Church Receives $17 Million Donation

A cool story from this week’s Ministry Briefing about a remarkable gift to Eagle Brook Church:

With 22,000 in worship each weekend at it’s 6 locations, Eagle Brook Church is already Minnesota’s largest church, who knows what they can do with a new 17 million dollar gift from a single donor? Pastor Bob Merritt, who could not be reached for comment, has hinted that it will go to pay off the mortgages on some of their campuses.

Source: TwinCities.com

Why does this matter for church leaders?

I am always intrigued by stories of parishioners leveraging their resources for the work of the Kingdom. Eagle Brook is Minnesota’s largest church with six campus and about 22,000 people worshiping there weekly. This gift is the largest single gift given to a church in 2015 and is the result of a conversation that began over a meal shared in 2011. Bob Merritt shared in a recent sermon:

“I began my pitch, and halfway through I thought I heard him say, ‘Bob, forget about that,’ ” Merritt said. “He said, ‘I am going to pay off the Lino Lakes debt.'”

While not every lunch conversation will result in a gift of $17 million, there is something to said for being intentional about having these kinds of conversations, and encouraging people to be generous with what God has entrusted them with.

How do YOU encourage generosity within the congregation?

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About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through MinistryBriefing.com and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.