Christian Chronicle

Uncle Sam helped congregations, Christian universities meet payroll

Thousands of church and faith-based higher ed jobs were retained through the federal Payroll Protection Program.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

At least 47 Churches of Christ across the nation received loans of $150,000 or more through the federal government’s coronavirus relief bill, a Christian Chronicle analysis found.

In all, those Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act loans amounted to at least $9,450,000 — and as much as $23 million — for Churches of Christ, according to a list released this week by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the passage of the $670 billion Payroll Protection Plan — which was designed to avert mass layoffs by the nation’s small businesses.

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Roughly 1,900 jobs, from ministry staff to daycare workers, were retained by the Churches of Christ listed. However, the federal data did not cite specific numbers for a few congregations that received funds. 

Also, the names of loan recipients, including churches, that received less than $150,000 were not released. Those unidentified recipients comprise more than 80 percent of the total loans.

Meanwhile, at least 10 higher education institutions associated with Churches of Christ got loans. 

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This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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