Schuller Out

Wow.  News that Robert H. Schuller has been voted off the board at the Crystal Cathedral.  His wife voted for him to stay, but the rest of the board voted him off, at least as a voting member, of the CC board.

According to the church:  “This will free up Dr. Schuller’s time for more speaking engagements and a writing project he has wanted to tackle. He will also continue to speak in the pulpit of the Crystal Cathedral and on the Hour of Power, and meet with staff in creative and vision-casting meetings.”

But according to Schuller’s son, Robert A., who himself was voted off the board three years ago, Dad’s ouster came because he wanted more people to sit on the board (which, I believe, is made up of mostly family members).  Robert A.:  “They kicked him off. … I feel bad for him because he’s had to watch his life’s work go down the toilet the last three years,”

Here’s the article…

Another thing that really interested me:  a quote from a current CC staffer of 28 years about the current leadership and Robert H.:

“They weren’t letting him do anything anyway. Those of us here see it as symbolically awful,” said Pastor James Kok, who has been on staff with Crystal Cathedral Ministries for 28 years. “They had effectively stopped listening to him two or three years ago. It’s symbolic, not functional. He was mostly put on the shelf by his daughters.”

About the leadership style of the sisters, Kok said, “They just do things. They don’t ask anybody.”

Somebody’s gonna be called into the main office this morning, I fear.

What a mess.

What do you think will ultimately happen with the CC?  Will they be able to make it out of bankruptcy?  And if not, what ultimately will happen to the church, and to the iconic building we currently know as the Crystal Cathedral?



  • Peter July 5, 2011 Reply

    It’s sad to watch the decline. Almost makes you wish they would just shut their doors and be done with it.

    Or… perhaps just become a spanish-language church. They’re becoming one anyway, aren’t they?

  • kjc July 5, 2011 Reply

    Real sad to me, I hate to bring sports into the conversation but getting rid of Bro. Robert Schuller is like the Penn state football team getting rid of Coach Joe, I am reminded how they fired Coach Bobby Bowden at Fla state a few yrs ago. —- Just one more example of how the church treats leaders some times, sad for sure, I wish him the best in the future he has touched many lives.

  • Ron Keener July 11, 2011 Reply

    A friend says that “based on a court document I saw yesterday, the board members are Robert H. Schuller, Arvella Schuller, Jim Penner, Rick Mysse and Gwyn Myers.”

    That would mean that if Arvella and Robert voted against the motion, then son in law Penner voted in the affirmative, against the family. Mysse is the Reformed synod executive (or was) and I don’t know Myers.

    Looks like a schism in the family, especially if the sisters/daughters are doing their own thing without father.
    Film at 11.

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