Starting at age 4, Sheila Schuller Coleman has held just about every job at her father’s Crystal Cathedral, from copying Sunday programs at the kitchen table to launching a private high school on the church grounds. ( Daughter aims to heal Crystal Cathedral )
Now, five decades after the Rev. Robert H. Schuller Sr. first planted the church, his daughter is facing her most challenging job there yet: taking over her father’s megachurch and its famous “Hour of Power” television ministry at a time of both financial and family crisis.
The church and its internationally known telecast have been bleeding dollars and members for years — a trend that accelerated last fall when the cathedral’s heir apparent, the Rev. Robert A. Schuller Jr., suddenly left in a bitter family feud.
One of the biggest changes Coleman will make is in the ministry’s leadership style and the structure of the “Hour of Power” broadcasts. She plans to move the church and its telecast away from the kind of ministry that puts all the attention — and all the pressure — on one superstar pastor like her father.
She believes that the church’s biggest mistake in recent years was asking her 54-year-old brother to step into his father’s role without enough support or preparation.
(It is too bad to see any church or family go through hard times. However when one leaves a ministry he should accept the fact there will be changes. The main issue with the Hour of Power is the preaching of Rev. Schuller SR. has put the focus on postive thinking instead of Jesus and the word of God. I have heard when Rev. Robert A. Schuller Jr took over he was preaching the Bible more. Good or happy thinking doesn’t save any soul or get them to heaven.)