Thousands of Christian singles woke up Saturday to the unexpected news that their dating site of choice will soon be no more.
Although admitting that their niche target group has always been Christians between the ages of 18 and 35, SPARK Networks, which owns ChristianMingle, says that it has paired up thousands of believers of every age, ethnicity, and economic background. ChristianMingle's official Mission Statement is as follows:
"ChristianMingle's mission is to serve as the premier online community for singles looking to date, make meaningful connections and marry within the Christian faith. Our deepest desire is to see our members grow in their relationship with Christ while living out their spiritual journeys.
ChristianMingle is continually committed to providing a destination filled with millions of Christian singles united in building a safe, clean, high quality community while bringing glory to Christ Jesus."
In the last year, ChristianMingle has even coughed up the necessary funds for mediocre television advertisements.
However on Saturday morning, CEO Kory Simpson announced that ChristianMingle will cease to exist on New Years Eve, "giving the millions of people who use our service time to find another dating website."
According to Simpson, who has been with the company for 7 years, the problem began approximately 2 years ago when they were approached by a high-profile client - God himself. "As an executive we are committed to actively praying before our meetings each morning, and several of us began to feel 'the call from God' to find Him a match," said Simpson." "At first each of us deeply questioned our judgment, but when we gathered to discuss our prayer lives, each of us revealed the same thing - that God was looking for a mate. We had read in Genesis 2:18 that God said, 'It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner,' so gradually it made sense that God too could become lonely and want to settle down with someone as well."
ChristianMingle's main tagline is "Find God's Match For You." The only problem was, no one at ChristianMingle could find a match for God. "We found his criteria to be too idealistic and frankly, all over the place," says Franklin Thomas, a board member with the company for 5 years. "At times his profile seemed too idealistic and too rigid, frankly even exhibiting violent tendencies. But then, just like that, he seemed open and loving and genuinely kind-hearted. In the end, after 2 years of trying, we had to break the news to God that he would have to try another site such as Plenty of Fish or okCupid."
With ChristianMingle's failure to find God his perfect match, Simpson and the others "have become disillusioned and think it best to shut down the service."
ChristianMingle will cease to exist on December 31, 2013.
With Notes From Our Oklahoma City Bureau