Courtship may be completely omitted, as in cases of some arranged marriages where the couple do not meet before the wedding.

Courting is pursuing another Christian to become equally yoked and preserving sex for marriage alone.

In contrast, dating is pursuing non-believers and including sex in your relationship before marriage.

Courting is the experience of developing a deep relationship with someone, with a view to seeing if marriage is right for the couple, without the complexity of sexual intimacy being part of that relationship.

Enabling each to find out everything about each other, developing unconditional love and trust, with out rushing things, to decide if this really is the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.

The average duration of courtship varies considerably throughout the world.

Furthermore, there is vast individual variation between couples.

As Michelle pointed out, “love is in the air” in the Duggar household this spring.

Rule 1: Courting is not dating; it’s “dating with a purpose.” There are two main distinctions that make dating different than courting, says Jim Bob.

"Courting" is the theme on the new season of TLC’s hit reality show "19 Kids and Counting," which stars the Duggar family and premieres tonight.

Two Duggar daughters – Jessa, 20, and Jill, 22 – begin relationships with their respective beaus, Ben Seewald, 18, and Derick Dillard, 25.

Often, these courtships led to successful marriages that lasted lifelong.