Pastor Steven Furtick Signs Contract Extension With Huge Performance Bonuses
High-powered positivity preacher Steven Furtick has signed a huge multi-year contract with Elevation Church. The announcement was made yesterday, and details of the contract were released today. The package includes the basic seven-figure pastoral salary, and normal mansion allowance. But as is becoming common in the 21st century, there are some bonuses included.
Obviously there is a $50,000 signing bonus. This isn't a bonus to actually sign the contract. Rather, it is a bonus for signing limited edition church merchandise. If Furtick signs 500 items that will be sold as premium souvenirs in the church coffee shop, he will receive $50,000.
Other performance bonuses include the following...
$10,000 if he uses the phrase "It is your season" every week in a sermon.
$1,000 for every sermon where he misuses the success of Old Testament characters to guarantee success for 21st century Christians.
$25,000 for every week that he is able to avoid shaking hands with attendees after church services.
$5.00 for every Like & Share of his Instagram inspirational video clips and graphics.
$25 for every time he repeats what he believes to be an earth-shattering point during his sermon then pauses waits for the audience to cheer like he hit a homerun.
$100 for every time he can make a positive point without using the Bible.
Gina Radner, Furtick's agent said the contract and bonuses are in line with what you see in other professions. " Lebron James is worth it. I think Steven is worth it. And I think most of his followers would agree. Especially the women. We wanted his support to reflect the positivity he brings to everyone he meets... well... everyone he meets through social media and the main stage of conferences. His lifestyle needs to reinforce his message. We think this contract will enable him to exude the prosperity he preaches."
Furtick is known for his bumper sticker theology marked by short quips that work off of the 'not this, but that" formula. For instance, he recently tweeted the following...
"Confidence is not a personality type; it's a decision."
"You can't always get a new start to your story, but you can write a new ending."
"You didn't just spend $20 on my book, you invested $20 to read an amazing piece of positive literature written by a guy who knows how to make you feel better about your lousy situation."
"I think we can all agree that Pastor Steven is worth every million he makes," says Kayla Bender, who has been on the front row for all of Furtick's sermons 8 years running.
Furtick's publicist assured the preacher's fans that this preaching contract is not Steven's entire source of income. "Steven still has his book deals, as well as speaking engagements, and his endorsement deals with tight clothing manufacturers. The small contract he signed with the church would obviously not be enough to support him. So rest assured that he has supplemental income elsewhere."