Thursday, May 09, 2013

The Crystal Cathedral

Zócalo Public Square  featured CRCC Director of Research Richard Flory's op-ed on the Crystal Cathedral on its front page recently.

In the piece, Flory examines what the fall of Robert Schuller's Crystal Cathedral in Orange County means for other mega churches. The Crystal Cathedral was $50 million in debt earlier this year and is now being sold to the Catholic Church.

Flory writes in the Zócalo piece:

Unfortunately for the megachurches, congregants have not always wanted more. Over the past decade, the megachurch model has been showing signs of giving way, slowly, to a more intimate spiritual culture. Some megachurches have even tried to accommodate this apparent trend by creating multi-site churches to give the impression that they are smaller than they actually are. The new form of religious infrastructure manifests itself in churches that focus less on physical sprawl than on cultivating what they call a more “organic” understanding of religious organizations. The new communities are expected to have a birth, life, and—yes—even death.


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