…If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull…” WC Fields
(Special thanks to Muff)
Well, well, well, all is well in Elevation land.
Holly Furtick is getting money from a non-profit, bless her heart.Update 11/6: It appears the money that is given to the senior pastor's wife in the WCNC report is for the Senior Pastor's wife at Forest Hills Church. We apologize for the confusion. The people are being entertained by $9 million (for this year alone) in audiovisual equipment. Number 8,234 is being told to tithe and we now know just how many times Steven Furtick wears a v-neck shirt. And "Chunks" will not tell anyone how much he and his good buddy bank while people eagerly line up to call themselves by number on a video. PT Barnum is smoking a cigar and having a good laugh in the Great Hereafter.
The following quotes are from the WCNC report link. This is the sort of stuff that warms the cockles of an MBA's heart.
They've given you a number and takin' 'way your name. (See final video if you don't get it.)
Elevation’s founding principles called “The Code” state “we are all about the numbers”, and emphasize a reliance on numbers as metrics for growth and success. In one promotional film for Elevation, congregation members identify themselves by the “number” of the order in which they joined the church.
All secret agents know that secrets must be kept.
Elevation proudly shares some numbers while keeping others a closely guarded secret. For instance, it totals the number of salvations as 3,785 this year through the first of September, and the number of baptisms as 3,519. It systematically counts the number of people at each service in its eight locations, now regularly totaling more than 14,000 a week.
The number of breath mints a pastor eats is very, very important to know. Bad breath has been shown to be an attendance killer.
Elevation does not disclose its audited financial statement, even to donors and members. Instead it releases a glossy, full-color annual report. The report counts the number of breath mints one “campus pastor” eats, the number of minutes of music from the rock band AC/DC played at the church, and whether the pastor wears a V-neck shirt. It does not reveal the pastor’s salary or benefits.
$10 Million in 10 years to charity. $9 Million in 1 year to audiovisual. ROFL!!!!!!!
Talk about baffling with bull! Good night! So, when are y'all getting 3D?
The numbers include more than $9 million for audio, video and lighting alone.
Keep this up and they will be taxing churches! And Dee won't blame them.
As a religious non-profit, when Elevation buys a property, that property no longer generates property tax revenue.
So it’s a fair question not just for Elevation donors but for all of us as taxpayers: What are we getting in exchange for these tax breaks? And what is Pastor Steven getting? The law does not require him to tell you – and he’s not going to.
Perhaps they should consider getting the kids and the in laws in on the action?
We are sure that the Elevation people are so glad that Holly Furtick is making some bank in this deal as well. Poor thing will need lots of help cleaning that house. Oh, the travails of success... See the update at the top of the post. It does not appear that Holly Furtick is getting money from a non-profit.
Update: 10:59 AM: TWW predicts the next big word, bigger than "audacious" and "winsome" will be "metrics." When you hear your megapastor spouting off about "metrics," you will know who he is emulating. Why should Furtick be the only one to make bank on numbers?
I dedicate this song to the many, many numbers at Elevation.