Focus On the Family Cuts 200-plus Positions

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Focus on the Family says it has
eliminated more than 200 positions, the largest staff cuts in the
evangelical Christian group's 31-year history.

Citing the faltering economy and a decline in donations, Focus officials say 149 employees will lose their jobs, most by month's end. Another 53 open positions will be left vacant.

The cuts are ministry-wide. Glenn Williams, Focus on the Family's chief operating officer, says a magazine for teens that lost readership to the Internet also is being eliminated.

The cutbacks come on top of an announcement in October that Focus on the Family would lay off or reassign 46 employees next year due to the restructuring of its distribution arm. Once both cuts are carried out, Focus on the Family will have about 950 employees, down from a peak of 1,400.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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