Elevation Church

Elevation Pastor Steven Furtick

Charlotte’s Elevation Church has been gathering increasing media attention. That’s due to its remarkable success, but also because of the secrecy surrounding church operations, which, when compared to the relative transparency of similar organizations, appears opaque. But in truth, there are few similar organizations and questions about the behind-the-scenes operations continue. We hear from three journalists who have been trying to report on the church.

Elevation Pastor Steven Furtick

Part One: Elevation Church. Elevation Church is one of the fastest-growing churches in the country. 33-year-old Elevation Pastor and Founder Steven Furtick draws about 14,000 members to weekly services at nine church campuses across the Charlotte region, the latest, a Lake Norman campus just launched over the weekend. With a $25 million operating budget in 2013, and a New York Times best-selling author at the helm, the church draws lots of attention.

Elevation Church Pastor Responds To His Critics

Oct 28, 2013

Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick told his congregation Sunday that he was sorry for any uncomfortable conversations they may have been forced to have about his controversial new Waxhaw home.

But Furtick didn’t apologize for the 16,000-square-foot home, which drew national media attention last week because of its size and cost. Instead, he described it as a gift from God.

Furtick also emphasized Sunday that he is committed to making worshipers proud of their church. And he added that the media should not be viewed as the enemy.

Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte’s Elevation Church has had a dramatic rise from just a handful of families in 2005 to more than 12,000 members spread over eight locations today.

Elevation Pastor Building Big Home In Waxhaw

Oct 23, 2013
Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

Pastor Steven Furtick, who has propelled Elevation Church into one of the fastest growing congregations in America, is building a 16,000 square foot gated estate on a large wooded lot in Waxhaw.

Tax value on the 19-acre property is $1.6 million, though Chunks Corbett, Elevation’s chief financial officer, pointed out that Furtick paid $325,000 for it – a figure confirmed by Union County tax records.

Corbett also said the 16,000 square foot figure was misleading – 8,400 square feet of the house will be heated; the rest will be basement, attic, garage and porch space.

Elevationchurch.org

One of Charlotte's fastest growing evangelical congregations is moving north – and south.

Elevation Church got approval from the town of Cornelius last month for a $5 million renovation of the old Palace Theater to house its Lake Norman worshippers.

On Monday night, the church will seek Charlotte city approval to build a new $20 million facility in Ballantyne, bringing its total outposts in the region to nine.