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Apr 11, 2019 by Helena

Pastors Wearing $800 Shoes, This New Instagram Account "PreachersNSneakers" Calls Them Out

You might have heard some hustle and bustle around a new Instagram account "PreachersNSneakers". Churchleaders.com reports that the account started out as a joke and was created by an anonymous self-described evangelical Christian who also dabbles in buying and reselling sneakers, but it has now grown into heated discussions on pastors, finances, and stewardship. 

I just think that if you’re in church you should know how your pastor is spending the money,

“I’m not trying to cause a division…I just think that if you’re in church you should know how your pastor is spending the money,” the creator of the account told Fashionista.com.

The creator, who Fashionista refers to by the pseudonym Tyler Jones, started the account a couple of weeks ago and is has grown so much in those short weeks. He came watching a worship song by Elevation Worship, and he noticed that the worship leader was wearing a pair of Yeezy 750s, which Jones says resell for around $800. Familiar with the average church-workers salary (Jones’ wife works at a church), he was shocked by what he was seeing. When he dug a little more he found out that the senior pastor: Steven Furtick also likes to wear "nice shoes".

“All I do is find pictures, look up the things that they’re wearing and then put out the current market price and let you decide what you feel about that, you know?” Jones says. Jones uses a site called StockX which tracks what the market is willing to pay for a new pair of particular shoes. 

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The dude @stevenfurtick legit wearing my favorite pair of SBB Jordan 1’s. Tithe-to-Drip ratio ANOTHER LEVEL

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His account has now over 111,000 followers and scores of comments which range from Atheists saying ‘Dude, this is hilarious. It’s crazy the money that these preachers make.’ or people in ministry that say ‘Thank you, keep doing what you’re doing. It’s prompting a discussion around what leadership and stewardship look like within the church.’

Wanna know what’s crazy? I legit did not pay for one thing I am wearing

Pictures of Chad Veach, pastor of Zoe Church in Los Angeles, show up on PreachersNSneakers more than pictures of any other pastor. One of Jones’ early posts featuring Veach actually caused a stir that led to Veach changing his Instagram handle. Jones had tagged Veach in the post, who commented: “Wanna know what’s crazy? I legit did not pay for one thing I am wearing. Is that wild to you? that’s wild to me… Thanks for the shout out tho. You’re a blessing.” Shortly afterward, Veach deleted his comment and changed his account handle.

Other pastors to grace the account are Judah Smith, Carl Lentz, Rich Wilkerson Jr., John Gray, Mike Todd, Erwin McManus, Robert Madu, Levi Lusko, Ron Carpenter, Keion Henderson, Nathan Finochio, David Crank and Jimmy Rollins. There are even a couple of worship leaders sited on the account. 



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