As part of its effort to get back on track financially, Crystal Cathedral laid off an unknown number of staff last week, including the churchâ€™s executive pastor and the pastor of its Hispanic ministry.
"These are really a group of great, talented people. But our numbers are down and we're trying to make it under tough economic conditions like everyone else," said Rick Mysse, a denominational executive for the Reform Church of America, which oversees the Garden Grove, Calif., megachurch, according to the local Orange County Register.
Mysse declined to name those who were laid off, but said among those let go was the pastor who headed the Cathedral's Hispanic ministry....
I think Robert Schuller is losing mindshare. I wanted one of his books for something I was researching, and the local store only had ONE of his books, tucked away in an unlikely place. There's been a huge generational change since Schuller's prime, and no one remembers who he is. I think a lot of what Joel Osteen teaches is the same message. If you really trace both the Schuller/NV Peale line and the Word of Faith line (that Osteen belongs to) back in time, they come from the same basic source. William James called it "healthy-minded" religion, and it goes back to Parkhurst Quimby in the middle 19th century. These teachings never die out, but any one teacher can be forgotten.
Ah, sometimes bad things happen to bad theologians! Unfortunately, this means they will just scatter and carry their bad theology with them. [URL=http://www.ihcc.org/images/booklets/pdf/L123.pdf]]]A Different Gospel: An Evaluation of the Teachings of Robert Schuller[/URL].