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Megachurch Pastor's Mansion Scrutinized for Connection to Bestselling Books

(UPDATED) Steven Furtick apologizes to Elevation Church, explains why 'big house' media stories are not 'an attack.'

Update (Oct. 28): This weekend, Steven Furtick explained to his multisite congregation why he doesn't view the wave of media attention regarding his "big house" as "an attack," reportsThe Charlotte Observer. He also apologized for any affect the news had on church members, and told them that they can have access to audited financial statements.

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Steven Furtick is commonly associated with big numbers.

The megachurch pastor and bestselling author started North Carolina's Elevation Church with 14 members. It grew to 14,000 attendees within eight years and has been on Outreach Magazine's list of the Fastest Growing Churches in America for the past six years.

But now, the Charlotte-area pastor is drawing scrutiny for plans to build a home reportedly worth approximately $1.6 million, based on the building permit and contract value.

The house, with a total square footage reported at 16,000 feet (8,400 of it heated), is bigger than the home of ...

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