A study conducted by Lifeway Research found that a majority of people who attend church regularly say they have significant relationships with others at church, but less than half of them say they are intentionally helping other believers grow in their faith The survey identified “building relationships” as a primary attributes of discipleship and then discovered the apparent disconnect because many people are developing new relationships or helping their friends grow spiritually. The research found that attending small groups is the best predictor of building relationships, yet four in ten churchgoers say they never go to small group meetings. Director of Lifeway research, Scott McConnell said, The Bible frames relationships among believers as a proactive investment in other Christians.” He added, “Advertisers know it takes multiple introductions to get someone’s attention. Unfortunately, visitors to church may have to meet six people before someone cares enough to know them.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.
Survey: Many at church not helping others grow, by Rose Rankin, http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=40152, Accessed, April 25, 2013
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV) (24) And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, (25) not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.