Forty five (45) student leaders in a campus based ministry were asked to finish this sentence, "The one thing I most want from a church is...."
There were several different answers but there was one clear number one...they said it in different phrases, but it was clearly family, loving community. Belonging with and being involved with people that knew and cared for them was it.
Second was "a place to serve" as several phrased it.
Third was good sermons.
None...not one mentioned music. Again, I don't know if that is simply a given or if that tide has changed or we have way over-rated the music issue. I personally believe music and worship style is very important, but it is not the single driving force that some believe that it is.
Want it simple? Students want to go where they are known and loved.