Religion: Boom Church

It's a far cry from Saône (see above) to San Antonio, but pastoral problems are similar the world over. William Stuart McBirnie, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, doesn't have to resort to high-diving to keep a roof over his congregation's head. But his success has been as notable, in its way, as Father Simon's. Though his church was started only two years ago with 94 members, it now has 929. Trinity Baptist has built a $56,000 fellowship hall, a $6,500 youth building, a $17,500 parsonage and a goo-capacity amphitheater. A $125,000 education building is half-finished. The church itself ($500,000) will be...

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