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Rev. Robert H. Schuller preaches on March 11, 1998 at the Crystal Cathedral.
March 13th, 2012
07:44 AM ET

Crystal Cathedral founder resigns from board

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - The immediate plans of Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the founder of the Crystal Cathedral Ministries in Southern California, and his wife are unclear after they resigned from the church's board of directors over the weekend, their lawyer said Monday.

The Crystal Cathedral, a Protestant church that helped spark the megachurch movement in the United States after opening in 1970, entered bankruptcy procedures in 2010 after years of infighting among Schuller's family and church leaders.

The Schullers have been locked in a legal dispute with other board members. Talks to reach a settlement broke down last week, according to a statement from the Schullers over the weekend.

"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," Arvella Schuller, the pastor's wife, said in the statement.

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The couple's "immediate plans are up in the air right now," their lawyer, Carl Grumer, said Monday.

The Crystal Cathedral campus was sold to the Roman Catholic Church last year in a deal approved by a bankruptcy judge in November.

Schuller, now in his 80s, was known for his internationally broadcast "Hour of Power" TV show. His role on the board had already changed last year when directors voted to make him honorary chairman rather than a voting board member.

In 2006, he stepped down from the pulpit as senior pastor but continued to preach and sit on the church board. His son, Robert A. Schuller, stepped in as senior pastor. Two years later, after a dispute with the board, the younger Schuller was voted out by the board.

CNN's Greg Morrison contributed to this report.

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  3. Kebos

    Sheisters!

    March 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
  4. Javier Bedoya

    Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to.
    Punctuality is probably the cardinal business virtues: always insist upon it within your subordinates.

    March 14, 2012 at 6:59 am |
  5. just sayin

    An answered prayer that changed these blogs !
    Whether by evil intent in the stealing of the name or by good intent, in the encouragement to prayer the message that atheism is not healthy for children and other living things is being proclaimed. Praise God

    March 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • just sayin

      Oh, never mind. If prayer worked, I'd be worm food by now.

      March 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • just sayin

      You are your body has not yet responded. It will not be long.

      March 14, 2012 at 5:25 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I have a crush on you.

      March 14, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • Jesus

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs. ...

      March 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
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      March 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • Jesus

      "Prayer changes things
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      March 15, 2012 at 10:47 am |
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      wasting a lot of time trying to convince unbelievers also but it still happens.......

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  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    March 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Jesus

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!!!~ ..

      March 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
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      March 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • John

      "Jesus", atheists have also been devising studies to confirm THEIR belief that prayer doesn't work.

      March 23, 2012 at 2:01 am |
  7. RightTurnClyde

    Rev. R. Schuler is a wonderful and a servant of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He turned nobody away and judged nobody. Everyone was welcome and he gave thousands ... maybe tends of thousands hope and possibility and Christian love over the course of many years and some difficult times. I could not say enough to attest to what great Christian and community builder he is and was in the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior. Here is a saint if anyone is .. here is a disciple .. true doctrine and true Christian living.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • The Only One

      Oh I know who your talking about, that thing that killed everybody by drowning them, except a few in a boat and some livestock, so you are one of those sick twisted people who like to marry serial killers. ok if you ever come near my children I will send to to meet your god EXPRESS.

      March 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
  8. TexasAnnie

    From what I've read on this deal, the Schullers may be the good guys & this Board is the problem– the Board appears to be the money grubbers & hucksters.

    March 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  9. Thom

    If we took away the tax gift to all these churches, we could balance the budget in no time. Of course the religious fanatics want their tax gift so they can go on buying those fancy buildings, cars, and living the life of luxury. All at the expense of everyone else in this country. Gotta love the goodie two shoe people.

    March 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • TexasAnnie

      Agreed! You should see the million square foot facility The Gateway church has built in Southlake TX. It's ridiculous– and all on tax free land. What a racket.

      March 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • John

      If you believe that taking away the tax exemption status from places of worship will wipe out the 16 trillion dollar deficit, then I've got a tropical island get-away in the arctic I'd like to sell you. Perhaps eliminating the Obama mandate for contraception coverage might be a better place to start.

      March 23, 2012 at 1:58 am |
  10. Bilbo

    Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money...LOVE of money is the ROOT of all evil...I wonder which board would have voted out Jesus? Would he have even cared?

    March 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      Actually he did not preach money. He welcomed everyone (me) and preached "look up" and "reach up" and follow Jesus. That was his message. He was an eternal optimist in Our Lord. He always believed in the very best .. and he gave that to tens of thousands. Orange County was a diverse community - rich and poor, educated and illiterate. many colors, many nations of origin .. many situations (the world is full of trouble). Divorce, delinquent kids, drugs, alcohol, cancer, lost savings and lost assets, lost (and unable to find a way). Every kind of problem and misery .. and when you are down everyone kicks .. but not him. Not Jesus and not Rev. Schuler .. and none of the helpers in that church .. many incredible people. It was a privilege to be in his flock and to be part of his family. It was a very large family.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      More power to your magical thinking

      March 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      > Actually he did not preach money. He welcomed everyone (me) and preached "look up" and "reach up" and follow Jesus

      True but his best service was on ‘reach around’.

      March 14, 2012 at 8:28 am |
  11. Terry

    This entire matter is an absolute joke. Greed, this is nothing more than greed. Hundreds of Millions of Tax Free Dollars, and Schuller wants out because the Board of Directors will not agree with him. Talk about the "Money Changers in the Temple". I wonder what Jesus would do?

    March 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      No that is not true. You never knew him.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Sorry Clyde but there is truth in it...deal with it

      March 13, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      Teach a hound to s.u.c.k. e.g.g.s ... you did not know him. You were not there. I was. and he was a port in a violent storm. Life can be very difficult (you probably do not know about that either .. good .. why wish it on somebody). Life can be extremely precarious. I hope you can find someone like Schuler if you ever have difficulty. Orange County was a well to do place and yet it could be very hard, very cruel, and .. desperate. I hope you never experience difficulty in life .. but 98% of the world does ... odds for most of the 7 billion are toward real difficulty. (most of the posters on this BLOG a re privileged Ivy campus intellectuals .. and they feel insulated from difficulty. I hope that is always the case. But Schuller is somebody special.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      @RightTurnClyde
      You know you’re pathetic when you consider intelligence to be an insult lol.

      March 14, 2012 at 8:30 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      @Tom-Tom if you are an example of intelligence then Obama is an example of leadership

      March 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  12. OhBlahDah

    Apparently, this kingdom is not being passed on to his children. He stepped down, but no one filled the gap like he did.

    But hey, where did all the money go? As they say, FOLLOW THE MONEY.

    I heard on the radio yesterday that his daughter plans to start a new church in Orange County. I guess there is money enough for that. Or maybe it will continue the steady flow of money to the Schullers, which was what they were fighting with the Board about at the end.

    March 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Gawd

      My God isn't short of cash!

      March 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  13. Barbara

    Best wishes to the entire Schuller family.

    March 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  14. mork

    hahah greedy religious hypocrites, if there is a God it certainly is not holding a seat for these liars in its house

    March 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Error 404: prayer not found

    March 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • John

      And if they were alive today and not murdered in the name of Christ, Allah, or whatever make believe mythological creature in the sky you care to name, millions of people would argue that it was religion that was their mortal enemy.

      March 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
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  17. James PDX

    The greedy always find a means to their ends. Politics and religion, 2 places we should be able to put the most trust in, are common means. But any who do not practice what they preach should not be listened to (or donated to). Schuller is a wealthy, wealthy man due to all of those less fortunate donating to him. As Shuller did not pass this wealth on to those in need in a truly Christian manner, but rather kept so much of it for himself, it is clear he is of the hypocritical ilk who cannot be trusted.

    March 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  18. Anita Brooks

    It's a awful commentation on what is intended for the church to represent in a lost and fallen world. The so called "megachurch" is out of touch with Christ's mandate and has become nothing more than a showboat and hiding place for lost people. Yes, I have said it. It's time for judgement to begin and it will begin in the house of God....for sure

    March 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  19. Bao

    A board of directors ? As in the people tho ensure that their investors get a positive return on investment? And people follow these clowns?

    March 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  20. Reality

    Only for the newbies:

    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" are converging these religions into some simple rules of life e.g. "Do No Harm". No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

    Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka crystal cathedrals, mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

    March 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
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