"Theology is a junior partner in a conversation brought into being by God. This conversation creates and sustains a community. By speaking gently to it, God brings the world up to be his creature and a partner in conversation with him. He intends to make the world competent to participate freely in the speech and conversation that brings it into being. The church is the event in which God is heard, and the first community brought into being by this conversation."
(Douglas H. Knight, The Eschatology Economy, p.1. Emphasis mine.)
I like the way this is put out. The church as a conversing happenstance. It is something that happened and still happening. When the believing community converses and hears God, that's when the community assumes its destined identity, becoming what it was meant to be: the church.