What lessons can we learn from the decline of the Crystal Cathedral?
News comes from California today that the Crystal Cathedral is for sale. The megachurch founded and developed by Robert H. Schuller has accumulated so much debt that selling the iconic Southern California facility is the only option.
Some point to Schuller and the Crystal Cathedral as pioneers of the megachurch phenomenon that has swept through American evangelicalism since the 1970s. But that raises a question. Are other megachurches poised to face the same fate as the Crystal Cathedral?
The troubles for the Crystal Cathedral became apparent after Robert Schuller stepped down and handed the ministry to his son, Robert Anthony Schuller. By 2008 factions and disagreements emerged among the church's leaders, and the younger Schuller eventually resigned. His sister, Sheila Schuller Coleman, then took over as the senior pastor, but according to a report in the LA Times, the congregation "has not fully embraced" her.
The difficulty in finding a successor to Robert Schuller has resulted in declining attendance, increasing debt, and now the loss of the church's most valuable (earthly) asset--its property
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