Berean Baptist Church: No. 10 Fastest-Growing Church, 2017

“A gospel renewal—lives transformed by the gospel: That’s how I would summarize what we’ve experienced,” says Lead Pastor Wes Feltner. “Our people have been awakened afresh to the beauty of Jesus and the real-life significance of what Jesus has done for us through the cross and resurrection.

“The gospel has moved from ‘a message we believe’ to a ‘life we’ve been called to live.’ This renewal has captured the affections of our people and attracted those who’ve become disengaged with church. Because of this renewal, we have a culture at our church where ‘it is OK to not be OK.’ People come with real struggles, ready for real hope that can only be found in the gospel of Jesus.

“We didn’t sit down in a room and put together a strategic plan for growth. Growth happened, and we are being strategic in our planning to steward that growth. We boldly preach the gospel and call people into congregational worship (gather), emphasize a holistic approach to family ministry and biblical literacy (grow), and call people to live sacrificially (give)—in order to make an impact in the lives of others locally and globally (go). That’s what we do for the purpose of seeing lives transformed by the power of the gospel.”

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Burnsville, Minnesota
Senior Pastor: Wes Feltner
Twitter: @WesFeltner@BereanMN
Facebook: /BereanBaptistMN
Founded: 1963
Affiliation: Baptist
Locations: 2
Attendance: 2,637
Growth in 2016: +669 (34%)
Fastest Growing: 10