Minister Creflo Dollar asks for $60 million in donations for a new jet

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(CNN)– Creflo Dollar is hoping a few folks will see fit to bless him.

The minister, known for being a prosperity preacher at his Atlanta-area World Changers Church International, is seeking “200,000 people committed to sow $300 or more (to) help achieve our goal to purchase the G650 airplane.”

The figures are presented in a nearly six-minute video on the Creflo Dollar Ministries website and total more than $60 million needed to buy the Gulfstream G650, which goes for a reported $65 million. The project isn’t limited to member donations, as the site states that “we are asking members, partners and supporters of this ministry to assist us in acquiring a Gulfstream G650.”

The request goes on to detail that the luxury jet will transport Pastors Creflo and Taffi Dollar and member of the Dollars’ church around the globe to help them spread the gospel.

Prosperity gospel is a theology that promises wealth and health to those who tithe 10% of their income to the church.

The video includes parishioners, a pilot, a project manager and even the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, advocating on behalf of the pastor.

On the video, the pastor chronicles incidents involving his current jet, which has been in service for more than three decades: The right engine went out en route to Australia, but the plane was able to safely land at its destination thanks to the experience of the pilot and crew. During another trip, mechanical failure caused the jet to skid off a runway in London while Taffi Dollar and their three daughters were aboard.

Dollar attributed his family’s safe arrival to “a grace working on that airplane, that brought my girls back home to me, you understand what I am saying?” he said from the pulpit to thunderous applause.

Dollar said that after those incidents, he “knew that it was time to begin to believe God for a new airplane.”

The Gulfstream G650 would comfortably allow the ministry make its way around the world. It seats up to 14 passengers with berthing for six, according to gulfstream.com. The jet comes with two Rolls-Royce engines, high-speed Internet and two multichannel satellites and allows for a 2½-hour commute from New York to Los Angeles.

“The G650 is the biggest, fastest, most luxurious, longest range and most technologically advanced jet — by far,” according to the site.

In soliciting the donations, Dollar’s site states, “We need your help to continue reaching a lost and dying world for the Lord Jesus Christ. Your love gift of any amount will be greatly appreciated.”

Attempts to contact Dollar’s ministry for comment were unsuccessful.

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15 comments

    • blake

      maybe he should try the 100 fold return method even sowing some seed faith gifts im sure god will give him the money he needs

  • fred flintstone

    CNN isn’t a real news channel. Their just playing house. Report the news and stop chasing pastors. They’ll have a judge and so will you. I’ve seen better news on Sesame Street

  • S

    You mean Cashflo Dollar? God is not impress by ($dollar sign) Our love and faith in him. How dare these preachers are only focusing on money, money and more money. People are hurting. People are living on small disability income. They need hope and not to pester them for money. You give according to your ability. They all live in million dollar homes. Fine, no one is jealous. But, to call god name and treat his people like this is unacceptable. Please preachers have compassion. Our dear lord Jesus did not wear a suit. Did not take money from people but freely pray and bless the little children also. If your neighbor is in need for a meal, Yes, by all means you help. And to the pastor, you are preaching prosperity then why are you begging so much for money. Let god provide for you.

  • llindsey dean

    Foolish. American Airlines has a program where you can purchase lifetime travel (lots of corporations do it). You are guaranteed current fares and don’t have to pay increases for life. (can’t remember the name of the program). With 60 million, he would be able to do this for thousands of people in his church – more people to spread the word (if that is his TRUE goal).

  • GreaterThan Us

    How about having a campaign of $60 Million Dollars to help the Homeless instead of buying an airplane. Wouldn’t that be more Christ-like, like in Matthew 25? How about getting all his members to open their houses to the homeless like in Acts 2:42-47? After all, how important are our possessions to God? I guess Jesus was wrong, right? We should all have $60 million dollar airplanes. In Gods Presence, I don’t think so.

  • William Bruneau

    After reading the article, I have come up with my own interpretation of the events leading up to Mr. Dollar’s belief God wants him to have a new aircraft: Dollar says he “knew that it was time to begin to believe God for a new airplane.”
    Perhaps what God is saying to Mr. Dollars is…”Stop wasting My money on a private aircraft, fuel and maintenance needed to keep it in the air and instead…give to the poor!”
    Many of my closest friends minister to congregations in India. They are risking their lives right now to faithfully share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Money? They consider themselves blessed to have a bag of rice to feed their families.
    I will pray for Mr. Dollar and those who embrace the prosperity heresy because as the Bible says, they will be held to a higher standard. James 3:1 “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”

  • Jeannie

    Mr.Dollar,take this as a Wake UP call from The Lord,.. HE wants you to BE done with such Spending,and use it for the poor,. FLY Commercial,and the “Streets NEED to HEAR the Gospel!” ,.. God Grace was on your family,OBEY the LORD,YOU don’t need ANOTHER JET,.. He is trying to warn you,REPENT! ❤