Well, it’s all come down to this.
All the Schullers are out. Most have been booted and fired from the board and their positions.
And CC senior pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman announced Sunday: “This is the last Sunday we will be worshiping in this building.”
She’s leaving to start a new church, location yet to be determined (even though it starts this Sunday).
“My entire family has been experiencing a hostile work environment,” said Coleman.
Right after she made the announcement, another CC pastor, Bill Bennett, assured the people gathered at the CC that they would meet, as usual, at the CC next Sunday, just like always.
And the format will go back to traditional worship… organ, choir, the whole she-bang.
So now, the Crystal Cathedral, for the first time ever, has virtually no Schuller at the helm or on the board. None.
And what are Robert and Arvella doing? According to a statement from Arvella (Sheila’s mother):
“We will bless her faith pursuits as we have blessed all our children, but we will not be moving with her to the new location nor are we willing, at this time, to commit to participating in worship at the Crystal Cathedral… How we will express ourselves in worship remains up in the air.”
Who will be the new senior pastor at the Crystal Cathedral? No one seems to know yet? But one thing’s for sure… they’ll have an uphill battle, including their own physical transition from the CC building within two years, when the Catholic Diocease of Orange becomes the new permanent occupant of the facility they purchased earlier this year.