Elevation Outreach

Archive for September, 2012

Packing OCC Shoeboxes at the PROV

Invite a friend to worship at Elevation Providence this Sunday as we pack gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Two opportunities.

We’ll be packing after both the 9:30 and 11:15 worship experiences.

See the impact you have the opportunity to make!

Hurricane Isaac Relief

Checking in with our outreach partners in Louisiana today.

Following up on the impact of Hurricane Isaac.

Samaritan’s Purse and Habitat for Humanity are involved in disaster response and rebuilding.

We’re planning to head down with GREATER book bags for students as well as other relief supplies.

Faith is Action: M1 Update



(CHARLOTTE) – Training is going on now for the more than 1,600 Elevation Church volunteers who pledged to serve during the new M1 Initiative.  The goal of M1 is to connect 1,000 mentors to serve and empower 1,000 children for one year in Charlotte area schools.

Elevation’s lead Pastor Steven Furtick said he’d read about a critical need for mentors in our city and said he believed our church could meet that need.  ”We have always said we want to be a blessing to our city and support our leaders with a volunteer force they can count on,” said Pastor Furtick.

Dr. Heath Morrison, Superintendent of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools said, “It’s not bragging if you’re doing it.  Thank you, Elevation for stepping up to meet the needs of students in our city.”

Elevation is partnering with 14 local organizations to equip, train, and connect volunteers to students.  A Child’s Place, Right Moves for Youth, Communities in Schools Mecklenburg and Gaston Counties, Children’s Attention Home (Rock Hill), CMS, Union, and York County Schools are among the partner organizations.

Elevation also continues to give financially to its partners; recently giving $25,000 to A Child’s Place, $30,000 to Communities in Schools – Safe Journey, $7,000 to Communities in Schools, Gaston County, $25,000 to Right Moves for Youth, and $5,000 each to Druid Hills, Ashley Park, and Piney Grove schools.

Charlotte’s Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon shared his support for the M1 Initiative in a recent video shown to the more than 12,000 in attendance at seven Elevation locations.  Cannon said, “I know the importance of mentoring. My mother connected me with a mentor when I was a child to encourage me after the tragic loss of my father.  She knew I would need someone to encourage me when so many others said I would never go anywhere, or amount to anything.”

Pastor Steven Furtick has a heart for encouraging and empowering students as the next generation of leaders.  When Pastor Steven’s new book GREATER released September 4, volunteers celebrated in a one-for-one initiative, filling more than 2,200 book bags filled with school supplies for every book sold.  Students in need from Charlotte to Atlanta, Seattle, Oklahoma City, Chicago, and Los Angeles are receiving the book bags.  Hundreds more are being sent to the gulf region in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.  Pastor Steven’s book has since reached #4 on the New York Times bestseller list.

In April 2012, Elevation succeeded in serving more than 102,000 hours and giving more than $1,038,000 to non-profits in our city in what was called the Orange Initiative.

Of the year-long volunteer effort, Mayor Anthony Foxx said “I know our city is better off because of Elevation Church.  This initiative sets the bar for the rest of the community and I am grateful for your vision and commitment to our city.”

Volunteers who want to get involved in this new effort to empower students can sign up at M1Initiative.com.

Greater: Faith is Action from Elevation Church on Vimeo.

Gifts to CMS Schools

Thanks to those of you who give so generously to our church, we blessed three CMS schools this week.

We read to classes at Ashley Park, Druid Hills, and Piney Grove. We gave them Greater book bags filled with supplies. And we gave them $5k checks each to support teachers and students.

It was an experience rich with smiles, hugs, and laughter. You’re going to love serving in these schools during the M1 Initiative. Thank you for your generosity and service!


Bless Back


When I journeyed to Haiti with Bless Back Worldwide this past July, one of the most awe-inspiring moments I experienced was watching our gifted medical team care for the sick.

They saw it all – skin diseases, burns, abscesses, infections, diseases, and so much more.  Although they weren’t able to physically heal everyone that walked through the clinic doors, our team WAS able to share the spiritually healing love of Christ with many of them.

One of the best parts about our Bless Back medical teams is they serve the needy in Haiti AND here at home in Charlotte, NC.  On Saturday, September 29th, Bless Back Worldwide will partner with Project 658 and the Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency to host a FREE medical clinic at Briar Creek Baptist Church for the refugee community in Charlotte.

Want to help us Bless Back here in our city?  We’re seeking volunteers to run the clinic during two shifts on September 29th: 9am-Noon and Noon-3pm.  We’re also looking for volunteer translators (Nepali, Jarai and Spanish are immediate needs) to help eliminate any language barriers between our doctors and patients.  No knowledge of medicine is necessary to help in the clinic…just a heart for people and a desire to make Charlotte a better place for our refugee friends.  Sign up here: