Erie Christian Business Leaders Association
It all began a few years ago when Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association helped organize over 100 churches and many small businesses in the community to host the Rock the Lakes festival in Erie, PA. 14,000 people attended this wonderful event. But even more importantly, it was the start of a movement were Christians from all over the city have been mobilized to unprecedented levels of unity and faith. One such group of friends helping to seed this movement and connect with the heart and pulse of the area is the Erie Christian Business Leaders Association (ECBLA). This group has put hands and feet to the charge written in James 2:17, “So also faith, if it does not have works, by itself is destitute of power.“ They have been meeting monthly to pray for unity and societal reformation, hosting an annual Prayer Breakfast at which attendance has grown. The breakfast represents a unique gathering of city and county officials, first responders, county and federal judges, government leaders, inner-city as well as urban pastors, business leaders and others of all societal distinctions. For the last three years, a luncheon has been added where government officials and faith leaders joined together to explore ways to impact the city. This growing public expression of communitywide faith and trust in Jesus Christ and the mobilization inspired by it has truly been only something God could do!