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Here’s an arresting line about small groups, and it is one that expresses both the frustrations and dreams of many of us: “Instead of doing groups for the sake of experiencing community, groups experience community for the sake of participating in God’s redemption of creation.”
It begins with folks who listen and who are in rhythm with one another and with the community. They have what Boren calls the connection rhythm. Being missional is being relational, and missional groups from personal improvement to lifestyle adjustment to relational revision to missional re-creation.