Elevation Church

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Elevation Church
LocationCharlotte, NC
CountryUnited States
DenominationSouthern Baptist [1]
Weekly attendance9,000 (2011)[2]
Websitewww.elevationchurch.org
History
FoundedFebruary 2006 (February 2006)
Clergy
Senior pastor(s)Steven Furtick
Pastor(s)Alan Patterson
(Associate Campus Pastor, Blakeney)
John Bishop
(Campus Pastor, Matthews)
Joshua Blackson
(Campus Pastor, Providence)
Frank Bealer
(Campus Pastor, Rock Hill)
Larry Brey
(Campus Pastor, University)
Joel Delph
(Campus Pastor, Uptown)
Laity
Music group(s)Elevation Worship
 
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Elevation Church
LocationCharlotte, NC
CountryUnited States
DenominationSouthern Baptist [1]
Weekly attendance9,000 (2011)[2]
Websitewww.elevationchurch.org
History
FoundedFebruary 2006 (February 2006)
Clergy
Senior pastor(s)Steven Furtick
Pastor(s)Alan Patterson
(Associate Campus Pastor, Blakeney)
John Bishop
(Campus Pastor, Matthews)
Joshua Blackson
(Campus Pastor, Providence)
Frank Bealer
(Campus Pastor, Rock Hill)
Larry Brey
(Campus Pastor, University)
Joel Delph
(Campus Pastor, Uptown)
Laity
Music group(s)Elevation Worship

Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a Southern Baptist megachurch pastored by Steven Furtick. From 2007 through 2010, Elevation has been consistently cited by Outreach Magazine as one of the Top 100 fastest growing churches in the United States.[3] It has been described as "a pop culture-friendly church with an orthodox Christian message".[1]

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History

The church began as a church plant of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. As part of a church planting team, Furtick and seven other families from Christ Covenant Church in Shelby, North Carolina, relocated to Matthews, meeting in Providence High School.[4] Over its short history, it has experienced notable growth. On February 5, 2006, the first Sunday worship service, 121 people attended.[5] Since then, the church's regular attendance has grown to over 10,000, currently meeting in six different locations.[2][6]

In 2011 Elevation Church attracted attention for escorting a child with cerebral palsy to another section of the church to watch the remainder of the Easter service after the child caused a disruption. The mother and church officials had planned to meet to discuss the incident; however, the meeting was cancelled after the mother contacted the media.[7] The church subsequently reported that it has reached out to the Mecklenburg County ARC, an advocacy group for the disabled, requesting special needs training for its staff.[7]

At the beginning of 2012, Elevation Church hosted a 12-day "Holy Ghost, Old-School Revival" to kick off the year. Guest preachers included LifeChurch.tv founder Craig Groeshel, Jentezen Franklin of Free Chapel, Matt Chandler of The Village Church, Christine Caine of the A21 Campaign, Ed Young Jr. of Fellowship Church, Kevin Gerald of Champion's Centre, Stovall Weems of Celebration Church, Perry Noble of NewSpring Church, T. D. Jakes of The Potter’s House, James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel, and a special night of worship with Grammy award winner and worship leader of Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church, Israel Houghton. Furtick stated, "The purpose of this revival isn’t to develop a bunch of lazy Christians where we can all get fat and happy off the Word of God but so that we can become what Ezekiel (Old Testament prophet) calls a 'vast army' or what the disciples experienced in Acts 2 when on the day of Pentecost 3,000 people were saved that day."[8][9] Elevation announced after the conclusion of the event that thousands attended the revival and over 200 people were baptized. The revival was viewed over 350,000 times in 138 countries on six continents by over 130,000 people and the Twitter hashtag "#CodeOrangeRevival" generated over 12 million impressions on Twitter.[10]

Multi-site

Elevation is a multi-site church. Services are held at seven Charlotte-area locations:

Elevation Network

In January 2012, Elevation Church launched a 24/7 online video platform called the Elevation Network. According to Furtick, the vision behind the Network is to provide free access to around the clock Gospel preaching "with the sole purpose of reaching people far from God all over the world."[13] The Elevation Network has been cited as a "first-of-its kind" church-based video platform and that it "is just the beginning of an entirely new movement of full-time media outreach on the Web."[14] The content on the Network consists of sermons from the church's archives, creative elements from sermon series, and worship songs created in the church.[14]

Outreach

In 2008, Elevation Church made headlines when it gave out $40,000 to members, in envelopes filled with $5, $20, even $1,000, and told them to spend it kindly on others.[1]

Since 2006, Elevation Church has given more than $3.4 million to local and global outreach partners. In 2011, a partnership with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx was established to give 100,000 hours and $750,000 to serve Charlotte people in "The Orange Initiative."[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c Funk, Tim. "A Cool Pastor, and a Hot Church". Charlotte Observer, September 14, 2008. Accessed June 3, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Baxter, Jennifer. "Elevation church keeps growing." Charlotte Observer 04 Sept. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  3. ^ Outreach Magazine (October 8, 2007). "2007 List of Fastest Growing US Churches". Archived from the original on 2008-04-10. http://web.archive.org/web/20080410231000/http://www.outreachmagazine.com/Library/webexclusives/Out100NoteFromEditor.asp. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  4. ^ Norman Jameson (2007). "Growth Burst Elevation Church At The Seams". http://ncmo.bpstudios.com/eng/stories/elevation.aspx. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  5. ^ "Elevation Church | Welcome". Retrieved 2011-02-22.
  6. ^ "About Pastor Steven Furtick" Retrieved April 24, 2012
  7. ^ a b Posted: 4:46 pm EDT June 8, 2011 (2011-06-08). "Special Needs Boy Removed From Church Service - News Story - WSOC Charlotte". Wsoctv.com. http://www.wsoctv.com/news/28173783/detail.html. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  8. ^ Smith, Brittany. "Elevation Church Brings Back 'Old-School Holy Ghost Revival" Christian Post. January 10, 2012.
  9. ^ Smith, Brittany. "LifeChurch.tv Pastor Kicks Off Revival, Wants 'Idiots for Christ" Christian Post. January 12, 2012.
  10. ^ Code Orange Revival. [1] Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  11. ^ "www.ElevationBlakeney.com". http://www.elevationblakeney.com/. 
  12. ^ Fox Charlotte (2011). "Elevation Church Grows Again Adding Two New Campuses". http://www.foxcharlotte.com/news/top-stories/Elevation-Church-Grows-Again-Adding-Two-New-Campuses-126813653.html. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  13. ^ Steven Furtick (2012). "The Vision Behind the Elevation Network". http://www.stevenfurtick.com/elevation/the-vision-behind-the-elevation-network/. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  14. ^ a b Gordon Marcy (2012). "Elevation Network: The Bold New Face of Church Media". http://www.gordonmarcy.com/2012/02/elevation-network-the-bold-new-face-of-church-media/. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 

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