The FOX 5 I-Team has learned that Bishop Eddie Long’s church is laying off employees and cutting staff salaries. Church officials blame it on the economy, while our church sources point to a drop in attendance.

Internal church records, obtained by the FOX 5 I-Team show that New Birth Missionary Baptist Church collected nearly $20 million last year with more than a million dedicated specifically for Bishop Long.

That million dollar plus collected in appreciation for Bishop Long is called a love offering.

The church says it went into the general operating fund along with another $18 million last year.

Now, the church staff is facing pay cuts.

When Bishop Eddie Long spoke at his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in the past, his 10,000-member congregation was often packed to the rafters and financial contributions flowed freely. But church sources say attendance is down, now forcing the church to make dramatic cutbacks.

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