FOLLOWING THE successful 2014 launch of Dates4Us – a dating website for black and mixed race singles in the UK – the company recently branched out with Christian Dates4Us; a new avenue dedicated to black and mixed race Christian singles in Britain."With thousands of black Christians living in the UK – many of whom are single – launching an online dating site specifically for this community made perfect sense," says company founder Leon James.Being British, meeting in a social environment, it's not the first thing that they would talk about."People in the church are often quite different in their beliefs and style of worship and that tends to matter quite a bit.
Recognising the challenges many Christians – particularly black Christians ¬– face when it comes to finding love was key in launching Christian Dates4Us."If you are from a charismatic tradition, then you won't feel comfortable with a very high Anglo-Catholic approach."We encourage members to talk about their moral values and the spiritual aspects of their lives, including their favourite Bible verses.It is something that secular sites rarely bother to do effectively and appropriately."We know from both research and the experiences of family and friends that finding a relationship can be challenging for Christians," says James."The desire to find a partner who shares your faith is one thing.This is not just a business for us; it’s what gets us up each and every day.