Steven Furtick, bestselling author and pastor of Elevation Church in North Carolina, spoke to his congregation last Sunday about a criticizing news report related to the new home he recently finished building for himself and his family. According to The Christian Post, Furtick, 33, was very open about the house, which he described as “8,400 square feet of heated living area” plus a basement, attic, garage and porch.
President and co-founder of the Trinity Foundation Ole Anthony criticized Furtick for the size of the home and the decision to build it, calling it “unseemly” and comparing Furtick to prosperity preachers Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn. But Furtick told his congregation that he was very concerned about the way the media attention was affecting them. “I’m sorry for the uncomfortable conversations you have had this week,” he told the church audience. “I have always tried to make this a church you could be proud of.” He also said he believes in a “ministry of integrity,” regardless of the news stories and criticisms and said “the house is from God.”
According to other media stories, Elevation Church has given more than $10 million to nonprofits, including Samaritan’s Purse. They also gave more than $1 million and more than 102,000 hours of service ministry to the city of Charlotte.