The pastor of a Charlotte church says his large home is a gift from God.

Elevation Church pastor Steven Furtick did not apologize Sunday for the 16,000-square-foot home in an exclusive community in neighboring Union County, The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/191oDl0) reported.

“My wife and I made a decision, and we built a house,” Furtick said at the church’s Blakeney location in Charlotte. “It’s a big house, and it’s a beautiful house, and we thank God for it.”

He spent about 10 minutes of his sermon on the explanation to the congregation, as well as those watching on screens in seven other locations. The church has about 12,000 followers.

Furtick did tell members he was sorry for any uncomfortable conversations they may have had about the home in Waxhaw.
“I have always tried to make this a church where you could be proud of your church,” Furtick said. The congregation gave him a standing ovation. The 19-acre property has a tax value of $1.6 million, although a church financial officer said Furtick paid $325,000. Furtick said only about 8,400 square feet of the house is heated, with the rest consisting of basement, attic, garage and porch space. A church official said Furtick is paying for the home with money from book sales.
Furtick has not said how much he makes from books and speaking engagements. He also has not disclosed his salary, which is determined by an appointed “Board of Overseers” comprised of other mega-church pastors, the newspaper reported.


Clutchettes, what do you think about this pastor’s comments?

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  • chile please. gotta luv it…

  • Git-get it!

  • rey

    If you ever watch his sermons online instead of going by what you read in the local paper, you would understand the pastor, what he and the church stands for, and what they believe. While some have a bad taste in their mouth from preachers of L.A., I bet you didn’t read that this pastor gives 12% to the community even before bills are paid. Not 10, but 12.if he’s providing a comfortable and modest home that is well below 16,000 sa ft, let him. Do u ask the person prescribing you medicine that doesn’t work y do they drive what they drive? Do u trust a broke pastor that is preaching trust? Ijs

  • Naan

    Im not s Christian. i dont know this man.

    If he earns his money honestly and doesn’t steal from the church what is the problem???