I define it three ways. First, a church of small groups can’t accomplish its mission without groups. Groups are so central to your church’s vision that you couldn’t accomplish it without them. It’s not just a complimentary part of your vision; it’s essential.
Second, small groups are seen as a primary delivery system of the church mission.When the church looks at what God wants to do through it in the community, a church of small groups asks, “How can we do it through small groups?”
Third, small groups are in the DNA of your church’s philosophy of ministry. Your church must have a biblical conviction that groups – and building community – are important.