NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — On just about any Sunday, as many as 10,000 people may fill the pews of Bishop T.D. Jakes' Dallas-area megachurch. Some believers say he has an uncanny way of connecting with his audience anyway.It takes some help for leaders of the largest megachurches and national ministries to make believers reject the idea that a smaller church is more intimate and personable. A big staff of associate pastors and elders is indispensable.Jakes has 12 associate pastors and numerous elders. But he says he still tries to attend funeral services for members and visit them in the hospital.He says "I take very seriously my responsibility to feed the flock. We ... provide every service that we did when we were still small churches."

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