New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, the Atlanta church led by Bishop Eddie Long, will be opening up two satellite locations. This leads you think about one thing. Should a man that has had questionable actions continue to branch out? Is this ministry or egotism?
The appointment of Darius Wise as the senior pastor of New Birth Denver, the latest satellite church location of Bishop Eddie Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church was announced in April. Today, a new branch was announced for Birmingham. The church is called New Birth Birmingham.
Long told his congregation yesterday that the mega-church recently received its certified audit back from 2010 and 2009. He didn’t explain why the audit was conducted. “All your money’s being done right and being calculated right,” he said. He then requested members of the congregation who could make $500 or $1,000 donations to give those seed offerings.
Reverend Wise has said, “Over the last 20 years, the church’s reach has extended throughout the globe. We are so excited and grateful to God that we see a door and an opportunity opening in Denver, Colorado,” There is already a website and Facebook page for New Birth Denver. The website shows that Vision meetings for the church will be held on August 20, 24, and 31, 2011, in Aurora, Colo. Discipleship groups will launch in September. The expansion of New Birth in Denver comes as Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth are reeling from a sexual misconduct scandal.
Last week, a settlement in the case between Long and his four accusers was reached and the lawsuits were dismissed. In the lawsuits, four young men accused the bishop of using his position and lavish gifts to coerce them into sexual relationships.