Lino Lakes megachurch wants to expand...

Lino Lakes megachurch wants to expand to Woodbury, Blaine sites

There are 89 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Dec 13, 2009, titled Lino Lakes megachurch wants to expand to Woodbury, Blaine sites. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

To the list of biblical miracles, add this one. Minnesota's largest church is poised to become the second-largest in the country - thanks to new satellite megachurches planned for Woodbury and Blaine.

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JUB

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Dec 13, 2009
A wonderful church to call home.

Since: Sep 08

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Dec 14, 2009
banks and churches..the only businessses to prosper these days
Dean Skinner

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Dec 14, 2009
In cases like this, it's hard to tell the two apart.
allbymyself

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Dec 14, 2009
Community is important. But mega churches that are in it for profit and do not contribute taxes to society are nothing but businesses.
H2O Footer

Denver, CO

#7 Dec 14, 2009
I agree with JUB. The rest of you who are bashing Eagle Brook Church, how many of you have actually attended a service there? I think you checked it out, you would see that it is a special place like no other church you have ever attended. I hope you decide to at least check it out once before casting judgement or making generalizations.
WBLaker

Lakeville, MN

#8 Dec 14, 2009
It seems inappropriate for the Pioneer Press to dub this a "Biblical miracle". White Bear Lake is not a "spinoff" site. White Bear Lake was the original site.
Dean Skinner

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Dec 14, 2009
Since it appears they are based in the Baptist tradition and I enjoy dancing, I don't see a need to attend.

It looks like the usual megachurch to me. Massive staff, multiple campuses, a dedicated careers page on the company website, and even though you're worshiping with thousands of others every week, we'll make sure you're part of a 'small group' so you get that warm, squishy feeling that you really belong. Very Rick Warren-looking.

Cookie Cutter Corporate Christianity appeals to a lot of people. I'm not one of them.
Vikings Fan

Rochester, MN

#10 Dec 14, 2009
So is this were all of the Lutheran ELCA members went too after they ordained a gay bishop? Just wondering.
EBCer and Loving It

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Dec 14, 2009
I've attended EBC for 10 years. I've seen it grow from about 2500 to 12,000 attending on a weekend. I will tell you this much, this church is reaching people. I'll also say that the senior pastor is about as frugal as they come, and it's about stewarding the money to reach people for Christ in this increasingly disinterested, disenfranchised with Christ's message world--and also giving to the poor in the world. AND, their Eagle Brook Association is helping other churches to be effective--small ones that might be more your bag. But, when life gets tough, or it all seems a little empty, this church is bringing a big focus to real life. If it's not for you, fine, but don't make sweeping judgments unless you've come a couple times. These guys are the real thing.
Brent Jeffries

United States

#12 Dec 14, 2009
Hey, Mr. Skinner. Why don't you just check out Eagle Brook on-line sometime? You can do this from the comfort of your own home, and you can even dance while you're watching.

Since: Sep 08

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Dec 14, 2009
EBCer and Loving It wrote:
I've attended EBC for 10 years. I've seen it grow from about 2500 to 12,000 attending on a weekend. I will tell you this much, this church is reaching people. I'll also say that the senior pastor is about as frugal as they come, and it's about stewarding the money to reach people for Christ in this increasingly disinterested, disenfranchised with Christ's message world--and also giving to the poor in the world. AND, their Eagle Brook Association is helping other churches to be effective--small ones that might be more your bag. But, when life gets tough, or it all seems a little empty, this church is bringing a big focus to real life. If it's not for you, fine, but don't make sweeping judgments unless you've come a couple times. These guys are the real thing.
20 years ago Jim Baker and Jimmy Swaggert were the "real" thing too
Storm Front

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Dec 14, 2009
Praise Jesus!!! He did one heck of a job on my roof.
Tax em

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Dec 15, 2009
So 30,000 people, a couple of bucks in the offering plate every week. Do the math. Why don't these businesses pay taxes? Tax the churches and we could probably wipe out our state debt if not national debt.

30,000 people that can't think for themselves.

Since: Sep 08

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Dec 15, 2009
Tax em wrote:
So 30,000 people, a couple of bucks in the offering plate every week. Do the math. Why don't these businesses pay taxes? Tax the churches and we could probably wipe out our state debt if not national debt.
30,000 people that can't think for themselves.
amen..i agree completely
BearManNorth

AOL

#19 Dec 15, 2009
But of course the chuch wants to get a spot in Woodbury, it`s an easier access to money, which as we all know, is what those types of churches are really all about anyway. I wonder if their lord Jesus would still be throwing out the money changers if he were alive today? Naw...he`d be out there collecting his cut, do ya think?
BearManNorth

AOL

#20 Dec 15, 2009
Tax em wrote:
So 30,000 people, a couple of bucks in the offering plate every week. Do the math. Why don't these businesses pay taxes? Tax the churches and we could probably wipe out our state debt if not national debt.
30,000 people that can't think for themselves.
I also agree...100%.
Maplewood1

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Dec 15, 2009
Anyone who thinks that this church is in it for the money needs to see the senior pastor's car (an old Chevy Blazer) and tv (a small old beat up box set).

Trust me, nobody's making exorbitant amounts of money.

Also, I wish paper's would stop saying things about "no bibles". Obviously we believe the bible is God's word and people are encouraged to bring their own as well as read it daily.
ChadJ

Saint Paul, MN

#22 Dec 15, 2009
oxboro wrote:
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amen..i agree completely
Because we do not pay enough taxes already. I'm sure if we did tax churches GM,Citi,Chase,Chysler would gladly take a cut. Let's worry about where our money is being wasted right now.
Annie

Minneapolis, MN

#23 Dec 15, 2009
As someone who attends Eagle Brook, I wanted to comment on a few things mentioned in the article:

1) The purpose of our expansion is that there is currently overcrowding at all of our campuses, especially Spring Lake Park (which is by Blaine). At our current growth rate, we will soon be turning people away and in some cases have had to do that already because services were full. We have large populations of attenders in Blaine & Woodbury, so moving in those directions makes sense for us - that and 70% of the Twin Cities is unchurched.

2) We are a baptist church, but do appeal to folks from a variety of denominational backgrounds.

3) We also do have crosses in each of our churches.

4) While our methods change, the message remains the same. Learn more at eaglebrookchurch.com .
ChadJ

Saint Paul, MN

#24 Dec 15, 2009
We should go back to when the service was performed at a home. There are plenty of cheaper options than a $25,000,000 campus. That amount of money could do a lot of good in the community. The sign outside of this chuch should read Eagle Brook, INC.

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