Tim Chester has a brief but excellent post on some key differences between the traditional house group/small group and missional communities. Here’s an excerpt:
House groups often tend to be a weekly meeting. People talk about ‘house group night’ – the evening in which they ‘do’ house group by attending a meeting. A missional community is about a shared life, a network of relationships, a genuine community of people.
Does this sound deceptively simple? Read Tim’s distinctions between house groups and missional communities here.