Mark Barna of the Colorado Springs Gazette reports:
Layoffs hit Focus on the Family Friday, but no public announcement was made about how many employees are losing their jobs and from what departments.
“Today is family time,” Focus spokesman Gary Schneeberger said. “We’ll have more to say publicly about our reduction in force on Monday.”
Throughout the day, Focus held department meetings to inform those affected by the layoffs, which have been rumored for days.
Since 2002, Focus’ work force has been reduced from 1,400 to 860. Over the past two years, Focus cut 295 jobs. Friday’s layoffs are the first for the ministry since September 2009, when it laid off 75 workers.
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Focus on the Family has been a tremendous blessing over the years to many people in many ways. These are tough times, and it’s easy from some to criticize the various budgetary decisions of a large ministry, particularly at a time of transition in leadership. But it’s a tendency we would do well to resist. Rather, let’s pray both for the families affected and for the leadership that remains. God’s vision for husbands, wives, children, and the family are under assault in our day as much as ever. May this important ministry remain strong for many years to come.