One of the first and most prominent megachurches, the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, has gone bankrupt. The 10,000 member congregation listed assets of $50 million and debts of $100 million. The church was built by Robert Schuller, who preached a gospel of “positive thinking.” He said that the Reformation was mistaken in its emphasis on sin, which gave people a negative self-image. He wanted Christianity to be more positive, and he taught people that they could achieve their dreams and change their reality by having positive thoughts and faith in themselves.
Rev. Schuller retired from ministry a few years ago. His daughter, Sheila Schuller Coleman, is currently the pastor of the church.