Pastor Steven grew up in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, where at age 16 he realized God's plan for him to start a life-changing church in a metropolitan city. This vision became a tangible reality when Elevation was founded on the faith of eight families who risked everything. Selling their houses and quitting their jobs, they moved to Charlotte believing that God would turn this city upside down for His glory through the local church. After nearly five years, Elevation Church has grown to more than 8,000 in attendance each week at four locations. Since our launch, we've seen more than 10,900 people receive Christ. In 2007, 2008 and 2009, Elevation Church was named one of the "10 fastest growing churches in America" by Outreach Magazine. The heart of Pastor Steven's message is audacious faith and how to approach every experience from a visionary perspective. As a young voice in the Church with wisdom beyond his years, his passion for seeing God's purposes fulfilled is igniting a fire here in our city and beyond. Pastor Steven attended North Greenville University, received a B.A. in communications and went on to complete a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He resides in the Charlotte area with his wife, Holly, and two sons, Elijah and Graham. www.elevationchurch.org/pastor
Praise for Crash the Chatterbox Pastor Steven has written the best book I ve ever read on overcoming the lies that hold us back. If you read this prayerfully and take the truths of Crash the Chatterbox to heart, God will help you win the battles in your mind and become the person He created you to be. Craig Groeschel, lead pastor, LifeChurch.tv, Edmond, OK; author of Fight Crafted around four powerful confessions, Chatterbox unearths, exposes, and refutes lies and half truths all of us are tempted to believe about ourselves. Steven s direct writing style will keep you engaged. His insights will make youthink. But most important, these four confessions will free you to embrace the life God has called you to live. Andy Stanley, senior pastor, North Point Church, Alpharetta, GA; author of Enemies of the Heart I believe God s truth. I want to live God s truth. But sometimes I have a hard time hearing God s truth when negative inside chatter and self-doubt run like a ticker tape through my mind. Pastor Steven s vulnerability, biblical insights, and practical advice make Crash the Chatterbox a resource I will turn to again and again. This book can be a game changer for you. Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author; president of Proverbs 31 Ministries Every one of us at some point deals with fears and self-doubt, with internal conflict about whether we are good enough or successful enough, or whether our past will forever haunt our future. Be inspired and encouraged as you discover what God really says about you in Crash the Chatterbox. Brian Houston, senior pastor, Hillsong Church, Sydney, Australia On the pages of his brilliant new book, my friend Steven teaches us how to block out the toxic lies of the Enemy and instead let the truth of God become the soundtrack to our lives. Don t let all the chatter get the best of you. Readthese pages, and be strengthened in Christ. Matt Redman, Grammy Award winning songwriter and worship leader Steven Furtick unlocks powerful stratagems for silencing the inner critic that entangles the believer in a quagmire of self-doubt, fear, and unbelief. Crash the Chatterbox is a study in course correction with hard-won lessons for rediscovering, reenergizing, and reengaging your God-given dreams. T. D. Jakes, New York Times best-selling author; bishop of The Potter s House, Dallas, TX Steven Furtick s new book is an insightful and readable approach to the daily barrage of destructive thoughts we all experience. You will be encouraged and empowered as you discover what God thinks of you and how that affects everyfacet of your life. Judah Smith, lead pastor, The City Church, Seattle, WA; New York Times best-selling author of Jesus Is _____. When we use our weaknesses to strengthen our faith, we turn our greatest liabilities into weapons in the hands of Christ. I love how my friend Steven Furtick humbly reveals his own struggles as he strives to crash the chatterbox in his life. Don t count yourself out just yet; your struggle is only the starting place of God s purpose in your life. Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, Washington DC; New York Times best-sellingauthor of The Circle Maker It s time to break out and fight back. Don t be held in bondage anymore. Let Steven Furtick help you crash the chatterbox and silence the voice of insecurity in your life. You were created for more. Now take your place in the center of God s calling. Christine Caine, founder, A21 Campaign; best-selling author of Undaunted Often the most crippling negativity we hear comes from our own mind. In Crash the Chatterbox, Steven Furtick offers an effective antidote. In a refreshing and relatable style, he lays out the strategy to overcome the inner critic that hinders us from hearing the voice of God, receiving His glorious affirmation, and accomplishing His perfect will. Rod Parsley, World Harvest Church, Columbus OH; New York Times best-selling author of Culturally Incorrect What you re getting in Crash the Chatterbox is the reassuring and honest feedback from a great friend. It may not be what you wanted to hear, but it will definitely help you get where you re going. Perry Noble, senior pastor, NewSpring Church, Anderson, SC; author of Unleash! I love Steven Furtick s commitment to a purpose that is greater than his problems. In Crash the Chatterbox, Steven helps us see that our greatest barrier is the very bridge God uses to take us to our divine purpose. Kerry Shook, founding pastor of Woodlands Church, Houston, TX; coauthor of the national bestsellers One Month to Live and Love at Last Sight The Enemy s greatest fear is that you ll discover who you really are, what you re really worth, and where you re headed. Steven Furtick amplifies the call of God in your life so that you can crash the chatterbox of the Enemy s lies and move forward with confidence in Christ. Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor, Free Chapel, Gainesville, GA; New York Times best-selling author of Fasting There are only a handful of Christian leaders in my generation who preach the Word of God with as much passion and conviction as Steven Furtick. In Crash the Chatterbox you will be encouraged by a committed man of God who isgifted at bringing God s truth to life. Through Steven s determination to follow God wholeheartedly, you will find the strength to chase after God s calling for you. Israel Houghton, Grammy Award winning songwriter and worship leader If you ve ever felt the sting of a critic or the discouragement of that voice of doubt in your head, then you need to crash the chatterbox and renew your mind. This book will teach you how to shut out the noise and start living yourpurpose. Dr. Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX In a world where we are bombarded by countless voices that influence our everystep, it s often difficult to discern the voice of truth. Pastor Steven Furtick showsus how to surgically cut through the chatter and hear the voice of God. Thisbook is a must-read! Stovall Weems, lead pastor, Celebration Church, Jacksonville, FL; author of Awakening I have rarely read a book with as much personal transparency and honesty as I found in this book by Steven Furtick. If you want to get out of your own way and move forward in God s plan, Crash the Chatterbox is for you. Kevin Gerald, lead pastor, Champions Centre Church, Tacoma, WA In Crash the Chatterbox, Steven Furtick helps readers understand the volatile nature of listening to the wrong voices in our lives. And with humor, insight, and clarity, he reveals what it takes to open up the lines of communication withthe only voice that truly matters the voice of God. Ed Young, pastor, Fellowship Church, Dallas, TX; author of Sexperiment I admire Steven Furtick s refusal to allow anything to push him off the path God has placed before him. In Crash the Chatterbox he lets us into the struggle that he s faced embracing his calling. His transparency and honesty will give youthe courage to fight on. Clayton King, president, Crossroads Ministries; teaching pastor, NewSpring Church, Anderson, SC In Crash the Chatterbox, Steven Furtick gives us a how-to guide to actually apply the truth of how God feels about us so we can live empowered lives. Bil Cornelius, author of Today Is the Day; founding pastor, Bay Area Fellowship, Corpus Christi, TX Steven Furtick s willingness to be vulnerable makes the truth he is relaying easy to digest. If you re tired of circling around the same struggles, you will find an accessible off-ramp to a freer life in Crash the Chatterbox. John Bevere, cofounder of Messenger International; author of Relentless"