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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