Focus on the Family was the largest of dozens of evangelical para-church organizations that relocated to Colorado Springs between 1988 and 1993. Starting this week, Focus is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Members of the public can attend a June 22 chapel service, or sign up for a November cruise, to mark the anniversary.
Focus on the Family timeline
1970: James Dobson publishes "Dare to Discipline," the first of dozens of bestselling books.
1976-77: Dobson takes leave from Children's Hospital of L.A. to found Focus.
1980: "Focus on the Family" radio program goes from weekly to daily on 200 stations.
1983-86: Launches first magazine, Focus on the Family. Releases its first film and publishes its first book.
1988: Public Policy division formed to advocate and lobby for Focus legislative goals.
1991: Focus moves to Colorado Springs, bringing 350 employees and hiring 400 here. Ministry promotes Colorado's anti-gay rights Amendment 2.
1993: 15,000 people attend dedication of 45-acre Briargate campus. Event interrupted by activists from Lesbian Avengers.
1996: Gunman takes four employees hostage in Focus lobby before setting them free and surrendering.
1998: Launches Boundless, webzine for college students, and "Love Won Out" conferences on homosexuality.
2000: One millionth visitor to Focus welcome center.
2003-2005: In planned leadership transition, former Reagan cabinet member Donald Hodel named Focus president. Jim Daly named chief operating officer (2004), and president and CEO (2005).
2009-2010: Dobson resigns, starts new ministry, Family Talk.
Sources: http://www.focusonthefamily.com/about/historical-timeline and author research.