Pastor of fast-growing church builds huge home

The Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE — The pastor of the fast-growing Elevation Church is building a 16,000-square-foot gated home in Union County.

The Charlotte Observer reports the home being built by Pastor Steven Furtick is on a large wooded lot in Waxhaw, about 30 miles south of Charlotte. The tax value on the 19-acre property is $1.6 million, though the church's chief financial officer pointed out that Furtick paid $325,000 for it. That figure is 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, and the rest will be basement, attic, garage and porch space.

According to public records, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson's home is 7,068 square feet and its tax value is $2.6 million.

Chief financial officer Chunks Corbett said the 33-year-old Furtick is paying for the five-bedroom house with income from the books he's written and will write. Corbett wouldn't say how much the church pays Furtick. The church's board bases Furtick's salary, Corbett said, on a "compensation study formulated by an attorney's office" that's not tied to the church.

"Quiet, private - and want to keep it that way" is how one of Furtick's future neighbors described the upscale community and the people who live there.

Furtick has nearly 12,000 worshippers every weekend. Most are young people drawn by the Christian rock music, the multi-media worship and the way Furtick delivers his message.

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It is a sad thing.

All those square feet and only 5 bedrooms? Almost like the perfect symbolic gesture that suffers the USA in general. I feel sure anyone that is so misguided will soon find correction. It seems the Democrat John Edwards effect doesn't ring-a-ding-ding in people's hearts the way it should. Its the same thing whenever anyone of any stature in this country seeks that more, more, more business - even when/where it is not needed or seeks to bring sure destruction. Total and defiant hypocrisy, most Americans seem to think bigger is better... seek such for themselves... claw/grab for it... its like Hollywood. You can watch the same attitude at play in this country as Americans line up like herded cattle for the latest cell phone or big tech/fashion/entertainment - its all the same thing - same attitude - same sin. Most often doing so while complaining/yelling they don't have enough to buy milk and bread for their own little children. Satan is most cunning in the methods of devouring, but sometimes it steps itself forth so blatantly in arrogance while feeling safe in doing so? Oh boy. Like the nation in general, consequences and the fall are racing forth. An entire nation under judgement. Mill stones are everywhere.

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