7.17.2012

Urban Churches Are a Great Place to Make Friends

Here's another reason to join my church (or any other urban congregation): it's the ideal setting for making friends.

Friendship is, of course, an important part of everyone's life.  And the more and better friends you have, the happier you will be.  Well, according to a recent New York Times article, while it's harder to make friends the older you get, experts agree that there are three things you need in order to make friends: "Proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other."

Sounds like an urban church to me!  In urban settings, it is possible for congregants to live physically close to one another, and to bump into each other outside of formal church functions (on the sidewalks, at the grocery store, in the park).  And good churches foster, both in bigger (worship services) and smaller (small group Bible studies and in-home social gatherings) settings, opportunities to share intimately with one another.

Seeking truth, redemption, and relationship with God are obviously impetuses for getting involved in a church in a city near you.  Just remember that so is making friends.




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