McClatchy Newspapers Online | After coronavirus empties parishioners’ pockets, churches get a government boost

Since the coronavirus pandemic forced his church’s doors to shutter and confined his congregants to their homes, Dexter Easley, the pastor of the New Life Christian Fellowship in Goose Creek, South Carolina, has been overseeing deliveries of food and cleaning materials to families in the community.

At the same time, he has been doing everything to keep his eight employees on the payroll and said he’s prepared to reach into his own pocket if necessary to avoid furloughs.

A new, $350 billion fund could now allow him to keep paying staff as revenue dries up and resources grow more scarce.