Added to that, many single Christians have given up on church altogether as they feel alienated from it.
Interestingly, other traditional ways of meeting partners – work, college, family, school, neighbours – are also in deep decline.
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Statistics are hard to come by in the UK, but in the US, the percentage of people who met their husband or wife in church has dropped from 15% in 1940 to less than 2% today.
In the UK, the church landscape is largely characterised by small churches that have little regular contact with other Christian communities, so people just aren’t getting the opportunities to meet potential partners.
However, most clergy have little personal experience of dating websites (although we do know some who’ve met their spouses online), so may struggle when a member of their congregation asks for advice. These are all questions you may find yourself facing in a church in which singleness is on the rise.
Is it acceptable for a Christian to search for a partner online? Much as we’d like to imagine people are able to meet their future spouses in church, for most people today, that just isn’t happening.
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