The following excerpt from an article on christianpost.com tells of the success of a media prayer breakfast founded by Grace alum and former staff member Larry Poland:
The “2nd Annual National Media Prayer Breakfast” convened an estimated 1,000 people in Los Angeles on Friday to pray for the “700 most powerful and influential media professionals in the world.” The event represents a growing – though not new – trend: coordinated prayer for the nation’s leaders.
The National Media Prayer Breakfast (NMPB) mobilizes spiritual support for media leaders and recognizes people of faith in media. A Christian event open to all faiths, NMPB is neither issues-focused nor political, according to a news release.
“The message to Hollywood’s elite is that there are millions of Christians who care enough about them to pray for them—not boycott, protest or bash them,” says Dr. Larry Poland, founder of NMPB and CEO of Mastermedia International. “We want to send media leaders a positive message of God’s love and forgiveness.”
The event opened with a prayer by former Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, who also opened the Senate with prayer each day from 1995 until his retirement in 2003. Scheduled appearances included singer and Broadway star Debby Boone and actor John Schneider – a regular on the popular TV series for teensSmallville and former Dukes of Hazard star.
The President of CBS Studio Center, Michael Klausman, joined Lori McCreary, CEO of Revelations Entertainment. Charisse McGhee-Lazarou, VP of Current Series Programming at Lifetime Television participated, and Father Michael Manning, founder of Wordnet Catholic Television, provided the closing prayer.
Only in its second year, the event represents a returning trend: prayer for the cultural and political leaders of society.