Dobson and dating and touching
You probably won't know at this stage how things are going to ultimately turn out regarding marriage (that's why you date), so you need not communicate that right away.But you should know what you're trying to find out and what your intentions are — that is what you, as the man, must be clear about.That's where the following practical suggestions come in.Note the phrase "practical suggestions." These are not sacrosanct biblical principles.From there, you obviously need a response from the woman to know whether or not things will go any further.
This courtship phase is also focused entirely on non-verbal communication.
Ladies, as uncomfortable as this may sound for the guys, you might be in a difficult position here as well, depending on how well you know the man initiating with you. Then I'd ask, have you had any chance at all to see him in group settings, or do you know him by reputation?
If you don't have even information at that level, feel free to tell him that you want some time to think and pray about it (that is, if you're not sure at that point that you're not interested).
In the end, there is no formula and no rote substitute for intellectually honest Christians seeking to care well for one another and to faithfully apply Scripture to infinitely varied relational circumstances.
So with all that said, let's consider how the principle of caring for one another well in the early stages of a relationship might look.