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The ‘Power’ of Positive Thinking: Robert Schuller Ousted by Daughters

July 5, 2011

Robert Schuller who positively insists that everything will go positively positive if you are positively just positive enough has been ousted from the board of the church he helped create… by his daughters!

GARDEN GROVE – The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, who started his ministry in an Orange drive-in theater more than five decades ago, has been voted off the board of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, which has been torn apart by debt and familial disharmony for the last several years.

The church has not released information about the board meeting where Schuller, 84, was ousted, but his son Robert A. Schuller, who was himself forced out of the cathedral by his sisters and brothers-in-law three years ago, confirmed it Sunday.

The church’s financial travails, including a significant drop in donations and dwindling membership, culminated in its filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The church still owes about $7.5 million to unsecured creditors, many of whom are vendors for the cathedral’s “Glory of Christmas” pageant. According to a reorganization plan filed by church last month, they have an offer from Irvine developer, Greenlaw Partners LLC, to buy the core buildings for $46 million.

Read the whole story HERE

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Any person who tries to convince you that by the power of your positive attitude, or by the power of your positive mind, that surely, things will always turn out well for you are imbeciles. There is simply too much evidence to the contrary, and it is hilarious tension when it happens to one of the high wizards of positivity magic like Schuller.

This ‘ministry’ will not last more than 18 months. Shuller’s daughter who now hosts Hour of Power, Sheila Shuller Coleman, is horrible. Sure she has degrees in administration and leadership, but on stage she is grating, pointless, and about as charismatic as watching paint dry: those degrees are worthless for what she is attempting now. You either have it or you don’t.

I have seen this before: what they desperately need is some R & D. Not inexperienced, out-of-touch leaders surrounded by ‘yes’ persons and sycophants.

Doomed to failure.

For example: Shuller Coleman, in all of her hipness, decided to update the worship music–which was sorely needed–but instead of updating it to anything from the last couple of decades she decided to go with some 70’s gospel flavor. It is not very good. This has disenfranchised their usual followers and definitely will not attract any new ones.

It is only a matter of time until the debt piles so high they go off of the air and declare bankruptcy. They have nothing to offer anyone. They are finished.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. nazani14 permalink
    July 7, 2011 7:18 pm

    I’m very curious to know what a developer would do with the Crystal Cathedral. Man, I’d like to trick it out with some hydroponics.

  2. Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
    July 11, 2011 11:04 am

    Agathos: This looks to me like a palace coup. Any agreement?

    Nazani14: As in “SoCal’s biggest Grow House”?

    Anyway, morning drive-time mentioned the Catholic diocese was considering buying the property for the new cathedral. The current cathedral for the Diocese of Orange is a converted parish church (Holy Spirit in Orange) and is relatively small. The diocese was intending to build a new larger cathedral in or near downtown Santa Ana, but the Crystal Cathedral meltdown does open up a primo site (and possible existing building for redress) in Garden Grove near the 22 freeway.

    • July 11, 2011 11:08 am

      My guess is that the coup comes down to money. The people on the board are paid by the Cathedral, and I would think whatever Schuller was proposing threatened their cash-cow and they had to get rid of him to secure they could ruin whatever he built and get paid out nicely (probably in the millions for the daughters) for the resources that are left.

  3. October 31, 2011 5:54 pm

    In as much as i respect the right of the writer to freedom of expression and that he’s entitled to his opinion, he sounds like one that has some strong dislikes for the schullers and the church. But know that God can never be mocked! These are mere challenges in the life of the ministry and am very positive they’ll get over it. Am too sure about this.


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