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ESSENCE Poll: Is It Appropriate For a Pastor to Fundraise For a Luxury Item?

What would you do if your pastor asked you for $300 to help fund the purchase of a $65 million jet?
ESSENCE Poll: Is It Appropriate For a Pastor to Fundraise For a Luxury Item?
Christopher Futcher

It’s Sunday morning and collection time at church. The plate is passed around, and we graciously drop 10 percent of our income into the bowl. But what if our weekly tithes were funding something a little more luxurious than our church homes? What if they were funding, say, a private jet?

Sound extreme? That’s what Creflo Dollar, famed megachurch pastor and the televangelist host of “Changing Your World,” recently attempted to do.

Dollar, who founded World Changers Church International almost 30 years ago, is on a mission to buy a $65 million Gulfstream G650 jet, and he’s asking his expansive 200,000-person congregation to foot the bill, with each church member shelling out “$300 or more.” The fundraising page, which disappeared from the church’s website on Friday, said that a new jet would allow the pastor and World Changers Church International to “continue to blanket the globe with the Gospel of Grace.”

The jet would replace the church’s current airplane, which was built in 1984 and purchased in 1999. Dollar said that the current plane recently experienced engine failure en route to Australia.

“The plane is 30 years old,” the post read. “It’s not like a car where you can pull over on the side. I knew it was time to believe God for a new plane.”

Sure, this is a unique case, but how would you feel if your pastor asked their congregation to fund a luxury item? Is it appropriate? Take our poll and let us know where you would draw the line.

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