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Atlanta Mega-Church Was Forced To Downsize Easter Service.

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Man hard times are hitting everyone.. New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, annual Easter service was forced to leave the Georgia Dome for the first time in more than 15 years. Bishop Eddie Long said his church revenues were off by about 20 percent from last year, a significant drop...which has forced his ministry to make changes like cutting back on its televised services and focusing more on online streaming to reach more viewers -- and potential donors. Impromptu job fairs have broken out on Sunday morning to connect those able to hire with members looking for work.

Since 1993, the megachurch -- which boasts a 25,000-member congregation that is largely black and mostly middle-class -- has held its annual Easter service at the Dome, attracting crowds of up to 40,000 that have included athletes, entertainers, politicians and entrepreneurs...Sitting governors have been among those in the pews, and candidates for office have also stopped by to w…