WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The term Ekklesia is not found in most vocabularies. It has a strange sound to our American ears. That's because the word Ekklesia (Ek-klay-see'-ah) is the Greek word for "Church". Properly translated it means: 'the assembly of those that are called out'. (For more detailed information including proper pronunciation, click here.) Unfortunately, in today’s society, the term "church" has come to mean a building or a place where you “go” to worship or be social with "good people". We chose the term "Ekklesia" to remind us that the church is not a place... it's a living breathing assembly of Christ-following individuals. An Ekklesia then is a gathering of people with a shared belief or a common identity. In New Testament times the early believers used this word to refer to their gatherings. Later, Ekklesia would be used to describe all the believers of a particular area, i.e., the Ekklesia of Ephesus, Corinth, or Rome. Ekklesia has also been used to describe the global community of Christians — the Ekklesia Universal. No matter how the term is used it NEVER refers to the building because the "CHURCH" is the people not the facility.