Numbers

With all Perry’s recent “scoreboard” nonsense, It reminded me of something I once heard Steven Furtick say. I found a version of it on his blog. This account is slightly different, but the meaning is basically the same: “If you get the impression that we’re all about the numbers, let me clarify… Of course we’re ...

Preaching the Gospel With Excellence

Earlier, I posted Furtick’s reasoning for Elevation church growth, which included: We worship Jesus and preach the Gospel with excellence. This brought up the question, how do you preach the Gospel with excellence? First of all, I should say that I have a problem with the way these churches use the word excellence. I may do a ...

How Church Growth Happens at Elevation

How Church Growth Happens at Elevation July 16th, 2009 We enable experiences and interactions that leave our people saying: I love my church So they’ll tell their friends: You’ve got to come check out my church The friends come. We worship Jesus and preach the Gospel with excellence. The friends leave saying: I really like ...

Speaking of “Going Deep”…

Furtick tweets: A new addition to my sermon prep: I try to explain my sermon to my 4 yr old. If he doesn’t get it…need to simplify. Either that’s one smart 4 year-old, or Ole’ Pastor Stevie doesn’t think too much of his listener’s spiritual comprehension.

A Glimpse into the Mind of a Visionary

A Glimpse into the Mind of a Visionary
Original post: http://www.stevenfurtick.com/uncategorized/sermon-planning-audio-blog/ In this very special audio version of his blog, Pastor Furtick and a few special guests from his creative team have a round table discussion about how the sermon series are planned at Elevation. In an act of selfless bravery, I listened to all thirty minutes of this, so that you don’t ...

Gamaliel’s Questionable Advice

Acts 5:35-39 (New International Version) 35Then he addressed them: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37After him, Judas ...

On such foundations are cults built

Perry Noble tells us not to question him; today, Steven Furtick tells us not to question his revelation. A sampling of today’s dangerous wisdom: Sometimes you’ll have an encounter with God that’s so intense you can’t reveal it to everyone in your life. … Sometimes God plants a vision in your heart so outrageous that ...

Furtick and Noble’s recipe for disaster

“Advice” for preachers: RT @stevenfurtick: Pastors-today you’ll come to a point in your msg where you’ll think: “I can’t say that.” Say it. That explains a lot, I fear.

Introducing the Turnstile Church

(This post is a followup to this one about the purpose of church.) A few months ago while watching Brad Cooper’s effing Bible video, I saw the basic difference between the way he and I approach church. To set the scene, Cooper is welcoming his congregation to a newly built (bamf) facility on the NewSpring campus. ...

It’s all about timing

A note to Perry and Steven, Perhaps today is not the day for this: RT @stevenfurtick: Note to all pe0ple pleasers: there R some people you don’t want to like you. Don’t chase the affirmation of your haters! Forget about the haters for a moment; sometimes you need to worry about the affirmation of your lovers.