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  • The Shattering of the Crystal Cathedral Business Articles | December 7 cheap nike air max 97 , 2010

    Most of us have heard that the Crystal Cathedral and the public and televised minstry of Robet Schuller is in financial and management trouble. Convinced that all of the troubles facing this famly business can be traced to a failed succession and exit strategy, the author outlines what went wrong to cause such severe consequences of succession planning failure.

    Just weeks ago the leadership of the Crystal Cathedral, a Christian ministry founded by Robert H. Schuller back in the 60s, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in the California courts. The leadership of the church cheap nike just do it air max , which broadcasts every Sunday morning to over a million people worldwide, has claimed that the financial troubles resulted from the economic challenge of the past two years and the inability of the Church to respond with enough budget cuts fast enough. It is more likely, however, that the very ugly succession fiasco that occurred within the leadership in 2008 is the cause of the financial difficulties and the leadership vacuum in the church.

    Schuller began his unique ministry in the 1960s cheap air max day 2019 , preaching to a congregation that gathered in at an old drive-In movie theater. His preaching infused middle-of-the-road mainline Christianity with the core of Norman Vincent Peale?s ?Power of Positive Thinking.? It was the right message at the right time. By 1970, Schuller?s worship services were being broadcast on television. The size of his ministry peaked in the 1980s, when he had about two million viewers around the world. Today, the audience is admitted to have shrunk by half.

    The perfect storm that might bring down this house of glass began to form about ten years ago. Other ministers throughout the country have built megachurches on a different blend of Christianity and self help messages. Their great popularity indicated a shift in the interests of the audience and the answers they wanted to hear. As this trend built a good head of steam cheap nike air max dlx 2019 , contributions to the Schuller ministry, attendance at the Crystal Cathedral and the number of television viewers began a slow decline.

    According to ABC News, the church now has a $55 million budget deficit and a 27% drop in revenue over the last two years. Just Saturday, The Christian Post noted that ?The U.S. Trustee Program and creditors are objecting to salaries given out by the Crystal Cathedral to several employees . . . . ? The Schuller family also decided to cut their own salaries in half for an unspecified period of time.

    Following the pattern of most other television evangelists cheap nike air max 2019 womens , Schuller (who is 84) announced that his son, Robert A. Schuller would take charge of the church and would be the primary preacher on the ?Hour of Power.? It was clear to all watchers that the senior Schuller had been grooming his son to replace him. Bit according to a recent article in The New York Times, church insiders revealed that the elder Schuller and his wife were not sure their son could measure up to the job.

    The church was rocked and a few of the panes of glass in the cathedral were shattered when the elder Schuller announced from the pulpit of the Crystal Cathedral in July 2008 that due to a difference of opinion about the direction the church should go in the future, he had fired his son and that other members of the family would assume leadership of the church.

    The younger Schuller was an adequate speaker by the standards of most. His personality was different from his father?s charismatic appeal. He did not have ? or did not cultivate ? his father?s deep and resonant voice or his emotive style of dramatic reading from the Bible and preaching. This presumably led his sisters and brothers-in-law to claim that his preaching was ?not anointed? (whatever that means today) and to remove him from preaching responsibilities after just two years.

    The real reason the younger Mr. Schuller was ousted appears to lie in the other changes he wanted to make. He also tried to institute changes that would put the ministry under the kind of governance practiced by most successful nonprofit agencies.? The changes included use of new technologies to expand the ministry cheap nike air max 2019 mens , changes in the message and the nature of the program to make it more appealing to a younger audience (the average viewer today is a 53 year-old woman), and to ?remove anyone with a conflict of interest from the board of directors? (according to The New York Times).

    Changes in the technologies used to reach a larger audience and adjustments to the message probably had less to do with the events that followed than the significant governance changes. If ?good governance? had been put in place, no one who was an employee of the church would be able to sit on the board (thus avoiding conflicts of interest). This would have limited the control and influence of some of his sisters, his parents www.airmaxday2019.com , and his brothers-in-law or their ability to earn their living from the church.

    Many viewers, including long-standing viewers, were horrified by the events. Many stopped watching ?Hour of Power? and many stopped sending money The preaching was handed over to a series of people with vastly different messages for about 18 months. During this time there was a clear leadership gap at the top of the church and revenues and attendance in the Crystal Cathedral continued to decline.

    Finally, in 2010 cheap nike air max 2019 sale , Sheila Schuller Coleman (daughter of Robert H. Schuller and sister of Robert A. Schuller) was designated as the Senior Pastor and primary preacher for the ministry. According to one thirty-year viewer, the choir has dwindled to nothing (this due to the inability of the ministry to continue to pay professional choir members), there are more and more empty pews every Sunday, and Sheila Schuller Coleman does not Rental . Wholesale Nike Shoes Free Shipping   Wholesale Youth Air Jordan   Wholesale Air Max 95   Wholesale Vapormax   Wholesale Nike Shoes Online   Cheap Nike Air Jordan   Cheap Authentic Nike Shoes   Cheap Air Max Shoes   Wholesale Nike Air Max Shoes   Wholesale Air Max China