It Takes a Church
|It Takes a Church|
|Presented by||Natalie Grant|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Production company(s)||Authentic Entertainment|
|Original release||June 5, 2014– present|
It Takes a Church is an American dating reality game show hosted by Natalie Grant and broadcast by Game Show Network. The show travels to multiple churches across the country looking for single members of congregations looking for a partner. The congregation of the church is primarily in charge of looking at potential daters and judging which one would be the best match. The first season, sponsored by Christian Mingle, began airing on June 5, 2014. The series has since been renewed for a second season, which began airing March 26, 2015.
The series travels to various churches and congregations to have a single, unsuspecting member of the church presented with potential suitors. The congregation and pastor also assist in determining which suitor is the right match for the selected church member. The suitors who are not selected receive a free, one-year membership to the online dating website Christian Mingle.
GSN first announced the show in their upfront presentation on April 9, 2013. The network then ordered eight episodes on December 17, the first of which premiered on June 5, 2014. During the first season, the series was also sponsored by Christian Mingle. On August 21, 2014, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered March 26, 2015.
It Takes a Church has received mixed reviews from critics. Tom Conroy of Media Life Magazine enjoyed the premiere episode, arguing that viewers would say "Amen!" to the show and that it may even attract a secular audience. Contrastly, Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times called the series "utterly frivolous," and called into question the "state of America's spiritual health" after watching an episode. Genzlinger also argued that the show was a not much more than a "desperate" effort to find something the conservative Christian audience will watch.
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- Conroy, Tom (June 4, 2014). "It Takes a Church, answered prayers". Media Life Magazine. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
- Genzlinger, Neil (June 4, 2014). "Seek and Ye Shall Find a Hottie". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved October 3, 2014.