Its magnitude can be a blessing or a curse, Skubik said.
“It has many advantages due to its size, but you also need a congregation of at least 1,000, more like 1,500-2,000 people to afford to operate and use the building of the way the size is planned, and there are only a limited number of churches that have such large congregations, or Islamic organizations or any religion,” Skubik said, noting that the buildings are turnkey.
“The property is valued at over $7 million. It could be purchased with all audio/visual.”
In 2017, the Detroit News reported that infighting has plagued the church following the death on February 28, 2017 of its leader, Bishop Benjamin Gilbert. Gilbert’s widow, Charisse, claimed the church – which the Detroit News described as having leaders who “believe that wealth is God’s reward” – as well as its assets.
According to the 2017 report, church leaders tried to block this and prevent him from collecting Benjamin Gilbert’s $2 million life insurance policy. In May 2017, the police caught Charisse Gilbert of the church for trespassing.
“The dispute is about control and the future of the church, although money and power are always in the background,” Marvin Wilder, vice president and treasurer of the church, told the Detroit News. .
The church is now led by CJ Andre and his wife, Pastor Danielle Andre. He said he assumed his current role in January 2019 and the battle for the church ended in court in 2017.
Religious institutions have struggled in recent years with declining membership, prompting some to sell their real estate and seek other creative uses.
CJ Andre said Detroit World Outreach will move to a slightly smaller nearby facility along the Telegraph Road corridor less than six miles from where it is currently located. The church has about 1,350 members who participate both in person and online, CJ Andre said.
“The church is full of vision, full of vigor and we are moving forward and continuing what we have always done, and that we are not going to stop,” he said. “A church is a body of individuals, it is not brick and mortar. It is not a building. We will continue with the same passion we have now in the future, as well as our media programs will continue unimpeded into the future. We see a seamless transition ahead.”