Published: July 31, 2011 Updated: 6:15 p.m.
Board: Crystal Cathedral is not for sale
The Crystal Cathedral's new board has decided to raise $50 million in four months instead of selling the 40-
By DEEPA BHARATH / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
GARDEN GROVE – The Crystal Cathedral, Orange County's iconic megachurch built by Robert H. Schuller, is not for sale, Sheila Schuller Coleman, senior pastor of the cathedral and Schuller's oldest daughter, announced during church services Sunday morning.
There are at least four known offers for the financially ailing megachurch -
A court hearing to discuss the status of the offers is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday in bankruptcy court. The church is expected to ask the court for permission to submit a plan that will involve raising $50 million in the next 120 days.
Coleman, who is a non-
"The board feels its great responsibility toward all of our vendors and other creditors, to pay them 100 percent of what is owed as soon as possible," Coleman said, "but also a responsibility to the local members and viewers of our nationally and internationally televised 'Hour of Power' to retain the ministry's Orange County headquarters intact."
Sunday's announcement, which was referred to by Coleman as a "faith-
Last week, Crystal Cathedral Ministries announced a shakeup of its international board, which included the reinstatement of Robert H. Schuller as a voting board member. Schuller was voted off the board last month by members Gwyn Myers and Rick Mysse, who are no longer on the board.
Coleman said the English, Spanish and Arabic ministries at the Crystal Cathedral will come together to "seek God's blessing of a $50 million dollar miracle."
That miracle, the senior pastor said, could be as simple as collecting $500 from 100,000 members and "Hour of Power" viewers worldwide.
Robert H. Schuller, who started this ministry 55 years ago on the roof of the Orange drive-
"I have been deeply moved by their care even though the campus is not mine to sell – it belongs to the church and the ministries."
Schuller called the board's move "completely unexpected" and takes him back to his Possibility Thinker's creed that states: "When faced with a mountain, I will not quit."
"Yes, the creditors committee will deal with the buyers," Schuller said. "But I will face my mountain...It's time to focus on rescue, not abandonment."
Kallestad said he is thrilled with the board's decision "to set this example stepping forward in faith."
"I'm humbled and honored to stand with fellow believers who are willing to proclaim Jesus Christ as the head of this church," he said. "Get ready to witness a miracle. The best days for this ministry are ahead."
Jim McDonald, a longtime church member who is coordinating a petition drive to "take the church back," said, as of Saturday, the effort has close to 800 signed petitions supporting a board without a Schuller family member.
McDonald challenged the board's newly announced plan.
"My question is really simple," he said. "If they have not been able to raise $50 million in the last 10 months they have been in bankruptcy, how are they going to do it in the next (four) months?"
McDonald said the bankruptcy court and creditors should take a good look at the Crystal Cathedral Ministries' mailing list and determine if the church is in a position to raise that kind of money within 120 days.
McDonald said the congregation wants the board to be a "truly independent" one without any Schullers voting or exercising their influence on the decisions being made.
"The Schullers must come to grip with the fact that appointing their family and friends is no longer acceptable," he said.
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