Billy Gra­ham as­so­ci­a­tion lay­ing off 10 per­cent of staff

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CHAR­LOTTE | The North Carolina-based Billy Gra­ham Evan­ge­lis­tic As­so­ci­a­tion is lay­ing off nearly 50 work­ers, or about 10 per­cent of its staff, as it shifts fo­cus to its on­line min­istry and other ini­tia­tives.

The Char­lotte Ob­server re­ports this is the sec­ond time in three years that the 62-year-old or­ga­ni­za­tion has cut jobs.

Spokesman Brent Rhine­hart says some of the af­fected em­ploy­ees will work through midMarch, while oth­ers will stay on into June. Fewer than 20 of the lay­offs will af­fect the as­so­ci­a­tion’s op­er­a­tions in Char­lotte, where it’s based.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion cur­rently has about 500 em­ploy­ees spread across dozens of pro­grams, rang­ing from the Billy Gra­ham Li­brary to on­line evan­ge­lism.

Mr. Rhine­hart says the work­ers los­ing their jobs are get­ting sev­er­ance pack­ages and ca­reer as­sis­tance.

About 55 work­ers were let go in 2009.

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