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His motivation to write When You are Down to Nothing, God is Up to Something is to give hope and motivate people during these tough times. Robert says our nation is going through tough times. People are losing everything and having to start over again, like people having to start new careers at age 60. Some individuals are down to nothing. In sharing his story and the lessons he learned he would like to give hope and motivate people - this is a hope-building book.
END OF AN ERA
In 1955, Robert H. Schuller started his ministry with a $500 loan preaching from the top of a snack bar at a drive in movie theater. In 1980, he dedicated the Crystal Cathedral. After a series of financial setbacks thirty-two years later, the Crystal Cathedral ministry filed for bankruptcy in October 2010 and they were forced to sell the campus. The building was sold to the Catholic diocese of Orange County in February 2012, which is letting the Protestant congregation continue to worship in the building for three years. The sale of the monumental church was looked at as a new beginning for the Crystal Cathedral congregation and the ministry seemed hopeful.
Also in February, Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman was removed from her position as the CEO and president of the ministries. In March, Robert H. Schuller's daughter Gretchen Penner and her husband were terminated from their positions as producers on the Hour of Power. Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman's husband was also fired from his position. The Rev. Robert H. Schuller and his wife, Arvella, refrained from the board vote on these decisions. Soon after, the elder Schullers sadly resigned from the Crystal Cathedral board of directors. In an article from the Orange County Register, Robert A. Schuller was quoted as saying that he thought the changes in leadership was a smart move. At the time, he was unaware of the terminations. He is not in touch with his two sisters Gretchen Penner or Schuller Coleman. When he did see his parents around that time, they did not mention the board vote. Robert thought the decision about Hour of Power was a positive thing. His understanding at the time was that the reason people stopped supporting the ministry was that they didn't care for the music and the preaching. He saw it as an opportunity to give people what they wanted, which would bring them back.
Source: CBN News / The 700 Club