Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick preaches during a Sunday, Nov. 3, 2012, worship gathering at Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C.

Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick preaches during a Sunday, Nov. 3, 2012, worship gathering at Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C.

  • Church’s rap video is modeled after ‘Downtown’ by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Starring singing-and-dancing church staff, video released during Pastor Appreciation Month
October is Pastor Appreciation Month and most churches mark it by honoring their spiritual leader with, say, a dinner or maybe a gift.  At Charlotte’s Elevation Church, they did a rap video.

Members of Charlotte-based Elevation Church have put together and performed a rap-and-dance video which honors their pastor, Steven Furtick.

October was Pastor Appreciation Month, and members of Elevation Church, the megachurch founded by Pastor Steven Furtick, created and performed a rap-and-dance video based on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “Downtown.”

The Christian Post reports that in the original version of the song, the rapper is looking for a moped, but the 100 or so Elevation Church performers changed their version to have the search be for a church.

Although the video is not available for public viewing due to previous criticism that the church already puts Furtick on too high of a pedestal, it is known that lyrics from the video say:

“Pastor/He has big arms/And has big faith/No word he says will go to waste/For well over 3,000 days/He always preaches down the place.”

The 35-year-old Furtick founded Elevation Church in 2006. It has since grown to over 17,000 members, according to the Charlotte Observer.

“There is a misconception that says Christianity is a dry religion based on rules and restrictions,” Furtick told The Christian Post in an earlier interview. “That couldn’t be further from the life Jesus came and died to give us. … The more we can break through barriers that people may put up against religion and allow them to experience Jesus in a clear, refreshing way, the more we will see people embrace Him.”

“While I may reference popular culture or make a joke in my sermon that steps outside of the stereotypical church context, that’s not what engages and changes people,” Furtick continued. “God’s Word does that. I don’t have to make God’s Word relevant — it transcends time. I simply have to make it clear. If I can communicate God’s Word clearly and understandably, all people, young people included, can apply it to their lives.”


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