Steven Furtick, the pastor of Elevation Church in North Carolina, has been under fire recently because of church’s shady finances.
In short, the church takes in tens of millions of dollars every year (tax-free, of course), pays Furtick an undisclosed salary decided by a “Board of Overseers” consisting of his celebrity pastor friends, and never bothers to tell the congregation where exactly all their money is going. (All volunteers and employees of the church have to sign a confidentiality agreement promising never to reveal the church’s finances.)
Whatever Furtick’s making, though, it’s gotta be pretty sweet considering he just bought a $1,700,000 home:
When a local news team started running stories about the church’s lack of transparency and Furtick’s own extravagant lifestyle, he responded by playing dumb, saying “it’s not that great of a house” and he didn’t understand why a helicopter was flying over it.
Well, there’s a good reason for that: