Businessman Clyde Lear tells of his journey to Christ at prayer breakfast
Faith and breakfast occupied the room in unison at the 20th Annual Boonslick Prayer Breakfast, which was held Thursday morning at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Boonville.
The breakfast is held each year and mirrors both the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. and the breakfast in Jefferson City.
The breakfast featured music by the Boonville High School Band and Boonville High School Chamber Choir. The colors were presented by Boy Scouts of America Troop 67. A student from BHS and Laura Speed Elliot Middle School read passages from the Old and New Testament of the Bible and former KWRT Radio announcer Ted Bliel was the master of ceremonies. Boonville Mayor Julie Thacher welcomed everyone to the event before she introduced Clyde Lear, who was the keynote speaker for the breakfast.
Lear, founder and retired Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for Learfield Communications, spoke of his journey to a greater faith in Jesus Christ.
Lear said he always wondered how Jesus picked his disciples. Furthermore, he said Jesus was the ultimate business man and that is who shaped him as an individual.
“We tend to put things in boxes. We tend to have our faith box, our family box and work box. Life is not that way. Jesus transcends all these things. Jesus is in our marriage, our social box and in our work place. I think to keep him out would be a terrible thing,” Lear said.
Lear added, at his company his employees are open to discuss their faith.
“We are a secular company like any other company and have employees of all faith traditions and even with no faith traditions, but we talk about our faith openly,” Lear said.
Lear's message was one of becoming disciples to each other and helping each other in times of need. He said everyone needs someone to talk to, to gather each week or month to discuss life.
Lear spent his college career in the Boonslick region. Having graduated from Central Methodist University and the University of Missouri School of Journalism with his Masters in Broadcast Journalism, Lear spoke fondly of his times in Boonville.
“When I was attending school in Fayette there were times we needed something to do, so that is why I spent a lot of time in Boonville,” Lear said.
Lear and his wife Sue have been involved nationally and internationally supporting numerous Christian outreach programs.
The money raised from the breakfast will benefit the Boonslick Senior Center.
Following the Prayer Breakfast, an assembly was held at BHS where Lear was invited to speak to the student body.
Lear spoke of his company and how it began. He explained a little bit about his marketing strategy around college campuses and said some items seen at sports venues at the University of Missouri were purchased by his company.
Lear was asked what the one thing the student body should take away from his speech. Lear responded that students should think about having a personal relationship with Christ. He said that one individual (Christ) helped him tremendously in life.
“For me the biggest thing in my life is my walk with the Lord. I didn't really discover it until I was in my 40s. I had gone to church all my life and had been involved in the church as well. There was some things going on in my life in my business and kids where I started to look around and ask myself there had to be more than this,” Lear said.