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Big money doesn't have to mean big problems.

All churches experience the mixed blessing of big givers. In some churches, the person may own the local parts store, or twelve hundred acres of wheat; in others, the person may be vice president of an oil company. In some churches, a person wields power by donating thousands; in others, it may be millions. The amounts vary. The dynamics do not.

How do you treat those who contribute more than others? Michael Tucker, who pastors a church that came into being through large donations, discusses the peculiar factors.

Bethany Community Church exploded into existence. Four families, during the summer of 1977, decided there was a need for a church in this part of the Phoenix metropolitan area. One family donated ten acres of land, and in 120 days the church opened.

That Sunday a full-time pastor welcomed worshipers to a six-hundred-seat sanctuary, educational rooms, fellowship areas, a nursery, offices, and a gym-in all, twenty-nine thousand square feet of buildings linked by manicured lawns and ...

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