Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Setback for Positive Thinking?

Crystal Cathedral, California's Famous Multimillion-Dollar Megachurch, Is Up For Sale

Scott Thumma, a professor at Hartford Seminary who studies megachurches, said troubles at Crystal Cathedral don't necessarily "foreshadow doom and gloom for the megachurch phenomenon. Schuller and the Crystal Cathedral have always been outliers," Thumma said, though "his ideas and innovations propelled several prominent mega-pastors."

"This announcement ought to teach astute large church leadership teams [to] not to over-build, especially monuments to architectural and ministerial hubris ... to make sure to have a reasonable plan of succession, and above all, to engage in wise fiscal policies," Thumma added.

2 comments:

dwcasey said...

I haven't looked much into, but what was the "model" before mega-churches? Did it work? Why did everyone think that the mega-church was the only way?

Thanks for posting, interesting article.

Ken said...

Yeah, they cannot "positive confess" reality out of existence.

Same goes for the other heretics like Kenneth Copeland, the late Kenneth Hagin, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer (to a lesser degree), Marilyn Hickey, Paula White, Jesse Duplantis, John Avanzini, - most of the TBN false teachers. Joel Osteen also.