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered folks that also follow the Christian faith. If you fall into this group, you’ve likely already clicked away. This definitely isn’t the Christian dating site for you.
Otherwise, use that free trial period wisely. Look around and see how many folks in your geographic area sit on the site. Yes, there will be a lot less than at BigChurch. But do you want to connect with folks that share a database with adult-only dating sites? Likely not.
High quality matches? Pay for the service, as little as you think you’ll need to find someone amazing. Don’t? Easy. Just leave it, and your profile will get deleted automatically.
Christian Cafe Review
Cost - 80%
Features - 80%
Layout - 80%
Search - 60%
User Base - 30%