How Eagle Brook Became The Biggest Church In Minnesota



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More than 20,000 attend services each weekend, Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield reports (4:51). WCCO 4 News At 10 – April 17, 2017

METRO, IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT SIGNING UP, E MAIL BY GOING TO WCCO.COM LAEGS LINKS. YOORELIGION IS EREVOLVING– RELIGION IS EVOLVING IN MINNESOTA. THOSE WHO ATTEND CHURCH DROPPED 4%. THOSE IN MINNESOTA WHO SAY THEY DON'T BELIEVE IN GOD TRIPLED IN THE LAST DECADE. THIS CHURCH IS EXPLODING. EAGLE BROOM IS THE LARGEST– BROOK IS THE LARGEST CHURCH IN MINNESOTA WITH MORE THAN 20,000 ATTENDING EACH WEEKEND. THERE WERE 48,000 ON CHRISTMAS ALONE. THEY HAVE SIX CAMPUSES ACROSS THE METRO. JUST THREE WEEKS AGO, THEY OPENED A NEW ONE IN ANOKA. SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD HAS MORE ON HOW IT HAS MINNESOTANS SHOWING UP. ♪ ♪ CHURCHES CAN BE SO WEIRD. WE TRY TO REDUCE THE WEIRD FACTOR. WELCOME, EVERYBODY. Reporter: IT MAY NOT BE WEIRD BUT EAGLE BROOK CHURCH IS CERTAINLY UNIQUE. FROM THE PARKING LOT, TO THE COFFEE HOP AND THE LOBBY, AND THE INTERACTIVE KIDS PROGRAMS. THEY OFFER A VISITOR FRIENDLY EXPERIENCE. WHAT WE HAVE TRIED TO DO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE ANYBODY CAN COME IN TO AND FEEL COMFORTABLE. Reporter: NOTICE THERE ARE NO PEWS HERE AT EAGLE BROOK. NOR WILL YOU FIND ANY STAINED GLASS OR CHOIR ROBES, BUT THERE ARE LOTS OF BLUE JEANS. NOT A SUIT AND TIE PLACE. Reporter: ONE OF MORE THAN 20,000 WHO FINDS COMFORT IN EAGLE BROOK CHURCH. ♪ Reporter: A LIFE-LONG ADDICT, SAID HE FOUND FAITH IN SOBRIETY. COMING HERE, ALL THAT CHANGED. I FELT LIKE I BELONGED, INSTANTLY LOVED, CARED FOR. I DID NOT FEEL JUDGED, NOT AT ALL. Reporter: CHURCH GREETER, STELTEN, HAD A DIFFERENT BACK STORY. MOST OF MY ADULT LIFE I HAD NOT ATTENDED CHURCH, EXCEPT MAYBE THE HOLIDAYS. Reporter: SHELLY WAS RAISED LUTHERAN. LUTHERANS AND CATHOLICS MAKE UP MOST OF MINNESOTA'S FAITH POPULATION, EAGLE BROOK IS BAPTIST IN ORIGIN. THE FIRST MESSAGE I HEARD WHEN I WALKED IN, I FELT LIKE I WAS THE ONLY PERSON IN THE ROOM. Reporter: A THRIVING ENVIRONMENT, THAT CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF THIS RELIGION PROFESSOR. BRING STUDENTS AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT IS ATTRACTIVE ABOUT IT, THE TRAPPINGS OF A RELIGIOUS SEEM TO BE MISSING, IT IS LESS FORMAL. 92 EVEN THOUGH– Reporter: THE MOST UNCONRENGZAL PART– 92 I WASN'T GUILTY Reporter: THE WAY THE SERMON IS DELIVERED. OUR SPEAKING IS LIVE, THE SPEAKING IS SIMULCAST TO FIVE CAMPUSES. Reporter: SELF PROCLAIMED INTROVERT, BOB IS THE LEAD PASTOR, MUSIC VARIES CAMPUS TO CAMPUS AND YOU WILL NOTICE THERE ARE NO ORGANS IN SIGHT. THIS IS KIND OF LIKE ROCK AND ROLL. NOT EVERYBODY LIKES IT. AND THAT IS OKAY, WE ARE TRYING TO HIT THE 80%. Reporter: HE SAID IT IS MUSIC PEOPLE CAN RELATE TO. RELATEABILITY IS WHAT MERIT, WHO HAS BEEN AT THE CHURCH SINCE 1981, IS ALL ABOUT. WHEN I FAILED AT PREACHING CLASS, STRUGGLED IN THE MARRIAGE EARLY ON, THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT MAY ME STRONGER, WISER, MORE CAPABLE. ALL I NEED TO DO IS TALK ABOUT MY OWN WEAKNESSES AND FAILURES AND BLUNDERS IN LIFE AND I CAN ADD SOME HUMOR AROUND THAT, PEOPLE ARE IN THEIR SEATS DOING THIS, YEP, YEP, THAT IS ME. Reporter: HE SPENDS MORE THAN 30 HOURS ON EACH 30-MINUTE MESSAGE. THE MESSAGES WILL POST ONLINE, THEY HAVE VIEWERS IN 50 STATES, SOON THANKS TO $5 MILLION IN DONATIONS, THEY WILL STREAM LIVE TO THE WORLD ON SUNDAYS. I THINK IT IS A SIN FOR PEOPLE TO COME INTO A CHURCH AND BE BORED. I DON'T MEAN THEY SHOULD BE ENTERTAINED. I THING GOD'S WORD IS THE MOST COMPELLING THING ON THE PLANET. Reporter: THIS AUDIENCE IS CAPTIVE, AND WITH 240 STAFF MEMBERS AND 27 WEEKLY SERVICES… HAVE A GREAT DAY, EVERYBODY, GOD BLESS YOU. Reporter:… THE AUDIENCE IS GROWING, BUT THAT, MERIT SAYS, IS AIDE NOTE. 92 NOT– IS A SIDE NOTE. NOT ABOUT BEING BIG. Reporter: SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD, WCCO 4 NEWS. EAGLE BROOK BROKE ALL-TIME ATTENDANCE RECORD OVER EASTER,