‘Hour of Power’ Televangelism Empire Crumbles Under Lack Of Family Unity

February 1, 2009

California (ChattahBox) – The televangelist community has seen it’s share of turmoil and controversy in the past. But in the newest blow against the religious money-making organizations, the Crystal Cathedral, home of the ‘Hour of Power’ television show, has been ripped in two after the son of leader Robert H. Schuller has decided to quit the family ministry.

Rev. Robert A. Schuller’s decision to leave has occurred during an already difficult time for the Christian empire, after the church decided to sell off $65 million worth of it’s expansive real estate to pay off the millions they have accrued in bills, after followers of Crystal Cathedral have started reducing, or eliminating, ‘donations’.

“The final months of 2008 were devastating for our ministry,” Schuller Senior wrote in a letter to his Eagle Club, a branch that offers a large amount of the overall funding for the ‘Hour of Power’ stars church.

While televangelism is still a profitable market for the few remaining programs, the transition of power that was planned to move from father to son may be the cause of the sudden drop in monetary support, from those once willing to send shocking amounts on money in to the ministry.

“Viewers are probably much less likely to give when it’s not their preacher they’re giving to,” Nancy Ammerman, a sociologist at the University of Boston, explained.

“There’s something about these televised programs where people develop a certain loyalty.”

Schuller Jr. has made no comment about his resignation, but his father told his congregation that it was due to “different ideas as to the direction and the vision for this ministry.”


Comments

3 Responses to “‘Hour of Power’ Televangelism Empire Crumbles Under Lack Of Family Unity”

  1. MARY on February 4th, 2009 3:22 am

    HI , on reading CHATTAHBOX rarticle re HOUR OF POWER one must wonder why you write what you do , all this is old news (may be not to you) it is also well known through out the world that we are in a recession (have you just found that out ) It is far better to publish ENCOURAGEMENT something that would BUILD UP YOUR READERS So for sure your communication is just that CHATTERBOX . MARY

  2. olivia on February 4th, 2009 11:03 am

    First of all, Mary, it’s ‘ChattahBox’, not ‘ChatterBox’.

    Second, why post if you aren’t going to read the story you posted on? It’s obvious you have no idea what this particular story is about, because it only vaguely references the economy, and is more about the way that religious televisions scams are now on their way out.

    Third, empty words of promise are far from what the world needs right now. But I am sure your mixture of ALLCAPS, with a dash of horrible grammar thrown in will do just fine to cheer everyone up.

    Keep up the good work!

  3. Bea K. on June 27th, 2009 10:43 pm

    Sorry this is so late, but perhaps that’s a small part of the problem here, God ‘is not’ and ‘never has been’ in the “religion business”. If ‘you’ believe in God and ‘His’ Word (the Bible) and have read if ‘for yourself’, then you’d know that ‘He’ is against “religion” in all but one instance (James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. New King James Version).

    I hadn’t seen ‘The Hour of Power’ in several years, but when I tuned in last year and saw Schuller’s son ‘preaching’ it made me want to watch even ‘more (sorry folks, I’m not into that ‘power of positive thinking’, mainly because ‘too much’ of what’s being ‘said’ today sounds more like mysticism and new ageism to me.). That young man expounded more on the Bible than what I’d heard from the ‘ministry’ in many many years (something must have given way because I’ve seen Schuller Sr. ‘trying’ to go the same way).

    Lastly, as for the ‘in-laws’, as the saying goes “there is a day set when God will settle ALL things which pertain to His name and Kingdom”. I’ve come to learn that just when it seems like we’re “getting away with something” (especially when it comes to God), the walls come caving in and it’s not as ‘good’ as we think it is. The Schuller’s are not the first and will most definitely not be the last, for squabbles like this. I’ve learned to “pray” for “everyone” because we never know when we will need it ourselves. Ultimately, God is in control of ‘everything’ and that’s all that really matters.

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