The overwhelming donations and special offerings for the Haitian people are to be praised but the impact of the one-time gifts will be short-lived, one Charlotte, N.C., pastor indicated.
“Spontaneous generosity is awesome but if you try to build your life on spontaneous generosity you’ll never make a real long-term impact,” Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church said in a video post.
One of the fastest growing churches in the country, Elevation Church didn’t need to take a “special offering” when a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti last Tuesday and left possibly 200,000 dead and millions homeless and hungry.
The megachurch already has a partnership in place with a major humanitarian organization, Samaritan’s Purse. A portion of Elevation’s weekly offerings is set aside for the organization along with other local and global partners.
“What we found at Elevation is that it’s the people who give strategically and regularly who make the greatest difference for the Kingdom of God,” the young lead pastor said.