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.