Detroit—March 30, 2020—Daniel P. Dalton, a religious property attorney, co-founder of Detroit-based Dalton + Tomich, and author of a new eBook about protocols for the United Methodist Church separation entitled, What the Proposed UMC Separation Means for Your Church, says the CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, presents unprecedented financial relief to faith-based organizations and their employees, nonprofits and small businesses, with approximately $349B set aside for this purpose.
“COVID 19 has brought churches to their knees for a different reason, closing ministries and non-profit service arms and hurting their ability to function at a time when they are most needed,” Dalton said. “Under the new CARES Act, faith communities now have never before available financial resources from the government, including unemployment for their employees who have been laid off or permanently displaced.”
Key components of the CARES Act as it relates to churches and other faith-based organizations:
retain workers and maintain payroll, or make mortgage, lease, and utility payments.
average FTEs per month in 2020 from February 15, 2020-June 30, 2020 divided by
average FTEs per month in 2019 from February 15, 2019-June 30, 2019 to determine the amount of the total loan that will be required to pay back
Dalton notes that the relief from the CARES Act comes at a time when the nation may be on the cusp of the greatest evangelical movement in more than 50 years.
“As with September 11, once this crisis is over, it is expected there will be renewed interest in one’s faith, with people returning to -or seeking out – a church or faith-based organization at numbers we haven’t seen in generations,” Dalton said. “Another factor is the anticipated denominational splits from the United Methodist Church, which are certain to fuel additional growth of evangelical mega-churches. The resources provided through the CARES Act now will keep many churches afloat while we wait for a return to normalcy – and what may be the largest growth spurt in the evangelical church’s history.”
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