Deferred Miracle?

Well… last week the judged ruled that the Crystal Cathedral will be sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.

Sunday at services at the CC, Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman thanked God for ‘intentionally delaying” a miracle.  Here’s what she said, according to the Orange County Register:

“Is a miracle delayed, denied?  We have many reasons to believe that God’s miracle will still come to pass and His glory will still shine all that much brighter.”

She said that in front of, the the Register listed as a ‘congregation of about 400’.

(If the picture above is true representation of the actual attendance on Sunday at one of the services, then things are beyond dire.)

Under the agreement with the Diocese, the CC could lease the core buildings for three years for $100,000 a month for the first year, $150,000/month for years 2 and 3.  But at the end of year three, they would have to vacate the premises.

Seems to me there are two options:

1.  Hold out for the big miracle with big faith, i.e. ‘play big or go home’; or

2.  Call it a day.  Pay off your creditors and move on shut this puppy down.

What would YOU do?


PS – I would probably call it a day.  (Take all the CC theology out of it).  We had a good run. Let’s pay off all the people we owe and distribute the few thousand we may have left.  And let’s bless these people as they move on to other ministries (and help them find a place).  Is this horrible thinking?



  • Garrett Sandeen November 21, 2011 Reply

    Trying to apply western business logic/principles to the Church, while tempting, would be a mistake. That said, given the church’s debt, leadership failures, and family feuding; I would have called it a day, as well.

  • Andrew November 21, 2011 Reply

    I’m with you.

  • TJ November 21, 2011 Reply

    I’m with you. There are many churches going all in with debt, then finding themselves in the same boat CC is in when hard times hit. Get rid of the pretty building if at all possible and get the focus back on the real work of the church. We aren’t called to build buildings and keep them. We are called to build the Kingdom of God.

  • Don Railey November 21, 2011 Reply

    Looks bleak for the Crystal Cathedral. They will probably “hold on” til there is nothing to hold on to…..a “Hail Mary” pass may be in order!! (pun intended)

  • Peter November 22, 2011 Reply

    Call it a day, at least at that location.

  • A Pastor in the Area November 22, 2011 Reply

    I don’t see this happening. The Schulllers are still getting regular paychecks. I don’t see them ever voluntarily shutting down their cash cow. But I agree with you that they should shut it down.

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