I have to call foul on this from Mark Driscoll, and it is not because of foul language: Big Teams Need Smaller Teams Within the Team...
Lesson #8: Big teams need a smaller team within the team
Mars Hill Church is a big team. Ten campuses, a couple dozen services, forty-something elders and growing. I don't know how many hundreds of deacons, hundreds of community group leaders. There are a lot of big teams that need smaller teams within the teams.
Jesus has the seventy. They're mentioned as a number in the Bible. There are twelve that he's appointing as apostles, and within that team he's got Peter, Andrew, James, and John. Peter's the senior leader, but the inner team of leaders is Peter, Andrew, James, and John. They're listed together. They get special access to Jesus. They get special training from Jesus, and they make certain decisions that others don't get to make. So big teams need teams within the teams.
Is he really comparing the Mars Hill organization and hierarchy to the twelve apostles and the seventy who were sent out? I can't imagine he is but boy it sure sounds that way. It is always appropriate to be extraordinarily cautious when reading your tradition or organization or preference back into the pages of the New Testament.