I didn’t post this immediately, but I have recently had a lot of requests to post the letter readers received from Focus on the Family (FotF) in a post. There have also been several comments and questions recently about FotF and their relationship with MckMama.
My reason for waiting was pretty simple. MckMama said she had a project coming up with FotF and I wanted to see what she interpreted as a “project” with FotF to be, when their take was so different from what she was saying.
The reality is FotF severed ties with MckMama. I received several e-mails and comments from readers who contacted FotF and they were all very similar. Here’s one from April 28:
Thank you for contacting Focus on the Family. We value the time you’ve taken to let us know of your reservations about the blogger known as “MckMama” (Jennifer McKinney). We realize that your comments are born of your loving concern for our ministry, and you can be sure that we accept your feedback in the spirit in which it was offered.
In response to your remarks, we’d like to let you know that the information we’ve received from you and others has led us to reconsider future involvement with Mrs. McKinney. We should also clarify that her participation on our recent webcasts took place before we became aware of issues and statements inconsistent with Focus on the Family’s values. Now that we have been alerted to this information, however, we can assure you that we have no plans to feature Mrs. McKinney moving forward. At the same time, as a ministry dedicated to promoting thriving families, we will continue to come alongside the McKinneys to offer our encouragement and help.
Thank you again for writing. We hope this response has set your mind at ease, and we invite you to get in touch again if there’s some other way our staff can serve you and your loved ones. Meanwhile, may the Lord’s joy and peace be yours in abundance!
Kathryn (removed last name)
Focus on the Family
According to MckMama, however, there were still plans to work together:
May 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm
Are you going to be doing another “Focus on the Family” podcast any time soon? Loved the last one!
May 12, 2010 at 2:58 pm
Yep! I was just talking with them the other day. Am actually involved in another project of theirs, too, that I’ll be sharing about on my blog soon! So thankful for Focus on the Family.
Unless I missed it, she has not mentioned FotF since May 12. Likewise they haven’t mentioned her since April.
Edited to add: Yet another comment was made by MckMama on 3/15/2011 about her relationship with FotF:
Focus on the Family did not cut ties with us. We still have a relationship with them, in fact. What was said was that I wouldn’t be part of their webcast for the time being. When I said that we were still working on things together and had a positive relationship, even after the webcast bit was announced, that was completely truthful . . .