Tuesday, November 5, 2013

NBC Charlotte obtains confidential information about Elevation Church

Posted By on Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 9:50 AM

After revealing Pastor Steven Furtick's plans to build a $1.7 million mansion under a trust's name, NBC Charlotte has uncovered more news about Elevation Church.

The news outlet obtained a 34-page confidential document that reveals some of the church's inner workings, including how much it gathers in offerings a week.

Hopefully, publicizing the report puts even more pressure on Furtick to reveal numbers he's stubbornly withheld from even members.

According to NBC Charlotte's story:

Elevation Church, led by pastor Steven Furtick, has doubled its average weekly offering in the last two years to more than a half-million dollars a week, and plans to open up to five new locations costing up to $86 million in the Charlotte area, three of which it has not made public.

The report is limited in what it reveals, however. The largest megachurch in North Carolina does not disclose audited financial statements to even members and donors, opting instead to release a "glossy, full-color annual report" full of frivolous information, including how many breath mints a pastor eats and whether a campus pastor wears a V-neck.

Furtick's salary and benefits are not included.

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