It’s official: Robert Schuller’s ministry has lost its ‘power’ and files bankruptcy

Posted: October 18, 2010 in Above the Fold, Follow up, Snap, Crackle and POP Culture, Televised Theology and Toiletries
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A look inside of the Crystal Cathedral

File Chapter 11 and this is what a church probably looks like, from the inside out

News hailing from the Orange County Weekly and Reuters reports what we only knew was just a fleeting moment away: the nation’s first megachurch, the Crystal Cathedral, has filed Chapter 11.

Crystal Cathedral Ministries, founded by Dr. Robert Schuller, best known for its weekly “Hour of Power” television program that it claims has 20 million viewers, listed assets and debts of between $50 million and $100 million each, according to documents filed on Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana, California. Its largest creditors include several U.S. television stations.

What began as a sticky family divorce is now a nasty separation of church and state. Pity.

This is a guy who created more than a trend; he established the genesis of the modern church – run like a business, looks like a corporation and “feels” like a church. Oh yeah, that one.

There is a microcosm forming here, only I wish more megachurch pastors would pay attention the tsunami it is creating. I’ve thought about it, and typed as much for years, but I will cite a source from the OC Weekly instead:

Maybe if Schuller had ditched the endless tours and paid more attention to his church, the Crystal Cathedral wouldn’t be in this situation today. Or maybe he understood that it’s Christ’s message that’s more important, not so much paying bills on time.

MEMO to the Elder Schuller: You know, if  you weren’t kicking your son out of the pulpit, making your church into an Amway convention, skipping town on your bills and deciding the only way to save the place is give those same tired motivational messages (instead of sticking to the power of the Gospel that got you there in the first place), perhaps you would still have a church.

However, there you are blaming the recession or whatever else sounds biblical in the face of a tragic decline in giving and church participation. Take it from all the talking heads on the national networks. These are the days of a persnickety shopper. If you don’t give them a reason to invest their money, they won’t.

Moral of the story? The secondary opportunities that come up as a result of your ministry are just that – secondary.

Tend to the greater vision at hand and all those other things will happen. Don’t worry about sheering out a TBN contract when you should have been tending to your flock. Oh, and your family.

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  2. lisa says:

    I feel that people are being very nasty in talking about the Sr. the way they have—calling him an old codger and preaching the same old stuff not,ditching endless tours andpaying more attention to the church.Afterall, he built that church and his son should be happy to walk in his footsteps. all the mean things said about him, what about his son, he is not perfect—honor the father and mother,and I wish the family would get together and make plans for the church, and stop worrying so much about money and spread the WORD,

  3. It is very sad, Dr. Schuller himself to witness this at his age. I pray to God to grant him strengths to take all that is happening to his Ministry in a positive way. Myself from the third world where it was not possible to watch ‘The hour of power live”, we real enjoyed your books as well as daily emails sent in our inboxes. Myself and my family we love you Dr. Schuller, you contributed a lot in my family through your writtings. Bernadette

  4. Breck A says:

    This man never preached the gospel. His yap about a new reformation based on self-esteem has no scriptual backing, only a handful of scriptures grossly taken out of balance and stressed to absurdity. His silly empire is falling because of God’s judgment, does anyone have eyes that see?

    If somehow it survives, through “better business management,” or “more astute marketing,” or whatever, its even-sillier materialism will be of itself an even-greater judgment; a living satire; a testimony to christianoid nihilism with praise to merchandising techniques, and greater yet will be it’s punishment. Schuller needs to simply repent and re-learn the gospel. God needs no stupid crystal building.

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