Steven Furtick, pastor of Elevation Church, a megachurch in Charlotte, North Carolina recently spoke to the media in a rare interview.
The Charlotte Observer reports that Furtick agreed to an interview with WCCB-TV. He had not done an interview with the media since 2011.
Elevation Church, which Furtick began as a church plant in 2006 with a number of other families, has grown to have over 20,000 attendees each Sunday.
In his interview with WCCB-TV, Furtick was asked about Elevation’s finances, as well as his personal financial decisions.
The media has called on Furtick to be more forthcoming in regard to Elevation’s finances, but Furtick stated, “I would never make a decision about how the church’s finances were communicated based on the agenda of a reporter or a newspaper.”
Morgan Fogarty of WCCB-TV asked Furtick about his decision to build a 16,000-square-foot gated estate in Weddington, North Carolina.
“In my personal lifestyle, I know that we have to have integrity,” Furtick responded. “And I know that we have to be generous and I know the extent to which that is true of me and (wife) Holly.”
Furtick declined to share concrete information about either his personal finances or the finances of Elevation.
To go on record and say, ‘Here’s how much money we’ve given away and here’s what we do with our finances’ – to me, that would be the most arrogant thing that I could do and it would rob me of the blessing of doing what Jesus said, which is, ‘When you give, you don’t get up and tell everybody how much you’ve given.’ ... (And) I wouldn’t do that to my wife and my kids,” said Furtick.
Photo courtesy: Elevation Church
Publication date: November 12, 2015