Crystal Cathedral’s Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman announced on Sunday, during an emotional worship, that she will be leaving and starting a new church.
This is a move that could split the congregation of the Crystal Cathedral. “It’s a shame to see a church split like this. I think this is the birth of a new ministry,” Mike Abbott, a 47-years old mechanical engineer from Highland said. He also added the he will make the move with Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman.
Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman told congregants at the Crystal Cathedral designed by architect Phillip Johnson which is a 10,000-pane glass cathedral, “This is the last Sunday we will be worshiping in this building.”
Schuller Coleman’s announcement to leave the Crystal Cathedral came just one day after her parents and church founder Robert H. Schuller and his wife, Arvella Schuller, resigned from the Crystal Cathedral’s board of directors because of negotiations over financial claims against the church.
Arvella Schuller said in a statement on Saturday, “We cannot continue to serve on the board in what has become an adversarial and negative atmosphere, especially since it now seems that it will not be ending anytime soon.”
Attorney for the Schuller’s, Carl Grumer said, “The couple and their daughter, Carol Schuller Milner, have alleged in bankruptcy court that the church owes them money for copyright infringement, intellectual property violations and unpaid contracts.”
The ministry is known for their “Hour of Power” broadcast. Yet, the future of the show and the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral Ministries are still unclear. The church was sold for $57.5 million, in a bankruptcy sale in February to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and the ministry has three years to find a new home.
Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman’s parents expressed an approval of their daughter and her decision in a statement released Sunday afternoon saying, “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.”
“Hour of Power” is currently showing re-runs while the production is on hold. The church has faced with declining donations.