Focus on the Family Faced With More Layoffs

By Jeremy Kinser

Originally published on Advocate.com September 18 2011 10:45 AM ET

 The antigay ministry Focus on the Family announced on Friday it will eliminate 49 more jobs, reports Denver Post.

The Colorado Springs-based organization had a $105 million budget this fiscal year ending September 30, but its officials now estimate it will receive donations of only $90 million to $95 million.

"God has never promised us a certain budget number," Gary Schneeberger, Focus Vice President says. "We're sad today but not distraught about the future. Even in these bad economic times people who care about the ministry gave us more than $90 million. We've been able to help tens of thousands of families with their marriages, raising their kids and walking in their faith. Our commitment to that mission is unabated."

At its height in 2002, Focus on the Family employed 1,400, but has been trimming its workforce since 2008.

"Most of the years of the ministry we were under a $90 million budget," Schneeberger says. "Even so, we had a huge impact globally and believe we will continue to have a huge impact globally."

Focus on the Family, long notorious for fighting LGBT rights initiatives, was founded in 1977 by therapist Jim Dobson, who was succeeded by Jim Daly as president and CEO in 2009.