Popular TV Program “Hour of Power” Drops Schuller Branding and Includes Other Influential Ministers

October 28, 2008 at 5:09 am Leave a comment

robert-schuller-son-father.jpgThe “Hour of Power” will no longer be the voice and face of just one or
two individuals, said renowned preacher Dr. Robert H. Schuller. After
30 years, the popular television ministry is expanding its platform to
include other influential Christian voices.

But the vision to expand the program beyond a single personality in
order to reach a broader audience has strained relations between
Schuller and his son, Robert A. Schuller, who disagreed with the move.

“It is no secret to any of you that my son, Robert, and I have
been struggling as we each have different ideas as to the direction and
the vision for this ministry as we move into the future,” the older
Schuller said in a statement released Sunday. “For this lack of shared
vision and the jeopardy in which this is placing this entire ministry,
it has become necessary for Robert and me to part ways in the Hour of
Power television ministry to each pursue our own unique God-ordained
visions.”

Schuller removed his son as preacher on the weekly show.

The younger Schuller had taken the reins of both the Crystal
Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., and “Hour of Power” ministry in
2006. Shortly after, he published a book, Walking in Your Own Shoes,
telling the public that he would not try to fill his father’s big
shoes, but rather take the ministry forward in his own shoes.

Part of his plans included taking the “Hour of Power” to the
entire world, expanding its audience to China, India, parts of Africa
and South America.

For over three decades, the Schullers had been the exclusive
voice on the “Hour of Power,” sharing unique positive messages to now
some 20 million people. But the older Schuller said he feels called by
God to build bridges between Crystal Cathedral Ministries and other
powerful ministries and wants his listeners and followers to hear other
“amazing preachers,” including Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community
Church and Kirbyjon Caldwell of Windsor Village United Methodist
Church.

The long-term survival of his ministry was dependent on
expanding its imprint beyond the Schuller name, he said Sunday to his
congregation, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“The real minister’s name that we honor is Jesus, not Schuller,” he said. Much of the congregation agreed as they applauded.

“[W]e don’t want one face . . . to be a spokesman,” the
82-year-old pastor added, as he expressed his hope for the ministry to
continue on for decades, according to the LA Times.

In a statement of support for both Schullers the Reformed
Church in America, Classis of California, which the Crystal Cathedral
is a member of, said in a statement, “Classis would appeal to all those
who love and serve Jesus to stand with the Schullers and the Crystal
Cathedral during this positive transition as Robert A. and Robert H.
find more clarity in their very unique and individual callings.

“They are not just television icons; they are precious
individuals loved by God and millions of people around the globe,” the
church group added, “and they deserve our utmost respect and support.”

Robert H. Schuller said he will continue to host the weekly
church service and also preach from time to time. Meanwhile, his son
will continue to serve as the Orange County church’s senior pastor.

Source: Christian Post

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