Often this situation comes from preachers who have known/known of one another for many years.
Believe it or not as critical as I am of churches creating rules for most saints conduct I can see a purpose in dating guild lines.
2nd Corinthians 614 Declares, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? " Verse 15, "And what concord or agreement hath Christ with Belial?
Or what part hath he that believerth with an infidel?
I have never heard about the 'local church only' rule.
However, I do know that many preachers have a list of churches/pastors whom they would recomend their young people taking a mate from.
The first issue we will discuss is where to find that person.
The word of God is very clear that the person you date must come from the faith.
Parents, you will be called upon to act as chaperones, an be postive influcences upon our youth.
I would never let her on a date unless I personally accompanied them, brandishing a 9mm weapon along the way.
Once they were married ANY sign of abuse on his part toward her would be met with total, lethal, and final justice.
These rules are not written to undermine your authority, but to strengthen that authority. We all must realize that even the best and strongest of our youth, when put in bad situations, can find themselves falling into temptation.
These are minimum requirements and you may wish to go beyond them, but that will be your decision. Temptation allowerd to occur over and over again can produce sin.