Today we are asking some questions about the end game of the church growth movement, a phenomenon that has spawned huge mega churches with mega superstar pastors who see their congregants as customers and their messages as catalysts to inflate attendance in order to pay for the multi-million dollar facilities and equipment. One church in particular is the focus today as we ask, has this model been taken to a point that crosses a line into cultism? More bluntly, could Pastor Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina be moving into dangerous waters?
We’re going to look at some of the characteristics of cults, the history of Elevation, and a little later we are going to be joined by a ministry leader who has been following Steven Furtick and will lend some insight.
Consider the following developments, just in the past two weeks:
- Breaking “The Code” A Review of Elevation’s “Code”
- Furtick to kids: Memorize THE CODE
- THE ELEVATION COLORING BOOK?
- Why is Steven Furtick Acting Like a Cult Leader?
- How Elevation Church, Pastor Furtick produce ‘spontaneous’ baptisms
- FURTICK: WHOM WILL YOU CHOOSE TO FOLLOW?
Joining us in studio is someone who knows the Elevation model well: Vince Williams had spent many years in an Oklahoma megachurch, serving and leading. Vincent and his wife Lori chronicled their amazing journey in the book, Falsified: The Danger of False Conversion. Their website, Falsified Ministries, is full of resources and articles to help you learn more.
- Why this pastor left the Church Growth model (standupforthetruth.com)
- Is Steven Furtick the new Prosperity Guru?
- Greg Laurie promotes Furtick’s new book
- Elevation ‘Church’ – Just Another Cult and Furtick is Just Another False Teacher (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Steven Furtick and Elevation Church under critical scrutiny (peterlumpkins.typepad.com)