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Focus on the Family

Focus on the Family was founded in 1977 by James Dobson, a psychologist, radio host, and author of Dare to Discipline, among many other books. Based in Colorado Springs, the ministry produces a daily radio broadcast, counseling, and other resources. Dobson transferred leadership over to president Jim Daly and (to the surprise of Focus’s employees) in 2012 went on to start his own radio ministry called Family Talk. Focus's budget, number of employees, and radio listeners have dropped since Dobson’s departure. In 2010, the organization purchased a 30-second ad featuring Tim Tebow during the Super Bowl, drawing attention to the organization’s new approach to social issues.

  • Subscriber Access OnlyRefocusing on the Family
    Like many evangelical organizations that were built in the past 50 years, Focus on the Family is attempting to thrive—and survive—past its founder.
  • Subscriber Access OnlyDaring to Discipline America
    James Dobson's influence, already huge, is growing. Can he keep his focus?
  • Subscriber Access OnlyFamily Talk, Family Business
    Focus on the Family isn’t the only Colorado Springs organization preparing for its future after James Dobson.
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    ‪Construction in Samalout, Egypt, of homes for these families is well underway, and it is a project that has impacted an entire community (see pictures in the Photos section below). The construction contractor is hiring local laborers to help build the homes, providing new jobs. The local Coptic Bishop has offered two buildings that will be turned into Vocational Training Centers, creating new potential.
  • Colorado Springs Evangelicals
    There are so many Christian groups in this community, Colorado Springs has earned something of a reputation and a nickname: America’s Christian Mecca. (Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly)

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