Key to making missional communities work well is a shared life. This is surely at the heart of New Testament Christianity. It is also about sharing our lives together. Doing ordinary life together. Having our lives intersect.
That requires a certain size. We’re talking about 10, 20, 30 people. You can’t share your life with 100, 200, 300 people. This is one reason (there are other reasons) why one of our values in TCH is ‘growing churches by planting churches’. Church becomes a network of smaller communities.
But we are not talking about house groups or small groups or home groups as those are commonly conceived. Please get that idea out of your head. We are talking about something radically different. Home groups are usually a meeting. You have ‘home group night’. It’s an event. We are talking about a community of people who share life together.
Do not think of structures. Don’t think it’s enough to have small groups which are part of a larger group. It’s about developing a radically different culture. So small groups matter, but having small groups is not enough. We are talking about a shared life – not just a small group meeting.