SOUTH CHARLOTTE – VIP-team volunteer leader Russell Goetting described it best. He said it felt “like Christmas eve” in anticipation of opening weekend at Elevation Blakeney. Like the rest of us, he expected God to move mightily in South Charlotte the second weekend in November. But truly, God blew away even our highest expectations.
It wasn’t just the beautiful new building, or the impact of how many lives we knew would be changed, or that anxious Elevators eager to get a good seat were causing traffic jams on the way to church. The big excitement as we launched Elevation Blakeney was the premiere of LIVE point-to-point technology that allows Elevation Church for the first time to truly be ONE church LIVE at all four locations.
“It matters because we know people love to see Pastor live,” said Operations Pastor Josh Blackson. Pastor Steven Furtick was live at all four campuses via satellite this opening weekend. Eventually, fiber lines will allow the live feed to work BETWEEN all the campuses as well – allowing Pastor Steven to communicate directly to each of the campuses, and to have them respond, live. “The new technology will really showcase the spontaneity of Pastor’s preaching style,” said Blackson.
And the response at the campuses was overwhelming. “The power of the technology really shined in the worship. To see the hands of people across town at Blakeney raised in worship at the same time we were worshipping at Providence High School was just incredible.”
Beyond the ability to be one body worshipping Christ in four locations at the same time, Elevation Blakeney also is uniquely positioned to become the cultural hub of South Charlotte. Built for church on the weekends, the performing arts and media center is available to the public for concerts, recitals, and other special events.
But it’s the life-change stories that will continue to make opening weekend so memorable. Goetting says one first-time guest who just happened to be in town from Ireland accepted Christ at the Elevation Blakeney grand opening. “God is drawing people from all over the world to Elevation, and it is just phenomenal,” he said.
To find out more about Elevation Blakeney for your upcoming event, go to www.elevationblakeney.com