The well-known Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar is asking people to donate $300 each in order to buy him a new $65 million private jet so he can fly around the world spreading the word of God as well as the love of Jesus.
While the pastor’s last name is apt for him, the name he gave to his $65 million fundraiser is equally apt, calling it an, “airplane project” which was in some way connected to “Empowering Change,” in his words.
Pastor Dollar is no stranger to flying around in a private jet, having done so for a while now, until his aircraft started to get old and needed replacing.
In a heartfelt appeal on his website, Dollar wrote about the project.
“The ministry’s current airplane was built in 1984, purchased by the ministry in 1999 and has since logged four million miles. Recently on an overseas trip to a global conference, one of the engines failed. By the grace of God, the expert pilot, who’s flown with Creflo for almost 20 years, landed the plane safely without injury or harm to any passengers.”
Obviously for Dollar, a regular domestic flight wouldn’t suffice, as he said on his site that a private jet enables him to “safely and swiftly share the Good News of the Gospel worldwide” in a way that commercial aircrafts no doubt just couldn’t.
In continuing to appeal to the generous side of his followers, Dollar adds, “We are believing for 200,000 people to give contributions of 300 U.S. dollars or more to turn this dream into a reality—and allow us to retire the aircraft that served us well for many years.”
For those of you who aren’t familiar with him, Dollar, who was reportedly born Michael Smith, is a televangelist who hosts Changing Your World.
While Dollar’s annual salary is not known, The New York Times has reported that his church brings in an estimated $4 million annually.
As Michael Luo write in the publication, “About $800,000 of it goes toward renting the theater in Madison Square Garden; an additional $84,000 pays for the church’s rented office space nearby; only about $120,000 is spent on the salaries of three people who are on staff.”