Wow. Â News that Robert H. Schuller has been voted off the board at the Crystal Cathedral. Â 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: Â â€œThis will free up Dr. Schullerâ€™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). Â Robert A.: Â â€œThey kicked him off. … I feel bad for him because heâ€™s had to watch his lifeâ€™s work go down the toilet the last three years,â€
Another thing that really interested me: Â a quote from a current CC staffer of 28 years about the current leadership and Robert H.:
â€œThey werenâ€™t letting him do anything anyway. Those of us here see it as symbolically awful,â€ said Pastor James Kok, who has been on staff with Crystal Cathedral Ministries for 28 years. â€œThey had effectively stopped listening to him two or three years ago. Itâ€™s symbolic, not functional. He was mostly put on the shelf by his daughters.â€
About the leadership style of the sisters, Kok said, â€œThey just do things. They donâ€™t ask anybody.â€
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? Â Will they be able to make it out of bankruptcy? Â And if not, what ultimately will happen to the church, and to the iconic building we currently know as the Crystal Cathedral?