Each weekend, 18,000 people gather at one of Eagle Brook Church’s five locations outside St. Paul, Minn., to hear pastors preach family-friendly sermons on avoiding excuses and learning to forgive. Senior Pastor Bob Merritt at the Lino Lakes campus is pictured here. Photo courtesy Eagle Brook Church
(RNS) To stand out in a crowded field -- and attract more members -- churches are hiring some of the estimated 3,000 consultants. But private for-profit entrepreneurs don’t always bring the salvation churches seek.