Updated: May 24, 2020
Church Website: https://www.elevation.cc/#welcome
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ElevationChurchUtah
Church Address: 375 State St. Clearfield, Utah 84015
At first, Pastor Matt seemed willing to answer our questions, but as is sometimes typical of church pastors, he wanted to avoid giving any answers in written form and insisted on speaking on the phone.
In the end, my schedule and circumstances (two little boys and three big dogs) prevented me from a phone conversation, and he still refuses to send his answers to our Questionnaire in writing. So, until he does, we’ll have to find the answers ourselves. Let’s see what we can muster up for you, church checkers.
1. What is your church's official position on tithing?
This church’s views on tithing are a little confusing. While on the one hand, they seem to acknowledge that the law of tithing is an Old Testament Law that no longer applies to Christians, on the other, they continually invoke the term on Christians as if it does, suggesting that even struggling, poor Christians who can’t afford to tithe should still give, even beyond their ability. (https://www.elevation.cc/online-giving)
2. Does your church have a particular set of rules or requirements that members must follow or abide by in order to retain their membership status with the church?
While we couldn’t find any kind of church membership agreement on this church’s website, there was one statement that seemed to suggest that they do in fact have one. We saw it on their Give Page (emphasis mine):
“Those that have said Elevation is their home church community have agreed to give as a sacrifice of joy.”
We’ll have to do further research to find out what this means for sure.
3. Are you transparent with your church's financial information? How much does your church bring in through donations and tithing, and how is that money distributed?
While some information regarding the church’s financial information is in fact given on their Give Page, this is still a far cry from true financial transparency. We need to know if the church provides its members, or even better, the public, with a report or information on how the church money is spent and distributed.
Here is the statement on their Give Page that does provide us with a little bit of information, however: