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Joel Osteen, senior pastor of America's fastest growing megachurch, has helped dedicate a new cathedral affiliated with Elevate Life Church, telling those in attendance that the new worship center "is a place of destiny."

The Cathedral of Frisco, situated on 27 acres of land in eastern Denton County, extends nearly 100,000 square feet and stretches about 10 stories high. The Gothic-inspired church also sports state-of-the-art technology that allows stadium-style seating for up to 3,000 people. 

Osteen told the Elevate life congregation Sunday to expect great things and to be faithful churchgoers,WFAA-TV reported.

"I hoped tonight you'll be inspired to say, 'Hey – this is a place of destiny, and I'm a person of destiny.' You know, we didn't just happen to show up in the year of 2012," the Lakewood Church pastor said.

According to Dallas News, church members were in awe of Cathedral Frisco – which features a bookstore, coffee shop, and a large children's ministry space.

The dedication service saw a 3,000-pound pipe organ lowered from the ceiling and a 100-person choir perform. "I'm in total awe – to just watch from the very beginning as the vision was cast," said Angela Shaffer, 49. "It's more than what we ever could have imagined."

"We really wanted to bring the old to the new," David Stroud, one of the church's pastors, said of the cathedral's design, Dallas News reported.

Keith Craft, co-pastor of Elevate Life Church, who led the first dedication service Saturday evening, said, "It's a very amazing, surreal day that it's finally here" during service the following day. 

Pastor Craft had relayed in a Dallas News interview that his hope for the cathedral was to be "the pinnacle building in [the] community to point people toward Christ."

Elevate Life Church, a non-denominational community, will continue dedication services – which has a slated attendance of over 70 pastors from across the U.S. – through Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The dedication schedule is as follows, with events beginning at 7 p.m. local time:

  • Monday: Ed Young, founder and senior pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine
  • Tuesday: Stovall Weems, founder and lead pastor of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Wednesday: Denny Duron, chancellor of Evangel Christian Academy and pastor of First Assembly of God in Shreveport, La.

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I seen the word Christ one time in this entire article

I had to read it twice to find it actually Joy. The most incredible church I've ever seen in my life. I bet it competes with Solomon's. I use the term "church" loosely here.

Dedication services

Dedication services for the Cathedral of Frisco will be today through Wednesday at Elevate Life Church, 8500 Teel Parkway. The public is invited to attend. Services will also be broadcast live online at Schedule of services:


6 p.m. with Keith Craft, senior pastor of Elevate Life Church


9 and 11 a.m. with Dr. George Wood, superintendent of the Assemblies of God, the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination with more than 60 million members

6 p.m. with Joel Osteen, senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, and a visit from Frisco Mayor Maher Maso


7 p.m. with Ed Young, founder and senior pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine


7 p.m. with Stovall Weems, founder and lead pastor of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Fla.


7 p.m. with Denny Duron, chancellor of Evangel Christian Academy and pastor of First Assembly of God in Shreveport, La.

SOURCE: Elevate Life Church


Cathedral numbers

A look at some of the numbers involved in the construction of Elevate Life’s Cathedral of Frisco:

$23 million-plus — Cost for site prep and building (excludes technology)

$2 million — Value of donated services for cathedral

100,000 square feet — Addition to Elevate Life’s 27-acre campus

1,300-plus — Number of dimmers installed for light fixtures

100 feet — Height of cathedral

92 hours — Time it will take volunteers to read the Bible aloud from start to finish as part of dedication week

33 feet — Width of each of the two three-tiered chandeliers suspended from cathedral ceiling

20 volunteers — Number of people needed to run extensive audio, video and light system during services

11-plus miles — Audio-visual cable installed

1 Bible — Planted in cement under main stage of sanctuary

Joel Osteen. The wolf in sheep's clothing.

And they walk around India, Africa & Pakistan without a Bible one, get beat for their beliefs, husbands desert them because they accept Christ but let's put 1300 light switches in our church first because you never know when you might need to dim 13000 gazillion lights. Wonder if they pay people to monitor each of these light dimming sections? Children sleep on the ground but let's put our bed on top of the church but it's not a gimmick. As we take 92 hours to dedicate a building, no it's an idol, let's not worry about taking those 92 hours to share the gospel message to a lost world. And let's run 11 miles of wiring while people don't even have electricity.

Do you think they have the "smoothie life" at Elevate?


Yep. For now

Does these 5 million members not ever pick up a Bible? I love to feel warm & fuzzy too but for crying out loud

Actually Tammy, they do, (so to speak).  With it in raised hand above their heads they repeat after Joel: "This is my bible, I am what it says I am. I have what it says I have, I can do what it says I can do"..... and so on

To that I say AMEN.

Jer 12:10  Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
Jer 12:11  They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart.
Jer 23:11  For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.
Jer 23:17  They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

Act 20:29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Act 20:30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Mat 24:11  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many

2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

1Th 5:6  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

lolol. Can I laugh now? Maybe I should say, does any of them open it?

There is a Bible at Elevate ... It's buried beneath the concrete on the platform.

Here's the video where Pastor Keith Craft plants the word! :)


What got me was how when he said Amen, he looked straight at the camera as if he was making a commercial, which of course, he was. 


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