Church gets Approval for Helicopter Landing Pad

From the Associated Press :  

FEDERAL WAY — A city hearing examiner has approved a helicopter landing pad for a Federal Way church.

It would allow Pastors Casey and Wendy Treat to fly between the Christian Faith Center and its Everett campus. Unless neighbors appeal to the city council, Monday's decision will become final.

Some neighbors complained at a hearing of the possible noise. The hearing examiner said there would be no measurable increase. There are restrictions against frequent or nighttime flights.

A church spokesman told The Tacoma News Tribune a helicopter would be used only on major religious holidays or for special guest speakers.

The church moved about a year ago from SeaTac to Federal Way.

The comments under the link are pretty good as well. It's not exactly a great Christian testimony to be buying helicopters for your pastor during a recession.

And seriously, if you can afford a helicopter, do you really qualify a as non-profit? At some point shouldn't your earnings be taxed.  

9 thoughts on “Church gets Approval for Helicopter Landing Pad

  1. It’s not exactly a great Christian testimony to be buying helicopters for your pastor during a recession.

    No it isn’t.

    Kinda like these “heroes” and their $180 million contracts, while the average American joe is struggling to make ends meet on his 45k a year. :roll:

    And seriously, if you can afford a helicopter, do you really qualify a as non-profit? At some point shouldn’t your earnings be taxed.

    Seems pretty clear to me they should. Aren’t these guys the ones who love to be referred to as apostles?

    For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all….we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor.

    To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless;

    And we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure;

    When we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now.
    (1 Cor. 4:9-13, NASB)


  2. I can totally see it now… "Thank you church for being here today as we dedicate our new helicopter landing pad and helicopter. In much the same way that we have taken money from being Satan's tool and redeemed it for Jesus, today I want us to do the same for these two instruments associated primarily in the past with opulence and greed. From this day forth, let it be the Heaven Copter, ferrying our Lord's servants as they avoid afternoon traffic and minster to those in need of a good sermon. Amen! Oh, don't forget to drop your special offerings into the Copter Coffer on the way out – the monthly payment on that baby is a real b*tch. God bless!"

  3. Do they actually own a helicopter or do they rent one on these special occasions? I think it makes a difference. If they rent the heli and truly only use it for special speaker and holidays, then it is a $300 cost every other month when they need it. No quite so opulent.

    Just sayin’

  4. Good point. But the landing strip will cost quite a bit. Whether the church owns the helicopter or if renting, this sounds a bit too much. Even some of the wealthy businesspeople take the plane like everyone else for their business-related trips.

    If it is only for special occasions and special speakers why don’t those people travel like everyone else. Or is the first class section not good enough for these “special” speakers?

    This is another reason why I’ve lost faith in most charismatic leaders and megachurches.

  5. Helicopter landing pad is not quite as large as a tennis court. As for noise, FW to Everett (?) is in the SeaTac corridor so noise isn’t an issue. Flights would have to be coordinated with the FAA/SeaTac. Used to be when I worked in the Renton Benaroya buildings, there were daily helicopter flight lessons conducted by some business in the Green River valley – east of SeaTac – those small helicopters were hardly noticeable.

    Still, it’s a ridiculous practice and expense. From the school of “bloom where you are planted” and “organic Christianity”, 1 person can not ‘shepherd’ 2 flocks separated by 60 miles … in Biblical perspective, 60 miles is a 2 day walk. That one pastor has to be in control of 2 distinctly separate flocks, suggests that there is a problem with trust / delegation, etc. Paul had his Timothy who was continually present with the flock entrusted to him and involved in a personal way with the people … one pastor over 2 large, prosperous and remote congregations suggests greed in my view …

  6. I love how everyone is going overboard on this.

    for one, I guarantee that they didn’t purchase the chopper but rather pay a service. The upkeep and cost to keep a chopper flying is insane.

    And building a pad? its a freakin slab of concrete. Nothing special. There is one in my neighborhood, its about 15×15 feet of just normal sidewalk concrete.

    I think a lot of people go overboard with zero facts.


  7. Actually I do believe they own that thing. Did a little research and all signs point to ownership. I may be wrong and if so let me know but I’m pretty sure it’s their helo.

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