IS Crystal Cathedral Getting a New Name and Relocating or is Sheila Schuller Coleman leaving and splitting the Church? (video)

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 It appears to be some conflicting information floating around the internet regarding  Crystal Cathedral getting a new name verses Rev. Sheila Coleman Schuller leaving Crystal Cathedral and starting a new church as a result of the hostile treatment towards her family. The Associated Press reported on yesterday that the Church was relocating and getting a new name,  The Hope Center of Christ.  However, today’s news outlets are reporting that Sheila Coleman is leaving the church to start The Hope Center of Christ and that Crystal Cathedral will in fact remain intact.  Sounds like to me Black Churches ain’t the only churches that have drama get mad, pick sides and then split the church down the middle!  Both reports are posted below.

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GARDEN GROVE, California (AP) — The Crystal Cathedral is getting a new name and the congregation of the financially struggling Orange County mega church will relocate, its senior pastor announced Sunday.

The ministry will be renamed Hope Center of Christ, Sheila Schuller Coleman said in a short video posted on the Crystal Cathedral website.

An announcement regarding the new location will be made in the next few weeks, she said.

The church sold its iconic glass-paned cathedral to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange last month to emerge from federal bankruptcy protection.

“We’re going to need a new home sooner than we thought. And we’re moving full speed ahead,” the pastor said.

She gave no indication whether or not the congregation would remain in Orange County, the ministry’s home since its founding by the pastor’s father, Dr. Robert Schuller, at a drive-in movie theater 42 years ago.

Robert Schuller retired in 2006 after seeing the ministry evolve into a global televangelist empire.

On Saturday he and his wife, Arvella, announced they were stepping down from the Crystal Cathedral board of directors. The couple cited a breakdown in negotiations over financial claims against the church as part of the bankruptcy proceedings.

Robert Schuller’s attorney, Carl Grumer, said Saturday the pastor’s future role with the ministry was “up in the air.”

Calls to a Crystal Cathedral spokesman over the weekend were not immediately returned.

The church raked in millions in donations through its “Hour of Power” broadcasts, but a series of financial setbacks led to the megachurch’s filing for bankruptcy in October 2010 and the forced sale of its 40-acre (16-hectare) campus.

Turmoil in the ministry included the firings of Schuller’s daughter Gretchen Penner and two sons-in-law last week.

Pastor Sheila discusses the future of our ministry now that escrow has closed from Crystal Cathedral Ministries on Vimeo.

By: Nicole Santa Cruz,Los Angeles Times

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. – The Crystal Cathedral’s senior pastor announced Sunday that she was leaving to start a new church, a move that appears likely to split the congregation.

“This is the last Sunday we will be worshiping in this building,” Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman told congregants during an emotional 11 a.m. service in the 10,000-pane glass cathedral, designed by architect Phillip Johnson.

Schuller Coleman’s announcement came one day after her parents, church founder Robert H. Schuller and his wife, Arvella Schuller, resigned from the Crystal Cathedral’s board of directors, which oversees the ministry’s trademark “Hour of Power” broadcast. The future of the show and the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral Ministries is unclear.

Schuller Coleman said she was leaving because of her family’s “adversarial” relationship with the board. She pointed to the recent firings of her sister and brother-in-law, Jim Penner, who served as the executive producer of “Hour of Power” since 1999.

“My entire family has been experiencing a hostile work environment,” said Schuller Coleman, who was temporarily removed as chief executive officer of the ministry last month.

After the pastor’s surprise announcement, the Rev. Bill Bennett assured congregants that Crystal Cathedral Ministries would hold services next Sunday.

“The congregation can basically stay where they wish to stay,” Bennett said later. More on Crystal Cathedral 

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