*Being a pastor of a church pays, especially a megachurch. While hundreds of churches across the U.S. have experienced some hardship, along with their congregations, others have apparently prospered.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

“In metro Atlanta and elsewhere, the number of megachurches, which have long been defined as having a weekly attendance of 2,000 or more, are still drawing huge numbers of worshippers and receiving millions of dollars in the collection plate.”

Amazingly, the North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA, has an annual budget of $40 million — only $10.3 million less than the city of Alpharetta.

While some megachurches have hit hard times (the Rev. Robert Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral recently filed for bankruptcy), their leaders have, historically, lived quite well.

Creflo A. Dollar, pastor of Atlanta’s World Changers Church, preaches the “prosperity gospel,” which may or may not bring prosperity to his flock. But it definitely brings prosperity to him.

Read the full story here.