I was recently talking with a man who travels frequently and preaches at many churches. He made the comment of how at many churches, he slides to the back afterwards to shake the hands of people as they leave. He said that it is usually an assembly line from his handshake to the parking lot, where people immediately leave. He was commenting how different this was than at his home church, where people hang around for quite a long time afterwards. This, by the way, has been our experience at Rock Valley Bible Church. I frequently don’t leave church until an hour an a half after our services end.
This is totally unscientific, but I wonder if a helpful measurement to the quality of a church is the length of time that people remain after the services on Sunday. At any rate, it would be a helpful indication of the love the congregation has for one another.