Our History

In 1993, the Inland Empire Prayer Breakfast was launched to fill the void created by the loss of two concentrations of Christian leadership from the area: Focus on the Family and Campus Crusade for Christ, International.
 

The Inland Empire Prayer Breakfast Committee was then, and is now, a group of business, church, community, and political leaders who volunteer their time and resources to provide an opportunity for God’s people to:

 

1.      Come together to publically pray for our region, state, and nation

2.      Get to know one another to realize the importance of the body of believers as a whole

3.      Create awareness of ministries and para-church organizations in the area

The first Prayer Breakfast was held on November 11, 1993, the second on June 9, 1994, and the third on October 13, 1995. In 1996, it was decided to combine efforts and join with the National Day of Prayer organization. Since that time, the breakfasts have been held on the first Thursday in May, coordinating with National Day of Prayer.

 

It is the aim and purpose of the Inland Empire Prayer Breakfast to work through the churches and ministries of the Inland Empire, acknowledging them as the cornerstone of the body of believers. The event acts as a catalyst for existing ministries, not to duplicate or compete with any organization.

 

The Prayer Breakfast has support from many parts of the Inland Empire community.  Those who attend represent over 30 different churches, many different business groups, fire and public safety officials, local elected officials, and community volunteers. For the past 23 years, most of  the surrounding cities, San Bernardino County, and California State governments have provided official resolutions supporting the National Day of Prayer and these resolutions are proudly displayed at the event.

The Inland Empire Prayer Breakfast Committee is a model of regional unity. The Committee is made up of leaders from all parts of the business and political communities. Committee members gather as individuals who are committed to keeping the region a great place to work, play, and praise God in the public square.   They meet for several months before the event to pray and plan together.

 

May 5, 2016 marks the 23th anniversary at the DoubleTree Hotel in Ontario.  From a small group at the beginning, a base of over 400 attendees has been established. The attendees network, worship, and pray for each other.    The program includes a nationally known speaker, a time of worship and a postcard segment allowing prayer for an additional 1200 people in four categories: business, public safety, elected officials and ministry leaders. These postcards simply state that the sender has prayed for the person whose name is on the preaddressed card.

 

The Inland Empire Prayer Breakfast welcomes all persons of faith and good will who stand fast in the conviction expressed by Abraham Lincoln: “Without the assistance of the Divine Being, I cannot succeed; with that assistance, I cannot fail.”

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