Poor Little Rich Pastor

Steven Furtick, pastor of Elevation Church, seems to like attention, however, he’s getting attention from a news organization that he may not be that fond of.

WCNC, out of Charlotte, NC, is investigating Furtick, and what they want to know is how a pastor, who began his church eight years ago with only 14 members, rose to such prominence in such a short time and managed to build a 16,000 sq. ft., $1.7 million home.  Wow!  A pastor’s salary is GREAT these days.

Aren’t you glad Mr. Furtick is following the model of Jesus and…. wait… Jesus didn’t have any place to lay His head and, as far as we know, owned no personal property.  Never mind.

In the article, Furtick is described as “…one part preacher, one part celebrity.”  So, let’s see what that “celebrity” status has bought him:

“Now, Steven Furtick is spending a lot of that money on a 16,000 square foot house in Weddington. It has 7 ½ bathrooms, according to building permits, which put the contract value of the house alone just shy of $1.4 million. The land cost another $325,000, for a total cost of more than $1.7 million.” (Online Source)

Whoa.  Seven and one-half bathrooms.  I have one and a half and can’t use more than one at a time!

Furtick claims the profits from his books built his house, but how can he get that much of a profit when his church was the ones who bought most of the books to begin with?

Fishy.

Of course, it’s a money racket anyway.  When asked about salaries, megachurch pastors are showing 0% transparency.  Why?  What’s to fear?  And then there’s this…

That means Furtick agrees to pay them to preach at Elevation, and they pay him to preach at their conferences or megachurches. “They attend each other’s conferences and are compensation for that regularly,” said Smith. When Furtick held his Code Orange Revival last year, three of the headliners, pastors Stovall Weems of Jacksonville, Fla., Perry Noble of Anderson, S.C., and Kevin Gerald of Seattle, were all board members at Elevation. Those are three of the five votes that set Furtick’s salary.

Executive pastor James “Chunks” Corbett told NBC Charlotte that pastors get paid for appearances at Elevation Church, but said the pay is “small in scope,” and he won’t disclose the amounts.  (Online Source)

It’s small, but won’t disclose the amount?  I’m not buying it.

Oh, and one more thing…

Elevation Church was founded by, got loans through, and gives missionary money through Southern Baptists. But unlike many Baptist churches, there are no elected deacons or elders here overseeing the church.

There is one man living in the Charlotte area who runs Elevation: Chunks Corbett.  If you want to understand Elevation you have to understand his role. As executive pastor, Corbett is at the center of Furtick’s organization. In 2005  he incorporated Elevation Church. In 2007, he incorporated Corban Properties Southeast – a for-profit company. In 2008, he signed on as trustee for the Jumper Drive Trust that owns the Furtick’s home. And in 2009, he incorporated Sun Stand Still Ministries – another non-profit. All four list the same principal address: 11416 East Independence, Suite N, the location of the Matthews church.  (Online Source)

Doesn’t sound much like a church, does it?  It sounds more like a racket.

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5 Responses to Poor Little Rich Pastor

  1. stannj51 says:

    The itching ear business is booming for these mega-church pastors.

  2. mywordlikefire says:

    Welcome back. Seven bathrooms? Seven?!!?

  3. Katie says:

    I am new to this site, but so grateful I found it. This man absolutely is a thorn in my side. He is NOT a pastor and I wish he would quit referring to himself as one. He is a glorified motivational speaker, at best. I felt burden by the recent truths that have been revealed concerning his house and took to Facebook to denounce his “church” and himself as a “pastor”. I shared public information about his megahouse he is building to match his mega church, I then added scripture to support my statements. I knew I would get backlash by his supporters from old friends that are devout “Elevators” as they like to call themselves. It was not a pretty sight. I have had people block me and remove me from their Facebook pages now for only voicing the truth! I say let them have their golden calf and leave them to worship in Herod’s Temple…

    Elevators… such a point on nickname they have given themselves, because Steven Furtick sure is riding these people all the way to the top.

  4. I'mAllBooked says:

    I came across this article when I wasn’t even looking for it, but my 22 yo. son has a friend who attends Elevation and has been listening to Furtick’s sermons online. Not knowing much about him, I’ve been wanting to learn more, so this is helpful, thanks.

  5. Carol says:

    The more I read about this man, the more I want to scream at these false leaders. But I say this, those people have been given over to the influence of such a false leader. If this is what they want from their “religion” and want to give their money so their “pastor” can have 7 1/2 baths….Those people deserve such an expensive man for their leader. For they will have to spend alot of money keeping this maintained….they are fools to fall for this madness…..anyone who supports this must not read their Bibles, and if they do, it must be one of those modern bogus translations…

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