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Crystal Cathedral goes up for sale

By ADELLE M. BANKS
c. 2011 Religion News Service

(RNS) The Crystal Cathedral has announced plans to sell its iconic glass-walled church in Southern California to pay back creditors and overcome bankruptcy.

Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman, daughter of founder Robert H. Schuller, said the church will remain as a tenant and will have the option to buy back some of church’s campus in Garden Grove.

“We are thankful to the vendors for their patience and we are so sorry for any pain that they have incurred,” Schuller said in a statement on Thursday (May 26).

The church campus is expected to be sold to an unnamed real estate investment group with a 15-year leaseback plan. The megachurch known for its Hour of Power television broadcast filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from its creditors last October.

At the time of the filing, the church owed $7.5 million to creditors, and has cut back staff, reduced airtime and halted its extravagant holiday pageants.

Under the plan, the worship services and broadcasts are expected to continue without interruption, the church said. The Crystal Cathedral has been torn by controversy since the 2006 departure of Robert H. Schuller as pastor.



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    That’s what happens when you spend too much money.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    I’d buy it if it was more practical but it makes no sense community wise.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    They were fortunate to not only sell the Church and land on a buy back, but be able to lease it and have fifteen yrs. to buy something back. Bet the creditors are happy.

  • http://NPRPRN NPR PRN

    When my now 17yo daughter was 4, we had driven by the Crystal Cathedral; my daughter told me that it was to be home when she grew up. Guess I should check out the price and see if her income from Target will cover it.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Minister S.C.

    My heart saddens for this. God knows what may occur after this. One known fact that Dr. Schuller knows and the Crystal Cathedral Family is that Jesus will never “leave them nor forsake them”. I have found that turning a negative into a positive is one thing Satan hates next to Jesus Christ and praise and worship. They are more “than conquerors through Jesus Christ our Lord.” May God richly bless the Crystal Cathedral Family and May Heaven Shine Upon Them. Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” AMEN!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    Ive been invited to speak there, I never did accept the invitation I guess there’s no need to ponder any longer.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jestrfyl

    Just goes to show what happens when you are “of” the world and not simply “in” the world. Financial wranglings like this often end poorly. Tine to escape the prosperity angle and take up actual ministry with and for people, not as entertainment and easy distraction.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Bill

    Prudence, restraint and planning have been invented a long time ago. When a business owner fails to run the business responsibly, they must suffer the consequences. Jesus or Satan do not get involved, at least there is no evidence for it.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    the building is not practical nor was it built for practicality but for ego driven self worship.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    I thought it was for letting in God’s beautiful California sunshine ck. Everything it started out to be was for the glory to God. You make it sound so shabby.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    I just see ego H, and it is intimidating to those who Jesus called “the least of these” how could they feel included?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    The well off need Jesus too, ck.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    of course they do but if they have Jesus as we remember He would humble them as He humbled Himself

  • http://www.beachomes.us IRINA STANISLAV

    Please contact me asap regarding the sale of this beautiful Cathedral. It is URGENT to speak and meet with the seller
    Please contact me
    Thank you
    Irina

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