*Last Sunday (03-11-12), Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman appeared for apparently the last time before some 800 people at the morning service of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., says BCNN1.com.
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As members of the Schuller family head in new directions — Coleman and brother-in law Jim Penner plan to start a new church this Sunday — the famous glass-walled church offers a cautionary tale of the potential pitfalls facing family-run ministries.
“If you have a family ministry, the health of the relationships within the family is key to whether the governance of the ministry is going to work well or not,” said the Rev. Wes Granberg-Michaelson, a former board member and former general secretary of the Reformed Church in America, the denomination of the Crystal Cathedral.
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*The Crystal Cathedral in Southern California has taken the surprising step of asking its choir members to model a biblical lifestyle, which would include abstaining from homosexual behavior.
This is reportedly the first time the Garden Grove megachurch is asking the choir to sign a covenant, particularly one that takes a stance against homosexuality.
And apparently, choir members are not happy about it.
In a statement Tuesday regarding the covenant, Crystal Cathedral Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman said dialogue over “reconciling love and adherence to God’s Word” has led to a number of people being hurt.
“We are sincerely sorry,” she stated.
“It is true that our new choir covenant includes a definition of marriage that may have contributed to the hurt.”
According to The Orange County Register, part of the covenant states: “I understand that in an era where images of family relationship and personal sexuality are often confused, Crystal Cathedral Ministries believes that it is important to teach and model the biblical view. I understand that Crystal Cathedral Ministries teaches that sexual intimacy is intended by God to only be within the bonds of marriage, between one man and one woman.”
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*Gospel recording artist Micah Stampley launched his 2011 promo tour with a ministry weekend in Los Angeles, recently, sharing in worship at Angelus Temple, visiting the Dream Center and appearing at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif.
The Dream Center proved to be a life-changing experience for Stampley as he witnessed firsthand a model for his own humanitarian ministries.
“The work that Pastor Barnett and the team are doing is a true example of being God’s hands on the Earth and being the true church of Jesus Christ,” said Stampley.
He also performed for the congregation, allowing the spirit to move the audience to tears. Also at the Crystal Cathedral, the spirit of God moved in the place.