"Hospitality, dialogue, collaboration and partnership are at the heart of establishing deep relationships among people, organizations and our Lord God. As we seek to follow the model of Jesus, we discover the richness that love and sacrifice can bring to the bond of friendship."
I've found so far that friendship is a difficult thing for many Christians to grasp. Of course we're good at creating meaningful relationships among like minded Christians who we can fully relate and help grow spiritually. But we're not so good at friendships among people very different from us, let alone people who are not-yet-Christians.
Here's a question to ask yourself - do you have any meaningful friendships with people who are not Christians? Sometimes I think our call to be "missional" Christians or our call to witness has caused us to create friendships that are fake. Friendships that are created only for the sake of telling people about Jesus. That's important, of course, but I tend to think that doesn't happen if our friendships are built solely around our desire to spread the gospel. It seems there is real value in friendship for the sake of friendship itself.
Here's another question - If you're a conservative evangelical do you have any meaningful friendships with more liberal Christians, and likewise the other way around. Seminary has been a great place for me to meet many people with divergent social, political and theological views. At first I didn't think there would be any reason to build relationships with or understand the views of people who were very much different from me. But now it's just the opposite. I'm realizing that God is working in many ways more than I can comprehend. The friendships we have with people different from us are very important to our own development as Christians. I can't express how thankful I am that God has put people in my life who are very different from the say I am, I am now also different and so are they.