Long is taking a sabbatical to deal with family issues, according to reports. There has been no indication how long he will be away from his mega church ministry, but with several worshippers having already left the 25,000-member church, its future appears uncertain.
Long has been in the news the past year after four men in their 20s came forward, accusing him of sexual misconduct. The men said in reports that Long coerced them into homosexual relationships with promises of gifts.
Long settled with his accusers out of court, leaving some of his followers to question his innocence.