Why is this Expected?
The New Testament church made a habit of being together and building relationships.
Acts 2:41-47 “So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
While you won’t find a specific Bible verse that says “Thou shalt be connected with at least 7 people in the church,” you will find the extensive research and work done in books like “Family-Based Youth Ministry,” “Sticky Faith,” “Clear Choices for Churches,” and “A Sense of Belonging” are all in agreement with this statement:
“Every person consulted in the Yeakley survey who managed to form at least 7 new friendships within the congregation remained faithful. Those who formed fewer than 3 friendships dropped out.” (“A Sense of Belonging” by Norman Bales)
We want to do everything we can to help you make strong connections with God’s people so that you will have a faith that will be sustainable well beyond your teenage years.