Since 2002, the phrase "deep ecclesiology" has gained greater meaning and it is still emerging. I have listed below some usages over the past 3 years. Thanks to those who kept a record and helped this process.
I will NOT be updating the evolution from this point, but include these quotes as a historical record and as a guide to helping us come to something that resembles a definition. In fact, I am hoping that by the end of the series, some of you might come up with some kind of brief definition or at least some key points that would help us land on what we really mean when we use the word.
I start with Brian McLaren's usage, since he has done more than anyone to promote the term and flesh it out in his books and talks. In fact, once I was asked the meaning of "deep ecclesiology" and i replied . . "whatever Brian is saying it is." More people have heard the term from Brian than from me, and Brian's explanation of what I meant when I first said it is probably more influential to its definition than any of my original thoughts. I am not quoting from Brian's books here, [i am still waiting for the publisher to send me one - it must have got lost in the mail] but from an excellent piece that links the phrase into its missional heart: