Steven Furtick (birth name – Larry Stevens Furtick) is an American pastor, author, and songwriter, who is best known as the founder of Elevation Church.
He was born on February 19, 1980, in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, USA.
Furtick received a degree in communication from North Greenville University. Later, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In 2006, Steven founded Elevation Church, based in Charlotte NC with just 14 members.
The first service was held on February 5, 2006.
Currently, the church reported a regular attendance of more than 28,000 people.
Elevation Church has expanded to over 20 locations, including in the Greater Toronto Area, Orlando Florida, Melbourne Florida, Roanoke Virginia, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Raleigh as well as 9 in the Charlotte area.
Furtick has published the following books:
- Seven-Mile Miracle: Journey into the Presence of God Through the Last Words of Jesus;
- (Un)Qualified: How God Uses Broken People to Do Big Things;
- Crash The Chatterbox: Hearing God’s Voice Above All Others;
- Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible;
- Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God’s Vision for Your Life.
Steven Furtick got married to Holly Furtick in 2002.
She is the author of two women’s Bible studies, ”Becoming Mrs. Betterhalf” and ”Building Friendships That Fit.” In addition, Holly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from North Greenville University.
In 2013, the couple built a large house (16,000 sq. ft total) on 19 acres of land in a suburb of Charlotte. The home is valued at $1.78 million.
There was some controversy regarding the funding source. Steven said that his home was paid for with money from his book sales. In his words:
”I didn’t even build that house with money from the church.”
Furtick went on to say:
”I built it with money from my books and I gave money to the church from the books and you start getting real defensive and being like this ain’t right.”
He also apologized to the congregation directly, for any inconvenience they experienced surrounding this topic.
Steven and Holly have three children, named Abbey, Elijah, and Graham.
”The voice you believe will determine the future you experience.”
”Your life isn’t small to God.”
”Forgiveness isn’t pretending it didn’t happen. Forgiveness is deciding that it doesn’t hold you anymore.”
”Your praise is contagious – So is your complaint. What are you carrying today?”
”Accomplishing the impossible is all about seeing the invisible.”
”Enjoy the journey, because the destination is a mirage.”
”Stop talking down to yourself. God made you and He doesn’t look at you like that.”
”Make faith your starting place – not your last resort.”
”Great moves of God are usually preceded by simple acts of obedience.”
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”My joy is not determined by what happens to me, but what Christ is doing in me and through me.”
In 2017, Furtick was listed as the 5th most powerful person in town by Charlotte magazine.
He has spoken at many events worldwide, including:
- the Presence Conference (2012 and 2013);
- Hillsong Conference (2012);
- C3 Conference (2012);
- Global Leadership Summit (2011) hosted by Bill Hybels.
Steven Furtick – Net Worth & Salary
Furtick earns most of his wealth from being the lead pastor of Elevation Church. Furtick’s salary at Elevation Church was not released to the public. However, the church has confirmed that his salary is set by a Board of Overseers and that Steven does not vote on his own salary.
According to the Christian Post, in 2014, Elevation Church received $33.5 million in offerings and spent $9 million on personnel.
Furtick said to Charlotte Observer that it would violate Jesus’ call and would be unfair to his family to be discreet about donations. He said, ”I would never make a decision about how the church’s finances were communicated based on the agenda of a reporter or a newspaper.”
In addition to his salary from Elevation Church, Furtick earns money from selling books (Seven-Mile Miracle, (Un)Qualified, Sun Stand Still, Greater, and Crash the Chatterbox). Therefore, pastor Steven Furtick has an estimated worth of $10 million.
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