Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick has attracted some unwanted attention. WCNC reporter Stuart Watson recently uncovered Furtick’s large $1.7M house tucked in the woods away from public scrutiny and doubly hidden in a specially created trust. The expose asks a lot of questions about how mega-pastors with a ready-made audience can profit from book royalties. It also raises questions about the suitability of compensation committees comprised of fellow pastors with a vested interest as contrasted with a long-held church tradition of elders and deacons having decision-making authority. Take a look at this 3-part story by WCNC News of Charlotte, NC. (part 1 above, parts 2 and 3 below).
Other news outlets have picked up the story as well and interviewed our Trinity Foundation president, Ole Anthony: “What happens is these pastors are on television or on radio and they write a book, and it’s based on their sermons,” Anthony told The Christian Post. “But then what happens is the church is paying for the time and the place to write the book, and then the church is paying for the airtime to advertise the book. And it’s just unseemly.”
And Anthony wasn’t done there.
“The idea of being a servant is lost. It’s just a job and they try to make more and more money, and the congregations are losing out,” he said. “It just infuriates me. It’s the opposite of the pastor being the servant and feeding the sheep, the pastor’s eating the sheep.”
2 thoughts on “Mega-Pastor Steven Furtick Faces Examination”
I am not a fan of the mega church pastors like Furtick, Young, and Noble and I am not their defender. I really think that particular “church growth” movement is evil and satanic and is leading people into hell by the thousands. Having said that I believe Furtick has been, in a way, railroaded in this report. According to the scriptures he is nothing more than a goat herder. But you have almost portrayed him as getting his money by deception, when in fact people willfully give and buy his books. Just my opinion. I appreciate the work of the Trinity Foundation very much. Thank you
Waht’s with these rich pastors and their lavish homes? Jesus was homeless.