Marriage, Family, and Society

The Point: The Return of the Matchmaker

Should the church play matchmaker? WORLD reports that some singles, because they find the dating landscape so daunting these days, are now turning to professional matchmakers for help, at an average cost of $5,000 to $8,000. For this hefty price, singles can minimize stress while someone else does the job of scanning suitors and setting up dates. But no matter how much you pay, a matchmaker can’t change the cultural backdrop that makes relationships so difficult. Not only are many of us relationally broken by failed families and bruised pasts, there’s the shallowness of social media and the chaos of the pervasive hookup culture. And the places that used to foster relational connections, like churches, family friendships, and neighborhoods, have lost their significance in our lives. This is a tremendous opportunity for people of faith, and in a culture where we want to see more healthy relationships than we do now, maybe the church should consider whether it has a role to make some matches too. For more on faith and culture, come to


John Stonestreet


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