The prevalent televangelist and founder of Atlanta-based World Changers Church International wants 200,000 people to donate $300 each so he can purchase a luxurious $60 million Gulfstream G650 airplane for his ministry — an airplane popular among billionaires.
Donations over the $300 mark are also welcome.
Reverend Creflo Dollar, 53, posted a five-minute video to his website asking for donations toward the plane.
Dollar said the airplane is needed so “World Changers Church International can continue to blanket the globe with the Gospel of grace.”
Dollar preaches all over the world, but normally works out of his “World Dome” amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia, broadcasting his sermons across the country.
The private airplane Dollar had been using was reportedly damaged during an overseas trip, and he says if it were not for his skillful pilot, tragedy could have struck, per the Christian Post.
"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," said the website appeal.
Why does Dollar need to replace his old airplane with one of the most luxurious private jets available today?
An explanation was not given.
"Due to this recent incident coupled with the 31 years the airplane has been in service, we believe it is time to replace this aircraft so that our Pastors and staff can continue to safely and swiftly share the Good News of the Gospel worldwide. Believe it or not, there are still millions of people on this planet who have never heard of Jesus Christ and know nothing of His greatness. Our hearts desire to see precious lives changed and snatched out of darkness and thrust into His marvelous light! We need your help to continue reaching a lost and dying world for the Lord Jesus Christ.
”The mission of Project G650 is to acquire a Gulfstream G650 airplane so that Pastors Creflo and Taffi and World Changers Church International can continue to blanket the globe with the Gospel of grace. We are believing for 200,000 people to give contributions of 300 US dollars or more to turn this dream into a reality — and allow us to retire the aircraft that served us well for many years," the appeal said.
As of this morning, the video is no longer viewable on the website, reports CNN.
World Changers Church International preaches prosperity gospel, promising wealth and health to those who give 10 percent of their income to the church.
Dollar owns two Rolls-Royce vehicles and multi-million dollar homes in Atlanta and New Jersey.
His estimated net worth is $27 million, reports The Daily Mail.
There has been controversy surrounding World Changers Church International, which reportedly has about 30,000 constituents, and Dollar himself.
In June 2012, Dollar’s 15-year-old daughter called 911, accusing her father of punching and choking her at their Atlanta home. She claimed it was not the first time something like that had happened and that she felt threatened living in the house.
Charges were brought against Dollar for family brutality and juvenile cruelty. They were later dropped, but he did have to attend a three-month anger management program.
Dollar addressed his arrest two days later during one of his sermons.
“I will say this emphatically: I should have never been arrested,” Dollar said.
Dollar denied abusing his daughter and said it was a family argument with “heightened emotions."
Dollar’s wife, Taffi, introduces him at sermons, claiming he comes “face to face with God, like Moses,” and also includes regularly that “every tongue that rises up against [Dollar] will be struck down.”
An example of the amount of money Dollar receives for visiting a church was revealed last year during an interview with World Changers Church International representative Kayla Dollar.
According to Kayla, Dollar receives a fuel stipend for his travel equal to one half of the total cost of fuel.
"He does not have a set honorarium now but he does just ask for half of his fuel to be paid while travelling and then anything else if you want to add just as a love offering, would be fine," Kayla explained.
She said the fuel bill to New York City would be $9,500. The receiving church or organization would be required to pay half.
"The cost is $9,500 so he would ask for half of that so $4,750," Kayla said.
The price is fixed regardless of the size of the crowd.