Steven Furtick is new to Charlotte, but, if youâ€™re a Christ follower pouring yourself into the local church, I bet youâ€™ve heard of him. Steven pastors a new church called Elevation Church. And in one year this place has blown up! There are now nearly two thousand â€˜Elevatorsâ€™ (attendees at the church who actively live out their faith in Christ Jesus) enthusiastically sharing their faith with others and actively engaged in â€˜operation take Charlotte for Jesus!â€™ Itâ€™s truly a wonder to behold. And I should know, Iâ€™ve beheld it twice and both times were absolutely off the hook worship experiences.
Steven has become one of my closest friends and a true comrade in this most important mission of seeing Christ change lives through His bride, the local church. I look forward to partnering with Steven and the Elevators as together we turn Charlotte and the entire state of North Carolina (and beyond) upside down for Christ!
Blog Swap: Steven Furtick
When I arrived in
I called Rob, expecting him to be polite, but distant and guarded. Because thatâ€™s the way we generally treat fellow pastors. Especially fellow pastors in our same town. Hereâ€™s an ultra cheesy poem one of my seminary professors shared with me that sums this attitude up quite well:
â€œA church plant in another state
Well thatâ€™d be grace and glory
But a church plant in my backyard
Well, thatâ€™s another storyâ€
Robâ€™s attitude couldnâ€™t have been more opposite.
In fact, he took a weekend off from preaching and just showed up at Elevation one Sunday, to support, and learn, and build a friendship. Then he took me to On the Border and paid. I liked him immediately.
The friendship I share with Pastor Rob is an anomaly, I think. Weâ€™ve kind of decided that
Instead, we pray for each other. We eat with each other. We challenge each other. Rob bombards me with text messages because he knows I donâ€™t have a Crackberry like him, and he thinks itâ€™s funny that I have to text him back typing with 2 words per minute with my thumbs.
We dream together about what God might do in our city over the next 5 years, 10 years, and beyond. We set impossible goals together. We give each other insight.
Iâ€™m good for Rob. Iâ€™m young, raw, and fiery.
Robâ€™s good for me. Heâ€™s old , experienced, and compassionate.
I wish every pastor could have a friend like Rob in their city.
Southbrook, youâ€™ve got an incredible gift in Pastor Rob! I hope you love him, honor him, and follow him wholeheartedlyâ€¦because a leader of his caliber is rare.
And no, he didnâ€™t pay me to say that.
But I may make him buy lunch next month at On the Borderâ€¦