Schuller’s glass act

Passing the baton at the Crystal Cathedral
The ever-effervescent Robert H. Schuller—who says he invented the megachurch—was bubbling about the architectural atmosphere of the Crystal Cathedral, which is replete with statuary, greenery and fountains. He said the architectural plan ensures that the nearly 10,000-member church he founded will last for years, regardless of who is in the pulpit.

“After I am dead and gone, the development will outshine the preacher,” he said. “The real preacher that attracts people and ministry is going to be the structures, the grounds and the landscaping.” Never one to shilly-shally about his projects, Schuller added that once a final building is completed the complex will be unique in architectural history and something that none of the other megachurch pastors ever thought of doing.


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