This story appeared Friday (23rd) in the Orange County Register:
Crystal Cathedral has round of layoffs
Among those let go are executive pastor, his wife and pastor who headed cathedral’s Hispanic ministry.The Orange County Register
GARDEN GROVE – Crystal Cathedral’s executive pastor, who was brought on board by the church’s former senior pastor Robert A. Schuller, was let go this week because of financial issues, church administrators said.
Jim Poit and his wife, Linda, who was director of children’s ministries at the cathedral, were both laid off. Deb Yurk, who had been brought on board by Poit as pastor of congregational life, was also released from her job, according to a news release by the Church Executive magazine based in Arizona.
Rick Mysse, a denominational executive for the Reform Church of America, which oversees Crystal Cathedral, said it was a “normal round of layoffs.”
“The church had to get rid of some payroll,” he said. “These are really a group of great, talented people. But our numbers are down and we’re trying to make it under tough economic conditions like everyone else.”
Mysse declined to name those who were laid off, but said among those let go was also the pastor who headed the Cathedral’s Hispanic ministry.
“We have every intention of keeping the Hispanic ministry going,” he said. “We have people trained to grow that ministry.”
The recent round of layoffs follow the removal of the Rev. Robert A. Schuller, the son of Crystal Cathedral founder the Dr. Rev. Robert H. Schuller, from the weekly “Hour of Power” program, which was broadcast to millions across the world.
One article I read recently referred uncharitably to the church as now being “the world’s largest greenhouse.” Google searches and tag referrals to this blog make the Crystal Cathedral the second most popular topic we’ve covered in the past year.