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Evangelical Pastors and Leaders Come Together to Call Christians to Make 2017 ‘The Year of Good News’

Evangelical Pastors and Leaders Come Together to Call Christians to Make 2017 ‘The Year of Good News’

‘We commit to preach louder than our nation’s politics, and we aim to make the message of Jesus Christ transcend the monopoly of our media.’

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A cross-denominational group of some of America’s most influential Evangelical pastors and leaders has come together to call Christians to make 2017 “The Year of Good News.”

Pastor and Harvest Crusades founder Greg Laurie—who organized the letter—is joined by Evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham, Assemblies of God General Superintendent George Wood, Southern Baptist President Steve Gaines, Author Anne Graham Lotz, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler, Family Talk Founder Dr. James Dobson, among others, in signing and publishing the letter urging American Christians to make 2017 the year they “share the message of Jesus with everyone they can at every opportunity they can.”

“In a time of bad news, distracting news, divisive news, disorderly news, and, sometimes, depressing news we—as Christians and as leaders—want to recommit ourselves to making sure that the Good News of Jesus cuts through it all,” says the letter.

The letter, which is a strong reminder of the Christian calling to be bearers of good news, was also signed by pastors David Jeremiah, Levi Lusko, Robert Morris, Ronnie Floyd, Skip Heitzig, and James MacDonald, as well as authors Max Lucado, Joel Rosenberg, and Randy Alcorn. Christian leaders such as Eric Metaxas, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, and O. S. Hawkins also added their names to the letter.

Christians everywhere are invited to join the “Year of Good News” with #YearOfGoodNews and to add their names at: goodnews.harvestamerica.com.

“We need a national miracle to heal our political, racial and cultural divisions, and that miracle is found in the power of Jesus to change our hearts,” say the Evangelical leaders. “Therefore, we commit to preach louder than our nation’s politics, and we aim to make the message of Jesus Christ transcend the monopoly of our media.”

The letter in its entirety, with its full list of signatories, is copied below.

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The Year of Good News

In a time of bad news, distracting news, divisive news, disorderly news, and, sometimes, depressing news we—as Christians and as leaders—want to recommit ourselves to making sure that the Good News of Jesus cuts through it all. We call upon Christians in America to make 2017 “The Year of Good News.”

Christians everywhere must share the message of Jesus with everyone they can at every opportunity they can. Pastors must preach the Gospel boldly and pray intentionally for national revival.

Despite the divisions and distractions dividing our nation and disorienting our culture, we believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ remains the hope of the world and is more needed in our nation now than at almost any point in our nations history.

This is not to diminish the important good works and example that the Church as a whole provides, but it is to emphasize that Jesus has commanded us to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel” and to “make disciples of all nations.”

Our message is the Good News that God loved us so much He sent His son to this earth on a rescue mission. Jesus who is fully God and fully man lived a perfect life, died a perfect death and rose again from the grave.

We need a national miracle to heal our political, racial and cultural divisions, and that miracle is found in the power of Jesus to change our hearts. Therefore, we commit to preach louder than our nation’s politics, and we aim to make the message of Jesus Christ transcend the monopoly of our media. We confess our only hope of unity is on the level ground at the foot of the cross of Jesus, and our only hope of healing is in the victory achieved through his empty tomb.

The gospel is the timeless, God-honored, God-ordained message that can change a human heart for time and eternity. We accept Jesus’ command to proclaim his message, wherever we are to whomever we are around.

Because 2017 is such a critical year for America, it must become the Year of Good News.

Signed,

Greg Laurie
Pastor, Harvest Christian Fellowship

Cathe Laurie
Speaker, Author

Franklin Graham
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Al Mohler
President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Anne Graham Lotz
Author

James Dobson
Author, Family Talk with James Dobson

Jack Graham
Pastor, Prestonwood Church

Steve Gaines
President, Southern Baptist Convention

David Jeremiah
Pastor, Shadow Mountain Community Church

Chris Tomlin
Musician, Songwriter

Max Lucado
Author

Russell Moore
President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

James MacDonald
Founder and Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel

George Wood
General Superintendent, Assemblies of God

Eric Metaxas
Author, Speaker, Radio Host

Kevin Ezell
President, North American Mission Board (NAMB)

Robert Morris
Pastor, Gateway Church

Ronnie Floyd
Senior Pastor, Cross Church

Joe Focht
Senior Pastor, Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia

Brian Brodersen
Senior Pastor, Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa

Joel Rosenberg
Author

Levi Lusko
Pastor, Fresh Life Church

OS Hawkins
President, Guidestone Financial Resources

Randy Alcorn
Author

Willie Jordan
Cofounder and President, Fred Jordan Missions

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Skip Heitzig
Founder and Senior Pastor, Calvary of Albuquerque

Lee Strobel
Author

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Pastor Greg Laurie serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, one of the largest churches in America; is the author of more than 70 books; hosts the nationally syndicated radio broadcast, A New Beginning; and is the founder of Harvest Crusades, a large-scale evangelistic ministry whose next event, Harvest America, will be held June 11 in Phoenix at the University of Phoenix Stadium and broadcast live nationwide. His next book “Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon” releases on June 13.

Pastor Greg Laurie Releases Statement Regarding His Participation in the National Prayer Service for the 58th Presidential Inauguration

Pastor Greg Laurie Releases Statement Regarding His Participation in the National Prayer Service for the 58th Presidential Inauguration

RIVERSIDE, CA. — Pastor, founder of Harvest America, and nationally syndicated radio host Greg Laurie issues the following statement regarding his participation in the National Prayer Service, Saturday, January 21st:

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Inaugural Committee for inviting me to participate in the National Prayer Service to be held at the National Cathedral. I view this honor as a sacred responsibility. This service alone demonstrates that the United States remains a country ‘under God’ and a country that prioritizes prayer.

“President Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.’

“We must remember it is God who has blessed America. Though we may at times have forgotten God, He has never forgotten us.

“We need to turn to God. The Bible says that if we humble ourselves, repent of our sins, and seek God’s face that He will hear from heaven and He will heal our land. May this be a day when we turn with our whole hearts to Him at a moment when America needs God’s protection and healing as ever before.”

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Greg Laurie is an evangelist and senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship® in Riverside and Irvine, California. He will host the national Harvest America Crusade live from University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, AZ on June 11th 2017.

Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie to Hold Nationally Simulcast Harvest America Outreach in Phoenix Area in 2017

Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie to Hold Nationally Simulcast Harvest America Outreach in Phoenix Area in 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif., Nov. 30, 2016—Nearly three decades after first bringing its large-scale evangelistic events to stadiums and arenas around the world, Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie has announced plans to hold its annual Harvest America outreach in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area on June 11, 2017. Designed to impact a country desperately in need of hope, the nationwide simulcast of the Harvest America outreach will be made available to thousands of host locations across the country and will originate from the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals.

Churches and para-church organizations representing a variety of denominations throughout Phoenix and surrounding regions—the “Valley of the Sun”—are partnering with Harvest America to host the one-night event. In addition, the Southern Baptist Convention and its North American Mission Board are partnering with Harvest America 2017, and have selected it as the focus of their annual “Crossover” outreach event, taking place just prior to the Southern Baptist Convention’s national meeting in Phoenix in June.

Featuring a nightly message of hope from Laurie and music from top-name Christian artists, each Harvest outreach is hosted through the efforts of hundreds of local churches and admission is free of charge. Since 1990, Harvest Crusades has put on large-scale evangelistic outreaches across the U.S. and in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. In 2012 a new nationwide simulcast called Harvest America was born, expanding the reach of the Gospel even further. In person attendance and live webcast views for Harvest events total more than 7.6 million, with 489,229 people deciding to make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ.

The 2016 Harvest America event was held at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, and was live streamed to more than 7,200 remote host locations and drew a combined 350,000 participants, making it the largest one-day live evangelistic event ever for U.S. audiences.

With a trademark ability to present a clear gospel message in a culturally relevant format, drawing on the latest in current events, contemporary Christian music, and technology, Greg Laurie has been called the “evangelist of the future” by Billy Graham. In addition to founding the Harvest Crusades—the longest-running annual evangelistic outreach in U.S. history—Laurie also serves as senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, which has campuses in Riverside and Irvine, Calif., and Maui, Hawaii. He serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

More Than 225 Local Pastors and Ministry Leaders Attend Harvest America 2017 Launch Event in Arizona

More Than 225 Local Pastors and Ministry Leaders Attend Harvest America 2017 Launch Event in Arizona

Harvest Crusades With Greg Laurie To Hold Nationally Simulcast Harvest America Outreach In 2017 at University of Phoenix Stadium on NEW DATE, June 11, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif., Oct. 12, 2016—More than 225 local pastors and para-church ministry representatives attended the Harvest America 2017 launch event at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ, on Oct. 6, where Southern California pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie spoke about his vision for the event, alongside Pastor John Collins and Pastor Jonathan Laurie.

Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie recently announced plans to hold its annual Harvest America outreach in Arizona on a newly revised date: Sunday June 11, 2017. The event date was changed to encourage even more participation by churches, both locally and nationally.

Members of the Harvest staff also shared briefly regarding the various ways to be involved in Harvest America. Those who attended the launch were very engaged and enthusiastic about the upcoming event. Pastors Mark Martin, of Calvary Community Church, and Cal Jernigan, of Central Christian Church, spoke about the great opportunity it is to be a part of this evangelistic outreach.

Designed to impact a country desperately in need of hope, the nationwide simulcast of the Harvest America outreach will be made available to thousands of host locations across the country. The North American Mission Board of Southern Baptists invited Greg Laurie to hold the national Harvest America outreach as a lead-in “Crossover” event prior to their annual Southern Baptist Convention to be held that same week.

Additional meetings are planned for early Nov. 2016, to allow the Harvest team to connect with those who could not join in the past meeting, to share more about Harvest America 2017 in Arizona, and to explain exactly what can be done to get involved. Additional details will be made available at HarvestAmerica.com.

Featuring a nightly message of hope from Laurie and music from top-name Christian artists, each Harvest outreach is hosted through the efforts of hundreds of local churches and admission is free of charge. Since 1990, Harvest with Greg Laurie events have drawn more than 5.7 million people to stadiums and arenas around the world, with another 1.9 million people attending virtually via the Internet.

With a trademark ability to present a clear gospel message in a culturally relevant format, drawing on the latest in current events, contemporary Christian music, and technology, Greg Laurie has been called the “evangelist of the future” by Billy Graham. In addition to founding the Harvest Crusades—the longest-running annual evangelistic outreach in U.S. history—Laurie also serves as senior pastor of one of the largest churches in America, Harvest Christian Fellowship, which has campuses in Riverside and Irvine, Calif., and Maui, Hawaii. He serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

More Than 24,000 Turn Out for Good News—Both In-Person and Via Internet—at Harvest Georgia Outreach with Greg Laurie, Sept. 23 – 25

More Than 24,000 Turn Out for Good News—Both In-Person and Via Internet—at Harvest Georgia Outreach with Greg Laurie, Sept. 23 – 25

1,052 Change Their “Spiritual Address” During Weekend Harvest Crusade.

RIVERSIDE, Calif., Sept. 26, 2016—After a year of planning and prayer, more than 200 churches throughout Atlanta and North Georgia united in faith this past weekend, Sept. 23 – 25, to host Harvest Georgia 2016 at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth. The Harvest Georgia outreach drew more then 24,000 people over the course of the weekend—both in-person and via the Internet—with crowds gathering to hear a nightly message of hope from Southern California pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie and music from top Christian artists including Lecrae, Chris Tomlin, THIRD DAY, and Phil Wickham.

Community connections were strong at the Harvest Georgia outreach as a local 500-voice choir comprised of singers from 15 area churches backed up Atlanta local and Grammy Award winning worship leader, Chris Tomlin during the Sunday evening program. Lecrae and THIRD DAY also have ties to Atlanta.

Pastors from the area participated in the three-day Harvest Georgia outreach by leading times of prayer, including Dr. James Merritt of Cross Pointe Church, Sandy Adams of Calvary Chapel Stone Mountain, and Dr. Johnny Hunt of First Baptist Church of Woodstock. Passion City Church pastor Louie Giglio also took the stage on Sunday evening to thank Greg Laurie for bringing Harvest Georgia to the state, commenting, “What Greg and his team are doing here is extraordinary . . . We are living in an amazing time in the history of the world. I’m convinced that we are in the middle of revival and Harvest is at the forefront of that.”

Laurie told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Sept. 23, 2016) that the Harvest events are not just for people who go to church every Sunday. “This event is also for people who may be skeptical or perhaps never darkened the doorway of a church, yet have questions about life and about God.” This was indeed the case at Harvest Georgia as many attendees heeded the call to “bring a friend,” and invited family, neighbors, and co-workers to hear Laurie’s nightly presentation of the Good News of the Gospel.

Laurie’s messages throughout the weekend addressed the big questions in life that many people ask: Why am I here? What is the meaning of my life? What happens when I die? “The statistics on death are pretty impressive, one out of one people dies,” Laurie told crowds gathered at Infinite Energy Arena. “Everyone dies, no matter who you are. But death died when Christ rose.”

Laurie continued, “I’ve been up close and personal with death and if I didn’t have Christ in my life, I don’t know how I would have gotten through it. But I know I will see my son and others on the other side of Heaven. I hope you have that hope, as well. Heaven is not the default destination of every person, it is the destination of those who know Christ.”

“Heaven is not for good people, it is for forgiven people,” said Laurie. “The Gospel truth is that God loves you and will forgive you if you will turn from your sin and believe in Him. You can literally change your spiritual address tonight.”

Over three nights, 913 literally did change their spiritual address as they walked from the stands onto the floor of the arena to publicly make commitments of faith. Another 139 made decisions of faith via live Internet broadcasts.

All nights of the 2016 SoCal Harvest were broadcast on the Internet, and 11,966 people watched live from 138 countries and across the U.S. In addition, 51,305 viewers participated through Facebook Live. The 2016 SoCal Harvest is archived and available for viewing at harvest.org. Each night of Harvest Georgia 2016 was broadcast live on God TV (god.tv/tunein/us), and JUCE-TV (jucetv.com).

With a trademark ability to present a clear gospel message in a culturally relevant format, drawing on the latest in current events, contemporary Christian music, and technology, Greg Laurie’s Harvest events have drawn more than 5.7 million people to stadiums and arenas around the world since 1990, with another 1.8 million people attending virtually via the Internet. In addition to founding the Harvest Crusades—the longest-running annual evangelistic outreach in U.S. history—Laurie also serves as senior pastor of one of the largest churches in America, Harvest Christian Fellowship, which has campuses in Riverside and Irvine, Calif., and Maui, Hawaii. He serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie will hold its next outreach, Harvest America 2017, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, Ariz. on June 10, 2017.

Harvest Crusades With Greg Laurie To Hold Nationally Simulcast Harvest America Outreach In Phoenix In 2017

Harvest Crusades With Greg Laurie To Hold Nationally Simulcast Harvest America Outreach In Phoenix In 2017

Southern California Pastor & Evangelist Greg Laurie to Speak at Pastor’s Informational Meeting at University of Phoenix Stadium on Oct. 6

RIVERSIDE, Calif., Sept. 22, 2016—Nearly three decades after first bringing its large-scale evangelistic events to stadiums and arenas around the world, Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie has announced plans to hold its annual Harvest America outreach in Glendale, Ariz. on June 11, 2017. Designed to impact a country desperately in need of hope, the nationwide simulcast of the Harvest America outreach will be made available to thousands of host locations across the country and will originate from the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals.

Invited by Phoenix-area churches representing a variety of denominations, Harvest Crusades founder and evangelist Greg Laurie will visit the University of Phoenix Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 10:30 a.m. for an informational meeting for pastors. Additional details are available at RSVP.HarvestAmerica.com. The 2017 Harvest America event will also serve as the annual “Crossover” outreach for local Southern Baptist churches.

Featuring a nightly message of hope from Laurie and music from top-name Christian artists, each Harvest outreach is hosted through the efforts of hundreds of local churches and admission is free of charge. Since 1990, Harvest with Greg Laurie events have drawn more than 5.7 million people to stadiums and arenas around the world, with another 1.8 million people attending virtually via the Internet.

The 2016 Harvest America event was held at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, and was live streamed to more than 7,200 remote host locations and drew a combined 350,000 participants, making it the largest one-day live evangelistic event ever for U.S. audiences.

With a trademark ability to present a clear gospel message in a culturally relevant format, drawing on the latest in current events, contemporary Christian music, and technology, Greg Laurie has been called the “evangelist of the future” by Billy Graham. In addition to founding the Harvest Crusades—the longest-running annual evangelistic outreach in U.S. history—Laurie also serves as senior pastor of one of the largest churches in America, Harvest Christian Fellowship, which has campuses in Riverside and Irvine, Calif., and Maui, Hawaii. He serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

105,000 Gather at Angel Stadium Over Weekend for 27th Annual Southern California Harvest Crusade Outreach

105,000 Gather at Angel Stadium Over Weekend for 27th Annual Southern California Harvest Crusade Outreach

11,994 Declare, “But Now I’m Found,” by Making Decisions of Faith

RIVERSIDE, Calif., August 29, 2016—It was a weekend of spiritual transformation for thousands in attendance at the 27th annual Southern California Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie, held at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Aug. 26–28. Some 105,000 packed into the stadium over the course of the three-night “2016 SoCal Harvest” outreach to hear a message of hope from Southern California pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie, and by the end of the weekend, 11,994 people—including nearly 1,000 people viewing via live Internet broadcasts–registered commitments of faith.

The 2016 SoCal Harvest featured a nightly talk from Laurie and music from top Christian musical artists including Chris Tomlin, tobyMac featuring Hollyn, Skillet, for King & Country, Phil Wickham and KB. Actor and director Mel Gibson joined Greg Laurie for an interview on Sunday to discuss the role that faith has played in the films he has produced in recent years. Discussing his plans for a new film based on the resurrection of Christ, Gibson said, “I made the ultimate super hero film in The Passion of the Christ. Real super heroes don’t wear spandex or have special 3-D effects, they do something super human.”

People from all walks of life shared their personal stories of faith from the stage during the Sunday evening program, writing descriptions of who they used to be on one side of a cardboard sign—”I was sentenced to life in prison.” “I was in a cult.” “I was addicted to cocaine.”—and then flipping the signs over to reveal the message, “But Now I’m Found” as the Harvest Crusade Band performed “Amazing Grace.” At the same time, thousands of people throughout Angel Stadium held up their own cards until white signs blanketed the stands.

Greg Laurie spoke with a sense of urgency to the crowd gathered each night, addressing questions that many people ask: Why am I so empty inside? What happened after I die? Why am I so lonely? “Everyone needs Jesus—from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, every man, woman, boy and girl,” said Laurie. “You can come to Him and be forgiven of your sin. You’re either going to say yes or no, but are you willing to bet all of eternity on it?”

“I’m just the delivery boy, I’m just here to get the Good News out. But it’s up to you to decide what to do with it,” Laurie continued. “Jesus loves you and he said follow me–that’s the choice. You can walk out of Angel Stadium with all of your sin in the rearview mirror.”

At Laurie’s invitation, 11,082 people streamed onto the outfield of Angel Stadium through the course of the weekend to make commitments of faith—over 10% of those in attendance. Another 912 made decisions of faith via live Internet broadcasts.

Live Event Webcasts/Broadcasts/Social Media
All nights of the 2016 SoCal Harvest were broadcast on the Internet, and 51,014 people watched live from 149 countries and all 50 states. In addition, 103,198 viewers participated through Facebook Live. The 2016 SoCal Harvest is archived and available for viewing at harvest.org.

The 2016 SoCal Harvest was broadcast locally on KKLA-FM and KFSH-FM and via satellite across the country on CSN Radio and Radio Nueva Vida. In addition, each night of the Harvest Crusade aired live on TCT TV Network, God TV (god.tv/tunein/us), and JUCE-TV (jucetv.com).

With a trademark ability to present a clear gospel message in a culturally relevant format, drawing on the latest in current events, contemporary Christian music, and technology, Greg Laurie’s Harvest events have drawn more than 5.7 million people to stadiums and arenas around the world since 1990, with another 1.8 million people attending virtually via the Internet. In addition to founding the Harvest Crusades—the longest-running annual evangelistic outreach in U.S. history—Laurie also serves as senior pastor of one of the largest churches in America, Harvest Christian Fellowship, which has campuses in Riverside and Irvine, Calif., and Maui, Hawaii. He serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie will hold its next outreach, Harvest Georgia 2016, at Atlanta’s Infinite Energy Arena, Sept. 23 – 25.

Harvest Georgia 2016 Outreach at Infinite Energy Area to Bring Message of Hope to Atlanta Area, Sept. 23–25

Harvest Georgia 2016 Outreach at Infinite Energy Area to Bring Message of Hope to Atlanta Area, Sept. 23–25

1,052 Change Their “Spiritual Address” During Weekend Harvest Crusade

RIVERSIDE, Calif., Sept. 26, 2016—After a year of planning and prayer, more than 200 churches throughout Atlanta and North Georgia united in faith this past weekend, Sept. 23 – 25, to host Harvest Georgia 2016 at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth. The Harvest Georgia outreach drew more then 24,000 people over the course of the weekend—both in-person and via the Internet—with crowds gathering to hear a nightly message of hope from Southern California pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie and music from top Christian artists including Lecrae, Chris Tomlin, THIRD DAY, and Phil Wickham.

Community connections were strong at the Harvest Georgia outreach as a local 500-voice choir comprised of singers from 15 area churches backed up Atlanta local and Grammy Award winning worship leader, Chris Tomlin during the Sunday evening program. Lecrae and THIRD DAY also have ties to Atlanta.

Pastors from the area participated in the three-day Harvest Georgia outreach by leading times of prayer, including Dr. James Merritt of Cross Pointe Church, Sandy Adams of Calvary Chapel Stone Mountain, and Dr. Johnny Hunt of First Baptist Church of Woodstock. Passion City Church pastor Louie Giglio also took the stage on Sunday evening to thank Greg Laurie for bringing Harvest Georgia to the state, commenting, “What Greg and his team are doing here is extraordinary . . . We are living in an amazing time in the history of the world. I’m convinced that we are in the middle of revival and Harvest is at the forefront of that.”

Laurie told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Sept. 23, 2016) that the Harvest events are not just for people who go to church every Sunday. “This event is also for people who may be skeptical or perhaps never darkened the doorway of a church, yet have questions about life and about God.” This was indeed the case at Harvest Georgia as many attendees heeded the call to “bring a friend,” and invited family, neighbors, and co-workers to hear Laurie’s nightly presentation of the Good News of the Gospel.

Laurie’s messages throughout the weekend addressed the big questions in life that many people ask: Why am I here? What is the meaning of my life? What happens when I die? “The statistics on death are pretty impressive, one out of one people dies,” Laurie told crowds gathered at Infinite Energy Arena. “Everyone dies, no matter who you are. But death died when Christ rose.”

Laurie continued, “I’ve been up close and personal with death and if I didn’t have Christ in my life, I don’t know how I would have gotten through it. But I know I will see my son and others on the other side of Heaven. I hope you have that hope, as well. Heaven is not the default destination of every person, it is the destination of those who know Christ.”

“Heaven is not for good people, it is for forgiven people,” said Laurie. “The Gospel truth is that God loves you and will forgive you if you will turn from your sin and believe in Him. You can literally change your spiritual address tonight.”

Over three nights, 913 literally did change their spiritual address as they walked from the stands onto the floor of the arena to publicly make commitments of faith. Another 139 made decisions of faith via live Internet broadcasts.

All nights of the 2016 SoCal Harvest were broadcast on the Internet, and 11,966 people watched live from 138 countries and across the U.S. In addition, 51,305 viewers participated through Facebook Live. The 2016 SoCal Harvest is archived and available for viewing at harvest.org. Each night of Harvest Georgia 2016 was broadcast live on God TV (god.tv/tunein/us), and JUCE-TV (jucetv.com).

With a trademark ability to present a clear gospel message in a culturally relevant format, drawing on the latest in current events, contemporary Christian music, and technology, Greg Laurie’s Harvest events have drawn more than 5.7 million people to stadiums and arenas around the world since 1990, with another 1.8 million people attending virtually via the Internet. In addition to founding the Harvest Crusades—the longest-running annual evangelistic outreach in U.S. history—Laurie also serves as senior pastor of one of the largest churches in America, Harvest Christian Fellowship, which has campuses in Riverside and Irvine, Calif., and Maui, Hawaii. He serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie will hold its next outreach, Harvest America 2017, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, Ariz. on June 10, 2017.

Annual Southern California Harvest Crusades Outreach Brings Message Of Hope In Uncertain Times

Annual Southern California Harvest Crusades Outreach Brings Message Of Hope In Uncertain Times

2016 SoCal Harvest Will Return to Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Aug. 26 – 28, Featuring a Nightly Message from Pastor & Evangelist Greg Laurie, Music from Top Christian Artists

RIVERSIDE, Calif., July 26, 2016—In the midst of current events like the presidential runoff, increased racial tensions, and terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, many Americans are struggling to find hope in the midst of an uncertain future, asking questions like: “Why is there evil in the world?” “Will things get worse?” and “How can we find hope when life seems hopeless?” Local pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie will provide eternal answers to these questions and more when the 27th annual Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie returns to Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Aug. 26 – 28.

The Harvest Crusades outreach—this year called the 2016 SoCal Harvest—will feature a nightly message from Laurie, along with music from top name Christian musicians including Chris Tomlin, tobyMac, Skillet, for King & Country, Hollyn, Phil Wickham, and KB. The three-night event is open to the public and is free of charge. The Friday evening crusade will feature an emphasis on prayer and revival for the nation.

“Things seem upside down in our country right now and people are asking tough questions about the future,” said Laurie. “The Gospel message that we’ll be delivering during the SoCal Harvest is literally translated as ‘good news,’ and that’s really true–the good news is that there is eternal hope for each one of us when we trust in God.”

Founded in Southern California in 1990, Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie has grown from a one-time event at the Pacific Amphitheater to a large-scale evangelistic outreach that continues to serve as a launch pad for events across America and around the world. The most significant outgrowth to date occurred this past March when Harvest hosted an event called Harvest America at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, which was live streamed to more than 7,200 remote host locations and drew a combined 350,000 participants, making it the largest one-day live evangelistic event ever for U.S. audiences.

The Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie events have drawn more than 5.6 million people to stadiums and arenas around the world, with another 1.8 million people attending virtually via the Internet.

Saturday Youth Tailgate Party: Students Gather to Help Feed Those in Need
This year, the SoCal Harvest weekend will include a youth tailgate party for students and young adults on Saturday, Aug. 27, with a focus on helping those in need. Hosted by Harvest Ministries, the tailgate will kick off at 2:30 p.m. under the Big A at Angel Stadium, and youth are asked to bring canned goods to support the work of Fred Jordan Missions. The tailgate party will include games, music, and two Rat Rod cars on display. More details are available at 2016 SoCal Harvest Tailgate Party.

Live Event Webcasts/Broadcasts/Social Media
All three nights of the 2016 SoCal Harvest will be broadcast live via the Internet at harvest.org and daily blog accounts of the crusade will also be made available. Updates about the Harvest outreach will be posted on Facebook (www.facebook.com/harvestcrusades), Instagram (harvestcrusades or search #HarvestSoCal) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/harvest_org).

The 2016 SoCal Harvest will be broadcast locally on KKLA-FM and via satellite across the country on CSN Radio and Radio Nueva Vida. In addition, each night of the Harvest Crusade will air live on God TV (god.tv/tunein/us) with the ability to reach some 262 million U.S. and international households, and on JUCE-TV (jucetv.com), which is available to 60 million households across the U.S.

2016 SoCal Harvest Schedule of Events
All events will take place at Angel Stadium of Anaheim and are free and open to the public. Doors open two hours in advance of each program.

Friday, August 26 7 p.m.
Friday evening will feature a message from evangelist Greg Laurie and music from Chris Tomlin and for King & Country.

Saturday, August 27 7 p.m.
Saturday evening will feature a message from evangelist Greg Laurie and music from Skillet, KB, and the Harvest Worship Band featuring Phil Wickham.

Sunday, August 28 7 p.m.
Sunday evening will feature a message from evangelist Greg Laurie and music from tobyMac, Hollyn, and Phil Wickham.

The 2016 SoCal Harvest begins at 7 p.m. each evening (gates open at 5 p.m.) and is free of charge. Angel Stadium of Anaheim charges $15 for parking fees for cars and $30 for buses. Each night the event will be interpreted in Spanish and signing for the deaf will be provided.

With a trademark ability to present a clear gospel message in a culturally relevant format, drawing on the latest in current events, contemporary Christian music, and technology, Greg Laurie has been called the “evangelist of the future” by Billy Graham. In addition to founding the Harvest Crusades—the longest-running annual evangelistic outreach in U.S. history—Laurie also serves as senior pastor of one of the largest churches in America, Harvest Christian Fellowship, which has campuses in Riverside and Irvine, Calif., and Maui, Hawaii. He serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.