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2021 SoCal Harvest B-roll

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SoCal Harvest celebrates first in-person crusade post-pandemic with over 6,000 professions of faith

SoCal Harvest celebrates first in-person crusade post-pandemic with over 6,000 professions of faith

‘You’re noticed by God. You’re loved by God. And your life can have significance’: SoCal Harvest celebrates first in-person crusade post-pandemic with over 6,000 professions of faith

Press Release: The KAIROS Company for Pastor Greg Laurie
Oct. 6, 2021

 

 

 

ANAHEIM, Calif. — After taking a gap year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SoCal Harvest returned to Angel Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 3 with more than 6,000 people making professions of faith.

 

 

In lieu of a traditional crusade, Harvest released its cinematic crusade film A Rush of Hope in 2020, which reached over 4 million viewers and saw over 20,000 people respond to the gospel message.

Now, a year later, the outreach event drew over 40,000 people to Angel Stadium and 200,000 online, where they enjoyed performances by Billboard Music Award, Grammy Award and Dove Award-winning artists, For KING & COUNTRY and Phil Wickham, and a gospel presentation by Harvest founder and Pastor Greg Laurie.

More than 600 radio outlets across the nation partnered with Harvest to broadcast the event, and 100 pages across Facebook shared the video livestream. In addition, 170 Southern California churches participated in this year’s event, providing mobilization and volunteers.

The evening began with a performance by For KING & COUNTRY and an introduction from Pastor Greg Laurie. Laurie received a warm applause from the crowd after announcing that the footage from the night would be featured in his upcoming film FAME, produced by the Erwin Brothers. Throughout the night, large screens displayed clips from the film, including interviews with rock icon Alice Cooper and former MLB player Darryl Strawberry.

After performances from Phil Wickham and For KING & COUNTRY, Greg Laurie presented a convicting message on the empty promises of fame, emphasizing the fulfillment that can only come from being known by God.

“The reason so many seek fame is because deep down inside, we have a desire to make our mark and distinguish ourselves,” Laurie said. “We want our life to count for something. We are seeking significance. The answer is not in fame or more followers on your social media account. The answer is in knowing and following Jesus.”

Pastor Greg Laurie took a moment to pay tribute to Marine Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, one of the 13 soldiers who were killed in a terror attack in Afghanistan on Aug 26, 2021. Nikoui attended a Harvest Crusade in 2016, where he and his family gave their lives to Christ. His funeral was held at Harvest Riverside and officiated by Pastor Greg Laurie.

“Kareem went to Heaven because he put his faith in Christ,” said Laurie. “And that’s the hope that the Christian has.”

At the end of the night, fireworks rang out after Laurie invited attendees to make a public profession of faith and Phil Wickham played his hit song “This Is Amazing Grace.” Thousands of people rose from their seats and made their way toward the stage as they committed their lives to Jesus.

“You’re noticed by God. You’re loved by God. And your life can have significance,” said Greg Laurie. “No matter what sin you have committed, God will forgive you tonight if you will ask for his forgiveness.”

Since 1990, Harvest Crusades have been held in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. More than 8 million people have attended Laurie’s crusades in person, and millions more have participated online. More than 700,000 people have made professions of faith in Christ through Harvest outreaches.

In 2022, Laurie is planning two additional live, in-person crusade events: The Boise Harvest in Boise, Idaho and a new event called “Jesus Revolution” at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. Moreover in 2022, Laurie is planning to release two films: Fame, an evangelistic film featuring interviews with Alice Cooper and Darryl Strawberry, and Jesus Revolution, a feature film depicting the spiritual revival of the 1960s and ‘70s in the U.S.

“There is no good thing you can do to have eternal life,” Laurie said. “Heaven is not for good people. Heaven is for forgiven people.”
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Greg Laurie is the pastor and founder of the Harvest churches in California and Hawaii and of Harvest Crusades. He is an evangelist, best-selling author and movie producer. His new book “Billy Graham: The Man I Knew" was released in 2021.

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2021 SoCal Harvest

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Greg Laurie’s SoCal Harvest to return to Angel Stadium this October

Greg Laurie’s SoCal Harvest to return to Angel Stadium this October

Press Release:  The KAIROS Company for Pastor Greg Laurie
July 21, 2021

 

 

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Greg Laurie, founder and lead pastor of Harvest Church and Harvest Crusades, will return to Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California on Sunday, October 3, 2021, for the SoCal Harvest—the ministry’s first stadium outreach event in over a year.

 

 

Started in 1990 by Greg Laurie and Chuck Smith, pastor and founder of Calvary Chapel, SoCal Harvest is an annual crusade held in southern California. In years past, SoCal Harvest has packed the stadium in Anaheim, but as a result of gathering restrictions in 2020, the in-person event was replaced last year by the one-of-a-kind cinematic crusade “A Rush of Hope,” which reached over 4 million people.

SoCal Harvest 2021 will feature worship by Christian music artists Phil Wickham and for KING & COUNTRY, as well as a special message from Pastor Greg Laurie. 

“Because of the pandemic last year, we had the incredible opportunity to create and release ‘A Rush of Hope,’ which led to more than 17,000 people making professions of faith,” said Laurie. “And we are thrilled that we are able to be back together this year in person for another life-changing event.”

A live-stream option will be available for those who are not comfortable or able to attend in person. For those who attend in-person, the event will follow protocols currently being employed in Angel Stadium.

"I've never in my entire life and ministry encountered more hearts awakened to the gospel," said Laurie. "I believe in the wake of the global pandemic we might be on the precipice of a great, global revival. I believe we'll see more energy in Angel Stadium on October 3 than we ever have before, and this event will be the first in a series of major events and initiatives that I believe God will use to reach more people in the next couple of years than in the previous decade. We are putting everything we have into reaching everyone we can. We all know now how short life can be."

Click here to stay up to date on the latest information about SoCal Harvest. Additional musical guests, details, and updates will be announced. 


Greg Laurie Greg Laurie is the pastor and founder of the Harvest churches in California and Hawaii and of Harvest Crusades. He is an evangelist, best-selling author, and movie producer. His new book “Billy Graham: The Man I Knew" was released in 2021.

2019 SoCal Harvest B roll

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‘Welcome to the family of God’: SoCal Harvest celebrates 30th anniversary with 8,677 professions of faith

‘Welcome to the family of God’: SoCal Harvest celebrates 30th anniversary with 8,677 professions of faith

“I keep doing these crusades year after year because I want to take as many people with me to heaven as I possibly can.”
— Greg Laurie

ANAHEIM, Calif.SoCal Harvest is celebrating its 30th anniversary of holding crusades in Southern California the same way it did after its first crusade in 1990: with thousands of changed lives.

The three-night outreach event drew 100,000 people to Angel Stadium, where they enjoyed performances by Grammy Award and Dove Award-winning artists, fireworks, celebrity guest appearances and a military appreciation ceremony. But the highlight of the weekend was Greg Laurie’s nightly presentation of the gospel.

Each night he invited attendees to make a profession of faith, and each night thousands responded. As the sun set over Angel Stadium on Sunday, 3,852 people had gotten up from their seats and walked onto the field to make a public profession of faith, bringing the total number of decisions to follow Jesus throughout the weekend to 8,677.

“Welcome to the family of God,” read the scoreboards at Angel Stadium as fireworks lit the evening sky in celebration.

Fireworks light Angel Stadium as 3,852 attendees respond to gospel invitation. (credit: Harvest)

Laurie, who this weekend focused his messages on the theme of hope, delivered a message titled “Happiness, Hope and Heaven.”

“Don’t put your hope in technology. Don’t put your hope in material things. Don’t put your hope in politicians. Don’t put your hope even in religion.

“Hope has a name, and it’s Jesus Christ, and he is here with us tonight, and he is ready to change the course of your life,” Laurie said.

Attendees sing along at SoCal Harvest 2019. (credit: Harvest)

Earlier in the evening, Laurie interviewed MLB All-Star and World Series Champion Darryl Strawberry, who shared about his upbringing in a home with an alcoholic father, successful baseball career and struggles with substance abuse and addiction. At the lowest points in his life, Strawberry was sentenced to time in jail and sent to rehab, but upon being released, he met his wife Tracy who helped him find faith in Jesus.

Speaking of his struggles, Strawberry said, “Whatever is killing you, Jesus already killed it.”

Greg Laurie interviews MLB All-Star and World Series Champion Darryl Strawberry at SoCal Harvest. (credit: Harvest)

The final evening of SoCal Harvest featured music by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Chris Tomlin, Newsboys and Phil Wickham. Author and radio host Eric Metaxas offered an opening prayer. The evening ended with a firework show over Angel Stadium.

SoCal Harvest 2019 was the 30th crusade in a row Harvest has put on in Southern California, making it the longest-running evangelistic outreach event in U.S. history. The first two evenings featured performances by Grammy Award-winning pop duo for KING & COUNTRY, hip-hop artist Lecrae, Dove Award-winning singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp, the Passion worship band, guitarist Dennis Agajanian and Graham Saber.

On opening night, Harvest honored military members with a special ceremony that included a U.S. flag unfurled across the stadium’s field as Brennley Brown, finalist of The Voice, sang “God Bless America.” Former Navy SEAL and Actor Remi Adeleke and Actress Madeline Carroll of the smash hit “I Can Only Imagine” offered opening prayers. Laurie also interviewed film director Jon Erwin along with Jeremy Camp about “I Still Believe,” a new film about Camp’s life that is coming out in March.

Attendees respond to altar call at SoCal Harvest. (credit: Harvest)

SoCal Harvest 2019 also was the kick-off event of Harvest’s 2020 Vision to launch a “Jesus Revolution” through crusades in Southern California and Boise, Idaho. The tour will end with a crusade in 2021 at Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, currently under construction. The Harvest team wants to reach over 1 million people and see 100,000 professions of faith through the crusades.

Since 1990, Harvest crusades have been held in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. More than 8 million people have attended Laurie’s crusades in person or via broadcast online and on TV. More than 500,000 people have made professions of faith in Christ at Harvest crusades.

“I keep doing these crusades year after year because I want to take as many people with me to heaven as I possibly can,” Laurie said.

To read the latest news of Greg Laurie and SoCal Harvest, visit Harvest’s newsroom. For historic photos of the crusade (from 1990-2010) follow this link.

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Greg Laurie is an American author and evangelist who serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, Harvest Church at Kumulani in Kapalua, Hawaii, and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California. Laurie’s latest book, “Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon,” releases in August. You can learn more about Greg Laurie and Harvest at harvest.org.

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28,000 show up to first night of SoCal Harvest, more than 2,100 make professions of faith

28,000 show up to first night of SoCal Harvest, more than 2,100 make professions of faith

ANAHEIM, Calif.SoCal Harvest, the annual evangelistic outreach started by pastor, evangelist and bestselling author Greg Laurie, kicked off its 30th anniversary crusade Friday at the Angel Stadium. The event, which has become a Southern California tradition, drew 28,000 people, with 2,150 making a profession of faith.

“You don’t clean your life up and come to Christ. You come to Christ and he will clean your life up,” Laurie said in a message that addressed America’s record high levels of suicide, opioid addiction and anxiety.

“Heaven is not for perfect people,” Laurie said. “Heaven is for forgiven people. You can be forgiven tonight.”

Attendees respond to gospel invitation at SoCal Harvest. (credit: Harvest)

The first evening of the three-night weekend event featured a military appreciation ceremony and performances by Grammy-winning pop duo for KING & COUNTRY, the Passion worship band and guitarist-songwriter Dennis Agajanian.

Brennley Brown, the 17-year-old finalist of The Voice, sang a moving rendition of “God Bless America” during a military appreciation ceremony that included fireworks and a flag presentation. Dozens of active duty members, reserves and veterans unfurled a U.S. flag that covered about half of the Angel Stadium’s field. After the flag presentation, Former Navy SEAL and Actor Remi Adeleke offered an opening prayer.

“We want to kick off this year’s event with a special tribute to those who serve us,” Laurie said and added, “You know we talk about heroes … but a hero is someone who is willing to put their life on the line, and as far as I’m concerned anyone who takes on the uniform to serve us in the armed services is a hero.”

Military members unfurl U.S. flag on Angel Stadium field during SoCal Harvest. (credit: Harvest)

Laurie also spoke about the need for spiritual revival in America for which Harvest is preparing by launching a series of crusades in Southern California, Boise, Idaho, and Los Angeles over the next 20 months. The Harvest team wants to reach over one million people and see 100,000 professions of faith through the crusades.

“The only hope for America is a spiritual awakening, and the only hope is the message of the gospel because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever,” Laurie said.

Greg Laurie speaking at SoCal Harvest on Friday. (credit: Harvest)

SoCal Harvest continues this weekend with performances from Grammy-winning rapper Lecrae, Jeremy Camp, Phil Wickham, Newsboys and Chris Tomlin, along other musical groups. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, and the event begins at 7 p.m. Admission to the event is free, but there is a $15 charge per car for parking at the venue.

Harvest also will host a youth tailgate party on Saturday from 2-5 p.m. at Angel Stadium’s parking lot. The party will include a skate park, rock climbing walls, video game trucks, Apple product giveaways and a live DJ and freestyle motocross (FMX) show.

SoCal Harvest is streamed online throughout the weekend on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Apple TV, CBN and through various broadcast and streaming services. To learn more about SoCal Harvest, visit https://harvest.org/socal-harvest-2019.


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Press is welcome to SoCal Harvest. Please email [email protected] for media instructions for arrival and access to the venue.

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Greg Laurie is an American author and evangelist who serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, Harvest Church at Kumulani in Kapalua, Hawaii, and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California. Laurie’s latest book, “Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon,” releases in August. You can learn more about Greg Laurie and Harvest at harvest.org.

SoCal Harvest 30th anniversary crusade comes to Anaheim’s Angel Stadium, Aug. 23-25

SoCal Harvest 30th anniversary crusade comes to Anaheim’s Angel Stadium, Aug. 23-25

ANAHEIM, Calif. – SoCal Harvest, an evangelistic crusade started by pastor, evangelist and bestselling author Greg Laurie, is coming to the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Aug. 23-25. It will be the 30th year in a row that Laurie hosts the crusade, an event that has become not only a cherished Southern California tradition but also the longest-running evangelistic outreach in the U.S.

“I have to admit, it's pretty surprising,” Laurie told the Christian Post in a recent interview. “I never thought 30 years ago, we would still be doing these, especially on the scale that we're doing them. You know, since we started 30 years ago, we've gone all around the country and around the world, and have seen the power of the Gospel on display.

“But to think that we're still in Southern California 30 years later, in the same basic venue, which is the Angel Stadium … I've never heard of anything like this happening anywhere else.”

SoCal Harvest is a free, three-night event featuring performances by leading Christian artists and an evening message by Laurie. This year, for KING & COUNTRY, Passion, Lecrae, Jeremy Camp, Phil Wickham, Newsboys and Chris Tomlin, along other musical groups, will lead worship. On opening night, Brennley Brown of The Voice will sing “God Bless America” during a military appreciation ceremony that will include the unfurling of an American flag across the stadium’s field.

Laurie, whom Billy Graham called the “evangelist of the future,” has preached the gospel in person to millions of people throughout his life. Looking at the current state of America — recent mass shootings, political polarization and record levels of opioid addiction, depression and suicide — Laurie says people, especially the younger generations, need to hear a message of hope.

“I think there's just a lot of people out there that don't understand why there's still a hole in their heart, even when they've checked all the boxes that they think they should check to be happy. I myself used to drink. I myself used to use drugs. And I know how empty I was. Christ-filled that hole in my heart,” Laurie told the Christian Post.

Since 1990, Harvest Crusades have been held in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. More than 8 million people have attended Laurie’s crusades in person or via broadcast online and on TV, and an estimated 535,736 people have made professions of faith in Christ through Harvest Crusades since 1990.

SoCal Harvest will be streamed online on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Apple TV and through various broadcast and streaming services. To learn more about SoCal Harvest, visit https://harvest.org/socal-harvest-2019.

EVENT DETAILS:
SoCal Harvest, Aug. 23-25
SoCal Harvest is free to the public and is designed for all ages. All times below are local.

Admission: Free (stadium charges $15 to park)
Translations: Spanish, Sign Language
Gates open: Fri/Sat 5 p.m., Sun: 4 p.m.
Event begins: Fri/Sat: 7 p.m., Sun: 6 p.m.
Event ends: Fri/Sat: 9:15 p.m., Sun: 8:15 p.m.
Location: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, 2000 E Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806

SCHEDULE:
Friday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. (Military Appreciation Night)

  • Greg Laurie
  • for KING & COUNTRY
  • Passion
  • Dennis Agajanian
  • Military Appreciation Night
    • Special salute to military members
    • Flag presentation
    • Music by Brennley Brown
    • Veterans, reserves and active-duty military members sign up here

Saturday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. (Youth Tailgate Party)

  • Greg Laurie
  • Graham Saber
  • Lecrae
  • Jeremy Camp
  • SoCal Youth Tailgate Party, 2-5 p.m., at Angel Stadium Parking Lot
    • Skate Park
    • Rock Climbing Walls
    • Video Game Trucks
    • DJ
    • Apple product giveaways
    • Reserved seating in the stadium

Sunday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m.

  • Greg Laurie
  • Darryl Strawberry (Special Guest)
  • Phil Wickham
  • newsboys
  • Chris Tomlin

PRESS:
Please email [email protected] for media information for covering SoCal Harvest.

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Greg Laurie is an American author and evangelist who serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, Harvest Church at Kumulani in Kapalua, Hawaii, and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California. Laurie’s latest book, “Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon,” releases in August.

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