Hour of Power

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Hour of Power is a weekly American Christian television program. It was previously hosted by Sheila Schuller Coleman, her brother, Robert A. Schuller, and her father, Robert H. Schuller, who founded the program. It is broadcast from the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. The program is normally one hour long, but some networks broadcast an edited 30 minute program. It features a large congregation, mostly Christian music with a choir (formerly with an orchestra, now only with the large Crystal Cathedral organ) and guests who speak about how God and their Christian faith have changed their lives for the better.

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History

The program first aired in 1970 as a church service of the Garden Grove Community Church. It was originally hosted by the elder Schuller; the younger Schuller co-hosted it from 1976 to 2008.

The Crystal Cathedral where The Hour of Power is broadcast

On July 9, 2008, the presidency of the church was shifted from the senior Schuller to his son-in-law Jim Coleman.

On October 26, 2008, it was announced that the elder Schuller had removed his son, Robert A. Schuller, as teaching pastor, but allowed him to remain as the Crystal Cathedral's senior pastor. Schuller senior said that he wanted to take the ministry in a different direction and for the foreseeable future would use guest speakers for the weekly services rather than his son.[1] Well-known speakers who were used in the early stages of the new format included Lee Strobel, John C. Maxwell, and Bill Hybels.[citation needed] On November 29, 2008, the church announced that the younger Schuller had resigned.[2]

On October 18, 2010, the board of the Crystal Cathedral filed for bankruptcy in Santa Ana, California.[3][4]

On March 10, 2012, it was announced that Robert H. Schuller and his wife, Arvella, will be leaving the church. The following day, March 11, 2012, Schuller Coleman announced at the morning service that she, too, would also be leaving the church, cutting all family ties with the Crystal Cathedral and Hour of Power, stating that "This is the last Sunday we will be worshiping in this building."[5] The ministry's successor, Rev. Bill Bennett, said that the ministry will continue, but now using a more traditional service.[5]

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Broadcasts

In the United States, the Hour of Power is seen on Lifetime cable, TBN, and on nearly 100 local stations. It is also shown on the American Forces Network.

In Europe it is broadcast on CNBC Europe, VOX in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland and Sky1 in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

In the Middle East it is carried on METV in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.

In Australia, it is seen on EXPO, Australian Christian Channel and Network Ten; the program is also broadcast weekly on radio.

It is broadcast in New Zealand on the Prime network.

It is broadcast in Hong Kong on ATV World.

The Hour of Power telecast, filmed in the Crystal Cathedral’s main sanctuary, at one point attracted 1.3 million viewers from 156 countries.[6]

Video streams of the Hour of Power are also provided on its website.

Finances

Beginning in the late 1990s, the ministry struggled financially after it borrowed money to build a visitors' center and produce a play, Creation, which was produced by Carol Schuller Milner, one of Schuller's daughters.

2008 revenues for the program were nearly $5 million lower than revenues for 2007. As of early 2009, the church planned to sell more than $65 million worth of its Orange County property to pay off debt:[2] 150 acres (0.61 km2) in San Juan Capistrano, California, and an office building in Garden Grove, California.[7]

References

  1. ^ Sam Quinones (October 26, 2008). "Schuller ousts son from show; He cites a ‘lack of shared vision’ on the future of the ministry, which he had handed over less than three years ago". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2008/oct/26/local/me-schuller26.
  2. ^ a b "Family spat divides televangelism empire; 'Hour of Power' church struggling due to recession, change in leadership". Associated Press. January 31, 2009. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28953451/.
  3. ^ Wahba, Phil (October 18, 2010). "Televangelist Schuller's megachurch files for Ch 11". Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69I0FM20101019.
  4. ^ "Crystal Cathedral megachurch files for bankruptcy". The Associated Press. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hSeHmXmySFtfRxeCLjpDw8L2TJ4A?docId=7d2a0522c4b042a5af6994153721ad69.
  5. ^ a b Los Angeles Times: "Crystal Cathedral divided as Schullers leave, changes planned", March 12, 2012.
  6. ^ "Hour of Power pastor Robert Schuller retiring". The Star (Toronto). July 11, 2010. http://www.thestar.com/living/religion/article/834727--hour-of-power-pastor-robert-schuller-retiring.
  7. ^ Deepa Bharath (January 25, 2009). "Crystal Cathedral to move on without a Schuller". The Orange County Register.

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