It’s been a decade since North Carolina-based Elevation Church first opened its doors, and lead pastor Steven Furtick is celebrating that milestone along with 40,000 “professions of faith” thus far in his ministry.
In a Twitter post shared with his more than a quarter million followers, the megachurch pastor wrote, “Core team … still together 10yrs & 40k professions of faith later. God is Able … ” The message was accompanied by two photos of Furtick’s “core team,” one apparently taken 10 years ago and the other one more recently.
Elevation Church was founded in 2006 with a group of only eight families, but has grown rapidly in the years since.
Besides being known for its fast growth, the church is also recognized for its LOVE Week, which is an annual large-scale community service outreach. In 2014, the church sent thousands of volunteers into different cities through the United States and Canada to build homes, organize food pantries, paint walls, cook and deliver meals to the homeless and cancer patients, among other events. The initiative fed some 800,000 people, provided school supplies to 3000 children, and supplied 20,000 cans of food that year.