Yeah, it’s clearer for me, too. I really do my thinking through my writing, and until I’ve written it, I really haven’t thought it through.

As for teachers and assessments, I think that both contractual and covenantal communities allow for various roles, though I suspect the interactions change as we shift from a more legalistic tone to a more affectionate tone. I’ll follow up with D&G for something to read, but as far as I know, they don’t talk about covenants as such.