- Honeymoon-- everything is wonderful and beautiful.
- Crisis--conflicts, disagreements, or problems with difficult people. This can cause the church to self-destruct unless they are able to move on to the next season.
- The cross--people in the group are able and willing to take their life and issues to the cross and die to self in the area that is being challenged.
- Tested Body life--real community is experienced (at least for a while).
My comment or "take" is that we usually have a hard time ending an ecclesia or personally leaving an Ecclesia. Usually, the problem is more that these go on too long and become stagnant or ingrown or "rocking-chaired", meaning that it's a group of saints that are happy to just sit and rock, smiling and loving, but kind of boring. I must give credit to this rocking chair word-picture to Steve Sjogren.