Pretend that one of the megabillionaires mentioned above lived in your community. To fulfill the pledge, he gave every church in your community a billion dollars. What could your church do with that much money? If all the churches in your community had that kind of money, what do you think would happen?
I intend this not as a fantasy but as a thought experiment. Would it be an unmitigated blessing, or could it do harm to your congregation? (If the church could thrive on an endowment and members didn’t have to contribute anymore, what would that do?) If all the churches decided to get together to end poverty in your town, how might that be done? (Give each poor person a million dollars so he wouldn’t be poor anymore?)