Young Christian women are having a hard time finding life time mates.
That’s the conclusion of Thomas Hardesty in a recent article in World Magazine, a national Christian publication. Author Mark Regnerus would agree. In a 2009 cover story of Christianity Today Regnerus said, "There just aren't as many serious Christian young men as there are women."
Women for whom religion is important in a relationship find one thing non-negotiable as they search out their Mr. Right: a close relationship with Christ and life that follows those values. Also on the list of important attributes are leadership, responsibility and initiative.
But relationship counselor Julie Nise of Houston, told KTRH, “Hooey.” Nise says she councils many young Christian men looking for soul mates, and says she doesn’t find a shortage of them.
One resource Christians, both male and female, have found is ChristianMingle.com.
“The experience through Christian Mingle is a targeted self-selecting experience,” Ashley Reccord, Community Manager at Christian Mingle.com told KTRH. “”What we have found from our members is that they are joining the site because Christ and faith is central to who they are and the driving force behind what their looking for.”
Greg Belcher, a singles pastor at Hope Community College in North Carolina says churches should do more to encourage and assist young men in stepping up to adult challenges, responsibilities that go beyond watching sports on tv and playing video games. The church calls their twenty-something men’s ministry, “Man Up.”