Here’s another example (see also Review
of Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch, ReJesus) of the
disconnection between great missional ideas and a coherent narrative theology.
At the Christian Associates leaders summit in Portugal last
week Mike Frost argued that for Paul the Greek word ekklēsia
would have signified in the first place
of local elders who would be a source of wisdom and good counsel to the
local community. So, for example, if a man had a dispute with his
brother over the division of an inheritance (cf. Luke 12:13-14), the
issue would normally be settled not by an itinerant rabbi (‘Man, who
made me judge or arbitrator over you?’) but by the elders of the
community in lengthy and time-honoured deliberations at the city gates.