The National Media Prayer Breakfast

I just left the fourth annual National Media Prayer Breakfast at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. Powerful event. If nothing else, it’s quite remarkable that 700 people – mostly Hollywood professionals -  come together in a highly visible way to pray for individuals in the entertainment and media industries. Founded by Dr. Larry Poland of Mastermedia, and now hosted by Mastermedia and the Hollywood Prayer Network, it’s become extremely respected. I was interviewed by CNN after the event, and while they didn’t fully understand it, they were amazed at the impact and reception in the industry. It’s open to anyone, and I would encourage you to attend next year. Although it’s an obviously Christian event, it’s not about being exclusive, it’s about being inclusive, and welcoming anyone, no matter where you are on your spiritual journey. Hats off to Larry Poland, Karen Covell, and the entire team.

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  • Good Commentary

    Phil,

    Thanks for mentioning this.  It is encouraging to see examples of how it only takes little steps to start something big.  I am sure that when Dr. Larry Poland started having these events, he had no clue that it would grow like this – 4 years and drawing 700 professionals.  – Great testimony.

    LOL – After writing a post on another thread, now I might have to rescind some things?

    I followed the link to Mastermedia, and was able to quickly get the idea that this was a non-denominational call to pray for not JUST the governmental leadership in this country, but also to pray for the media leaders that do provide influence in our culture.

    Nanette, what suggested to you that there is something way off balance with this event / organization?  Maybe I missed something?

  • http://www.gapmin.org NaNette

    Is this level of "inclusiveness" the same as that spoken of by Carlton Pearson? Define inclusive.   

  • Brian Sinks

    That would be "inclusion" as in "the gospel of inclusion".  Inclusiveness is the opposite of exclusiveness.  Rather than be an exclusive group you are bringing together/including seperate people and groups for their commonalities.

  • Nate

    I learned about the Prayer Breakfast this past summer while studying in Hollywood with Act One, and I'm pretty envious of the 700 who attended.  I would have loved to have been there.

    But, I was speaking this weekend in a church in North Carolina, relating my experiences with Act One, and a man asked me if I saw any hope for Hollywood.  I gave a resounding YES because of the work of ministries like Hollywood Prayer Network.  I think a new day is coming to the entertainment industry, because Christians are stopping their condemnation of Hollywood as Sodom and Gamorrah, and beginning to recognize it as more of a Ninevah, a place where Christians NEED to be.

    Keep up the good work, Phil!

    Nathan Fleming, Act One Writing Program '07 

  • Good Commentary

    Nate,

    Can you say what church you were at? Charlotte, NC resident

     

  • Nate

    Hi Good Commentary,

    I was in the little burg of Mebane NC, speaking to the good folks at Mebane Pres when the question came up.  Were you in the house?

    Nate

  • Good Commentary

    LOl… no – wasn't there. Had to use google maps to figure out where it was!!!  It turns out to be not too far from where my daughter hopes to attend University next fall.  Elon University - Music Theater (hopefully – she auditioned for the program last weekend)  I think they said they expect 400 students to audition, but have only 12 slots available.  Her minor (if they allow her to minor – tough major) will be Broadcast Communications.

  • Nate

    My cousin's daughter is at Elon, and really likes it. She's getting ready to make a J-term trip to Europe to visit cathedrals. I am a theater director overseas, so if she's ever interested in doing cross-cultural theater, let me know.