Friendliness may be more important than you think.
I used the following from Group Magazine in teaching youth Sunday School yesterday. I think it worthy of reflection. Commenting on a Gallup Poll done for Group Magazine:
A huge finding in the Gallup/Group study is that adults who feel their churches are friendly, and are thus very satisfied with their church, are experiencing spiritual transformation. They have more “firsthand” encounters with God in their lives than folks who go to less-friendly churches.
This startled me. Being a good friend to people, particularly in your church, is important beyond knowing.
That it’s easy to make friends at my new church is one reason I joined, by the way.