Posts Tagged ‘cathedral’

New Series THE VOICE Begins April 14th

March 29, 2012

The Voice Pastor Keith Craft SeriesPastor Keith Craft begins the New Series “THE VOICE” April 14th at Elevate Life Church in Frisco, Texas!

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Increase In Soles For Souls

March 28, 2012

UPDATE: 04/02/12:
Soles 4 Souls over 10,000 shoesWe have increased and exceeded our goal – over 10,000 Shoes have been donated!

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Soles For Souls Elevate Life Church Frisco Texas Record crowds at The Cathedral of Frisco as we Increase in Soles for Souls! Giving 10,000 pairs of shoes for the needy!

Pastors Keith & Sheila Craft invite you to bring your shoes and join us this weekend to get them to those in need. Soles 4 Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. CLICK HERE to read more about their Ministry.

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Join Us For Easter At The Cathedral of Frisco

March 23, 2012

2012 Easter at the Cathedral of Frisco Make Plans Now to Join Us for Easter at the Cathedral of Frisco on April 6th – 8th.

Bring your entire family and friends to Easter At The Cathedral.

Easter Service Times:
Friday, April 6th @ 7:00pm
Saturday, April 7th @ 6:00pm
Sunday, April 8th @ 9:00am, 11:00am

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Welcome To The Cathedral of Frisco

March 7, 2012

Cathedral of Frisco BrochureVisit the Cathedral of Frisco website – www.CathedralOfFrisco.com – to Read News Articles & the Dedication Brochure.  Watch the Dedication Recap.

GOD’S HOUSE
2 Samuel 7:5 “Go and tell My servant David, Thus says the Lord: Would you build a house for Me to dwell in?”

From the early days of the Exodus, until now, God’s pattern has been to have a house where He is worshiped. Not only for those who do believe, but for those who will believe because they come to the “house of the Lord.”

We believe this place will be a place where the glory of God will be revealed. Jesus will be elevated, Families will be equipped. Leaders will be empowered and people will because of the greatness of God, see the greatness within themselves.

www.CathedralOfFrisco.com

Easter At The Cathedral Of Frisco

February 16, 2012

Easter at The Cathedral of Frisco Make Plans Now to Join Us for Easter at the Cathedral of Frisco on April 6th – 8th.

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Mark your calendars, rev your engines and bring your entire family and friends to Easter At The Cathedral.

Easter Service Times:
Friday, April 6th @ 7:00pm
Saturday, April 7th @ 6:00pm
Sunday, April 8th @ 9:00am, 11:00am

In addition to multiple Easter services, Elevate Life will host fun activities for the whole family on Saturday, April 7th from 10:00am-2:00pm.

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Christian Post Article: Joel Osteen Dedicates Elevate Life’s New Cathedral

February 13, 2012

Joel Osteen Dedicates Elevate Life’s New Cathedral as a ‘Place of Destiny’

By Ravelle Mohammed , Christian Post Reporter
February 13, 2012|2:47 pm

Joel Osteen Cathedral of Frisco Elevate Life Church Frisco, Texas

Mike Coscia / WFAA

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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Houston Chronicle Article: Joel Osteen Dedicates Giant Dallas-Area Cathedral

February 12, 2012
Joel Osteen Cathedral of Frisco

Elevate Life Church/Chronicle

Joel Osteen knows a thing or two about big churches (his being the country’s largest), and this weekend, he helped a fellow Texas megachurch pastor dedicate a new, nearly ten-story church building in the Dallas area last weekend.

Osteen, of Lakewood Church in Houston, spoke at celebrations for the opening of the Cathedral of Frisco, a new, gothic-style building that’s part of Elevate Life Church, according to news reports.

The nondenominational mega-church, led by Pastors Keith and Sheila Craft, has a weekly attendance of about 7,000.

Even without factoring tech costs, the congregation spent more than $23 million on this addition, the Dallas Morning-News reported. The building is 100,000 square feet, with giant chandeliers and extensive A/V equipment.

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WFAA Article: Joel Osteen dedicates Cathedral of Frisco

February 12, 2012
MikeCosciaWFAA

Mike Coscia / WFAA

WFAA
Posted on February 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

FRISCO — An eight-story cathedral opened in Frisco on Sunday, and the pastor with the largest U.S. congregation showed up to help dedicate the city’s new landmark.

Joel Osteen took part in the celebration Sunday evening before a packed congregation. The new cathedral is part of the expansion of Elevate Life Church.

Osteen told worshipers to expect great things and to be faithful church members. “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,” he said.

Osteen added that his destiny was to grow Houston’s Lakewood Church from 90 members to more than 43,000 members in attendance every week.

More special events will continue through Wednesday to dedicate the Cathedral of Frisco.

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5 Days of Powerful Worship and Ministry

February 11, 2012

Cathedral of Frisco Dedication WeekJoin Us As We Dedicate The Cathedral of Frisco With 5 Days of Powerful Worship and Ministry!

Saturday, February 11th @ 6pm
Sunday, February 12th @ 9am and 11am
Sunday, February 12th @ 6pm
Monday, February 13th @ 7pm
Tuesday, February 14th @ 7pm
Wednesday, February 15th @ 7pm

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Dallas Morning News Article: Cathedral of Frisco blends old with new

February 10, 2012
Pastor Keith Craft in the Cathedral of Frisco

Louis DeLuca/Staff Photographer. How big is the new cathedral? Pastor Keith Craft knows. It has 3,005 seats, and architect Nicholas Cade said that the Craft was part of the inspiration for its design. “He’s larger than life.”

By VALERIE WIGGLESWORTH
Staff Writer
vwigglesworth@dallasnews.com
Published: 10 February 2012 10:18 PM

The new Cathedral of Frisco brings together the traditional lines of Gothic architecture and the latest in state-of-the-art technology to serve a rapidly growing congregation.

“We wanted to create an experience for people,” pastor Keith Craft said this week as he toured the flurry of activity to finish the nearly 100,000-square-foot addition to Elevate Life Church. “We wanted people not just to see a building but to feel God.”

Religious leaders from across the country will be in Frisco to help celebrate with five days of dedication services that start Saturday night at the church, which traces its roots to services in an elementary school room more than 10 years ago.

Among them is Craft’s friend and televangelist Joel Osteen , who leads America’s largest congregation, at Lakewood Church in Houston. Osteen will lead the Sunday evening services at Elevate Life. Sunday morning services will be led by George Wood, superintendent of the Assemblies of God, the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination.

The Cathedral of Frisco’s design leaves no doubt that it is a house of worship. The pointed arches of the narthex stretch 100 feet skyward. That vertical feel continues with the narrow windows lining either side. Grandeur pervades the place, from the extensive cast stone work and gas-fired lanterns on the outside to the custom-made chandeliers and giant stained-glass window inside.

Beyond the grand entryway lies a sanctuary with 3,005 stadium-style seats. The high-tech features onstage rival the best that theatrical productions have to offer. The sound system is the same type used in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. A production crew of 20 will operate the extensive audio, video and lighting systems from a control room.

“We’re a very modern church, but we hold very dear to the traditions of faith,” team pastor Tad Tomaseski said.

To christen the building, volunteers are reading the Bible aloud from cover to cover with hour-long shifts. Craft started at 10 p.m. Tuesday with the words “In the beginning.” His son, Josh, will conclude with “Amen” just before the first service Saturday night.

Growing up

The multimillion-dollar cathedral that towers over the surrounding suburban rooftops is a long way from the church’s beginnings.

Craft spent years preaching around the world with a group of Christian bodybuilders. He later made a name for himself as a motivational speaker, sharing the stage with Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev. His message focuses on the values of leadership.

A group of Frisco residents invited him to settle in Texas and use his “leadershipology” as the basis for a new church. Craft and his wife, pastor Sheila Craft, agreed. Their first services were held in a Frisco elementary school in January 2000.

The church’s original sanctuary opened on 27 acres in western Frisco in 2004. Three years later, ground was broken for the new cathedral. The church’s new name, Elevate Life, came in 2009.

Last fall, the church opened Frisco’s first charter school. Leadership Prep School emphasizes leadership skills for its 250 students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Plans are to add a grade each year. The building of a high school also is planned.

Today, Elevate Life’s membership is about 7,000, and it’s still growing.

Old World influence

The new cathedral was originally planned with a modern design. But the Crafts’ tour of historic churches in Europe changed their minds.

Nicholas Cade and his Dallas architectural firm NCA Partners were tasked with creating the Old World design.

“We try to reflect what the church is all about and get their personality and their stamp,” said Cade, who noted Craft was part of the inspiration. “He’s larger than life. … Our job as architects is to try to capture that and present it through the structure.”

The new building has a large children’s wing. It also features a bookstore and an extensive coffee bar with Wi-Fi that will be open to the public. All proceeds will go toward the church’s ministries, which extend from local nonprofits to global groups that help those in need.

There’s also talk of sharing the new sanctuary with community groups. And Craft has visions for the largest production of The A Christmas Carol that North Texas has ever seen. The possibilities seem endless, yet Craft is quick to offer a reminder.

“The building is for one purpose,” he said, “to point people to Christ.”

WHAT’S NEXT

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 http://www.elevatelife.com. Schedule of services:

SATURDAY

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

SUNDAY

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

MONDAY

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

TUESDAY

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

WEDNESDAY

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

AT A GLANCE

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

SOURCE: Elevate Life Church

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